Rowley sworn in
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime Minister Dr Keith Christopher Rowley was on Wednesday sworn into office for a second consecutive term at the head of a 22-member Cabinet, promising to implement policies aimed at significantly changing the socio-economic conditions in Trinidad and Tobago.
Rowley, who led the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) to victory in the August 10 general elections over the main opposition United National Congress (UNC), unveiled a cabinet consisting of young and experienced politicians.
These included returning Finance Minister Colm Imbert, the Minister of Energy and Energy Industries Franklin Khan, as well as the Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis and Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.
Also returning to the Cabinet is the Minister of National Security Stuart Young, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh and Shamfa Cudjoe as the Minister of Sports and Community Development.
Among the new faces in the Cabinet is Brian Manning, the son for the late former prime minister Patrick Manning, who will serve as Minister in the Ministry of Finance.
Rowley told the new Cabinet members that their tenure is best counted as 60 months, rather than years, adding “sometimes when you count this period in years, some people fall asleep.
“Rest assured that nobody in this government will be allowed to fall asleep because …performance will be reviewed on an ongoing basis (and) as Prime Minister I assume full responsibility and I want to thank the national community for giving me another opportunity to continue in public service.
“I want to give you the assurance, your Excellency, that all my colleagues will observe the Oath of Office taken here today and to conduct the business of the people of Trinidad and Tobago in keeping with that oath”.
The following is the full list of the new Cabinet.
Dr Keith Christopher Rowley, Prime Minister
Faris Al-Rawi, Attorney General
Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries
Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Education
Franklin Khan, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries
Colm Imbert, Minister of Finance
Dr Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs
Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health
Penelope Beckles, Minister of Housing and Urban Development
Steve Mc Clashie, Minister of Labour
Kazim Imtiaz Hosein, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development
Stuart Richard Young, Minister of National Security
Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development
Allyson West, Minister of Public Administration and Digital Transformation
Marvin Gonzales, Minister of Public Utilities
Donna Cox, Minister of Social Development and Family Services
Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Community Development
Randall Mitchell, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts
Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry and Enterprise Development
Rohan Sinanan, Minister of Works and Transport
Fitzgerald Ethelbert Hinds, Minister of Youth Development and National Service
Avinash Singh, Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries
Lisa Morris-Julian, Minister in the Ministry of Education
Brian Manning, Minister in the Ministry of Finance
Adrian Leonce, Minister in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal, Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs
Ayanna Webster-Roy, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister
Stuart Richard Young, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister
Symon de Nobriga, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister
Hassell Bacchus, Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Digital Transformation
Foster Cummings, Minister in the Ministry of Works and Transport. (CMC)