Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mitchell to tackle economic issues head on


tough campaign: Keith Mitchell

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Shortly after taking the oath of office Prime Minister Keith Claudius Mitchell wasted no time Tuesday and called an emergency session to address economic conditions that have hit Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

In addressing a packed audience at the Grenada Trade Centre in Grand Anse, Mitchell said he was humbled and grateful for the opportunity given.

"We will be eternally inspired, not just by the votes but for placing your dreams and aspirations in our hands," Mitchell said.

Mitchell and his New National Party team with their 15-0 clean sweep were handed an overwhelming mandate by the people of the Spice Isle mainly because of high unemployment and a stagnant economy. Acknowledging this, Mitchell said the people had seen enough pain and disappointment, but quickly implored the people to accept that his government cannot wave a magic wand.

"We are not magicians, we cannot walk on water", though he is happy the country believed in his leadership and in his promise to deliver.

Fixing his eyes on his winning team, he beseeched them: "we must not let the people down."

His first order of business was to meet with executive staff members of the Finance Ministry to discuss the state of the economy.

He promised to work at coming up with an appropriate budget to meet immediate demands, such as paying public servants salaries at the end of this month. A feat the Tillman Thomas-led administration struggled to accomplish as cash-strapped Grenada had difficulty paying civil servants wages under the former Prime Minister's leadership.

Mitchell cautioned his team against wastage of the country's limited resources, saying he wanted every dollar better distributed socially. Setting an example, he vowed to have a smaller cabinet than the previous (NDC) Government. He then issued a warning to the MPs to not bicker about not being chosen to be part of the cabinet. Mitchell said this was necessary to bring the right synergies together to tackle the economic hardship in the country.

Knowing the most daunting task is to lead Grenada out of its dark economic path, Mitchell assured the people that he was up to the task which will see the economy being expanded.

"No harassing of opponents, we do not care about political labels, just do the people work," Mitchell said.

"It was a long and tough campaign; as you can see, winning was easy, governing will be difficult; but if we unite our collective human capital, we can do anything," he added.