The NDC’s vision is A Sustainable, Equitable and Prosperous Grenada for All. The NDC team has committed itself to transforming Grenada into a dynamic, prosperous and stable democracy, capable of sustaining a high quality of life for its entire people. we are confident that with the right leadership our people will rise above the difficulties and conquer the challenges that we face as a nation.
Our Top Priorities
Agriculture and Agribusiness
Education, Health and Wellness
Tourism and Hospitality
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
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We intend to:
Undertake and complete the development of a National Land Use Plan which among other things, identifies, sets aside and protects by the force of law, all lands suitable and intended for agricultural and agro-industrial use.
Actively pursue the processing of our agricultural produce into a wide range of processed items including processed foods, cosmetics, toiletry, medicinal, chemical and industrial inputs, processes and products;
Direct investment in productive infrastructure including the construction of at least one major agro processing plant. linking producers to hotels, supermarkets and marketing boards by nationwide computer network.
Develop and implement a National Fishing Support Program for local Fishermen aimed at providing better training in modern fishing techniques, securing larger and better equipped boats and better and more reliable refrigeration capacity and facilities to protect their catch.
Work closely with the local Poultry Farmers to ensure that the production and consumption of local poultry is significantly increased.
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Significantly improve the quality of public infrastructure and supporting facilities including the airport, seaport, public roads, air services, yachting facilities and water supply. Continue to improve, upgrade and enhance the main and secondary roads, including, in particular the reconstruction and reopening of the island road in Carriacou and the development of village roads in Petite Martinique.
Extend the Airport Runway so as accommodate aircrafts with carrying capacity of at least 50 passengers; introduce night landing facilities and construct suitable terminal building facility.
Devise and adopt appropriate measures to improve the supply, storage, and distribution and thereby security of supply and safety of water to residents, including the establishment restoration and maintenance of already existing public catchments; the rehabilitation and improvement of existing ground water supply systems; the exploration and development of other potentially productive ground water sources; and the proper maintenance and more efficient utilization of the desalination plants.
Undertake and complete the construction of a Ministerial Building for the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs.
Significantly upgrade the range and quality of public services, including health services, offered to the residents so as to reduce the cost and inconvenience of having to travel to Grenada for basic services.
Upgrade the Princess Royal Hospital so as to provide a wider and more improved range of services.
Upgrade the protective services and facilities to more effectively serve the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, paying particular attention to the provision of proper fire service coverage for the airport and the introduction of emergency and rescue services to address the proposed tourism expansion and increase recreational boating activities.
Ensure that the Tourism Master Plan developed for the nation includes a well -developed plan for the holistic development of Tourism in Carriacou and Petite Martinique which, among other things, define the type and extent of tourism to be pursued on the islands and seek to utilize the unique natural and cultural/historical attractions of the islands to create a distinct element of Grenada tourism brand.
Promote and market Carriacou and Petite Martinique as an ideal tourist destination for cruise and stay over visitors as well as Yachtsmen and women.
Restore, conserve and enhance the key attractions (offshore islands, historic sites, festivals, nature trails scenic views, etc.).
To facilitate the development of the islands for ecotourism and as the water sports centre of the Grenada Tourism brand.
Expand and develop the fishing industry while protecting the eco-systems and habitats which support marine life.
With the help of an appropriate international agency or friendly government, undertake a detailed assessment of the commercial fisheries resources in the area including lambi, lobster, oyster reef and inshore fish and other commercially viable marine life.
Establish policies and standards for harvesting and processing of shell and fin fish and formulate appropriate training for fishermen.
Facilitate the establishment of fishing centers at Hillsborough, L’Esterre and Petite Martinique and improve and upgrade the fishing center at Windward.
Develop and deploy policies and measures to ensure that the fishing Centers are equipped with the necessary utilities and supplies including water, fuel, waste disposal, ice making equipment, fishing gear storage, Freezer space, landing and berthing facilities.
Facilitate the development of Petite Martinique as the primary fishing centre of the Grenadines by, among other things, Improving the marketing system for fisheries, in particular resolution of problems relating to the sale of fish in MARTINIQUE and Guadeloupe Fully explore the economic feasibility of establishing a fish processing plant in Petite Martinique with a view to creating additional income and employment opportunities for the residents.
Strive to significantly improve the food and nutrition security of the islands by increasing the production of traditional food and food crops.
Provide better extension and farm labour services to farmers.
Promote Carriacou as major livestock farming centre in the by facilitating the introduction of special breeds and providing special extension services and support to livestock farmers, including the reliable and sustainable supply of animal feed, the immunization against infections and disease and protection from loss through theft and destruction by dogs.
Facilitate the better utilization of agricultural lands in relation to specific site capabilities for various crops and livestock farming activities.
Undertake agricultural research into the introduction of new crops, especially high quality and high yielding fruits and vegetables as a means of boosting production and supplying food for the tourism sector.
Promote organic farming involving mixed cultivation, restricted soil tillage and the use of organic fertilizers and natural harvesting techniques.
Enter into discussions with St. George’s University with a view to establishing a Carriacou campus specializing in Marine Biology and Aquatic Medicine.
Actively preserve and promote the unique history, cultural heritage and traditions of the islands by protecting sites and features of archaeological and historical interest and natural heritage sites; supporting the local museum and providing support to cultural festivals and activities organized to protect and promote these traditions.
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Foster economic growth and development, while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which our well-being relies.
Focus on the synergies and tradeoffs between the environmental and economic pillars of sustainable development.
Adopt and employ a low -carbon development strategy by ensuring that our national economic development plans and strategies encompass low-emission and/or climate-resilient economic growth. Develop a regulatory framework to reduce systemic risk and improve the investment environment for green businesses, especially small and medium enterprises; encourage green investment, protect environmental assets and set standards for sustainable production and consumption (including by government itself);
Protection and investment in natural capital, including through incorporation of the value of natural capital into national accounts;
Encourage low carbon technologies and green innovation through direct investment, tax incentives and other measures;
Invest in the retraining, and retooling of the labour force to facilitate the shift from “brown” to “green” jobs.
Place emphasis on greening those sectors of the economy and society that consume the most resources or generate the most waste including energy, food, housing and transport;
Invest in human resource development, through education, skills training and sector strategies aimed at reducing poverty and economic inequality.
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Establish a Constituent Assembly to complete the reform the existing Constitution after comprehensive public consultations on the Grenada Constitution with the citizens of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique at home and Diaspora.
Ensure that the reform process adequately and progressively addresses all of the major gaps and ambiguities identified by the 1985, 2006 and 2010 Constitution Review Commissions and Bodies of Grenada including, but not limited to : the tenure of office of the Prime Minister, fixed date for the holding of general elections, the introduction of the system of proportional representation in parliament, the citizens right of recall of their parliamentary representative and the election and tenure of the Governor General of Grenada.
Advocate for the reform of the Upper House of Parliament (Senate) so as to stipulate that at any given time the Senate will have no less than three Youth Senators- 30 years of age or younger- at least of one of who must be male and of whom one of whom must be female male - to represent the interests of our youth in the National Parliament.
Advocate for the reform of the Constitution to provide for the Upper House of Parliament (Senate) to have two (2) additional members, so as to make a total of fifteen (15) Senators, one of whom shall come from Civil Society and the other from the Youth.
Advocate for the reform of the qualifications of election to the lower House (House of Representatives) so as to permit Grenadians nationals who have pledged allegiance to a foreign country, other than a commonwealth country, to run for elected office in Grenada without having to surrender their citizenship of the foreign country.
Advocate for the reform of the Constitution of Grenada so as to identify and catalogue all buildings, sites and places constituting part of our national heritage and declaring them to be the patrimony of the people of Grenada, forever protected and preserved for their use and benefit and not subject to sale, lease, gift or other disposition.
Advocate for the reform of the Grenada Constitution so as to provide for the establishment of a National Planning Commission of Grenada, and for Preparation and legislative approval by Parliament of a National Sustainable Development Plan every 10 years with the responsibility for the oversight of the Plan residing in the Planning Commission.
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Introduce Performing Arts into the curriculum of all primary and secondary schools so that theatre, dance, music, voice training and comedy can all be introduced to our children from a very early age.
Encourage and support the establishment of a school for the performing Arts as one of our specialty schools where our youth with an aptitude for such activities can pursue the refinement and development of their talent at the secondary and post-secondary level.
Provide institutional support to artistic and creative products, which have the potential for wealth creation and income generation for the artiste. Our objective is to support the artiste in his quest to earn a living from his God-given talent. New levels of support will be given to the performing arts, as well as the visual arts.
Encourage greater Private Sector investment in the Creative Arts including the establishment of a National Centre for the Performing Arts through appropriate tax incentives.
Actively seek out and embrace opportunities for the training of our artistes to hone their creativity, as well as acquire capabilities in related disciplines.
Reintroduce the National Arts Festival for schools so as to encourage a spirit of healthy competition among our young artistes, and inspire them to be the best they can be.
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Establish a National Diaspora Commission, comprised of Grenadians living at home and in the Diaspora, to fully engage Grenadians at home and in the Diaspora;
- to fully examine and categorize the nature of the relationship between Grenadians living in the Diaspora and those living at home;
- to assess and quantify the contribution being made by Diasporans to the Grenadian economy and society;
- to identify, assess and categorize the potential which exist for Grenada to benefit from the presence of Grenadians living in the Diaspora;
- to determine the needs and concerns of Grenadians living in the Diaspora which must properly be addressed by Grenadian policy makers;
- to make recommendations on the most appropriate institutional arrangements, instruments, mechanisms and initiatives for realizing those potential benefits and addressing those needs and concerns.
After adequate consultations with the Grenadians at home and abroad, act upon the findings and recommendations of the Commission by putting in place the necessary legal and institutional framework, staffing and equipping the institutions and allocating the necessary resources to give effect to our development objectives. Advocate for the reform of the qualifications of election to the lower House (House of Representatives) so as to permit Grenadians nationals who have pledged allegiance to a foreign country, other than a commonwealth country, to run for elected office in Grenada without having to surrender their citizenship of the foreign country.
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Undertake and complete the development of a ten-year National Economic Plan as an integral part of National ten- year Plan for the Sustainable Economic and Social Development of Grenada.
Expand the productive sectors of the economy-especially Agriculture, Agro-industries, Fisheries and Light Manufacturing- so as to create long term stable employment, income and a strong revenue base for public finance.
Remove the self- imposed constraints to the development of tourism and seriously develop the tourism product.
Fully develop the opportunity for Grenada to become a world class exporter of Education, Health and Wellness services.
Encourage the development of a full range of ICT services aimed creating a knowledge- based export services sector (ICT Export Services).
In cooperation with the private sector, consciously develop and implement an export promotion strategy aimed at identifying and promoting niche products and services, and specific target markets (Trade Policy/Export Promotion). This strategy should include and make adequate provisions for the cultural and entertainment industries.
Fully explore and develop the opportunities in the blue economy including especially fish, shrimp and conch farming as well as sea moss production and organic fertilizer production.
Fully pursue the sustainable development of Grenada’s Energy resources- both in hydrocarbon potential and renewable energy so as to achieve greater energy security and independence, reduce our carbon footprint and to substantially reduce, over time, the cost of energy to the nation.
Lay a proper foundation for the support and development of the productive sectors by investing in the development of public physical infrastructure and supporting institutions.
Develop a program together with the necessary institutional and logistical arrangements to carefully manage the country’s debt (Debt Management).
Strengthen the climate and institutional framework for national economic performance by fostering a genuine partnership with civil society (Institutional Arrangements).
Overhaul the fiscal architecture of Grenada-especially as it relates to ad hoc concessions and incentives, licenses, levies and fees- so as to bring it in line with the present day trade, investment and economic realities and requirements (Fiscal Reform). Simplify and render more effective the bureaucratic process for the granting of incentives to investors and making the process more transparent and predictable, including providing, on an upfront basis, a clear indication of the priority areas, clear statements on eligibility criteria, clear commitments regarding applicable time frames and a clear articulation of the respective roles of the respective institutions including the GIDC, Customs and the Department of Inland Revenue.
Undertake a comprehensive review of the present tax mix with a view to reducing the tax burden on the middle income earners, increasing disposable incomes and stimulating small business expansion and development. A stated objective of this review would be to eliminate all nuisance taxes, fees, charges and levies.
Overhaul the taxation system so as to render the taxation regime, simpler, equitable, predictable, while broadening the tax base and raising compliance levels through greater efficiency in tax administration (Tax Reform and Administration).
Develop and maintain a package of poverty alleviation and social protection measures aimed at cushioning the impact of the increased cost of living and reducing the incidence of poverty-having special regard to the aged, the disabled and the unemployed (Poverty Alleviation).
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As part of the National Plan develop a plan for the country’s human resource development for which the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development will be responsible.
Restructure the national education system so as to ensure that the aptitude of young students can be determined at an early stage in their primary education; that the curriculum is available to pursue their aptitudinal development and that the infrastructure is developed for the pursuit of such interests.
Upgrade the primary school curriculum so as to include courses and programs that would assist teachers and students in identifying students’ aptitude at an early age. • Standardize the curriculum in all national primary schools.
Introduce Spanish, French and Civics as compulsory courses in the primary and secondary school system (up to Form 3).
Introduce courses in agriculture, culture (theatre, dance, music and voice training), and technical/ vocational courses- in addition to the traditional academic stream- in primary schools.
Equip the primary schools with technology appropriate machinery, equipment, instruments and tools required to pursue and sustain the academic, technical and vocational programs.
Reintroduce the Free School Books Program
Institute a genuine program to address the growing problem of truancy.
Encourage schools to organize vacation camps through which students can acquire life skills, develop their social skills and boost their confidence and self-esteem. Revise the secondary school curriculum to provide for three (3) streams of education namely, an academic stream; a technical/ vocational stream (that would include plumbing, electronics, electrical, air conditioning, mechanics, woodwork and arts and craft, welding and other disciplines) and a specialty stream (that would include agriculture, sports, performing arts (including dance, theatre, music and voice training), secretarial/ office procedures, and bookkeeping, marine studies and other disciplines).
Redesign the school curriculum so that all secondary school students would receive three complete years of general secondary education following which they would enter their special streams based on aptitude for 2 years.
Establish and / or upgrade specialty schools where student can pursue their specialty education in agriculture, fishing, sports, performing arts and fashion, secretarial/ office procedures and marine studies giving careful consideration to the physical location of these schools.
Establish a fully accredited polytechnic where students in the technical/vocational stream can pursue their specialty education.
Institute a comprehensive program counseling so as to assist students with their career choices as well as in developing life and social skills.
Regularize the employment of all teachers in the teaching service who have been employed as contract workers for a period in excess of two years.
Strive to ensure that within 10 years all teachers in secondary schools hold a university degree.
Provide all secondary school teachers (who have been in the system for 3 years or more) an opportunity to continue their higher education and obtain a university degree without any compromise in their salaries or other employment benefits.
Introduce teleconferencing and other advanced telecommunications media in all our secondary schools through which our best and specialist trained teachers will be selected and used to teach courses nationally by such methods.
Strive to ensure that no individual is denied a tertiary education due to lack of personal financing on the part of the individual.
In collaboration with the local financial institutions Introduce a Government Sponsored National Student Loan Scheme under which students wishing to pursue their university education will obtain a student loan to be repaid commencing only after completion of their studies.
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Construct, in collaboration with St. George’s University, a new modern Public Hospital with teaching facilities as the centerpiece to the development of the Education, Health and Wellness Sector. This facility will be named the Sir Eric Gairy Memorial Hospital.
Actively encourage and attract the establishment of specialty clinics (boutique hospitals) to deliver specialty care - in areas such as hip replacement, fertility, cosmetic surgery, post-operative recuperation and drug rehabilitation- and provide adequate incentives and proper legal and regulatory framework for their establishment and operation.
Actively encourage the establishment of a Marine Life Sciences and Aquatic Medicine educational facility in Carriacou with internationally accredited program, so as to attract students from around the world wishing to study marine life sciences and aquatic medicine.
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Update, where appropriate and implement the Grenada National Energy Policy.
Fully pursue the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement concluded with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for the exploration and exploitation of non-living marine resources. Retain the services of qualified experts to resume and conclude negotiations with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela with a view to resolving our maritime boundaries once and for all.
Conduct discussions/negotiations with the Global Petroleum Group (GPG) with a view to arriving at a common understanding as to outstanding rights and obligations under the Production Sharing Agreement concluded between the Government of Grenada and GPG with a view to beginning to realize our hydrocarbon potential.
Conduct discussions/ negotiations with Grenlec and other stakeholders with a view to achieving an integrated mix of regulation and economic and market-oriented approaches to promoting energy security, independence, accessibility, affordability and efficiency within the electricity sector and to promoting best industrial and environmental practices and enact appropriate legislation at the conclusion thereof. Promote research and development into energy efficiency and renewable energy technology.
Create the legal and institutional support mechanism to allow Grenada to take fullest advantage of funding and technical assistance from the Green Financing Funds and Mechanisms established for adaptation, mitigation and financing green development.
Establish a National Energy Commission, whose historic mandate shall be to guide the implementation of our strategic energy policy objectives and coordinate all national policies aimed achieving same.
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Re-organize the Community Health Service to provide equitable distribution of services, placing the emphasis on strong community participation in the planning, implementation and monitoring of all Community Health Services.
Reactivate and establish Primary Health Care Teams in every parish.
Expand school Health Programs to all Primary and Secondary school in collaboration with the diaspora communities.
Ensure the availability of Medical and Nursing service in every district Medical Station.
Establishing a Public Relations Department to get feedback in an effort to improve the system.
Establish a Dialysis unit to treat patients requiring Dialysis treatment on an ongoing basis.
Facilitate the establishment of an oncology centre specializing in the care and treatment of cancer patients In collaboration with the private sector,
Provide financial assistance to nurses wishing to receive specialized training in areas such as Dialysis, Oncology and Psychiatry.
Upgrading and expanding the programs offered at the Grenada School of Nursing. Introduce a National Health Insurance Scheme.
Develop and implement a national prevention and control program in collaboration with the drug control counsel for prevention of drug abuse and addiction.
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Develop and implement a Public Sector Housing Program (“Starter Homes Project”), aimed at providing better access to housing and better housing conditions to low and modest income families.
Strengthen the human and material resource capacity of the Ministry of Housing and the Grenada Housing Authority so as to better deliver housing services to the low and modest income families.
Promote and assist in the design of lower cost housing so as to maximize their structural and environmental integrity, minimize the cost of maintenance, and facilitate the prospects for incremental expansion/extension.
Integrate disaster mitigation practices into the design and construction of the homes.
Adopt appropriate planning and infrastructure standards in the development of housing settlements.
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Re-establish the ICT Centre for Excellence and Innovation as a premier institution for training of our Youth in ICT.
Seek and establish cooperation/ partnerships Agreements between the Centre for Excellence and Innovation and global ICT firms and Institutions of learning so as to ensure that the curriculum and training methodologies employed meet international best practices and that at the end of their training our students will obtain internationally recognized certification and accreditation.
Create an Outsourcing Centre as an adjunct to the Centre for Excellence and Innovation to facilitate employment on the international market of persons trained at the Centre.
Establish a Science and Technology Incubator for young scientist, mathematicians, engineers and computer programmers in collaboration with the UWI, SGU, TAMCC and other universities and the Private Sector.
Provide Internet connectivity to all rural communities throughout Grenada Carriacou and Petit Martinique and in collaboration with the Private Sector service providers ensure that access to the internet is significantly improved. Develop and implement a program to attract software and e-commerce companies to establish operations in Grenada by providing a generous fiscal incentive package for investment in technology and related areas.
Through these software and e-commerce companies, develop a full range of remote processing services directed at creating a knowledge-based Export Services Sector in such areas as the following:
- Offshore Shipping.
- Offshore low-tech Information Services (such as Data Entry Services, and Telemarketing.)
- Cultural Services such as prerecorded music, live bands, Choirs and other live singers, Dance Troupes, Craftwork, Painting and Sculpture, videos, TV films, movies, and Plays.
- TV and Radio rights to major sporting and cultural events in Grenada.
Finance and Accounting Services, Translation Services, Transcription Services
- Educational Services through institutions such as SGU and TAMCC Catering for students from across the globe.
- Medical Services including Surgery, Consultancies, Medial check – ups and Rehabilitative care.
- E-learning, animation, data Search, integration and Management, Network Construction, Website Development and Computer programming.
- Establish a National Research Institute staffed by our best Scientists to undertake ongoing research into and development of new and existing crops, products, processes and techniques to be applied in production and delivery of goods and services. Encourage research into technologies that will lead to the eradication of poverty, improve our self-reliance and increase our earning capacity.
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Undertake and complete the construction of a proper Court facility- Halls of Justice.
Improve the functional efficiency of the judicial system. This should include the establishment/ introduction of a system of probation, plea-bargaining and a system of parole in the criminal justice system. This should also include a system of pardons whereby criminal records for crimes committed while being a minor may be expunged so as to give the young person a second chance in life.
Complete the project of digitizing of the record at the Deeds and Land Registry.
Properly staff and outfit the Court Reporting Unit so that litigants will not have to wait years for case transcripts.
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Ensure that the Financial Intelligence Unit Act is enforced and that politically exposed persons are not put to head the organization.
Ensure transparency and Accountability in government by enacting a Freedom of Information Act, whereby all citizens, including the opposition parties, the media, the NGO’s and civil society in general, would have the right of access public information except for sensitive state information including that relating to national security and the personal medical, banking and taxation records of individual citizens.
Enact an Election Financing Law that would prevent the actual purchasing of an election by a party with deep pockets as a result of financing from a foreign Government or from international crooks and criminals.
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Incorporate Rural Development and Local Government at the ministerial level to provide policy guidance to the Cabinet in this area and to supervise the implementation of relevant government policy.
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Develop and adopt policies and practices to ensure that the employment, promotion, transfer and secondment of persons in the public service and the appointment of persons to Boards, Commissions and other Government agencies are based on merit and not on political affiliation.
Consistently engage all stakeholders (including the business community, the trade unions, the NGO’s and the national Clubs and Associations) in discussions on all major matters affecting national development and solicit their advice/ input/ suggestions and criticisms.
Dedicate a day to be called Memorial Day to commemorate the lives of all those who lost their lives as a direct result of political turmoil in Grenada and to serve as a permanent reminder and national commitment that this should never happen again.
Recognize and honour citizens of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique who, through their personal feats and individual accomplishments, have brought recognition and acclaim to or country and engendered national pride and a heightened sense of patriotism among our people by appropriately naming buildings and/ or other physical structures, streets or institutions in their honour. In this regard we propose to rename the Grenada National Stadium, the “Kirani James National Stadium”.
Recognize the contributions made by former national leaders and their governments or government officials to our national development by appropriately naming buildings and/or other physical structures, streets or institutions in their honour.
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Undertake a comprehensive review of the Citizenship by Investment Program to determine whether the benefits that may be associated with such a program justify the national security and reputational risks associated with the program.
Undertake an inventory of all Diplomatic passports issued in name of the Government of Grenada and the holders of such passports with a view to determining the suitability of the holders to hold Grenadian diplomatic passports.
Enact the necessary constitutional or legal amendments to require that all persons becoming Grenadian Citizens by naturalization know and can recite the National Anthem and National Pledge.
Enact the necessary legal amendments to require that the National Flag fly over all government buildings and offices at all times.
Ensure that a course in Grenadian history become a part of the curriculum of a primary school education.
Recognize our national heroes and martyrs as well as those who have made a significant contribution to our country’s’ development by giving due regard to their contribution.
Restore, re-create and develop our National Parks, National Zoo, Botanical Gardens, National Museum, and National Archive and strengthen and enforce existing laws relating to their preservation.
Amend the Constitution of Grenada so as to identify and catalogue all buildings, sites and places constituting part of our national heritage and declaring them to be the patrimony of the people of Grenada, forever protected and preserved for their use and benefit and not subject to sale, lease, gift or other disposition.
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Upgrade existing legislation so as to better provide for the development and implementation of a comprehensive land use and zoning plan for the country; the administration of the system for the physical development and improvement of private lands; implementation of a tenable land tenure system; the management of natural resources; conservation of forests, national parks, centers of national Heritage and other protected areas and sites; coastal areas and marine resources, beach protection; solid waste management, pollution; climate change and other environmental matters. Re-structure, substantially upgrade and adequately staff the Physical Planning and Development Authority so as to provide greater capacity to independently and efficiently discharge its mandate.
Establish an Environmental Protection Agency as an independent Agency charged with the responsibility to supervise and coordinate the protection of our environment and the promotion of sustainable environmental practices.
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Review Grenada’s Foreign Policy to ensure greater focus on securing credible, bankable Investment opportunities and greater resource mobilization;
Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its overseas missions to implement Government’s Foreign Policy more effectively;
Develop a Career Foreign Service;
Make concerted efforts to ensure that relations with Grenada’s traditional allies are maintained and strengthened; aggressively pursue the establishment and development of ties with non-traditional allies including the newly emerging economic powers. Successive governments over the past years have developed and implemented various strategies toward poverty reduction, education, economic growth, environmental protection and more recently, sustainable development. From time to time, these have been implemented under the overall frameworks of National Development Plans (NPD’s). Some NDPs were designed and implemented as overall strategic frameworks for the various interventions before being abandoned decades latter following the introduction of policies. We believe that successful Small Island Development States (SIDS) are those which seek deeper understanding of their unique characteristics, features and circumstances to ensure that human development activities take place within the safe and just operating space of our tri-island state. Meeting the basic human needs in SIDS requires serious commitment of policy-makers.
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Create the legal and institutional framework to support this initiative.
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Broaden the mandate, reorganize and significantly strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Social Development to discharge responsibility for the development and implementation of the country’s social development plans and policies as they relate to Family Life and Parenting; Child Care and Development Services, including daycare services; Family Support Services, including Family Counseling, Child Protection; Juvenile Justice; Adolescent Parents; Substance Abuse; Gender Relations, including domestic violence; Care of the Elderly; Disability Services; Income security, including old age pension and social assistance; National Health Insurance and Pension Schemes.
As much as possible, provide financial support to NGOs which provide opportunities and support mechanisms for integration of PWDs into national social and economic life through sports, education and economic empowerment.
Establish a National Disabilities Advisory Council, led by a Person with a Disability to advise government on issues relating to the community of persons with disabilities.
Take measures to ensure that, as far as practicable, all new and existing public buildings are more disabled friendly and accessible to PWDs.
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Upgrade and fully implement the Existing National Sports Policy, developed under the previous NDC administration.
Remove the responsibility for the promotion and marketing of sports as an economic activity from the Ministry of Sports and assign that responsibility to the National Sports Council to perform these functions.
Ensure that the mandate of the National Sports Council includes: responsibility for the identification and development of local sporting talent; ongoing training for the physical education teachers in all primary and secondary schools; the continuous development of local and internationally competitive and innovative sports; recreation and sports related Tourism; the development of national programs for each and every area of sporting activity; and the development of a national Sports Tourism calendar.
Develop a comprehensive plan for marketing Grenada as a sports destination.
Provide incentives to employers who allow athletes paid time off work to represent Grenada at sporting events.
Develop and embark upon a well-considered program to train persons in the areas of sports medicine, sports education, sports psychology, physiotherapy, sports nutrition, medical services, proper management of sporting facilities and activities, coaching, athletic welfare, and the funding and promotion of sports tourism.
Provide financial, educational, and other assistance to our national sports men and women during training and participation in competitions, to cover their costs including transportation, training, equipment and per diem requirements.
Provide all national athletes with medical insurance benefits during active representation of the country.
Actively seek to secure more scholarships for Grenadian athletes at all levels to further their academic education.
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Significantly increase the amount of dollars each tourist spends in Grenada by consciously and vastly developing the quality of our tourism product.
Identify and create an inventory/ Registry of all Tourist Sites in the country and develop a plan for their full development and conversion into standard tourist attractions. Such a plan should provide for the physical and infrastructural development of these site (including access, restaurant and sanitation facilities and other necessary guest services), the proper documentation of its history, the training of tour guides to assist tourists, the business and ownership structure for their operation.
Embark upon joint venture arrangements with both local and international private sector for the expansion of physical hotel plant.
In accord with the philosophy of Balanced Development, actively encourage the development and expansion of Boutique hotels in the parishes outside of St. George by developing and implementing a Small Hotel Incentives Program to assist small Hotels (50 rooms or less) operating in, wishing to establish operations in the outer parishes. Such a plan should consider, among other things, assistance in financing or refinancing their operations and developing their facilities.
Develop a comprehensive Tourism Marketing Plan aimed at re-branding and repositioning Grenada as a tourist destination.
Develop a comprehensive eco-tourism plan for Grenada that uses as its platform our beaches, mountains, forests, lakes and rivers. Establish a Foreign Language Desk at the Board of Tourism to coordinate and facilitate the foreign language service requirements of the tourism sector.
Develop, expand and refine the skills set available to workers in the tourism sector by expanding and upgrading the Culinary, Food and Beverage and Hospitality training programs available at TAMCC and providing for a suitable system of accreditation and certification upon completion of such programs.
Seriously develop the infrastructural, institutional, human resource and managerial framework for the development of Yacht Tourism. This would include the development of a clear policy framework for the development, expansion and/ or improvement, operation and maintenance of Marinas and Yachting facilities; the administrative procedures for Yachts entering Grenadian ports; the environmental guidelines to be adhered to by Yachts so as to minimize the impact of Yachting; the promotion of Grenada as a safe haven for Yachts during the hurricane season; the development of ancillary services required by Yachtsmen, including mechanical repairs, air-conditioning, marine electronics, electrical repairs, painting, carpentry, fibre glassing and related services; the development of the appropriate curriculum at TAMCC to provide training for and awareness among Grenadian youth of the opportunities in the field of yachting.
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The development of our youth and their involvement in national affairs continue to occupy our minds. A new NDC government will establish a National Youth Service and Apprenticeship Programme, a National Youth Council, a National Students Council, and revive and strengthen the National Youth Parliament to give young people a greater say in the affairs of the State, and provide greater channels for their holistic development. The voice of young people must be heard at every level of the decision-making process.
In the appointment persons to serve as members of the Boards of Directors of State Owned Enterprises and Statutory Bodies and Commissions reserve at least one position for a youth 30 years of age or younger to sit on each State Owned Enterprise and Statutory Body and Commission.
Build on the IMANI Program by developing and implementing, in conjunction with the private sector, a Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART) program for our youth between the ages of 15 and 20 so as to provide them with skills training and employment through practical on the job learning experiences.
Grant tax relief to companies for monies expended on the trainees and ensuring that the relief structure is tied to the number of candidates taken by the company.
Provide training, finance and support systems for young entrepreneurs.
Initiate a “Business Buddy” program whereby retired professionals, middle and senior executives can provide assistance to young and emerging entrepreneurs on a voluntary basis. Inculcate healthy lifestyles among young people, as a means of stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS and other lifestyle diseases Develop Sports as an industry that brings other health and social benefits to young people.
Get young people involved in agriculture and agri-business using modern technologies Develop the Cultural and entertainment Industries so as to increase career choices for young people.
Putting in place clear indicators of effective youth development for monitoring and evaluation.