Young: Eight official trips by PM cost $2 million

The bill incurred by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's official traveled abroad between June 2016 and November 2017, amounts to just over TT$2 million.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young gave the details of the prime minister's travels in answer to a question posed on the order paper of today's Senate sitting.

The exact amount between June 1st, 2016 and November 20th, 2017, was $2,025,323.32 for eight overseas trips.

The Minister gave the breakdown as follows:

1. June 2nd 2016: 7th Summit of the Heads of State and ACS in Cuba. Six persons accompanied the prime minister for a total cost of $129,544.50.

2. July 3rd 2016: 37th Regular Meeting of Conference of Heads of Government of Caricom in Guyana. Ten persons accompanied the prime minister for a total cost of  $157,310.40.

3. July 18th 2016: Visit to Jamaica. Contingent of 14 for total cost of $249,477.47.

4. December 5th 2016: Visit to Caracas, Venezuela to sign Cross-Border Gas Agreement. Contingent of 16 for a total cost of $242,138.91.

5. February 16th 2017: Caricom Security Meeting in Guyana. Contingent of 11 for total cost of $188,572.07.

6. March 29th 2017: Visit to Houston for discussions with respect to upstream gas contracts and meeting with Shell, EOG & Bp. Seven persons accompanied the prime minister for total cost of $269,059.62.

7. May 28th 2017: Visit to Chile. 15 persons accompanied prime minister for total cost of $599,178.03.

8. July 4th 2017: Heads of Government Caricom Meeting in Grenada. Contingent of nine persons for total cost of $190,072.32.

"What the country has seen is a significant savings in the cost of a prime minister traveling on official business during this period," Young told the Senate.