PM's overseas trips are Ja's business

Published: Tuesday | December 17, 2013 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Regarding Carlton Davis' commentary, 'PM's overseas trips warranted' (Gleaner, December 16, 2013), I'd just like to note that most Jamaicans are fully aware that our head of government must not neglect her overseas obligations, whether planned or unexpected.

What we do criticise, however, is the perception of a lack of transparency on the part of the Office of the Prime Minister. I'm no public-relations expert, but I imagine that a weekly meeting with the press, where details are provided regarding the rationale and itinerary of these trips, as well as the business transacted on the country's behalf, would go a long way to restoring faith and transparency.

As Jamaica's profile continues to increase on the world stage, so too will the necessity of our prime minister to be engaged internationally.

Perhaps now would be the right time to study the feasibility of procuring an official Government of Jamaica aircraft. What does it cost the country to transport our head of government, her delegation and press corps aboard private airlines? What about matters of security? Would a Government of Jamaica aircraft be more cost-effective? Could chartered flights prove a more viable alternative?

These are all questions that would need to be carefully weighed and answered.

WILLIAM J. TODD

williamtodd@hepkat.net

Kingston

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