Prime Minister Mia Mottley left the island today “on personal and official business”, according to an official statement released this evening by the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS).
It did not say what was the nature of the personal business.
However, the BGIS statement explained that the Prime Minister will lead the island’s delegation to the 39th Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from Wednesday, July 4 to Friday, July 6.
Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness will chair the two-day meeting, with Mottley down to address the opening ceremony on Wednesday, July 4, at 5:30 p.m. As the lead spokeswoman on the single market and economy in CARICOM’s quasi-cabinet, Mottley will also lead discussions on this regional initiative.
Following her meetings at CARICOM, the Prime Minister will travel to Florida for talks with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association.
In her absence, Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training and Leader of Government Business Santia Bradshaw has been sworn in as acting Prime Minister.
Mottley is due back in office on Wednesday, July 11. (BGIS)