Hon. Oliver Joseph
Cabinet Minister, Grenada
Oliver Joseph is a Grenadian politician and current Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Oliver Joseph is Grenadian by birth. He attended the St. Andrew's Anglican Secondary School and later pursued graduate and postgraduate studies at The University of the West-Indies (Cave Hill Campus) and The Robert Gordon University (Scotland). He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Management, Diploma in Trade Policy and a Masters Degree in International Trade. He has also received specialized training in Trade Negotiations
In 1982, after completing his academic studies, he entered the Grenada Public Service where he served in various policy and administrative positions which included career stints as Director of Trade in the Ministry of Trade and Export and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Oliver's illustrious and progressive career extended beyond the Grenada Public Service to the learning sustainable environment. During the period 2003-2008, he served as Adjunct Lecturer in Economics at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) and Tutor at the University of the West-Indies Open Campus, (UWI Marryshow House, Grenada)
In November 2009, following the Caricom Heads of Government decision to implement the Caribbean Small Market Economy (CSME), he was seconded as Coordinator to the Barbados based, Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) responsible for the regional implementation of the CSME. During his secondment, he conducted many regional training workshops and is well known for conducting research and production of a Trainer Manual for regional education officers.
Following the NNP's election victory In February 2013, Joseph was appointed Minister of Economic Development, Trade, Planning, Cooperatives& International Business in the Keith Mitchell Administration.
In the 1 July 2016 Cabinet reshuffle,
Joseph was appointed Minister of Economic Development, Trade, Planning, and Labour.
In the Cabinet resuffle of 1 September 2017, Joseph retained Labour and Cooperatives portfolios, however the portfolio of Economic Development will now come under the Ministry of Finance.