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National Unity Gov’t holds first Cabinet meeting

Left to right: Cabinet Secretary Ms. Sandra Ward; Attorney General Honourable Dawn J. Smith; Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Honourable Hon Melvin M. Turnbull; Deputy Premier and Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Kye Rymer; Governor and Chairman John J. Rankin, CMG; Premier Dr the Hon Wheatley, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Marlon A. Penn and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, and Sports Honourable Sharie de Castro. Photo: GIS
Members of the new Cabinet received their Oaths of Cabinet Confidentiality, which were administered by Chairman, H.E, Governor John J. Rankin, CMG during that first meetings. Photo: GIS
Members of the new Cabinet received their Oaths of Cabinet Confidentiality, which were administered by Chairman, H.E, Governor John J. Rankin, CMG during that first meetings. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The National Unity government led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) held its first cabinet meeting on May 11, 2022, where members of the new Cabinet received their Oaths of Cabinet Confidentiality, which were administered by Chairman, H.E, Governor John J. Rankin, CMG during that first meetings.

The Cabinet is made up of Cabinet Secretary Ms. Sandra I. Ward, Attorney General Honourable Dawn J. Smith; Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Honourable Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2); Deputy Premier and Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Kye Rymer (R5); Governor and Chairman John J. Rankin, CMG; Premier Dr the Hon Wheatley, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, and Sports Honourable Sharie de Castro (AL).

Constitutional body 

The VI Cabinet is constitutionally charged with the policymaking functions of the Territory and is assigned the control, direction and development of the Territory and is constitutionally allowed to make its own rules of procedure for the conduct of its business.

Cabinet meets weekly on a given day to establish its agenda for the meeting on another day in the upcoming week to make decisions on a collective basis and operate under a strict regime of confidentiality.

The meetings are closed to the public and this allows ministers to receive frank and honest information and advice on matters with national and international interests.

Members also rely on Cabinet as a forum in which they can deliberate in confidence on controversial matters, urgent public affairs, strategic issues and all significant policy matters, including legislation, the public service and the Territory as a whole.

7 Responses to “National Unity Gov’t holds first Cabinet meeting”

  • Yusaf (13/05/2022, 11:35) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Where is sheep? We the people not need to know…
  • Rubber Duck (13/05/2022, 11:38) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let’s hope it’s the last
  • BVI expensive (13/05/2022, 12:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ya’ll talking about everything else and not talking about raising the pay rate from $6.00 to at least something you can live off of!!! It have ppl in this lil small island who cant even afford to live
  • strupez 1 (13/05/2022, 15:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor please stop wasting time and dissolve this waste of time government.

    Start the real cleanup.
  • strupez 1 (13/05/2022, 15:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    why they are holding the oath as if it's burning their hands.
  • forward (13/05/2022, 16:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bring on election let's go


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