Providenciales, 08 Jan 2015 – Confirmed today by the Premier in his press conference; that yes there is a reassignment of ministerial portfolios for some. While the country’s leader explained the roles were swapped and shifted to bring a freshness and new energy to the ministries, the atmosphere in the room was not energetic. Only the Premier offered comment about the change… no one else talked about the transitions and only the Premier expounded on ideas he has as the now Minister for Health and Human Services; and only after being asked. Nonetheless, the country’s leader, Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing was right to remark that this is not an unusual thing for governments in the Caribbean to move some around, adding that this is all for the better.
Unchanged are Hon Washington Misick and Hon Donhue Gardiner who keep Finance & Investment and Border Control & Labour respectively. Also Hon Akierra Missick keeps her portfolio for Education, Youth, Sports, Culture and Library Services. New portfolios were handed to Member from the Bight, Hon Porsha Smith who heads up the Ministry of Tourism; the Premier shared this is ideal for Hon Smith who has a background in banking and hospitality. HHHon Amanda Missick will take on Government Support Services; no longer to Hon George Lightbourne. Dr. Ewing shared he sees this as ideal because Hon Amanda is keen on construction projects. Minister Lightbourne will go to Environment and Home Affairs but will continue to oversee the Telecommunications Commission, at least until April when new budget year changes kick in. Media questions led to repeated explanations by the Premier that all of his Cabinet welcome the challenge, and that the re-assignments are not a reflection of dissatisfaction in anyone’s work.