ST. GEORGE’S: Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has named an 11-member cabinet two weeks after his New National Party (NNP) swept the polls in Grenada.
“The biggest challenges were who to leave out for the time being,” said Dr. Mitchell as the members of his cabinet were sworn into office during a public ceremony at the National Stadium on Sunday. The ceremony was attended by Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit and Trinidad & Tobago’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Dookeran.
Mitchell’s cabinet is smaller than that of his predecessor, Tillman Thomas, and does not include retired school teacher Clifton Paul, who defeated the former prime minister as well as Tobia Clement, a lecturer at St. George’s University in Grenada who defeated former finance minister, Nazim Burke, in the February 19 general election.
Mitchell said that the two legislators as well as Yolande Bain-Horsford will receive additional allowances for their constituencies and be briefed weekly by a specially appointed Cabinet Committee.
During the ceremony, Mitchell said that it is possible that those who were not given ministerial portfolios would be included in future cabinets.
“The decision about who to leave out was very painful for me,” said Mitchell. “It is quite possible that people who serve as back benchers today can be full-fledged ministers in the not too distant future.”
Mitchell said his new administration understands its priority is to help create an environment that will create more jobs and assured the nation that within the first 100 days the foundation of his plan for economic expansion will become clearer.
In addition, Mitchell said that his administration would pursue a robust foreign policy, expand cooperation with South and Central American nations, Asia and Africa and that all bona fide investors would be welcomed in the country.