Six ministers and five ministers of state were sworn in on Wednesday September 22 by the Governor General as part of the new Bahamian Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Hon. Philippe Davis.
New ministries announced include Social Services and Urban Development; labor and immigration; Environment and natural resources; Transport and Accommodation; and Grand Bahama.
During swearing-in ceremonies held at the Baha Mar Convention Center on Wednesday, Prime Minister Davis said all hands on deck are needed to address the urgent challenges the country currently faces.
“I am proud that some of the best of these hands are part of our parliamentary team who can bring their expertise, experience and industry to the task at hand,” said the Prime Minister.
The appointed ministers include:
• The Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development and Head of Government Affairs in the House of Assembly;
• The Hon. Keith Bell, Minister of Labor and Immigration;
• The Hon. Vaughn Miller, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources;
• The Hon. Mario Bowleg, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture;
• The Hon. Jobeth Coleby-Davis, Minister of Transport and Housing; and
• The Hon. Ginger Moxey, Minister of Grand Bahama.
Ministers of State include:
• The Hon. Basil McIntosh, Minister of State for the Environment;
• The Hon. Myles Laroda, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office;
• The Hon. Pia Glover-Rolle, Minister of State for the Civil Service;
• The Hon. Lisa Rahming, Minister of State, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development; and
• The Hon. Zane Lightbourne, Minister of State for Education.
The new ministers of state, the prime minister said, will support the urgent and important work of the new administration.
Prime Minister Davis said that while each title and role comes with specific responsibilities, government agencies must work together to achieve the best results.
“Since government is organized by ministerial portfolios, it is easy to forget that the jobs we do are closely linked,” the Prime Minister said.
“The many branches of government need to work together. “
The first ten ministerial assignments were announced on Saturday September 18 and Monday September 20, 2021.
• Deputy Prime Minister, I. Chester Cooper, Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation;
• Senator Ryan Pinder, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs;
• The Hon. Frederick Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Civil Service;
• The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education, Technical and Vocational Training;
• The Hon. Alfred Sears, Minister of Public Works and Public Services;
• The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Department of Health and Wellness;
• Senator Michael Halkitis, Minister of Economic Affairs and Leader of Government Affairs in the Senate;
• The Hon. Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Affairs of the Islands;
• The Hon. Wayne Munroe, Minister of National Security; and
• The Hon. Jomo Campbell, Minister of State for Legal Affairs.
After the first round of appointments earlier in the week, Prime Minister Philip Davis in remarks during the swearing-in ceremony, said his appointments to the Bahamian Cabinet reflected the breadth and depth of expertise and characteristics of his team – and described the group as having “experience combined with innovation, expertise combined with a willingness to see things differently, integrity and a keen sense of purpose.” He added, “They are receiving these nominations because of their determination to get things done. “