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Prime Minister to tell Parliament about overseas trips today

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2014 | 9:42 AM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is expected to provide answers on her travels abroad since 2012, as the parliamentary Opposition prepares to grill her on public spending for her trips.

The full cost of overseas travel by members of her administration since taking office in January 2012, is also expected to be highlighted.

The prime minister is expected to respond to a number of questions posed by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, which were tabled on December 11, 2013.

The debate on Simpson Miller’s trips abroad has been ongoing since The Sunday Gleaner published an article in January on her travels in 2013.

It is estimated that the trips have cost Jamaican taxpayers $50 million.

Since that time, the prime minister has sought to dismiss concerns raised by her detractors, as she insisted that her overseas visits should be likened to those of the CEO of a firm seeking to maintain partnerships and attract new businesses.


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