Minister Cudjoe officially appointed on September 11
Port of Spain, Trinidad – Earlier this week (Sept. 7), the dual-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago elected a new government. In addition, the new Prime Minister, the Honourable Keith Rowley, selected the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe as the new Minister of Tourism.
Minister Cudjoe first entered the Parliament of Trinidad & Tobago as an Opposition Senator at the start of the 10th Republican Parliament in June 2010. One of Tobago’s leading professionals in the field of International Affairs and Foreign Trade Policy, she has also served as a Trade Analyst in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and represented the island at various consultations and negotiations on regional integration and international trade matters. Her professional experience also includes working as an international trade consultant with the Organization of the American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C., USA. Prior to her appointment to the Cabinet, Minister Cudjoe was employed as the Assistant Director of the Youth Energized for Success Program, an initiative of the Division of Finance and Enterprise Development at the THA.
Speaking with the media following her appointment, the new tourism minister said she was pleased with her portfolio. Indicating there is “a plethora of issues” facing Trinidad & Tobago’s tourism industry, Minister Cudjoe said among her first actions would be to examine the industry and consult with stakeholders before implementing policy decisions. Other areas of priority for the Minister as she assumes office include improving transportation links between Trinidad & Tobago and initiatives to improve the local tourism product.
The People’s National Movement, led by Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, defeated the People’s Partnership Government, led by former Prime Minister the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, at the general election polls on Monday, September 7, 2015, winning 23 seats to the incumbent’s 18. On Wednesday, September 9, Dr. Rowley was sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. Prime Minister Rowley’s newly minted cabinet will have their first meeting on Monday, September 14, 2015.