Prime Minister Andrew Holness names his Cabinet


New Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced his Cabinet yesterday as ministers were sworn in to office. There are 18 ministers in the new Cabinet with the Agriculture portfolio being merged with the Industry and Commerce role.

Talking about the new combined ministry the prime minister said that “The benefit of the Ministry, aside from investment and growth promotion activity, will be the central coordination and logistical planning of the growth agenda, but more importantly, the political imprimatur of the Office of the Prime Minister on getting our projects approved and getting the growth agenda advanced and accelerated and implemented.”

Andrew Holness’ centre-right Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) defeated the People’s National Party (PNP of Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller in the 25th February general election.

The full list of the new Cabinet as published on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) website is as follows:

Andrew Holness Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Minister of Economic Growth and Job Creation
Horace Chang Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister
Derrick Smith Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister
Daryl Vaz Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister
Kamina Johnson Smith Minister of Foreign Affairs
Audley Shaw Minister of Finance and Public Service
Karl Samuda Minister of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture
JC Hutchinson Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Agriculture
Robert Montague Minister of National Security
Delroy Chuck Minister of Justice
Ruel Reid Minister of Education, Youth and Information
Andrew Wheatley Minister of Energy, Science and Technology
Desmond McKenzie Minister of Local Government
Mike Henry Minister of Transport and Mining
Edmund Bartlett Minister of Tourism
Dr. Christopher Tufton Minister of Health
Shahine Robinson Minister of Labour and Social Security
Olivia “Babsy” Grange Minister of Entertainment, Sport, Culture and Gender

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