Cost of Ramotar’s overseas travel revealed
After 26 overseas visits, Government racked up some $42 million in accommodation and approximately $39 million in transportation costs for President Donald Ramotar. His travels included several chartered flights.
The figures were made public in the National Assembly by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who was responding to a question put forward by A Partnership for National Unity Member of Parliament Desmond Trotman. Trotman questioned the costs associated with the overseas trips made by President Donald Ramotar and his delegations.
In 2013, on a combined visit to Chile and India, President Ramotar and a 6 member delegation which included former President Bharrat Jagdeo, accrued a price tag of $20 million. Besides the trips to these countries, former President Jagdeo also accompanied President Ramotar on trips to Brazil, New York, USA, and Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister in some cases provided the names of persons on the President’s delegation, but in other cases he left it blank. An example of this was the US$25, 000 trip to Venezuela in March last year.
According to the document 14 of the twenty-six trips were to Caricom member states, with two of them with onward connections to North American and Asia.
Over the years, the opposition has questioned Government’s spending in light of transparency and accountability.