Dean Jonas Returns As Minister Of Government

Jonas at swearing in ceremony in 2018

Prime Minister the Hon Gaston Browne on Friday, wrote to Governor General Sir Rodney Williams, appointing Member of Parliament for St. George, Athill Dean Jonas to his Cabinet after a six-month suspension.

MP Dean Jonas will now assume the position of Minister for Social Transformation and the Blue Economy.   His portfolios will include responsibilities for:

  • Ministry Headquarters
  • Social Welfare Division
  • Community Development
  • Social Improvement
  • Social Policy and Development
  • Single Parents
  • Poverty Eradication
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Drug Rehabilitation & Reduction


  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Rural Development
  • Board of Guardians
  • Gender Affairs
  • Ecclesiastical Affairs
  • Public Administration
  • The Civil Service
  • Establishment Department
  • Training Division
  • Human Resource Development and

Management Services

  • Pension Reform
  • Public Sector Transformation &

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  • National Youth Council
  • Youth Department
  • Empowerment
  • Local Government
  • Alliance for Social Well Being
  • The Blue Economy

In January of this year, Dean Jonas was relieved of his position as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries after what was termed as a toxic environment between him and his ministry and farmers.  Prime Minister Browne said that the six-month suspension period was for reflection and contemplation as to how to achieve reconciliation.

The Social Transformation Ministry was previously held by Minister Samantha Marshall who took over the Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs Ministry on the suspension of Dean Jonas in January of this year.

Minister Dean Jonas appointment as Minister of Social Transformation and the Blue Economy takes effect from today Friday, May 15.

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  1. Mmmmmm looks like the PM gearing up for another snap election and want to secure some seats…..

  2. That is a long lists of things Jonas is responsible for.Now Jonas would have to step up to the plate and be a Manager.Do not be a hands on Manager and micro-manage.It does not work in 99% of situations.It usually creates animus in the work place.

  3. Confusion starts again. Dean cannot live at Peace with himself never mind others who he deems to be less than himself. That man needs to be permanently confined to the dust bin of history. I hope the PM knows what he is doing. This man isn’t fit to serve at the pleasure of Bullgahanie.

  4. Welcome back Dean. Hope you had a teachable moment. Leave behind your UPP characteristics of victimization. Focus on your goals as set by the PM. And remember you catch more flies with honey. People will always try to double cross you. That’s life

  5. CONGRATULATIONS to my MP for ST.Georges. We in St. Georges are very Happy . Thank you Hon. Gaston Browne. Blessings

  6. The PM did the right thing. I only hope Jonas has learned a good lesson. Now get to work!!!!!

  7. @Kristi. I am sure he has learnt his lesson. His backside will forever be stamped with Gaston’s boots.

  8. Congrats to you Dean, you are back sooner than we expect…. Remember, lightning does not strike at the same place twice. Neither do opportunities pass by twice that easy….. It is obvious that the PM see something good in you.. Now you are back, be smart, conform to his rules and exercise your duties with wisdom….. Remember also that your subordinates can make you or break you…. Establish a good relationship with them and show us all what you are really worth.

  9. Can there be a reshuffle there? Maybe even a junior health minister.
    The suffering is great, great, very very great Mr. PM.

    • Look at the disrespect shown to the chief inspector. Micromanagement and Sidelining has caused many to just give up.
      Look at how many permanent secretaries that ministry has had.
      Dont be fooled by all the suave talk, covid has exposed the fact that we need social transformation of the health ministry.

  10. Any body knows what a Blue economy is? Does that mean Dean will be in charge of UPP

    1 There is a tourism minister that is in charge sailing, yachts, cruise ships etc. That minister deals with that.

    2 There is a minister in charge of water already. So that minister deals with water shortage.

    3 There is a minister in charge of corporate governance. I assume he still has that to do.

    There is an agriculture minister…. So what exactly is this Blue economy that Dean has to invent?

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