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Philip Davis, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, at the 57th PLP General Conference at the St Paul A.M.E. Church Centennial Hall. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Payment is expected to be made in the next two weeks by the ruling party of the Bahamas to fully reimburse a trip made by the islands’ Prime Minister and others to Bermuda.

Philip Davis visited with officials in October when he was a guest of the Progressive Labour Party and spoke at its annual delegates conference.

Questions were later asked about funding for the trip.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said Mr Davis’s Progressive Liberal Party covered the costs.

However, Frederick Mitchell, the foreign affairs minister, appeared to suggest it was funded by the Government of the Bahamas.

Eyewitness News reported last week that Clint Watson, a press secretary to the Prime Minister, said on Thursday: “I’ve been made aware that the Progressive Liberal Party is fully aware and ready to make the reimbursement. They are waiting for the paperwork from Foreign Affairs to be sent to them as to the cost and the transaction will take place.”

The website said: “A delegation, including former prime minister Perry Christie, travelled to Bermuda on October 19 and returned on [October] 20 for what was billed as an official visit but saw Prime Minister Philip Davis speak at a political convention for Bermuda’s ruling Progressive Labour Party.

“A reimbursement cheque from the PLP [Progressive Liberal Party] in the amount of $24,750 was submitted but did not cover the full cost of the travel.”

It reported that Mr Davis was checking on progress of the repayment.

Eyewitness News quoted Mr Watson, who said: “I do know the Prime Minister this week made a call to ensure that it happens, so I suspect that should happen within the next week and a half, two weeks.”

The website added: “The press secretary explained that the Prime Minister will make a presentation and provide more details once all the information is collected, and they have the invoices on how much the trip cost and the transaction is made.”

Philip Davis, centre, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, during his contingent's visit to Bermuda last month (Photograph courtesy of the Bermuda Government)

During the visit last month, Cabinet ministers from the Government of Bermuda exchanged ideas on transport, affordable housing, climate change, Caricom representation and the fintech industry with Bahamian ministers Jobeth Coleby-Davis, the Minister of Transport and Housing; Myles LaRoda, the Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister; and Mr Mitchell, the foreign affairs minister.

Christopher Famous, a Progressive Labour Party MP, and Mr Christie were also present.

Mr Davis said he was keen to forge closer ties with Bermuda to boost the economies of both islands.

He also announced that the Bahamas will appoint an honorary consul to Bermuda.

The Prime Minister said: “This person will assist Bahamian nationals and businesses in Bermuda and pursue mutual opportunities for growth and development, which would be of mutual benefit to both countries.”

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Published November 29, 2022 at 7:44 am (Updated November 29, 2022 at 7:44 am)

Bahamas party to pay in full for Prime Minister’s visit to Bermuda

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