Horace Chang

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Horace Anthony Chang (born 10 November 1952) is a Jamaican doctor and politician who is both the current Deputy Prime Minister of Jamaica and the Minister of National Security. He was formerly the Minister of Water, Environment and Housing from September 2007 to December 2011.


Horace Anthony Chang

Deputy Prime Minister of Jamaica
Assumed office
September 2020
Minister of National Security of Jamaica
Assumed office
March 2018
Member of the Jamaica Parliament for Saint James North Western
Assumed office
2002
Personal details
Born (1952-11-10) 10 November 1952 (age 68)
Westmoreland Parish, Jamaica
Political partyJLP

Early lifeEdit

Chang was born on 10 November 1952 in New Roads, Westmoreland, Jamaica. He attended the New Roads All-age School, Cornwall College, and the University of the West Indies. In university, Chang was the president of the Guild of Undergraduates and led the University Games Committee, during which time he solved the organisation's financial problems and re-established a relationship with their Cuban counterparts.[1]

CareerEdit

Trained a medical doctor, Chang entered politics in 1976 as a member of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). He was a youth leader in East Rural St. Andrew and the vice-president of Young Jamaica.[2] In 1980, at age 27, he was elected into parliament as a representative of Western Hanover, serving till 1989. From 1980 to 1986, Chang worked in the Ministry of Health as Parliamentary Secretary. In 2002, he was elected as Member of Parliament for Saint James North Western. From 2007 to 2011, Chang served as Minister of Housing, Environment, Water and Local Government. At this direction, the National Housing Development Corporation of Jamaica became the Housing Agency of Jamaica. During his tenure as minister, Chang also spearheaded the US$211 million Jamaica Water Supply Improvement Project (JWSDIP), the largest project of its kind then.[2] Chang has served as the Minister of National Security[3] since March 2018 and as Deputy Prime Minister since September 2020.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Chang and his wife Paulette have two children. He is an avid reader and domino player.[2]

RecognitionEdit

In January 2020, the Quebec Avenue roadway in Montego Bay was renamed to Dr Horace Chang Boulevard. At the renaming ceremony, Mayor Homer Davis praised Chang as "a man for all seasons, a man who is a true and humble servant of not just the people of St James, but Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world".[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile on Dr Horace Chang". Jamaica Observer. 30 March 2002.
  2. ^ a b c "Horace Chang". Jamaica Information Service. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Port Antonio gets new police facility". Jamaica Observer. 24 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Chang to be sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister today". Jamaica Observer. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Mayor Davis lauds Horace Chang on the latter's big day in Montego Bay". Loop Jamaica. 21 January 2020.