Tuesday 27 October, 2020

PM's foreign trips cost over $2m

Travels for Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley over a period of 15 months between 2016 and 2017 cost taxpayers over $2 million.

The Prime Minister has travelled eight times on official business between June 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

Responding to questions on behalf of the Prime Minister, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young indicated that the cost of foreign travel for the Prime Minister and accompanying delegation came at a cost of $2,025,323.32.

On June 2-4, 2016 the Prime Minister travelled to Cuba along with a delegation of six, costing $129,544.50.

A month later the Prime Minister travelled to Grenada, accompanied by 10 others at a cost of $157,310.40.

On his third trip, the Prime Minister travelled to Jamaica with a contingent of 14 at a cost of $249,447.47.

In December 2016, the Prime Minster went to Caracas for the signing of a cross border agreement with Venezuela. The trip, which included a contingent of 16, cost $242,138.91.

In July 2017, the Prime Minister travelled to Guyana for a CARICOM Heads of Government meeting along with 11 others, for $188,572.07.

On his sixth trip, the Prime Minister travelled to Houston for discussions with Shell, EOG and BP on upstream gas contracts. A contingent of seven went with Rowley, at a cost of $269,059.62.

In May 2017, the Prime Minister travelled to Chile with a contingent of 15, totaling $599,178.03.

The Prime Minister then made his eighth trip in July 2017, when he travelled to Grenada for the 38th CARICOM Heads of Government meeting with a contingent of 9 people, at a cost of $190,072.32.

Young said this represented a significant savings cost in the travel of a Prime Minister.

 

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