Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has told party supporters at a rally on Sunday night that the jobs that were promised in the 2013 election campaign are becoming more evident.
Addressing the gathering after the NNP held its annual convention at the Westerhall Secondary School (WSS), the Prime Minister said that there are now several road projects taking place under the Ministry of Works and Communications and that some other major ones will be started soon.
He stated that jobs are also flowing as the construction industry continues to show growth due to the number of jobs now on stream.
“The construction industry is growing by leaps and bounds. In 2013 we had a growth in the construction sector because of what happened with Sandals. Some people might say that they had one large project and that was responsible for the growth but 2014 we had no such large project but we had a growth rate slightly bigger than we had in 2013, which means that there was a lot of small projects taking place throughout the length and breadth of the country,” he said.
According to PM Mitchell with some of the other major construction taking place this year, it can only mean more development for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
“Only three weeks ago, Sandals opened a Call Centre at the Sandals hotel and that was not of their original plan but because of the success of this country and the international image that’s growing for Grenada, Sandals owner came in and said that he is going to put in a top class Call Centre”, he told the party faithfuls.
The Prime Minister announced that over 56 Grenadians are now employed at the Call Centre operated by Sandals.
PM Mitchell said that Sandals owner, Gordon “Butch” Stewart has indicated that he is presently looking to construct another 100 rooms to the hotel that came to the island under the former Tillman Thomas-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) regime.
“…Mr. Butch Stewart has said that they’re looking actively for more lands to expand to another hundred or so rooms. In other words sisters and brothers, more we conduct ourselves appropriately, more we do what we have to do, more jobs, more development will come for this beautiful country of ours,” he added.
Reports have been circulating in the country that Stewart is interested in purchasing the nearby Rex Grenadian hotel and to engage in another multi-million dollar enhancement and development.
Prime Minister Mitchell also disclosed that Clear Harbor, a Call Centre at the Grenada Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) complex at Frequente is also expanding and providing additional jobs for locals.
“In the last year Clear Harbor has employed an additional hundreds of Grenadians and you know why, the developer said because of Grenada’s image and what is happening internationally, more and more people are
calling him to expand his businesses – so more jobs, more opportunities for all our citizens throughout the length and breadth of our country,” he said.
However, Dr. Mitchell made no mention of the proposed hotel to be built at Silver Sands along the Grand Anse beach by an Egyptian business tycoon.
Tourism Minister Yolande Bain-Horsford has set this April as the
month for the start of work on the hotel.
The hotel location site has been cleared and fenced since last December.
Mitchell’s NNP has been subjected to criticisms from opponents of not providing the promised thousands of jobs to win the 2013 general elections but introducing over 21 tax measures as part of a so-called self-imposed Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) to deal with a severe fiscal problem buffeted by high debts.