[www.inewsguyana.com] – For the period December 2011 to March 2014, President Donald Ramotar expended over $81 million in overseas travel.
After 26 overseas visits, Government racked up some $42 million in accommodation and approximately $39 million in transportation costs by the President.
His travels included several chartered flights. The figures were revealed in the National Assembly today, Thursday, June 19 by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who was responding to a question put forward by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Member of Parliament, Desmond Trotman.
It was revealed that in 2013, on a combined visit to Chile and India, President Ramotar and a six member delegation which included former President Bharrat Jagdeo, accrued a price tag of $20 million.
iNews observed that the Prime Minister in some instances provided the names of persons on the President’s delegation, but in other cases he left it blank.
This was evident in the US$25, 000 trip to Venezuela in March last year. According to the document, 14 of the twenty-six trips were to Caricom member states, with two of them with onward connections to North America and Asia.