Former Finance Minister, Nazim Burke has responded to claims being made in certain quarters that he is seeking employment outside of the country since his party’s defeat at the polls in February.
Burke, the deputy political leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) sought to clear the air on reports that he would need the support of the ruling New National Partty (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell in order to land a job with any of the major international institutions like the IMF and World Bank.
Following is the text of a statement issued by Burke in response to allegations that he was looking to leave the island to secure job opportunities:
In the past few days, statements have been circulating to the effect that I plan to take up residence outside Grenada. In this regard, I wish to state the following:
In the aftermath of the General Elections and the end of my tenure as Minister of Finance of the Government of Grenada, I have, quite naturally, been taking steps to secure my economic livelihood. This duty I owe, not only to myself but to my family.
To that end, I have established a law practice in conjunction with a colleague of mine and I am making my best efforts to ensure its success. In addition, I have submitted applications and expressions of interest to a multitude of institutions, both inside and outside Grenada, seeking to engage them in a relationship that would be to our mutual benefit.
Given the deliberate and spiteful intervention by certain persons on at least two (2) occasions in an effort to deprive me of an economic opportunity and undermine my economic livelihood, I regard it as contrary to my best interests to publicly declare what applications and expressions of interest I have submitted and what economic opportunities I am pursuing.
What I am prepared to publicly declare, and do publicly declare by this statement, is that I have no plans or intentions to take up residence outside Grenada for any period of time.