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PM Ralph Gonsalves to become Minister of Tertiary Education; Keisal to head Foreign Affairs Ministry


St. Vincent and the Grenadines (iWitness News) – Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves will shed the foreign affairs portfolio to take up ministerial responsibility for post-secondary education.

He told an ongoing press conference, in Kingstown, that Senator Keisal Peters, who has been minister of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since November 2020, will be promoted to full minister.

Peters will also be responsible for foreign trade, regional integration and the diaspora unit.

“She has done well as Minister of State,” he said, of Peters, adding that the requisite instruments have been prepared and will be sent to the Governor General later this week or early next week.

“… there are one or two administrative things I have to put in place under the relevant constitutional provision,” Gonsalves said, as he reported on his official visit to Taiwan.

He noted, however, that the government cannot have a foreign policy without the prime minister being involved.

The prime minister said that there will be increased Taiwan scholarships and training programmes for Vincentians and exchange of students.

He said there are ongoing discussions involving Kingstown’s ambassador to Taipei, Andrea Bowman.

Gonsalves said that he will be doing his part in Kingstown, interacting with Taiwan’s representatives in the Vincentian capital.

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