Montserrat government departments being restructured

BRADES, Montserrat, Friday September 30, 2011 – A restructuring programme has been rolled out for government ministries, days after a new Constitution took effect here.

The Ministry of Economic Development & Trade has been merged with the Ministry of Finance with some of its services moving to the Office of the Premier, headed by Reuben T. Meade.

That office will be supported by a Permanent Secretary, who will be responsible for Regional Affairs and Trade, and have oversight of the Tourist Board and Diaspora Affairs.
A cabinet secretary has also been appointed.

A Constitution Secretariat has been created in the British Overseas Territory, and a Clerk has been appointed for the Legislative Assembly. That individual will also serve as director with responsibility for servicing various Commissions.

John Skerritt remains Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, and will be supported by a Deputy Financial Secretary.

“The appointments of Hon. John Skerritt – Financial Secretary, Mrs Beverley Mendes – Permanent Secretary, Mrs Angela Greenaway – Cabinet Secretary and Mrs Judith Baker – Director come into effect on September 27th, 2011,” the Office of the Deputy Governor stated.

“However, the new organization structures to support their functions will be phased in over a six month period. Effective April 1, 2012, all structures will be fully operational,”

A date has not yet been finalised for all transitions.

“The Cabinet Secretary has begun to undertake the duties as Secretary to Cabinet and will begin coordinating the Strategic Planning process previously undertaken by the Office of the Deputy Governor,” the statement explained.

“In addition effective October 3, 2011, she will assume responsibility for Information and Communications, which includes ZJB Radio Montserrat and the Government Information Unit (GIU).” Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)