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Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands (above second left), congratulating Prime Minister David Thompson before the official swearing-in ceremony at Kensington Oval
Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands (above second left), congratulating Prime Minister David Thompson before the official swearing-in ceremony at Kensington Oval. With him is Sir Clifford's aide-de-camp Lieutenant (CG) Carson Hackett, and Private Secretary Patricia Layne. Political analysts yesterday gave some advice to the new Prime Minister on Starcom Network Inc.'s Brasstacks Sunday radio call-in programme. (Antonio Miller)
Barbados' new Prime Minister David Thompson (left) with members of his new cabinet that included, from left, Minister of Housing and Lands Michael Lashley, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and International Business Donville Inniss, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Maxine McClean and Minister of Foreign Affairs Christopher Sinckler at Government Headquarters. Stamp of approval. Prime Minister David Thompson (left) with members of his new cabinet
It was the first working day of the new Cabinet after the Democratic Labour Party won 20 seats to the Barbados Labour Party's ten on January 15 2008. Compliments of the Nation News

February 28, 2008 Compliments of the Nation News

Prime Minister David Thompson ( right) chatting with president of the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA), Ricardo Knight (left), and BIBA's executive director Henderson Holmes (centre) at the Savannah Hotel on their way to the BIBA luncheon attended by scores of business people.

Prime Minister David Thompson (above right) chatting with president of the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA), Ricardo Knight (left), and BIBA's executive director Henderson Holmes (centre) at the Savannah Hotel

 

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David Thompson's Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration had its first full Cabinet meeting. The key issues discussed or decisions taken by the new Cabinet remain unknown with the 18-member ministerial team tightlipped after the session at Government Headquarters in Bay Street, St Michael. David Thompson's Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration had its first full Cabinet meeting
The grouping had met previously on Tuesday, but as Prime Minister Thompson told a Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry luncheon on Wednesday, that session was more of a dress rehearsal. The full team was present for yesterday's session, as shown here in this Antonio Miller picture. Standing at right is Cabinet Secretary Averil Gollop. (CG)
Barbados Chamber of Commerce There was a large turnout of the business community as Prime Minister David Thompson addressed the first monthly luncheon for the year of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce.(Picture by Antonio Miller.)
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Community Development Irene Sandiford-Garner taking centre stage while speaking with Prime Minister David Thompson (left). Looking and listening on were from left, Minister of Culture Steve Blackett.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Community Development Irene Sandiford-Garner taking centre stage while speaking with Prime Minister David Thompson

Chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation Ian Estwick and Ken Knight, chairman of the board.

Prime Minister David Thompson (right) briefing the Press about the new Government senators as Minister of Agriculture Haynesley Benn looks on.
Prime Minister David Thompson (right) briefing the Press about the new Government senators as Minister of Agriculture Haynesley Benn looks on.
Prime Minister David Thompson and his Vincentian counterpart Ralph Gonsalves HEAD TABLE. Prime Minister David Thompson and his Vincentian counterpart Ralph Gonsalves discussed a range of issues when they met at Government Headquarters, Bay Street.

During what Thompson described as "off the record on the record discussion" talks, the two leaders discussed the future of LIAT, the CARICOM Single Market and Economy as well as issues related to trade."He [Gonsalves] updated me on some of the important issues between the two countries, and in an overarching way, issues pertaining to CARICOM," Thompson told reporters after the three-hour discussions. "We looked at issues like maritime delimitation, the illegal drug trade, air transportation and the CSME, among other issues," Thompson said.

Compliments of the Nation News

Compliments of the Nation news

FOR THE NEW Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government it's straight down to business.

Prime Minister David Thompson made this clear yesterday, declaring: "We are going to hit the ground running."

He made the comment during a brief, impromptu news conference outside the office of his constituency branch in Carters, St John, before the start of a victory motorcade.

"What I am focusing on now is really constituting the Government and giving emphasis to the priorities we set out in the manifesto," he said.

High on the agenda was finalising the annual Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, he indicated.

"I have not even seen the Estimates so far drafted," he said. "I received some briefs, which I will look at a little later on the weekend."

He hinted the priorities could include tackling the problems of St John and establishing councils to deal with matters in constituencies as "that should not require a lot of the bureaucracy and could be dispensed with in a non-partisan manner".

"There's a lot that needs to be done in St John," he said, mentioning the network of roads, the housing infrastructure and the St John Polyclinic.

"There's a lot that needs to be done and we're going to get it done," he told reporters.

He also restated his Government's commitment to "put a plan in place to ensure that Kensington (Oval) is not a white elephant".

As for the party's manifesto pledges, the Prime Minister said: "We propose to stick to them."

The DLP won 20 of the 30 seats in last Tuesday's general election, with the others going to former Prime Minister Owen Arthur's Barbados Labour Party.

Yesterday, hundreds of DLP supporters, most of them wearing yellow shirts with the I Wid Dem slogan, joined Thompson in celebrating the victory with a motorcade through the streets of St John.

"We're saying 'thank you' to the people of St John for the confidence that they have reposed in me," he said.

A national ecumenical service and swearing-in ceremony for the other members of the new Cabinet will be held tomorrow from 3:30 p.m. at Kensington Oval.

The Prime Minister gave no hint as to who would be in his Cabinet but said his Government had "areas of emphasis" that were different to those of the last administration. The configuration of ministries and allocation of portfolios would reflect that, he said. (TY)

 
 
 
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