Friday, January 19, 2018

PM goes on vacation

...after meeting with energy officials

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will be going on a week vacation after he meets with energy executives at the end of this month.

Rowley made the announcement at yesterday's post-Cabinet news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's.

He said on March 29 he will fly to Houston to meet with energy officials from Shell, BP and Exxon.

When all of this is done, the Prime Minister said he would have “been on my feet” since August last year and will then proceed on vacation.

Last year, the Prime Minister took two weeks vacation in August.

At that time he had travelled to Los Angeles, USA, to do undergo medical tests. He was given a clean bill of health. He said at that time that he would make changes to his lifestyle to guard against prostate cancer.

The check-up was prompted after his local doctors did a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test which showed his score was on the higher limit.

When he returns from his one week vacation, the Prime Minister said he will travel again at the end of May to attend his daughter's graduation in New York.

Following this, he will head to Chile where he was invited on an official State visit.


Soft landing


Rowley also took issue with an editorial in a newspaper which he did not name which stated that the country does not want to hear about the past but about the plans of the Government going forward.

“Let me promise that editorial writer and anybody else in this country that you will continue to hear what has happened before,” he said.

He said if the Government does not speak about the past, people would not understand what they are trying to fix and the decisions they take now.

Rowley said there have been aggressive statements on why the Government was borrowing.

He explained that when his team entered office, expenditure was upward $60 billion as he pointed out that between 2015 and 2016 revenue fell considerably and there was no way to maintain that expenditure.

The assignment, he said, is not a popular one—to reduce Government's expenditure.

He said his Government was working to ensure the economy does not crash but has a soft landing as it deals with its challenges.

Rowley said it is expected that there “will be some dislocations here and there” and people will lose jobs but he assured that new opportunities are being created which will give people the opportunity to access employment.

The Prime Minister also touched on the issue of deportation in response to a question.

He said many people would not know that under President Barack Obama's tenure more people were deported than under any other American President.

He said as chair of the National Security Council he is privy to a report on the deportees.

“So we get to see who is coming back to us and it is very worrisome,” he said.

These deportees, he said, return home and join the “local production” of criminal elements.

He said this is why Government fully support the work of Vision on Mission led by Wayne Chance and more resources will be allocated for the work of this organisation.