Prime Minister Bruce Golding says the Caribbean region faces many of the same challenges requiring united action, one of which has to do with the decision of the United Kingdom to impose the Aviation Passenger Duty (APD) tax. He said the region was united in its position that this tax is manifestly unjust to the countries of the Caribbean region.
Mr. Golding was speaking at the opening ceremony of the two-day Caribbean Marketplace and awards presentation at the new convention Centre in Montego Bay this evening (Jan 16). Varying APD rates are dictated by the classification of worldwide destinations by the UK government – with passengers taking trips to the Caribbean being particularly badly hit.
Mr. Golding said several leaders from the region have impressed upon the British government that the tax is not fair and that it needs to be reviewed. He noted that representation has been made, the late Prime Minister of Barbados, David Thompson, Jamaica