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With critics summoning for a cut back on his travels, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has again come out in defense of his frequent trips out of the island.
Chastanet has for the past few weeks attended various overseas events including conferences, meetings, summits, bi-lateral talks and other state visits. He said that some of his voyages were prearranged and were part of efforts to find assistance for hurricane-damaged countries. Chastanet said that his travels are all necessary.
“If Maria had hit Saint Lucia, then what we’re seeing in Dominica would not be our outcome. And there are several constraints in us as governments being able to resolve the problem, and so we’ve been out fighting. So I have been wearing both my hat as the chairman of the OECS and well as the lead prime minister for sustainable development in CARICOM. So several of the meetings that I have had to attend are on that basis and these were meetings that we’re only just put together as a result of what happened with the hurricane,” he said.
Additionally, the prime minister said there are a few more upcoming foreign meetings on the cards.
“…In Grenada and there is possibly another meeting…in Paris, but we’re all trying to work collectively together to resolve these issues so that we could move forward. There are trips that were already pre-scheduled. So my meetings with the Canadian banks on corresponding banking and de-risking which have huge implications to us moving forward. My meetings in Mexico was [from] a state visit,” he said.
Chastanet said that his Cabinet members are capable of running the country in his absence.