The island of Montserrat elected Reuben Meade as Chief Minister and Minister of Tourism on September 8, 2009. Sworn in on September 11, 2009, Meade will oversee all of the Montserrat Tourist Board product development initiatives as well as niche development and marketing. It is the second time the 55-year-old economist has been appointed Chief Minister of the British Overseas Territory, having held the position previously from 1991 to 1996.
In his acceptance speech Meade spoke about Montserrat’s natural resources and popularity as a destination for ecotourism. “I am humbled by the fact that the people of Montserrat have the confidence in me to lead this team and take the island forward,” said Meade. “We have a unique tourist destination that appeals to villa, eco-adventure and cultural heritage tourism. The future will see us strongly focusing on new developments, while at the same time respecting and valuing our natural and cultural environment.”
A veteran economist, Meade is a member of the Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) Party. He holds a degree in economics from the University of the West Indies and has completed studies in management, agriculture economics, marketing management, project preparation and appraisal and agricultural finance and management. Most recently the Minister of Agriculture, Land, Housing and the Environment, Meade has held positions as the Director of Development for the Government of Montserrat, director and project manager of L&M Construction and served as a Member of Parliament and leader of the opposition from 1997-2006. President of the Montserrat Cricket Association, Meade was awarded the Montserrat Certificate and Medal of Honor for his assistance during the disaster of Hurricane Hugo in 1990.
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