Newly-appointed Minister of Social Development Donna Cox says her first order of business as minister is the digitalisation of grants and social services system.

Minister Cox said she was pleased with her new assignment, because she will be leading the charge in helping, empowering and transforming lives of the vulnerable in our society.

The following is a press release from the Ministry of Social Development.

Digitization of the grants and social services system will be among the first order of business for newly appointed Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Donna Cox. 

The Minister received a warm welcome by staff at the Ministry. On hand to greet the Minister was Permanent Secretary Mrs Jacinta Bailey-Sobers, Acting Permanent Secretary Ms Sheila Seecharan and Deputy Permanent Secretary, Mr Vijay Gangapersad.

While speaking with members of the media, Minister Cox said she was pleased with her new assignment, because she will be leading the charge in helping, empowering and transforming lives of the vulnerable in our society. She acknowledged the phenomenal work that was achieved by her predecessors at the Ministry during the last five years, inclusive of the work that has been on-going to bring immediate and holistic relief to those most in need; particularly during this period of social and economic uncertainty.

While she admitted that she was fortunate to have a solid and credible foundation on which to expand on, Minister Cox was as equally quick to highlight the critical importance of this Ministry in Trinidad and Tobago’s national recovery efforts. Additionally, Minister Cox said among her first order of business will be to focus on making quick and efficient access to the Ministry’s grants and services available to the citizenry. In this regard, the digitization of the grants and social services system will be of utmost importance, because according to the Minister: “People in need cannot wait.”

The Minister also acknowledged that the Ministry recently launched an Internal Values, Attitudes and Behaviours (VABS) Campaign, which will assist the staff in becoming more client-centred. She, therefore, looks forward to the implementation of the National VABs campaign at the cusp of the commemoration of our country’s 58th anniversary of Independence. This she feels will signal a call to the nation that we are all in this together and will be equally instrumental in taking our citizenry back to its civic roots.

The Minister ended by indicating that there is need to revitalize a sense of national pride, innovation and resilience in our country; and believes that this will assist in transforming the culture of dependency into one of sustainability. The Executive and staff of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services look forward to working closely with Minister Cox in all efforts to positively transform the lives of the people of Trinidad and Tobago through the provision of quality social services.