The Honourable Daryl Vaz, MP was sworn in as Minister of Science, Energy and Technology on September 13, 2020.
The major priorities of this Administration for the Ministry are the creation of an enabling environment to facilitate access to alternative sources of energy, greater incorporation of science and innovation as well as ensuring universal access to broadband and wireless services as a right for all Jamaicans, with a specific focus on rural Jamaica.
Prior to his appointment to the Ministry, Minister Vaz was the Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for the Land, Environment, Climate Change & Investment portfolios. Minister Vaz was then assigned the Water and Housing portfolios and subject matters having to do with certain special economic development projects.
He was tasked with ensuring that water and housing projects are accelerated and that special economic projects, such as the Special Economic Zones come to fruition.
Minister Vaz has served Jamaica in several capacities. He is a former Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information and Telecommunications. He also served as a former Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Project Implementation and Service Delivery.
He was an Opposition Spokesman on Land and the Environment as well as ICT and Digital Society Development.
Minister Vaz is the sitting Member of Parliament for Western Portland, a seat he has held since 2007. During the course of his political career, Minister Vaz served as Deputy Treasurer of the Jamaica Labour Party, a post he held from 2006 to 2010.
An astute businessman, Minister Vaz was the Founding President of the Jamaica Used Car Dealers Association.
He attended Mona Preparatory, Campion College and Miami Dade Community College in Miami, Florida.
He is married to Ann-Marie Theresa Vaz, JP, Member of Parliament for Eastern Portland. They have five children.The Honourable Minister's Commitment