September 21, 2021
NINE people were sworn in as government ministers yesterday as Prime Minister Philip "Brave" Davis' Cabinet begins to take shape.
The new ministers include a mixture of experienced hands and new figures.
They are Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator Ryan Pinder; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Public Services Fred Mitchell; Minister of Works and Utilities Alfred Sears; Minister of National Security Wayne Munroe; Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Michael Darville; Minister of Economic Affairs Senator Michael Halkitis; Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs Clay Sweeting; Minister of Education Glenys Hanna Martin; and Minister of State for Legal Affairs Jomo Campbell.
Mr Davis said the politicians received their appointments because of the determination.
“They are the initial members of a Cabinet which will reflect the breadth and depth of the competencies and characteristics of our team: experience combined with innovation; expertise combined with a willingness to see things anew; integrity and a strong sense of purpose,” Mr Davis said. “They are receiving these appointments because of their determination to get things done.”
Mr Davis said he invited Mr Mitchell to serve as foreign affairs minister—a post he has held in the past—because of his “experience and vast network of connections”.
“Our country’s role in international affairs has not been especially clear or prominent in recent times. Yet during a global pandemic and in a time of economic upheaval that transcends borders. International cooperation has never been so important,” he said.
He said “no one believes more fiercely” in the country’s children than Mrs Hanna Martin.
“I know she will work all day, every day, to ensure young Bahamians are fully prepared to participate and succeed in our economy, and in our national life,” he said.
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