PR – Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, and his Cabinet colleagues have taken their respective oaths of office, as they prepare to assume new ministerial portfolios on October 5, 2020.
Following the recent Cabinet reshuffle, Dr. Mitchell now has responsibility for the Ministry of National Security, Public Administration, Youth Development, Home Affairs, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Management.
It is the first time he will be responsible for the area of Youth Development, and in an interview immediately following the swearing in ceremony, Dr. Mitchell said ensuring adequate human resource capacity and job security are among his priority areas.
He said, “We have to ensure that there is sufficient personnel to implement the many initiatives the Ministry of Youth Development is undertaking. This is particularly important because we need to take a serious look at the IMANI Programme and ensure we are serving our young people in the best possible manner. I said before there will be radical change and I assure you today that there will be a complete overhaul of the programme.”
The Prime Minister reiterated his confidence that given his experience and constant engagement with young people, he will be able to bring about meaningful change. He cited the areas of sports and ICT as opportunities to create a natural connection with the nation’s youth.