Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley flew to Barbados yesterday on personal business.
Barbados TODAY understands that Rowley is attending the wedding of the daughter of one of his close friends here on Saturday.
A release from the Office of the Prime Minister stated Finance Minister Colm Imbert will act as Prime Minister in Rowley’s absence.
“Please be informed that Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley travelled out of Trinidad and Tobago to Barbados this morning on personal business.
“Minister of Finance the Honourable Colm Imbert will act as Prime Minister until Dr Rowley’s return on Sunday, December 20, 2015,” the brief release stated.
The release did not state what was the nature of the Prime Minister’s personal business trip or if he was accompanied by his wife, Sharon.
Contacted yesterday, Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie told the Express Rowley was not ill, and his weekend trip away was a private matter.
“It is not medical; he has a personal engagement that he is attending,” said Cuffie.
He said he was not at liberty to divulge further information and directed the Express to the Prime Minister’s secretary, Arlene George.
However, calls to George’s phone went unanswered.
Since assuming office, Rowley made his first official trip to Malta last month to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and spent some time after in London, England, with nationals living in the United Kingdom.
Earlier this month, Rowley went to Grenada to attend a meeting of the CARICOM Subcommittee on West Indies cricket. The meeting was called by the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, who is head of the subcommittee.
On all occasions, Imbert has acted as Prime Minister in Rowley’s absence.
Rowley hosted a Christmas function at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, on Thursday night, which was
attended by a number of persons from the public and private sector.