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PM's five-day trip to China racks up $20m bill

Published:Saturday | November 30, 2013 | 9:51 AM

The Government has revealed that it cost taxpayers just under $20 million to pay for a five-day official visit of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to China.

Simpson Miller led a 17-member delegation on the trip from August 21 to 25.

Leader of Government Business in the Senate A.J. Nicholson disclosed that the $19,680,537 covered items such as the cost of travel, subsistence and contingencies for the delegation.

Senator Nicholson says the Embassy of Jamaica in Beijing also incurred other costs which amounted to more than $366,000.

He provided the figures in the Senate yesterday in response to questions posed by Opposition Senator Robert Montague.

Senator Nicholson said during the trip, the Government of Jamaica signed four agreements with China.

Among the agreements is a US$300 million loan to fund the Major Infrastructure Development Programme.


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