Cabinet appointments settled


…except for Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister
President Donald Ramotar  has continued the task of  the reorganization of the executive and as such the composition of Cabinet has been settled, with the exception of the appointment of a Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce.
Minister of Housing and Water, Irfaan Ali, has been assigned to act until such time as an appointment is made .
Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon, made this disclosure yesterday during his post-cabinet press briefing , when  he also said that the work programmes for  Cabinet are also being adopted.
Dr. Luncheon announced too that, as part of the reorganisation, Navin Chandarpal has been appointed as Advisor on Sustainable Development, Science and Technology, joining current advisors Gail Teixeira, Odinga Lumumba, Pandit Reepu Daman Persaud and Shyam Nokta .
As to additional changes, the Cabinet Secretary said sub-committees of cabinet have been reconstituted and  members appointed to new sub-committees, including infrastructure and justice, bringing the number of Cabinet sub-committees to eight.
In addition, sub-committees to sectoral ministers have been directed by the president to form advisory bodies on which local and foreign non-governmental personalities would sit and advise the ministers.
Most notably, Dr. Luncheon pointed out that Cabinet has already recognised, among its priorities,  Local Government reform, which will be the subject of the very first sector strategy meeting in 2012.