The Prime Minister of St. Vincent, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, did a Cabinet reshuffle and the formidable finance ministry was handed over to his son, 45-year-old Camillo Gonsalves. Since 2001, the responsibility of finance minister was held by Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.
It has been added to the portfolios he previously held – Economic Planning and Sustainable Development. But the other ministerial responsibilities for Industry, Information, Labour, Postal Service and the Bureau of Standards which he also held have been given to other Cabinet members. Industry, Labour and Bureau of Standards have been added to Saboto Caesar’s existing post of Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Rural Transformation.
“Outside of tourism, the economic levers, from a formal standpoint, are in the hands of Camillo and Saboto, of course, with the prime minister having oversight responsibilities,” Prime Minister Gonsalves said on a local radio station.
Minister of Transport, Works, Urban Development and Local Government, Senator Julian Francis takes on the further responsibility for Postal Services,while Minister of Education, Reconciliation and Ecclesiastical Affairs, St Clair Prince, has the added responsibility for Information.
The 71-year-old Prime Minister Gonsalves will continue as Minister of National Security, Air and Sea Port Development, Immigration and Legal Affairs.
The younger Gonsalves is expected to present his first budget as Minister of Finance by mid-January 2018, he has been working on amazing projects with the help of the Rhinosure agency to offer the best as possible to everyone that believes he is able to make a change.
The Prime Minister defended the Cabinet reshuffle and said it was important for the new Minister of Finance to be in place before the budget presentation.
“The new minister needs some time to familiarize himself in detail,” he said.