Watson: PM in high demand globally

Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Press Secretary Clint Watson said yesterday that Prime Minister Philip Davis is “in high demand” because of the tough position he has taken on addressing climate change.

“It is important to note that the prime minister is in high demand worldwide,” Watson said during a weekly OPM briefing.

“Here’s why the prime minister is in high demand. … He has boldly, in the first six months of his administration, become a leading voice in the world on climate change. Climate change is impacting the world over. We see it. We saw it this weekend here in our own capital.

“The Bahamas has taken the bold move of being a leading voice on climate change worldwide – a phenomenal move. The prime minister is being sought after because of his stance on climate change.”

Watson said Davis is also being sought after because of the 

“revolutionary policies” that he is putting in place to help The Bahamas mitigate climate change.

The prime minister is also being sought after because of recent legislation passed in Parliament to allow The Bahamas to monetize carbon credits, according to the press secretary. 

“We are finding ways to monetize and make the world pay for what we are experiencing,” he said.

“That is the role this administration has taken worldwide. The world is hearing us and he is busy trying to negotiate, trying to establish bases and trying to fight for the Bahamian people. This is not just about collecting money. This is about the future of The Bahamas and making sure that it is around for generations to come for our people.” 

Since the Progressive Liberal Party was elected in September, the Davis administration has launched a campaign calling for more action to address climate change. 

Climate change is considered one of the biggest issues of the 21st Century as global temperatures continue to increase.

This warming of the planet has already been attributed to more frequent and ferocious storms, wildfires and other natural disasters.

The Bahamas has already begun to feel the effects of climate change. It was hit by four major storms, including the ferocious Hurricane Dorian, over the course of five years.

The Bahamas has more than $10 billion in debt. The prime minister has said at least 40 percent of the existing debt is the result of climate change.

Watson’s comments about the prime minister being in high demand came in response to a question on whether the PM’s travel costs will be released.

The press secretary said he will provide the costs to any media house that wants it.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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