Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade on Thursday handed out the instruments of appointment to a new 15-member Cabinet, to be headed by Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell to look after the affairs of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique for the next five years.
During a ceremony held at the Kirani James athletic stadium at Queen’s Park, St George’s, Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell was assigned the portfolios of Finance, National Security, Home Affairs, Public Administration and Information.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the new Grenadian leader who is an attorney-at-law by profession will be assisted in the key Ministry of Finance by a former Budget Director and Accountant General in the ministry, Richard Duncan who a few months ago went on retirement as Managing Director of the Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited (GCBL).
In an address after the swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister Mitchell assured Grenadians that the new Cabinet “is committed to go into work on behalf of Grenada” and that his ministers do not intend “to take this mandate lightly” as they seek to govern the island.
“The appointment of the Cabinet is meant to reflect our campaign promises to the people of Grenada to begin the transformation of Grenada,” he said.
Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell pointed to the creation of a Ministry of Mobilisation, Implementation and Transformation to be headed by Member of Parliament for South St George, Andy Williams as key to the success of the new administration.
“That ministry is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that all the other ministries including the ministries that I head deliver on behalf of the people of Petite Martinique, Carriacou & Grenada,” he said.
The Prime Minister labelled the Ministry of Economic Development to be headed by former Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Lennox “Toes” Andrews as the new government’s “super ministry” as it will be responsible for driving the productive sectors on the island including Tourism, Agriculture, Fisheries, ICT and the Creative Economy.
“We intend to ensure that Culture and the Creative Economy play a pivotal role in the growth and development of our young people,” he said.
In the area of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell announced that he will be recalling all foreign-based ambassadors and Honorary Consuls “to ensure that as we go forward (that) persons who have been given the privilege of representing Grenada in our Consulate and foreign missions abroad are first and foremost Grenadians and second that they have without doubt not their personal interest but the interest of the people of Petite Martinique, Carriacou & Grenada.”
The new Prime Minister also signaled his intention to ease the tension on the island with the spate of industrial unrest taking place in Grenada.
He said the one-week old Congress government will be extending the olive branch to the workers of the nation “to begin the process” of bringing an end to protest action involving several workers.
“…As a sign of our commitment to ensuring that peace prevail that in my capacity as Minister of Finance … we will instruct the Ministry of Finance to repay to the teachers of Petite Martinique, Carriacou & Grenada the salaries that were docked unjustly from them and that those payments should be made as early as the end of July 2022,” he said.
The announcement was met with a prolonged applause from the large crowd that turned up at the stadium for the occasion – one week following the 9-6 victory at the polls by NDC against the then ruling New National Party (NNP) administration of defeated Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
Thousands of teachers and public officers were affected by cuts in their salaries for one month after teachers took strike action to demand salary increases that were agreed in a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the State.
According to PM Dickon Mitchell, the new Congress government has no intention to be at war with public sector employees and other workers employed by the government.
He said that there will always be disagreements at times but the new regime is committed to ensuring that at “all times that we treat our workers with respect and with dignity.”
The new Prime Minister reiterated a promise made during the just-ended campaign that a Congress government intends to address the various discrepancies that exist between established and unestablished workers, as well as among Imanis and contract workers.
The Congress administration did not name the persons to serve as Speaker of the houses of Representatives and President of the Senate.
Following is the full list of the new Grenada Cabinet of Ministers:-
Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell – Minister of Finance, National Security, Home Affairs, Public Administration and Information
Joseph Andall – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Export Development
Tevin Andrew – Minister for Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affaires, and Local Government
Kerryne James – Minister for Climate Resilience, Environment & Energy
Denis Cornwall – Minister for Infrastructure & Physical Development, Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation
Phillip Telesford – Minister for Social Affairs, Community Development, Housing and Gender Affairs
Andy Williams – Minister for Mobilisation, Implementation and Transformation
Lennox Andrew – Minister for Economic Development & Planning
David Andrew – Minister for Education, Youth and Sports
Ron Redhead – Minister of State with responsibility for Youth & Sports
Sen. Adrian “Persuader” Thomas – Minister of State with responsibility for Agriculture, Fisheries & Co-operatives
Sen. Jonathan La Crette – Minister for Health, Wellness and Religious Affairs
Sen. Claudette Joseph – Attorney General, Legal Affairs, Labour, and Consumer Affairs
Sen. Gloria Thomas – Minister of State with responsibility for Social Development and Gender Affairs
Quinc Britton – Senator for Parliament