Chaguanas Chamber welcomes Cabinet changes

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 14:45

The Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce is welcoming the changes made to the Cabinet.

The Chamber, through its president Richie Sookhai, issued the following statement after today's reshuffle.

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"The Chamber welcomes Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's changes to his Cabinet.

The movement of Franklin Khan to the Ministry of Energy is a reassuring one. Given the country's economic decline and the challenges faced in the oil and gas industry it is better to  have someone with more experience to commandeer this Ministry.

Minister Khan has a wealth of knowledge and experience having served as a Government Minister as Works Minister in a previous PNM administration. 

The appointment of Mr Rohan Sinnanan as Minister of Works and Infrastructure is also a significant move given Mr Sinnanan's qualifications and knowledge of this industry.

He possesses the know it all to get things done and one can expect that under his leadership the country can see the completion of the multi billion dollar Point Fortin highway and also the commencement of other highways and construction projects which will kick start a sleeping economy.

The Chamber is pleased with the appointment of former San Fernando mayor Kazim Hosein as Minister of Rural Development and Local Government. Mr Hosein is well poised to take this Ministry forward and also take charge of the long overdue Local Government reform coming from the belly of the Local Government system itself.

Deep thanks and gratitude are extended to former Ministers Oliverrie, Antoine and Budhu for their service to country in the past year.

It should also be noted, that given the increasing crime situation in the country, no changes had been made to the Ministry of National Security.

While the Prime Minister may have the confidence in the current Minister we do believe that the composition of the other support ministers in this Ministry needs to be addressed.

And we'll encourage our Prime Minister not to wait until a next scuffle to make changes, but to revisit this Ministry soon, as the public is quickly losing confidence in how the government is handling the current burgeon crime situation. 

The Chamber wishes all the new Ministers all the best in their with their portfolios and anticipate a new dynamism in the governance with the changes."