An ex-banker with an impressive track record has been chosen by Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley as this country’s next Minister of Public Utilities. Robert Le Hunte, the former Managing Director of HFC Bank (Ghana) Limited, a subsidiary of Republic Financial Holdings Limited, will be sworn in as Minister of Public Utilities this afternoon at a 2pm ceremony at President’s House. Rowley has been performing the functions of the Minister of Public Utilities. A statement yesterday from the Office of the Prime Minister said Rowley had advised President Anthony Carmona to revoke his assignment as minister with responsibility for the Ministry of Public Utilities and appoint Le Hunte as a senator and Minister of Public Utilities. Le Hunte’s retirement from HFC Bank (Ghana) Limited was announced on August 15 and 16, 2017 on the website Modern Ghana, which stated that he was leaving the managing director’s post, which he has held since 2015, to take up a ministerial appointment in the Trinidad and Tobago government.
Le Hunte is a graduate of Economics of the University of Western Ontario, Canada; he holds an MBA from the University of Manchester, UK and an MSc in Accounting from the University of the West Indies.
He has been an executive director at HFC Bank Ghana Limited since April 2013 and its executive director of risk management until April 2015. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago.
The statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said Le Hunte is a former general manager of Special Projects of Republic Bank Limited and chief executive officer and managing director of Barbados National Bank Inc. He has held the position of chief executive officer of Barbados National Bank and served as director at Barbados National Bank Inc & its subsidiaries. He also functioned as a director of National Enterprises Limited from June 1, 2012 to November 2013.