Costs of minister’s summit meeting covered by organisers
Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs, has revealed that a visit he made to Trinidad and Tobago for an environmental conference cost taxpayers nothing as organisers of the gathering footed the bill for his travel, accommodation and meals.
Mr Roban, who is also Deputy Premier, said he was invited by New Energy Events to speak at the second Caribbean Environmental, Social, Governance and Climate Financing Summit held between November 29-30, 2022.
However, he did not state how much the hosts of the summit had spent on his visit.
Mr Roban logged the matter on the Travel Calendar on the Government’s website where the costs of ministerial trips are meant to be made public in a timely manner.
Following criticism from One Bermuda Alliance that the calendar was not being updated quickly enough, Mr Roban said last month that IT “glitches” had been responsible for some delays.
At the summit in Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Roban took part in panel discussions and presentations.
He said: "As an island, Bermuda must stand alongside our sister nations in the Caribbean and work together to address the challenges of climate change.
“We will bear the brunt of rising seawater and other challenges it brings.
“This summit was an excellent opportunity to reinforce that message and share what Bermuda is doing around our blue economy strategy and maritime environment.”