Thursday 1 October, 2020

PHOTOS: PM urges state ministers to be champions of policy, advocacy

Dr Norman Dunn (left) elbow bumps Governor General Sir Patrick Allen after being sworn in as State Minister, Industry, Investment and Commerce on Monday at King's House.

Dr Norman Dunn (left) elbow bumps Governor General Sir Patrick Allen after being sworn in as State Minister, Industry, Investment and Commerce on Monday at King's House.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has encouraged the newly minted ministers of state to be advocates of policy and public affairs.

Speaking at the swearing in for nine ministers of state on Monday at King's House, Holness said their responsibility is to support their Cabinet ministers in explaining to the public policy decisions that have been tabled,noting that there are areas within every policy that need advocacy and a clear breakdown to every citizen. 

“You have great room and you also have great responsibility. Work along with your ministers,  and support them; there is a saying that, if you want to be a general in the army, you have to start off by being a good private, and I believe that is a word to the wise,” said Holness.

State Ministers Swearing In

See below the full slate of new ministers of state, which Holness said represents a good mix of youth and experience. 

Marsha Smith – State Minister, Finance and Public Service

Leslie Campbell – State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

Juliet Cuthbert Flynn – State Minister, Health and Wellness

Homer Davis – State Minister, Local Government and Rural Development

Alando Terrelonge – State Minister, Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport

JC Hutchinson –  State Minister, Transport and Mining

Robert Morgan – State Minister, Education, Youth and Information

Zavia Mayne – State Minister, Labour and Social Security

Dr Norman Dunn - State Minister, Industry, Investment and Commerce

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