Dean Jonas Now Minister Of Social Transformation and The Blue Economy

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

Programme

  • 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 &

Youth Empowerment (Job

Programme)

  • 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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