KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s former Industry and Commerce Minister, Douglas Vaz, who was a member of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), has died.
The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, made the announcement this morning on social media. “It is with deep sadness that we learn of the passing of former Industry and Commerce Minister, Douglas Vaz. Mr Vaz passed away in his sleep. Douglas served our party and Jamaica with distinction. My thoughts are with the Vaz family at this time”, stated Holness in a tweet.
Douglas Vaz, who was 83 years old, served in the Cabinet during the Edward Seaga administration from 1980 to 1989. He also served as member of parliament for North Central St Andrew and North East St Andrew throughout his career.
He is also the father of current minister without portfolio in the ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz.