New tourism minister as PM splits up Michael’s portfolio

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda
Charles "Max" Fernandez and PM Gaston Browne (file photo) 2017

(Press Release)

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne on Friday, during the weekly sitting of the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda gave his Ministers new appointments following the removal from the Cabinet of MP Asot Michael who formerly served as Minister for Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy.

The Prime Minister advised his Cabinet that instead of appointing a new Minister for Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy to replace MP Asot Michael, he has opted to assign the portfolio responsibilities from that Ministry to a number of ministers.

With the portfolio realignments, the Honourable Henry Charles Fernandez, who was formerly the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration; now receives the appointment of Minister of Tourism, Foreign Affairs and Immigration.

The Honourable Sir Robin Yearwood received the Energy portfolio, assuming responsibility for Energy, PDV Caribe Antigua and Barbuda Limited and the Antigua and Barbuda National Energy Council (ABNEC).

The Health and Environment Minister, Molwyn Joseph assumes responsibility for Botanical Gardens and Heritage Sites, while the Hon. E. P. Chet Greene is now responsible for Investment, Economic Development, International Trade, the National Economic and Social Council and the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority.

Prime Minister Browne has added Public Private Partnerships (PPP), the West Indies Oil Company Limited, the National Asset Management Company (NAMCO), and the Citizenship by Investment Unit to his portfolio.

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  1. Lennox, boy, if Gaston had the smallest confidence in you some of the scraps from Asots plate would have fallen into your lap.

  2. A politically correct decision! I am elated that the Honorable Gaston Browne acted like a true statesmen and not a spineless shriveled coward afraid to be firm when the situation demands! Asot will bounce back however it is the visceral passionate collective that demands transparency and clean hands, sometimes the hard lessons make a better man! I hope Asot doesn’t become jaded and lose his passion for the olpolitical process and rule of Law 🌴🇦🇬🇦🇬🌴

    • I Agree With You Wholeheartedly; Mr. Merchant! Nothing Personal Against Asot Michael! Gaston Browne Had No Other Choice; But To Be Firm In This Embarrassing Situation! Asot Will Bounce Back!🌴

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