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Stern is new RADA chairman

Published:Friday | August 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Michael Stern

Former Member of Parliament for North West Clarendon, Michael Stern, is the new chairman of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).

The Gleaner understands that Stern's nomination for the post was brought to Cabinet and approved on Monday by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda.

Stern is a former state minister of industry, investment and commerce in the Bruce Golding administration and was at the centre of a dual-citizenship issue that several parliamentarians faced in 2009.

The post of board chairman for RADA became vacant following the sudden resignation of Genille Attalla in June this year. Atalla resigned for "personal reasons".

Only a week ago, the vice-chairman of RADA board, Annette Henry, also resigned for "personal reasons".

Businessman Dave Powell and building contractor Dwight Crawford had resigned from the board as they were candidates for the Jamaica Labour Party in last year's Local Government Election. Candidates contesting elections cannot be members of a public board.