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Obama care: Jamaica spends $270m to host US heavyweight

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2015 | 12:53 PMDebbie-Ann Wright, News Editor Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre
In this April 8 file photo United States president Barack Obama waves upon arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

The government has put the preliminary estimate of the cost to host United States president Barack Obama in April at more than $270 million.

Minister with responsibility for information, Sandrea Falconer, gave the breakdown at this morning’s post-Cabinet press briefing.

She said $207,784,650 was spent on road rehabilitation.

She says an additional $66,551,579 was spent on the various events associated with the visit.

That cost includes expenses associated with providing security, media coverage and accommodation.

President Obama visited from April 8-9.