Mr. Maxie Cuffie first entered Parliament as the representative for La Horquetta/Talparo, having won the seat following the General Election of September 7, 2015. He was appointed Minister of Communications on September 11, 2015 by Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. On March, 17th, 2016, Minister Cuffie was re-assigned from Minister with responsibility for Communications to Minister with responsibility for Public Administration and Communications.
Minister Cuffie was responsible for the public service, delivery of Government services to citizens, coordination of Government communications, telecommunications and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Before becoming a Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, Minister Cuffie was the Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Media Company Limited where he served for four years; prior to which, he served at the helm of Government Information Services Limited (GISL) as its Chief Executive Officer for three years. Preceding his GISL appointment, he was the Advisor, Policy and Media Research at the Ministry of the Attorney General where he provided strategic advice to the Attorney General on policies to strengthen the capacity of the Attorney General’s office, while informing on best practices and experiences in the implementation of media strategies.
Minister Cuffie’s vast experience in the media industry was honed through several prominent positions at media organizations in Trinidad and Tobago. From 1983-1989 at the Express Newspaper Limited, after beginning as a Sport Reporter and later moving to the business desk, he continued his Editorial role by leading the Sunday Guardian and then the Trinidad Guardian at Trinidad Publishing Company Limited to market dominance. While at the Guardian, he was awarded the United Kingdom Harry Brittain Fellowship for young Commonwealth Journalists and then the Reuters Foundation Fellowship as a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.
After leaving the Guardian, he would lead the Independent Publishing Company Ltd as Managing Editor for two years. It was at the Caribbean Communications Network as Head of News and Current Affairs, after working as Sunday Express Editor from 1998-2003 that Minister Cuffie’s reputation for effective leadership and innovative thinking were cemented.
Minister Cuffie successfully reversed circulation slide and maintained the number one market position for the Sunday Express and took the TV6 network to over 500,000 viewers for the first time since its establishment in 1991. He was awarded the One World Broadcasting Trust Fellowship for senior Commonwealth broadcast executives in 2002 and was also recognized by the Fletcher Challenge Corporation for producing one of the three top Commonwealth newspapers. Undeniably, his success at managing various entities as well as his proven record for introducing new thinking and strategies to engender change and growth were noted, leading to his current Ministerial portfolio and service to the nation.
Minister Cuffie is the holder of a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he specialized in Strategic Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. He has also received training in the Economics of Information, Media Industries and Systems (while enrolled at Harvard University.