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Jan 18, 2022

Micho Settling in At Public Utilities

Michel Chebat

Former Minister of Health, Michel Chebat, was reassigned just over a week ago to the Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy, and Logistics. It was a major shift from a Ministry that found itself in the throes of a deadly pandemic and gripped by shortages in almost every aspect, from supplies, equipment, and medications, to human resources as the disease ravages on. Chebat was also at the centre of controversy for his management style, displayed most vividly in the episode that resulted in the former Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, being removed when that post was abolished. So, when we met with him today, we asked how he’s settling in at his new Ministry, and this was how he responded.

 

Michel Chebat, Minister of Public Utilities, Energy & Logistics

“At this time I am learning the ministries, getting to know what the existing policies are, seeing how they align with PlanBelize to then make a decision on what needs to be adjusted. So right now I’m at the exploratory stage, yes. Thanks to the Prime Minister for the confidence he continues to have in me. I think it was a year where we faced a lot of difficulties. We came into a Ministry that was broken and my mandate was really to fight the COVID pandemic and I think we did so with a lot of successes.”


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