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Warm Welcome For New Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs

The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe at her new office location, St. Clair on April 10, 2018

The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, newly appointed Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs received a warm welcome at the Ministry’s Head Office at St. Clair today, April 10, 2018, as she assumed her new portfolio. On hand to greet the Honourable Minister were Ms. Nicolette Duke, Permanent Secretary, Ms. Marcia London -McKellar, Deputy Permanent Secretary, other Ministry officials and staff.

At a media briefing at her new office, the Honourable Minister indicated that she was humbled to continue to serve as a member of Cabinet and was honoured to be able to serve in any capacity to which she is called.

Minister Cudjoe added that Sport is very much linked to Tourism and in this regard, she will continue to have partnerships and work hand in hand with all stakeholders to build on the diversification process for this country.

The Honourable Minister also emphasized her passion for youth development, having been a youth activist, a CARICOM Youth Ambassador, a United Nations Youth Ambassador, Vice President and later President of the Tobago Youth Council and a participant in the Regional Youth Parliament initiative.

The Minister also extended congratulations to Gold Medallist, Michelle-Lee Ahye and Silver Medallist, Dylan Carter for their historic and remarkable achievements at the 2018 Commonwealth Games currently taking place in the Gold Coast, Australia. She also applauded the recent successes of the CARIFTA Athletics and Swim Teams who competed at the just concluded Games in Bahamas and Jamaica respectively.

In her closing remarks, Minister Cudjoe committed to building on the successes in sport and heightening and deepening the interactions with all stakeholders to raise the profile of youth engagement in Trinidad and Tobago.

We at the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs look forward to working with the Honourable Minister as we continue to promote holistic sport development and youth empowerment.

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Sports Minister Shamfa attends first assignment

Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Shamfa Cudjoe at the function in Moruga on Wednesday. Photo: Trevor Watson
Newly appointed Sport and Youth Affairs Minister Shamfa Cudjoe, left, along with Dr Lovell Francis, Minister in the Ministry of Education, second from left UDECOTT CEO, Frank Barnes and Jade Brown Director of UDECOTT, right, turn the sod for the Moruga Youth Facility yesterday. It was Minister Cudjoe’s first public engagement in her new role. Photo by:Tony Howell

Shamfa Cudjoe attended her first assignment as Sports and Youth Affairs Minister in Moruga on Wednesday afternoon. It was to turn the sod for the start of construction of the Moruga Youth Facility at Fifth Company. Earlier in the day, Cudjoe posted on her Facebook page, 'New Day. New Opportunities. #Humbled #Grateful #Excited #LetsGo.'

"I wish to sincerely thank the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Permanent Secretary and staff of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs for the warm welcome and support on assuming duty as Minister.

Minister Cudjoe focuses on leadership, direction

Even though sports is not Shamfa Cudjoe's forte, she says it will not diminish her ability to effectively manage the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs as a Minister's job is to provide direction. In her first public outing following her reassignment to the Ministry, Cudjoe turned the sod for the proposed $29 million Moruga Youth Facility in Fifth Company yesterday. The facility will be built on five acres of former cane land. She told reporters that even though she was not an athlete there have been ministers in the past, who have served without having specific backgrounds related to their ministries.

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