Office of the Prime Minister
Friday, January 30, 2009 – Prime Minister, the Honourable Stephenson
King, has announced a re-assignment of portfolios within the Cabinet of
Ministers, as part of efforts to bring greater synergies and enhance efficiency
in the operations of Government.
This re-assignment, involves the Prime Minister giving up the portfolio of
External Affairs to the Honourable Rufus Bousquet, who becomes Minister for
External Affairs, International Trade and Investment.
Honourable Charlotte Tessa Mangal, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister
becomes Minister for Commerce, Industry and Consumer Affairs.
The Prime Minister will retain his portfolios as Minister for Finance
(International Financial Services), Economic Affairs, Economic Planning and
The re-assignment is intended to bring greater emphasis to the importance of
Economic Diplomacy in the pursuit of Saint Lucia’s External Relations Policy and
Strategy, and the use of foreign policy as a tool for attracting foreign direct
investment and enhancing the Country’s trade interests. Minister Bousquet, in
that regard, will retain responsibility for the National Development Corporation
and the Free Zone Management Authority.
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Consumer Affairs will be required to work
very closely with the Ministry of External Affairs, International Trade and
These arrangements come into effect from 2nd February 2009.