by Felicity Johnson
Prime Minister Perry Christie gave a keynote address at the 31st Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition of CANTO (Caribbean Organization of National Telecommunications Organization) on July 26 in Miami.
His apparent preoccupation with his record-setting number of addresses to CANTO by "any one prime minister" captured my attention on the question of relevance and gave me even greater cause to consider the appropriateness of the contents of his address.
Perhaps the Bahamas Telecommunications Company's CEO Leon Williams ought to be congratulated for being able to draw the prime minister away from the country at a time when numerous critical issues required the prime minister's urgent attention at home, in order to address a trade exhibition and secure his record. In any event, who was counting? Probably not the otherwise engaged prime ministers of the region.
Perhaps the fact that the Bahamas and BTC in particular have hosted this CANTO event three times in the last 12 years at some expense influenced the frequency with which the prime minister has addressed the group.
Nonetheless, the appropriateness and relevance of the content of the PM's address must be viewed in the context of the Bahamian telecommunications sector of 2015.