Chief Minister resigns from Surinamese cabinet – NationNews Barbados –

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Paramaribo – A week after President Chandrikapersad Santokhi announced plans to reshuffle his two-year-old cabinet, Saskia Walden, Minister of Economic Affairs, Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation, has resigned.

She will be replaced by Rishma Kuldipsingh, who held the position of Labour, Employment and Youth Affairs, and will join Steven McAndrew, former Free Movement Specialist at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) based in Barbados. unit, who will be appointed to the post of Secretary of State for Labour, Employment and Youth.

“For some time I have indicated that I will make my portfolio available to the president,” Walden told Apintie Television. “Ministers also have the right to return their portfolios. I made use of this right, justified in writing.

“I will remain available to the government when needed and serve the community to help drive sustainable economic development.”

McAndrew, who is expected to be sworn in Tuesday evening, served as a director of the Suriname Business Association (VSB) and helped shape the introduction of the International Labor Organization (ILO) decent work agenda in Suriname in that capacity.

Regionally, McAndrew has been involved in the free movement of people process under the CSME which allows for the transfer of skills, labour, services and capital across the CARICOM group.

In a press release on Monday, the Communications Service of Suriname (CDS) reiterated the government’s position that the evaluation is an ongoing process and that further changes will be made, when and where necessary.

According to the CDS, these assessment interviews show that the implementation capacity of some ministries is insufficient.

Earlier this month, President Santokhi confirmed he would reshuffle his cabinet amid persistent rumors of an imminent reshuffle of his ministerial team.

“We are working properly, responsibly and correctly, and I think it will be over within two weeks,” he added.

In the previous reshuffle of his duties, Santokhi replaced his wife, whom he appointed as acting director of the president’s cabinet, after taking office in July 2020.

Because of this appointment, the head of state has been strongly criticized for what has been described as a “gross form of nepotism”.

Santokhi said officials will also be replaced in various supervisory boards, district commissioners and other institutions.

He said this stems from a thorough assessment that has taken place in recent weeks.