Unofficial reports to BVI News are that Premier Andrew Fahie has selected his Cabinet.
These reports have Premier Fahie himself assuming the Ministry of Finance portfolio, similar to his predecessor Dr D Orlando Smith.
As things stand now, tourism responsibilities fall under the Office of the Premier. As such, At-Large representative Shereen Flax-Charles has been handed the Junior Minister of Tourism role.
Information to our news centre, however, suggests that some restructuring has happened in relation to the four remaining ministerial portfolios.
BVI News has been told that the Fahie administration has joined health and telecommunications responsibilities to form the Ministry of Telecommunications, Health & Welfare. At-Large representative Carvin Malone has been reported as the minister of that portfolio.
Agriculture has reportedly been relocated to the education portfolio to form the Ministry of Education, Culture, Agriculture, Fisheries, Sports & Youth Affairs. Seventh District Representative and educator Dr Natalio Wheatley has been named as the minister responsible for that portfolio. A junior ministerial role for that portfolio has also been created for At-Large representative Sharie de Castro, BVI News understands.
Fifth District Representative and former head of the Department of Motor Vehicles Kye Rymer has been reported as the Minister of Transportation, Works & Utilities.
The Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour & Immigration is to be headed by Ninth District Representative and former Sister Islands Coordinator Vincent Wheatley.
Meanwhile, At-Large representative Neville ‘Sheep’ Smith has reportedly been appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.
The Virgin Islands Party government is yet to make an official announcement on the above mentioned ministerial portfolios and who will head them.
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