Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation
Responsibility: Water, Environment, Climate Change, and the Blue & Green Economies
Senator the Hon. Matthew Samuda currently serves as Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation. He is assigned portfolio responsibilities for Water, Environment, Climate Change, and the Blue & Green Economies.
Minister Samuda’s political experience includes:
- President of Campion College Student Council 2002
- Service to the National Student Council interim management committee 2001
- Vice President of G2K, 2011 – 2014
- Served on the board of Directors for Agriculture Investment Corporation in 2011
- Member of various JLP bodies and committees, inclusive of:
- Standing Committee
- Central Executive
- Public Relations Committee
Minister Samuda was honoured with the privilege of serving Jamaica through his appointment to the Cabinet of Jamaica, which is the executive arm of the state. This had followed his appointment to the Upper House as a Senator.
Over the years, he has been consistent in abiding by the principle of environmental preservation and protection. In 2016, he led the tabling of a private members’ motion in the Jamaican Parliament which resulted in the ban on single-use plastic and “Styrofoam” in 2019.
In March 2015, Minister Samuda was afforded the opportunity to occupy the prestigious post of President of Generation 2000; he served with a clear commitment to being a voice for the younger generation while making a positive difference both on the JLP, and most importantly Jamaica.
Previously, Minister Samuda oversaw the JLP’s, G2K’s & the Most Hon. Andrew Holness’ social media marketing efforts.
With his background in marketing and entertainment, Minister Samuda has worked in some of the most dynamic environments in the Jamaican landscape:
- Red Stripe
- Advertising & Marketing Jamaica Ltd
- Wray & Nephew
- Facey Commodity
- Seprod Group
Minister Samuda resides in Kingston, Jamaica, and attended Campion College and the University of the West Indies, Mona.