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Culture added to Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines’ portfolio

Culture added to Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines’ portfolio

Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines is taking on an extra portfolio as Junior Minister of Tourism.

According to Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), Hon Maduro-Caines will now be the Junior Minister for Culture and Tourism.

Premier Wheatley made the announcement during a press conference to announce Culture and Tourism Month on Thursday, October 27, 2022.

‘I can’t think of anyone better’- Premier


“And let me just say at this point that the culture portfolio will be assigned to the Junior Minister and she will be the Junior Minister of Culture and Tourism and I can’t think of anyone better to take forward those two portfolios and make them work,” Premier Wheatley stated.

He told reporters that culture and tourism have great synergy and it has been the position of his administration that culture and tourism have a much closer working relationship.

This he said began from the time he was in the Ministry of Education, and pointed out that Culture week and Tourism Month are both observed in November.

“And we decided that a week was not long enough to celebrate our culture and therefore we wanted a month-long celebration of culture and it only made sense for us to combine our culture week and what became our culture month with tourism month.”

From left: Director of Culture Dr Katherine A. Smith, President of H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Dr Richard E. Georges, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), Junior Minister for Culture and Tourism Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) and Director of Tourism Mr Clive McCoy at a press conference to announce Culture and Tourism Month on Thursday, October 27, 2022.


Taking it to the ‘next level’


Dr Wheatley said the Government of National Unity wants to take observances to the next level because of the mandate to diversify the territory’s tourism product.

“And we have a mandate to place more emphasis on culture even among our local residents.”

Meanwhile, a Fungi Fest is on the slate as part of the activities for Culture and Tourism month. This event will be led by Hon Maduro-Caines.

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