Mottley defends BTMI pick

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley (Picture by Sandy Pitt)

Amidst criticism from some circles that the choice of a non-national to head the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) was a snub against qualified local talent, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley says her administration is standing by its decision to appoint German-Canadian Jens Thraenhart as the chief executive officer (CEO).

During the question-and-answer segment of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (BCCI) luncheon and forum yesterday held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre and also livestreamed, Mottley tackled the issue, which has been the subject of much public attention.

The Prime Minister said she had been transparent with the country from the beginning, making clear Barbados’ intent to embark upon a global search to find the very best in the field to shepherd the bread and butter sector through the COVID-19 crisis.

She argued that not only did the crisis demand expertise that could build out capacity, but also has a well-established global network. (CLM)

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