Best Governed Country in Caribbean is Grenada Touts PM Thomas

Interestingly, Thomas expressed this view only after three years in power, a far cry from what his party sees as 15 scandal-plagued years of its predecessor.

Prime Minister Thomas told the NY Chapter that his government has achieved significant progress in many areas, even though it has had to deal with a crippling worldwide economic recession.

Thomas was in New York for more than week to attend, among other things, a United Nations conference on HIV/AIDS.

A report from Caribupdate said that on Sunday the prime minister brought the “good news” from home to mainly ruling party supporters at a largely fund-raising event.

“If there is one thing no one can question today is the good governance of Grenada, notwithstanding the economic problems we are facing,” Thomas said to cheers. “Grenada is the best governed country in the Caribbean, and it’s a record we can defend.”

The Grenadian leader seemed to be alluding to some complaints at home that the government sometimes takes too long to implement ideas and projects, declaring that under his guidance things have to be done properly.

There has been a raging debate in St George’s over a multi-million dollar road construction project that has been held up because government and the construction company, Consolidated Construction Company (CCC), cannot agree on some of the preparatory costs.

A rehabilitation project, signed by the previous administration, for the east coast town of Grenville, has been similarly held up because of what government says has been problems with the project design.

“There are certain things, because of the way they were conceived, we have to really examine before we proceed, because we want to do things in the right way and above board,” Caribupdate quoted Thomas as saying.

“Anytime you come together and support our party in events like these, you are supporting the process of good governance back home,” he told hundreds gathered at the fund-raising event.

The Grenadian prime minister said his government has scored well, particularly in the area of agriculture. He noted that there has been a big increase in production of nutmegs and cocoa, the islands’ two main export crops.

He also said Grenada is beginning to add value to its agriculture products, pointing to a new chocolate factory being built in St Mark. The factory should be operational by year’s end, said the Grenadian leader.

Thomas said his government has also been sensitive to the needs of the many Grenadians who have been struggling in the face of the worldwide recession.

He said his administration has extended its social programmes to help marginalized people. The prime minister noted, as an example, the distribution of stoves and gas cylinders to scores of people in St Patrick, St Andrew, St John and St Mark to help wean them off cooking with firewood.

 

(Parts of this article were written with content submitted in a Caribbeannewsnow publication)

 

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