Prime Minister Mia Mottley Defends frequent travel overseas

Prime Minister Mottley on her return from overseas after taking a few days off as well as attending COP27 in Egypt, Rwanda and South Africa called a press conference on her return to Barbados to brief the nation. There is criticism Mottley’s time could have been better spend on island given the precarious state of the economy and rising crime situation. DLP spokesman Paul Gibson has been scathing in criticism levelled at Mottley, questioning cost of trips overseas and size of delegations.

The blogmaster has cautioned many times in this space that managing the optics in any situation is important, however, Mottley has demonstrated with the appointment of a bloated Cabinet she intends to do it her – she has an aggressive style – even if it is obvious the configuration of the Cabinet is about political considerations and not about many hands making light of the work. Some of us are not fools although we understand the games politicians play at the expense of the masses.

It seems we have shifted from an administration led by the recluse Freundel Stuart who preferred to slumber away from the masses on Mount Olympus to be awaken at election times to Mottley who is building a reputation in the international arena that requires her to travel frequently.

This is a no win situation for Mottley it seems. She is often accused of being a micro manager but when she leaves her ministers to do the job there is a clamour for her presence by all and sundry. Mottley will take comfort from the fact she (not the Barbados Labour Party) received unprecedented mandates from the electorate in 2018 and 2022. If her plan is to vacate the prime minister’s seat next time around there is opportunity for a relevant political opposition.

Notwithstanding the above, the report on her recent trips overseas on the surface seem to be warranted and promise to add value to a depleted economic space. Given our implementation deficit culture culture and an inability to follow through one must live in hope. The blogmaster understands the Prime Minister’s frustration at the incessant nuisance criticism given wings by the ubiquitous social media fuelled by a polarised world – Barbados is no exception. She must however understand that it is the political class that feeds the culture she is criticising given the immature politics practised. A case of “being bitten by the hand that feeds you”.

See the full press conference.

Prime Minister Mottley reports on her recent overseas trip (Nov. 15, 2022)

147 thoughts on “Prime Minister Mia Mottley Defends frequent travel overseas

  1. Say hello to one of our powerful ancestors, remember him, the one yall lured to the island, robbed him his ideas and used it against the Afrikan population, exiled his supporters when ya were done tiefing everything, demonized him and then blocked him from the island….yes, that one….

    .the journey to ancestral connection is a very long and personal one, NO SHORTCUTS for the desperate…so wunna better get started, many millions across the region and Barbados are already there, nuhbody int waiting for wunnah….wunna int got nutten we want.

    “We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because
    whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the
    mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to
    develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man
    who uses his mind.” ― Marcus Mosiah Garvey

    then all the years these the little imps, fowls and pimps on here were sent and spent all their time terrorizing, attacking and stalking me and everything i posted were thoroughly wasted, gone, can’t be retrieved…that was the time available to be used RECONNECTING TO ANCESTORS AND ANCESTRY…not focusing on me and others already well connected to our source.

    my WP site is being upgraded to specs but useable, Webflow is also useable, and Kush Quarterly Magazines are still readable, with a 6th issue due for January.

    dah is wunna business.

  2. Hail to the one
    Who never look back in the race
    My music is the make people understand music
    My music don’t worry yourself music
    My music there is no negative people music
    Rasta Reasoning
    Mo’ Rasta Lyrics
    Burning Spear
    Winston Rodney
    Taught me long long ago
    Marcus is Prophet Moses
    Jah Is Real
    Stick to the Plan
    We stared from
    We should come up with a plan
    to get started on

  3. A slave mind is a terrible thing, and shines a powerful spotlight on the ignorance that shines with such prominence.

    don’t know how those who are DETERMINED to keep a slave society status quo intact,that’s born from colonialism and slavery, can even look at themselves in a mirror, but the good news, wunna in the MINORITY, the majority have since moved on.

    we were very successful in that regard.

  4. In the meantime, the scamsters think they got the wool pulled over evabody eye, wrong, it’s only your supporters, promoters, endorsers, voters, sheep, fowls, imps, pimps and slaves are THUS HANDICAPPED.

  5. Body language

    It was a proud night for two of the island’s legal luminaries, former Attorney General and Parliamentarian Sir Henry Forde and former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons, as the old Supreme Court Complex was officially opened and renamed in their honour.
    From left, Sir David Simmons, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Sir Henry Forde, Chief Justice Patterson Cheltenham KC and Attorney General Dale Marshall at Friday’s event.

    • It might be noted the building name was “Henry Forde and David Simmons” (no Sirs), BUT the commemorative plaque, had three ‘the Honourable’ (what happened to Most Honourable’) incl the CJ who is listed as ‘The Honourable Sir’.
      My guess is those in whose honour the building was named requested the ‘Sir’ not be used?

    • David
      You maybe correct.
      I recall a few years back in T&T attending a meeting held at the “Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre”.
      But it is the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium. And I recall a Frank Worrell Hall at UWI.
      So possibly it is Barbadian protocol vs Caribbean protocol?

  6. Here comes a discordant note.

    It bother me that with legal luminaries and constitutional scholars that we cannot get justice in the courts and don’t yet have a Republic constitution.

    Giants that cast a small shadow.

    Don’t believe the hype.

  7. ah want to see how a switch over from Satan’s world is going to go.

    I maybe can get a whole book outta dah one dey…..

  8. “Interpol reportedly issues warrant for daughter of former Angolan president Dos Santos, according to Lusa”

    • @Hants

      Aren’t they related? The Tappins and the Simmons are kin so perhaps the photographer snapped his photo a bit early.

      Many moons ago I worked in that building for a few months before I decamped to private industry. It was one of my first jobs after high school, the Registrar was CA Rocheford and although the stint was short I learned some stuff that remains with me to this day.

  9. As i have said repeatedly for months now, none of this just started and has been ongoing for thousands of years..

    “Infantino said: “We have been taught many lessons from Europeans and the Western world. I am European. For what we have been doing for 3,000 years around the world, we should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before giving moral lessons.”

  10. All a decades long smoke and mirrors SCREEN, ask those who have actually been fighting for DECADES to get the industrialized countries to admit what they have done for 100 years let alone PAY FOR IT…

    so slick talking frauds will never get to see Afrika ripped off of 2.8 trillion dollars so they can get a cut, it’s a very SHORT LIVED, emphysis on SHORT….pipe dream, a delusion, a fairytale, a fantasy…that can now be permanently put to rest.

    “November 19, 2022
    SOURCE: AP — Negotiators early Sunday approved a historic deal that would create a fund for compensating poor nations that are victims of extreme weather worsened by rich countries’ carbon pollution, but an overall larger agreement still was up in the air because of a fight over emission reduction efforts.

    Talks on the overall agreement were put on hold while delegates were given time to read what they were going to vote on besides the compensation fund they approved to their own applause.

    The decision establishes a fund for what negotiators call loss and damage. It is a big win for poorer nations which have long called for cash – sometimes viewed as reparations – because they are often the victims of climate disasters despite having contributed little to the pollution that heats up the globe.

    “This is how a 30-year-old journey of ours has finally, we hope, found fruition today,” said Pakistan Climate Minister Sherry Rehman, who often took the lead for the world’s poorest nations. One-third of her nation was submerged this summer by a devastating flood and she and other officials used the motto: “What went on in Pakistan will not stay in Pakistan.”

    Maldives Environment Minister Aminath Shauna told The AP Saturday “that means for countries like ours we will have the mosaic of solutions that we have been advocating for.”

    It’s a reflection of what can be done when the poorest nations remain unified, said Alex Scott, a climate diplomacy expert at the think tank E3G.

    “I think this is huge to have governments coming together to actually work out at least the first step of … how to deal with the issue of loss and damage,” Scott said. But like all climate financials, it is one thing to create a fund, it’s another to get money flowing in and out, she said. The developed world still has not kept its 2009 pledge to spend $100 billion a year in other climate aid – designed to help poor nations develop green energy and adapt to future warming.”

  11. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    This is must read for all of BU.

    Here Dr Melissa Goddard links the flawed IDB survey and the development of a pharmaceutical company. She goes on to mention the hurdles/complexity of developing a pharmaceutical industry. This is the kind of voice that needs to be at the table. Voices full of constructive comments (labeled as criticism by the yes crowd).

    I must add the MG is more optimistic about this issue than I am.

  12. It goes without saying that they are OUT OF THEIR DEPTH re pharmaceutical manufacturing, production and distribution, look how they screwed up their own vaccine scam….and everything they have touched in the last 60 years…

  13. Their best bet is to le the Afrikans handle it, the whole aspect, they have much more experience and a track record of creating pharmaceuticals including vaccines, they have very experienced scientists, world class that are grabbed by every industrialized country.

    that way they can be assured of success.

  14. Theo….it’s still NOT GOING AWAY..

    …the 9-day wonder that their disciples had hoped for is now a pipe dream…just like all the current and future ones…lol

    “A group of parents is pressing ahead with legal action against the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) over the controversial IDB-administered survey that collected sensitive information from hundreds of secondary school students without parental consent.

    Reporting that many parents have come forward seeking representation, Dujon declared there would be no turning back from their position that the Government and IDB should pay for breaches of the rights of parents/guardians.”

  15. At times we underestimate Mia. We have seen that the offer of a ‘big job’ can silence any lawyer in Barbados. Legal action could be stalled out.

    • Some payback for frequent travel by the PM?

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      Article by
      Emmanuel Joseph
      Published on
      November 22, 2022

      Barbados would be able to rebuild at no cost to taxpayers if devastated by any major natural disaster thanks to an historic multi-billion-dollar climate crisis deal that’s expected to take effect in 2024.

      Though the quantum is still to be agreed, the fund is expected to move closer to establishment over the coming year when a transition team meets to work out the “nuts and bolts” of the funding and its sources and make recommendations that will get it up and running in 2024

      Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s Special Envoy for Climate Finance Professor Avinash Persaud revealed this on Monday following the brokering of an agreement on Sunday at the COP27 United Nations Climate Summit in Egypt. Professor Persaud said while Barbados had been suggesting the establishment of a climate fund of between US$50 billion and US$100 billion, the transition committee will make the final determination.

      “The plan that was agreed in Sharm el-Sheikh was that the transition committee would be established. It would have a number of meetings designed to define the source of the revenue, the actual mechanisms as to how it will be distributed. It will make recommendations for next year’s conference of parties which is going to be held in Dubai around December.

      “It is hoped that at that conference they will then establish those recommendations and the fund would probably be in existence by the following talks. So we are looking like 2024,” the finance consultant revealed during an interview with Barbados TODAY.

      He said the payouts to vulnerable small developing states such as Barbados would be in the form of grants designed to reconstruct countries that can’t do it themselves.

      “It’s the first time that it’s really been recognised that there needs to be international funding for countries that suffered a climatic event that has created loss or damage. That’s what was announced. A very strict timeline was also established. People are also so cynical about international agreements.

      “The timeline was as important during the negotiations as the agreement to establish. There is an international agreement to establish a fund to provide support, grant-like support to developing countries, particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of the climate,” he confirmed.

      “We need to have a fund that has billions of dollars in it to deal with these losses and damages. The way it will work is that when an international agency has declared that a country, say Barbados, is experiencing a climate emergency – imagine a category 5 hurricane comes over and destroys a lot – then immediately a significant sum of money will be sent to deal with the reconstruction after this event,” Professor Persaud explained.

      He pointed out that while people often focus on single events such as hurricanes, states like Barbados are suffering from “slow on-set events “ such as gradual annual sea-level bashing of the coastlines.

      “This fund is also designed to address that, but they have to work at how they do that,” he added.

      The PM’s Special Envoy also said that the amount of money that Barbados would receive in the aftermath of a national disaster would depend on the size of the emergency.

      “It’s going to be available to any country that experiences a climatic event of significant proportion because the money would quickly run out if it is for every single storm. It is going to be the kind of thing that a country on its own cannot deal with.

      “Imagine when Hurricane Maria went over Dominica…they lost about 200 per cent of their entire national income in four hours, or when Dorian hovered over the Bahamas and they also had a significant loss, those kinds of things,” Professor Persaud explained.

      He also noted that Hurricane Elsa which caused damage to many houses in Barbados was however not on the scale that would attract support from the climate fund.

      “We would probably have got some support for that but not the kind of support that this fund was really designed for, countries which would find it impossible to rebuild from their own resources,” he stressed.

      Professor Persaud also disclosed that Barbados would benefit from a last-minute inclusion in the agreement of support for natural gas, a fossil fuel. He said there were some who believed that all fossil fuels should be abandoned.

      “Of course, our region, Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, and Barbados next has and may have more natural gas. So that clause is not bad for us. There is a recognition that there is a balancing act. We have said, for example, were we to find oil and gas offshore that we would focus on the gas which is a low-emission fuel, rather than oil, which is a high-emission fuel,” he asserted.

      Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA) Racquel Moses who represented the interests of SIDS and the Caribbean at 28 global civil society panels and events, as well as several meetings with key stakeholders at COP27, weighed in on the outcome.

      “The Accelerator advocated for Loss and Damage (L&D) funding for climate-vulnerable countries, especially those in the region. Our organisation is very happy to note several positive outcomes through the agreement negotiated by diplomats in this area,” Moses said.

      She identified one of these areas as loss and damage being added to the conference agenda for the first time and the subsequent development and operationalization of the Santiago Network for Loss & Damage (SNLD), which provides the technical framework and pathway to deliver L&D.

      She is also pleased with the final consensus on the creation of an L&D fund and having a set timetable for the finalisation of the full framework to be effected through COP28.

      “Our hope is that this facility focuses on building capacity in the global south by being housed near to where it is most necessary,” the climate activist stated.

      Moses also welcomed the creation of the Global Shield by Germany and the G7, a separate financial mechanism that will be used as disaster relief aimed at strengthening social protection schemes and providing some climate risk insurance.

      However, the spokesperson for the region on resilience-building noted there were some disappointments at COP.

      “The final text of the Sharm el-Sheikh Accord is lacking strong language or resolutions on reducing the use of fossil fuels. Net-zero pledges and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) must be strengthened to meet decarbonization goals that support limiting warming to 1.5 degrees. Natural gas is not a realistic ‘bridging’ fuel,” she contended.

      Source: Barbados Today

  16. Eye gut a name fer de farmer cu tical comepany… Bitt Farmercutical

    (My impression of Lorenzo trying to play that he isn’t too bright)

  17. Theo…they should have listened to Bushman when he was warning for YEARS about that monument to Satan they embedded at the Garrison, they laughed at him, they ridiculed him, they cussed him, but look now all their evil shit is unraveling at the speed of light……faster than ya can say enuff.

    btw…whatever happened to that little fowl, who claimed it was traumatized on BU after terrorizing evabody…and disappeared shortly after that…

  18. So i take it there will be no FAUX political scientists (what the hell are those, even the name sounds like FRAUD) and their rain maker sidekicks in Dominica’s uncontested election earning tons of money this election and manipulating the votes to disenfranchise Dominicans once again…….all evil things must come to an end…people enuff must be crying in their tea.

    “By Peter W Wickham

    The reality of an uncontested election in Dominica was manifested on nomination day when only a few independent candidates presented themselves, with both the UWP and DFP holding to their proposed boycott of the December 6th election. The boycott and its implications for the legitimacy of the next government will emerge over the next few years; however, this analysis can be assisted by a reflection on one of the previous occasions when an election was boycotted in the Caribbean. “

  19. The easiest thing to do is appoint a committee, how many do we have? I seem to have lost count maybe we can get the Constitution Committee to do double duty. This must be more of the “light hands” fallacy 30 parliamentarians and they can’t come up with a coherent policy on how to celebrate November 30th .

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