Chipman: New Economic Committee Is Recycled
The Independent MP criticizes government’s choice in membership
Independent Member of Parliament for Centerville Reece Chipman says the new Economic Recovery Committee appointed by Prime Minister Hubert Minnis to restart the Bahamian economy amidst the COVID19 pandemic, comprises of “recycled” individuals.
On Sunday, Dr. Minnis announced that private and public entities are included on the committee with Acting Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson and businessman Ken Kerr, CEO, Providence Advisors as co-chairs.
Speaking in the House of Assembly on Monday, Chipman accused the government of reusing individuals who have served on other boards.
“We continue to see the recycling of the same people over and over on these committees. In a time like this the system reverts, same ole, same ole.”
“Everyone on this committee is already serving on three or four boards. This type of recycling speaks to a disconnect and a detachment between our parliament and our people, our boardrooms and our people. Back to the same ole boys club.”
According to the prime minister, the committee will make recommendations to the Cabinet on the long-term economic recovery of the Bahamas’ economy, including job-creation and stimulating small business recovery and development in response to COVID-19.
But Chipman said this in no time to “recycle” individuals.
“Right now we have an opportunity to make the Bahamas what we need it to be.”
Chipman said he supports the “honoree committee members” but do not support “recycling.”