KINGSTON — Prime Minister, the Hon Andrew Holness, says he struck a balance in naming Cabinet and junior ministers in his administrations, who were sworn-in between Monday and Tuesday, this week.
“The Jamaican people want to see decisive, instrumental and quick action, because their challenges and problems are urgent. In striking that balance, you have to contend with a limited learning curve: So you want to have change, but you certainly do not want to have chaos in change, and we have managed, I believe, to strike that balance,” Mr. Holness said.
He was speaking after the Governor General, the Most Hon Sir Patrick Allen, had sworn in the rest of his Cabinet Tuesday (October 25), a day after two crucial positions were filled by the Hon Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance, and the Hon Dwight Nelson, Minister of National Security.
Prime Minister Holness said that his Cabinet reflects the capacity of the representatives in Parliament, as well as “the hard work, innovation and the new direction” in which he plans to chart the government.
The first Cabinet meeting under his leadership will be held Wednesday morning (October 26) starting at 10 a.m., at Jamaica House.
Members of the Cabinet:
Hon Andrew Holness, Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and Education;
Hon Dr Kenneth Baugh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade;
Hon Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance and Planning;
Hon Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism;
Senator the Hon Dwight Nelson, Minister of National Security and Leader of Government Business in the Senate;
Dr. the Hon. Christopher Charles Tufton, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce;
Dr. the Hon Horace Chang, Minister of Housing, Environment, Water and Local Government;
Hon Pearnel Charles, Minister of Labour and Social Security;
Hon Rudyard Spencer, Minister of Health;
Hon Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture;
Hon Lester Michael Henry, Minister of Transport and Works;
Hon Clive Mullings, Minister of Energy and Mining;
Hon Delroy Chuck, Minister of Justice and Leader of the House of Representatives;
Hon Robert Montague, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries;
Hon Daryl Vaz, Minister without portfolio, Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Telecommunications and Public Sector Efficiency
Senator the Hon Arthur Williams, Minister without portfolio, Cabinet Office, with responsibility for Public Service and Information;
Hon Shahine Robinson, Minister without portfolio, Ministry of Housing, Environment, Water and Local Government with responsibility for Local Government.
The Ministers of State are:
Hon Dr St Aubyn Bartlett, Ministry of National Security;
Hon Laurence Broderick, Ministry of Energy and Mining;
Hon Neville Andrew Gallimore, Ministry of Labour and Social Security;
Hon William (J.C.) Hutchinson, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries;
Hon Othneil Lawrence, Ministry of Transport and Works;
Hon Desmond Gregory Mair, Ministry of Education;
Hon Michael Stern, Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce.
Senator the Hon Marlene Malahoo Forte, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade;
Senator the Hon Warren Newby, Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture;
By Balford Henry, JIS Reporter & Editor