The Portia Simpson Miller administration has received the backing of an important voice on her appointment of a 20-member Cabinet to run Jamaica.
Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, Jamaica and the Caribbean's leading hotelier, said yesterday that the range and complexity of the country's problems "cannot be managed by a small Cabinet".
Having a small Cabinet for the sake of numbers makes very little sense when the enormity of our problems demand the fullest application of the limited leadership talent pool that we have as a country," said Stewart in an interview with the Observer three days after Simpson Miller announced her Cabinet.
Stewart, the chairman of the ATL/Sandals Group which includes the Jamaica Observer, likened the Cabinet to a board of directors in which the members are usually selected for the skill they bring to the needs of the company.
"In Jamaica's case, we must run our country as we would a business, with the Cabinet acting as the board of directors under the chairmanship of Mrs Simpson Miller," he suggested. (read more)