Government has hired another consultant and Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley is slamming the move.
However, the contracting of the economic consultant for $81 700 over a three-month period was defended by Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment, Marsha Caddle.
The opposing views emerged Tuesday as the House of Assembly debated a $25 million supplementary resolution related to the Barbados Employment and Sustainable Transformation programme.
While Atherley or Caddle did not name the consultant, the resolution stated that $81 700 allocation was “to pay the contract of Dr Justin Ram as economic/technical adviser to the Prime Minister for three months effective November 1, 2020”. Ram is immediate-past director of economics at the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).