After almost a month of deliberations, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is set to announce changes to her Cabinet and State boards today.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communications Suruj Rambachan confirmed this at yesterday's post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair.
"The Prime Minister is going to make her announcement tomorrow afternoon (today) on her decision with respect to the reshuffling of the Cabinet," said Rambachan.
At the People's Partnership second anniversary celebrations at Mid Centre Mall in Chaguanas on May 24, Persad-Bissessar signalled changes were coming.
"This is a time when we must take the nation's development to a whole new phase. To achieve this, I am calling in all my ministers... all the members of State boards, and I am calling them in to provide an account of their stewardship of their ministries and State boards. We are approaching mid-term; our discussions must be frank and cordial. But we must do this on the basis of evaluating performance and after having evaluated their performance, I will then undertake a reconfiguration of the Cabinet of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and of the State boards," she had said.
Subsequent to this, the Prime Minister and Government members retreated to Tobago where she began the process of performance evaluation of her ministers.
This will be the second Cabinet reshuffle in the Persad-Bissessar-led administration since entering office on May 24, 2010.
The first reshuffle took place in June last year when Persad-Bissessar revoked the appointments of then health minister Therese Baptiste-Cornelis and public administration minister Rudrawatee Nan Ramgoolam.
The Ministry of Works and Transport was split into two, and Devant Maharaj was appointed Transport Minister while Jack Warner retained the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.
Verna St Rose Greaves was appointed Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development.
Several Government ministers yesterday were in the dark as to their future.
The Prime Minister is expected to meet with her Cabinet before she makes her announcement today.