Portia Simpson Miller shuffles her Cabinet


Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has made a number of changes to her Cabinet.

The formal press release as published on the prime minister’s website is as follows:

Prime Minister Announces Changes to the Cabinet

November 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm.

By OPM Communications

Prime Minister the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller today (Friday, November 6, 2015) advised the Governor General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen of changes to the Cabinet effective Monday, November 9, 2015.

•The Honourable Horace Dalley CD, MP will be assigned to the Ministry of Health;

•The Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson CD, MP will be assigned to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security; and

•The Honourable Derrick Kellier CD, MP will continue to lead the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

In announcing the changes, the Prime Minister said she has listened to the recent discussions and expressions of concern, some of which could have the effect of distracting from the very important focus of economic and social reforms. She said the country must be united in purpose so as to ensure that the positive path that Jamaica is on will not be disrupted in any way.

Minister Horace Dalley will continue the programme of improved healthcare delivery at the Ministry of Health. Minister Dalley has also been tasked by the Prime Minister to continue giving oversight to the remaining elements of the Public Sector Wage negotiations. Minister Fenton Ferguson will give focus to the Government’s priority of labour market reforms, which are essential to Jamaica’s economic reform programme; and Minister Derrick Kellier will continue to anchor the expansion of the agriculture sector, which is an important plank in the national growth agenda.

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