A new political group, the United People’s Movement (UPM), made of up 12 existing Members of Parliament has come together under the leadership of Honourable Julianna O’Connor-Connolly as Premier and Honourable Andre Ebanks as Deputy Premier. Former Premier Wayne Panton will be nominated to the role of Speaker of Parliament.
Her Excellency, Governor Jane Owen was duly notified of this transition and has accepted the composition of the new administration, comprised of 12 Members:
Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly MP: Premier and Minister for Finance, Education, District Administration, Lands and Cabinet Office
Hon. Andre Ebanks MP: Deputy Premier, Minister for Financial Services & Commerce and Investment, Innovation & Social Development
Hon. Kenneth Bryan MP: Minister for Tourism & Ports
Hon. Johany "Jay" Ebanks MP: Minister for Planning, Agriculture, Housing, Infrastructure as well as Transport & Development
Hon. Sabrina Turner MP: Minister for Health & Wellness and Home Affairs
Hon. Isaac Rankine MP: Minister for Youth, Sports and Heritage
Hon. Dwayne Seymour MP: Minister for Border Control & Labour and Culture
Hon. Katherine Ebanks-Wilks MP: Minister for Sustainability & Climate Resiliency
Heather Bodden, MP remains the Deputy Speaker as well as a Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministries of Tourism and Ports and Social Development.
MP Bernie Bush graciously offered his position in Cabinet to former Speaker Katherine Ebanks-Wilks and he will remain with the Government. Outgoing Minister Bernie Bush was pivotal in the reconfiguration of this Government and all Members of the UPM thanked him for his unwavering dedication and passionate advocacy for the subjects of his former Ministry. McKeeva Bush, MP will also sit on the Government’s backbench.
This represents a reconfiguration of roles to emphasize the group’s shared ideals, as they work together in pursuit of the Government’s five broad outcomes for the people of the Cayman Islands:
Improve the Quality of Life for Caymanians
Enhance Our Competitiveness While Meeting International Standards
Modernise the Government to Improve Public Sector Performance
Future Proofing to Increase Resilience and
Protect and Promote Caymanian Culture, Heritage and Identity
The Premier, Cabinet Ministers and the back-bench member also want to thank the former Premier, Hon. Wayne Panton for his dedication and service during the past two and a half years, particularly managing the country in the second half of the pandemic and successfully reopening the country’s borders. Members of the UPM are confident MP Panton will offer the country a great service as the new Speaker of Parliament.
“One of the key aspects of this smooth transition is the retention of the existing Cabinet Ministers, as a testament to the group’s commitment to continuity and stability. The UPM is determined to be innovative and to accelerate the delivery of results for the people of the Cayman Islands,” said Hon Premier Julianna O’Connor-Connolly.