PLP chairman slams PM for travelling to Belgium

PLP Senator Fred Mitchell.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The prime minister is catching heat from the opposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) for his recent decision to travel to meet high-ranking officials of the European Commission.

PLP Chairman Senator Fred Mitchell slammed Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis via a press statement issued Monday.

Mitchell suggested that the prime minister made a mockery of his post as the country’s leader by “lowering himself” to meet with European Union (EU) officials.

The prime minister led a government delegation to Brussels, Belgium on Monday to hold bilateral talks with the European Commission.

Mitchell labelled the prime minister’s trip as “strange,” considering that his cabinet consists of a “finance minister, an international trade minister, a foreign minister and an EU ambassador.”

“This makes our country look like a country of grovelling mendicants with our caps in our hands saying, ‘Please sirs we want some more.’”

The prime minister has given no indication as to why he decided to lead the delegation to Brussels, however, he is expected to promote recent initiatives by the government in the financial services sector.

He is also expected to outline recently passed legislation aimed at strengthening industry regulations and protecting financial services’ competitive edge as a leading international financial centre.

The discussions come on the heels of The Bahamas being removed from the EU’s blacklist in 2018.