Sinckler up for biggest challenge
CHRIS Sinckler has acknowledged that the responsibility for leading the economic charge as the new Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs is the biggest challenge of his career.
“There is no doubt about it. It is easily going to be my biggest challenge, and I will do what I have to do,” Sinckler said, when questioned on his new portfolio as he toured flood-hit areas of his St Michael North West constituency on Monday.
Sinckler, who has just turned 42, said it would take a team effort from the ruling Democratic Labour Party Government to turn things around in the midst of a global economic downturn.
“There are issues we have to deal with, and as a country we are going to confront them. This is not a one-man show.
“There is no knight in shining armour, Minister of Finance or minister of anything – it is a collective effort and we all have to pull Barbados out of this economic slump,” he said.
Ailing Prime Minister David Thompson stunned some political observers by elevating Sinckler to the most prestigious position in the Cabinet. It was a huge vote of confidence from Thompson, and Sinckler was quick to note that the feeling was mutual.
“I have a lot of confidence in David John Howard Thompson. I think he is an excellent Prime Minister and was a perfect Minister of Finance.
“It is sad to see that he cannot continue at this stage at his usual level. We pray for his speedy and full recovery so that he can resume playing the brilliant innings which he was playing up until the discovery of his illness.
“That is our leader, my leader. I have the fullest confidence in his judgement and expertise and certainly his desire and heart.”
Thompson is back in the United States to continue medical treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Last week in an audio statement carried on national television and radio, he reshuffled the Cabinet.