Top officials of the main private sector organization recently met with the Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, to discuss matters pertaining to recent political developments in the country, and the possible impact, if any, they might be having on the economy, especially locally based businesses.
A release from the Chamber of Industry & commerce, CIC, indicated that the meeting was held on the request of the prime minister. The CIC’s two member delegation included President David Lake and CEO, Mr. Calvin Cable. The meeting, said the Chamber, took place on 10th December and was hosted at the Office of the prime minister.
The Prime Minister stated that the purpose of his convening the meeting was to indicate to the Chamber that he is aware that pending parliamentary matters are having an unsettling effect on business and could affect the investment climate, unless resolved in early order. The Prime Minister said that he wished to give the business community every assurance that he will do his utmost to maintain the current investment climate. The President thanked the Prime Minister for his assurances and undertook to convey them to the Chamber’s membership, which he has done.
The Chamber said that it is calling for the unsettling parliamentary matters, including the motion of no confidence in the Government, to be dealt with in a timely and constitutional manner and with political maturity.
The Chamber also called on the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and all other politicians to refrain from making statements which might raise tensions or be interpreted as inciting their supporters to physical hostility. All should instead directly and consistently urge their supporters to follow and respect the law and the democratic process, said the CIC.
It is the opinion of the Chamber that the best way to preserve the investment climate is for the parliamentary issues to be dealt with in a calm and civil manner, expeditiously and in accordance with the Constitution and the rule of law.