Government has appointed two steering committees to look after the country’s abattoirs and markets and the Grenada Market Access and Rural Enterprise Development Programme (MAREP).
In making the announcement, Minister of Communications and Works, Gregory Bowen said the committee for abattoirs and markets will be headed by newly appointed Comptroller of Inland Revenue, Raphael Stephen and includes Francis Balwant representing the Ministry of Health and Dr. Bowen Louison, Veterinary doctor with the Ministry of Agriculture.
The committee also includes Malcolm Antoine from the Ministry of Works, as well as the Permanent Secretary or a representative from the Ministry of Tourism, Dr. Reginald Buckmire, representing the National Farmers Association and a representative each from the St George’s Vendors Association and the Grenville Vendors Association.
A new board of directors is also now in place for MAREP which deals with development in rural communities.
The committee includes Jennifer Allard-Alexis from the Ministry of Finance, Ken Francois who is associated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Alister Bain, representing the Small Business Unit of the Grenada Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) and Genelle Murray.
Other board members are hotelier Russ Fielding from the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association and Pansy Cross (Alternate), Peter Antoine representing the Grenada Co-operative Bank, Lincoln Morgan of the National Training Agency (NTA) and Fitzroy James, listed as the President of the Grenada Federation of Agricultural and Fisheries Organisation (GFAFO).
The board is rounded off by a representative from the Soubise Fishermen Co-operative, Patrick Francis of the Ministry of Works, Bernadette Bartholomew, representing the Ministry of Community Development, and Denise Oilivierre and Benny Langaigne representing community-based organisations.
The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is providing funding to the tune of EC$15 million for the Greater Grenville Development Project.
Government is said to be seeking another EC$5 million for the construction of the abattoir.
Minister Bowen pointed out that the appointment of the two steering committees is in keeping with the requirements set down by CDB.
Bowen said that in addition to the appointment of the steering committees, government has drafted a Food Quality Act to be tabled soon in Parliament as another requirement from the regional bank.
The Greater Grenville Development Project, was launched in September of last year and is being monitored by a steering committee chaired by Dennis Clarke, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Physical Development and Public Utilities.
In reference to MAREP, the Works Minister said that this project, which is headquartered in St Patrick, has been plagued with challenges over the years and almost lost the set aside funding from outside the country and that appointing the new members to serve on the body was a matter that needed urgent attention.
The Keith Mitchell-led government has recently appointed former manager of the financially challenged Grenada Building & Loan Association, Byron Campbell as MAREP’s Manager.
Campbell has held a number of senior positions with several state-owned bodies as well as nongovernmental organizations over the years.
His most recent post was General Manager with Building & Loan in which some of the investors raised questions over his handling of the business.