(Mariano) Browne, who remains a Minister in the Ministry of Finance, has now been assigned the Ministry of Trade and Industry, taking over from Dr Lenny Saith.
Browne will also be in charge of the controversial Unemployment Relief Programme (URP), which has been dogged by allegations of corruption and ghost gangs.
Browne’s promotion...turned out to be the main highlight of Manning’s Cabinet reshuffle which remained largely unchanged..."
A mini-reshuffle of Cabinet, indeed, but one with tremendous potential. For it would be a good trade-off -now that he has been handed the Browne Package- if Mariano were to let his primal instincts guide him -the ones he acquired whilst a student at St. Mary's College in Port of Spain- the better to relieve the Unemployment Relief Programme of its historical odious stigma by transforming it into an industrious organization.
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The above kind wish was prompted solely owing to the contemporaneous alma-maternal history of the hereof signatory and the recipient of the Browne Package -St. Mary's drilled her sons to be caring of one another and the wider community; and to the hope that, were the new line Minister to learn from that history he would stand an excellent chance of turning the above-communicated reverie into reality -history was a subject in which, back in those shared St.-Mary's-College days, Mariano excelled.
But, then, history also snides that, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride!"
All the same, fare well, Mariano!