“It’s an honour” – Minister Hastings-Williams says of President’s decision to assign her a new role

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Minister within Ministry of Communities Dawn Hastings-Williams is keen to prove herself as she prepares to take up her new position at Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP).

President David Granger and Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams

The Minister described the President’s decision to assign her a new office, as an honour. She was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI), yesterday, as saying that she hopes to exceed the expectations of the President in her new role.

“The President, in his own judgment removed me from the Ministry of Communities to work at the Ministry of Presidency. I agreed and accepted the position assigned to me, of course there will have some challenges but I am quite sure with His Excellency’s guidance along with the guidance of the other ministers, I will do well,” Minister Hastings-Williams told DPI.

After announcing the Cabinet change on Wednesday, President Granger explained that the position is part of a continuous process of re-balancing the government’s work which is designed to ensure efficiency is served during the delivery of services.

“It is a question of my own judgment and I have to continuously evaluate the workload of every Ministry…Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams coming into the Ministry of Presidency is a continuous process to re-balancing the government’s work,” the President was quoted by DPI as saying.

He had expressed confidence in the Minister’s abilities whilst performing the duties she has been assigned, especially given her experience as a third-term Parliamentarian.

The minister will soon have the responsibility for oversight of the sections, which fall under the Presidential Secretariat. She will also be responsible for the administration of the National Endowment for Science and Technology (NEST) Programme as well as hinterland and rural relations.

Over the last two years, MoTP has had to assume responsibility for various areas of administration, including the environment and national security, which Minister Hastings-Williams will be assisting with.

Minister Hastings-Williams is slated to assume the position of Minister of Public Affairs with effect from September 01, 2017, according to DPI.

 

 

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