Communication Minister Maxie Cuffie tells reporters that cellular phone roaming rates in the Bahamas are the highest when compared to other Caribbean nations.
This is the latest explanation from the government surrounding the exorbitant cellular bill incurred by Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe during a visit to Bahamas earlier this year on official government business.
The issue was first raised by former Justice Minister and temporary Opposition Senator, Christlyn Moore in the Senate.
In response Minister Cudjoe expressed surprise at the $59,000 dollars bill and asked TSTT to investigate the matter.
However, speaking at the weekly post cabinet media briefing this afternoon Minister Cuffie explained that in the Bahamas the cost of Information Communication Technology is much higher.
He added that Bahamas has not signed on the Caribbean Single Market arrangement of Caricom.
Minister Cuffie explained that tomorrow regional heads will meet and ICT challenges will be explored.
Meanwhile, Colm Imbert Acting Prime Minister and Finance Minister noted the need for the facts involved in the matter to be looked at and not controversy surrounding the development.