On the furlough of employees at Club Mediterranean in San Salvador

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Hon. Philip Davis, Q.C., M.P.
Prime Minister
Commonwealth of The Bahamas

The announcement of the furlough of scores of workers at the Club Mediterranean Resort at Columbus Isles San Salvador though very disappointing, came as no surprise.

The government was duly notified of the hotel’s deferred opening until December 2021 and the connected reasons. Further, they could have anticipated this eventual furlough and moved proactively to prevent this devastating blow to the economy of San Salvador.

I made a public appeal to the government months ago to urgently address the outstanding issues, chief of which was the absence of adequate and reliable healthcare delivery services on the Island, but to date no action was taken. The construction on the health clinic that I approved as public works minister could have been completed in time for a December 2020 opening of Club Med if this government was serious about and focused on governance.

I again call on the government to urgently address and resolve the issues that are preventing the reopening of Club Med.

This is extraordinary negligence and incompetence on the part of the Prime Minister who claims to be leading the way in reopening the country’s national economy.

This inaction by the government has deepened the suffering of our people and further weakened the economy of San Salvador.

This is totally unacceptable.