Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest said Eugenia Cartwright has transitioned from her position as the first female Treasurer in the Public Treasury Department to become the Deputy Financial Secretary for Operations at the Ministry of Finance. “This is a very significant role in the way forward for the Ministry of Finance because for too long the Ministry has been allowed to kind of drift,” the DPM said during an Appreciation Luncheon for Ms. Cartwright at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre, Wednesday, February 14, 2018. The luncheon celebrated Ms. Cartwright for her 19 years of distinguished public service not only as the first female Treasurer of The Bahamas but also for being the longest-serving Treasurer in the country.
DPM Turnquest said, “Those of you who are in the Ministry of Finance and in the Treasury will know that we have suffered from a significant amount of attrition. So we are overworked and understaffed.” He explained that part of Ms. Cartwright’s new portfolio is to help the transition and reformation that needs to happen, to bring in the needed talent, to establish the procedures so that everybody is on one page and the Ministry of Finance is operating as efficiently as possible. “The Ministry of Finance is going through performance management reform and she will be intimately involved in that programme to ensure that the programme continues to make significant progress so we bring it about in the shortest time possible.”
The DPM said with the complexities of today’s financial environment and the needs of citizens, it is not acceptable that business continues as usual. “The fact that we are not able to produce financial information on the fly is just a hindering process because by the time as we get information, the event has passed and we are chasing to keep up.” He said, “So the reforms we are chasing in the Ministry of Finance are of critical importance and again we depend on Ms. Cartwright with all of the experience that she has and with all of the knowledge that she has to be an integral part in helping us to achieve the desired results.” Ms. Cartwright said she regarded it “a privilege” to serve at the Public Treasury, which is an important institution of the government. She also thanked the government for allowing her to serve as the Treasurer for 19 years, as well as those who encouraged and worked along with her over the years.