Dr Roopnaraine, Gaskin retained by Govt

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The Government of Guyana has created new positions for former ministers Dominic Gaskin and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine.

They join their other two colleagues, Joseph Harmon and Carl Greenidge, who were already confirmed to be retained by the coalition administration.

Gaskin, who served as Business Minister since 2015 when the new government took office, has now been appointed Director of Manufacturing and Marketing within the Ministry of Business.

His responsibilities will include the enforcement of standards, providing assistance to small producers, and access to markets, particularly in the Eastern Caribbean.

Dr Roopnaraine, who was previously the Minister of Public Service, will now serve as Director of Public Service Training within the Ministry of the Presidency.

His responsibilities will include oversight of training standards at the Bertram Collins College of the Public Service, the Guyana Defence Force Staff College and the Guyana Police Force Staff College.

It was already announced that Harmon, the former Minister of State, has taken up the role of Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency.

Greenidge, the former Foreign Affairs Minister, has been appointed the Foreign Secretary at the Ministry, with responsibility for the Department of Frontiers and Territorial Integrity as well as the Department of Trade and Economic Cooperation.

These are new roles created by the government for these former ministers, who were forced to resign as parliamentarians in light of a recent court ruling.

By resigning as members of parliaments, it meant that the individuals could also no longer serve as ministers of the government.

 

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