Police Nab Westerhall Robbers

Rickey Noel – captured instantly after committing a felony

Rickey Noel – captured instantly after committing a felony

A young man and his female companion who have been reaping havoc in the Westerhall, St. David’s area and making the lives of the residents there miserable have been caught and are now behind bars at the Richmond Hill Prisons.

Ricky Noel, 42 years old, and Jennifer Henwood, 31 years old, both unemployed residents of Belmont St. George’s have been charged by police in connection with a spate of housebreakings.

The lawmen managed to catch up with the couple during a mobile patrol in the area two weeks ago shortly after they committed one of the offenses.

A source close to the police told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper the lawmen spotted both Noel and Henwood walking along the main road at Westerhall Point.

Noel who allegedly was carrying two bags started running after seeing the police vehicle.

A search of the bags, which contained groceries, spirits and liqueur was conducted shortly after Noel was captured by the lawmen.

According to the source, a search at Henwood’s house resulted in the confiscation of a quantity of household items and groceries as part of the investigation by the lawmen.

A release issued by the Royal Grenada Police Force said the crime spree involving the two suspects began on April 9.

Noel and Henwood have been charged with five counts of housebreaking, four counts of housebreaking and stealing, and one count each of attempted breaking and damage to property.

They are also jointly charged for the offenses of damage to property, attempted breaking and on one of the counts of housebreaking and stealing.

One of the persons who were affected by the spate of robberies is businessman Edwin Mark DeCaul.

Noel is alleged to have first broke into De Caul’s house on April 16 and stealing articles valued at $1,304.00.

He is also accused of breaking into De Caul’s house again sometime between April 10 and 22 and stealing cash totaling $283.00.

 

Violence in Windsor Forest

Desmond Honore

Desmond Honore

Tension is rising high in the little community known as Toco Bay in Windsor Forest, St. David’s.

The police had to be called in Sunday night to settle a dispute which left one man hospitalised from a serious chop wound to the head and other injuries to the body by neighbours following a dispute over the damage caused to his own crops by animals belonging to a neighbour.

THE NEW TODAY was visited on Tuesday by Sharon Honore, wife of the injured man Desmond Honore who received chops wounds to the right side of his head and suffered two broken fingers on the hand.

Honore, a 53-year old worker with GRENLEC was set upon a few hours after he chopped off the head of a kid from a mother goat that had been destroying his peas and potato slips.

According to the wife, her husband had made frequent complaints to the owner of the animals, believed to be a Baptist woman in the area, about the constant destruction to his garden by the roaming animals.

She said that moments before the chopping, a daughter of the owner of the animal had visited her home to ask for some “green bananas” to cook and that the GRENLEE employee showed her the animals as they were on the land feasting on his crops.

According to the wife, when she herself returned home from attending church service, she once again noticed that the animals were on the property and eating the newly planted crops.

She spoke of calling out to the daughter of the animal owner who was away from her own home in order to notify her once again of what was happening with the animals.

“I asked her who these young goats for. She told me they belonged to her mother. I said to her, to come and tie the goats because they are causing trouble.

The wife stated that the daughter promised to call some of her brothers to help attend to the animals.

She said that although nobody came, the animals left but came back later to feed on the crops.

This newspaper understands it was at this stage that the husband acted by chopping off the head of one of the three kids with a cutlass.

The wife pointed out that on realising what had happened, she called out to the daughter of the owner of the animals to “come and take out the goats from the land because Desmond had killed one of the goats”.

She said the daughter did come and take a look at what was happening as the two other goats ran off as soon as the neck of the other kid was chopped off.

The incident did not go down well with the other children of the goat owner.

It is alleged that later in the day some of them resorted to throwing missiles on Honore’s house and were allegedly using a few threatening language.

The wife said that sometime around 7.00 p.m as her husband was leaving home to visit a nearby supermarket he was attacked and had several wounds inflicted on him.

There are reports that piece of a brick was hurled at him and struck him the area of the waist which resulted in him falling to the ground.

His attackers then moved in and inflicted several bows to all parts of his body as he laid on the ground helpless.

Apart from the chop to the head, an X-ray conducted on the hospitalised Honore showed that he suffered broken bones on two fingers and his body showed signs of bruises from the lashes received from the cutlasses.

The wife said that her husband informed her on Tuesday when she visited him in hospital that the doctor indicated that he might have to undergo some form of surgery for the injuries.

Police have reportedly detained two persons for questioning in connection with the incident.

This newspaper understands that several of the villagers are enraged over what happened as Honore is considered to be a respectable and liked member of the Toco Bay community.

 

 

 

 

May Day Tragedy

A family of St. Patrick’s is in agony after having to deal with the death of a loved one on May Day, while being driven by her bigger brother.

Dead is nine-year old Nakaya Jada Franklyn of Mt. Rodney, St. Patrick’s who fell out of a Suzuki Escudo van at Marli, St. Patrick’s.

The fatal accident took place after the vehicle, registration number PX592 being driven by 19-year old Damian Franklyn, crashed into a wall.

Nakaya Franklyn – perished in a vehicular accident

Nakaya Franklyn – perished in a vehicular accident

A well placed source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper the young girl was seated on the back seat of the vehicle when the vehicle crashed.

There are reports that Franklyn lost control of the van which ran into the wall and then overturned

The source said the child was flung out of the van which later pinned her onto the ground.

A medical doctor who was summoned to the scene of the accident pronounced the young girl dead upon his arrival.

A post mortem conducted revealed that the child died of skull fracture. She is being buried today (Friday May 10) following a funeral service at the Sauteurs RC Church.

We have come full circle

Are the people of Grenada listening to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell when he tells them that the new watchword has to be sacrifice?

It is one thing to campaign on a promise of “delivery” but economic and financial reality is what really matters.

Our people need to pay particular attention to what is happening around them and specifically at the negotiations which Grenada is about to embark upon with the international creditors who are owed most of the island’s debt of some EC$2.3 billion.

A recent statement put out by some of the Creditors seem to suggest that they are gearing up for a series of tough negotiations with the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government following the announcement from the eleven week old administration that the island’s inability to service the high debts has forced it to seek rescheduling of the payments.

There is a clear hint from the creditors in the statement issued that they want the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be a critical player in the process and as a pre-condition that Grenada must agree to pay its costs to be incurred such as legal fees that can easily run into a few millions of dollars.

At this juncture, THE NEW TODAY is forced to ask the critical question of whether the island has not come around full circle in the last 10 years on the critical question of its Debt Burden?

This newspaper has oversight of a document that was prepared by a former NNP government in 2003 when it was trying to raise millions from the Republic of China on Taiwan on the grounds that economic growth in Grenada had come “to a halt in 2000/2001” under the Mitchell government.

In that document, the then government in office made the startling admittance that it was forced to engage in “commercial high cost financing” through the borrowing of loans at high interest rates of 9% and that “the expected economic growth needed to generate the revenues for debt servicing did not materialise”.

Ten years later the island appears to have come “full circle” around once again. As Lloyd Noel wrote in his column in this week’s newspaper, the people who created the unhealthy debt situation are now back in charge as the controllers of the nation’s affairs to deal with most of the debts that they had in fact incurred in their first 13 years in office.

This is what the same set of controllers wrote ten years ago about the debt situation in Grenada, which is now threatening to strangle all of us in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique:

 

“The lack of economic growth holds particularly negative implications for the country’s domestic and international debt payments. The country’s debt servicing burden is particularly high in the first and last quarters of every year.

The country’s debt burden arose from the need to undertake necessary infrastructure development (Roads, Education, Health, etc) in order to kick-start critical growth-oriented activities.

The scarcity of concessionary financing forced the government to resort to commercial high financing, given the expectation of economic growth. However, the expected economic growth needed to generate the revenues for debt servicing did not materialise because of international shocks, crippling natural disasters, and our lack of technical and professional personnel.

The country debt burden, which averages about 75% of GDP has become a major constraint. This debt “overhang” is definitely a constraint to further economic expansion. Urgent steps need to be adapted to reduce the debt burden as a precondition for undertaking critical social programmes.

In fact, the ability of the government to undertake the social agenda called for by the Grenadian electorate in the just-held General Elections (2003) will hinge pivotally on the extent to which critical components of the national debt can be reduced.

The government has identified a combined strategy of debt renegotiation and rescheduling, financial assistance by friends of Grenada to help with the payment of interests for a period of two to three years, and by limiting Government Capital expenditure.

This cautious approach to debt management will over the next several years also impact negatively on the country’s economic growth, which has been strongly dependent on the level of public investment.

For the last quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2003, interest payment towards the country’s national debt will average around US$10 Million. For FY 2004 interest payments of US$30.8 will be necessary. It would be critical for the Government of Grenada to meet these debt commitments.

Over the years, the Government of Grenada has undertaken the most prudent strategy for the country’s development.

Now, in the present circumstances, some short-term assistance will be critical in filling the budgetary and debt gaps and as well in “tiding the country through this difficult time”.

Grenada cannot undertake the requisite improvements (budgetary improvements, debt servicing, professional manpower recruitment, etc) without assistance”.

 

Ten years later – aren’t we back where we were in 2003?

The only addition, which THE NEW TODAY can make to be above, is the following: The more things change the more they remain the same. Too many of our people are only concerned with wanting “to eat a food” at the expense of the State. It cannot be business as back in the days of 1995 and up to Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

The reality of the situation is that the promised “delivery” hinges on the outcome of the pending negotiations for the second time in 10 years between government and the international creditors to find a way for Grenada to be able to pay back those whom the country borrowed millions of dollars from over the years.

The battle is truly on in the tri-island State between those who are sensible enough to understand that this period indeed calls for “sacrifice” and not, the constant repeating of “we will deliver” in order to take Grenada out of its present financial and economic quagmire.

 

 

 

High Court to address backlog cases

The Supreme Court of Grenada is determined to address the backlog of criminal matters in the current session of the Criminal Assizes, which started on Tuesday with 89 cases on the cause list.

Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Howard Pinnock told members of the media that the court is determined to address the backlog of cases from previous sessions.

Sixty-six of the cases on the cause list have been traversed from the January Assizes.

Pinnock said both High courts will give some priority to murder cases on the list.

Seventeen of the cases are for murder.

He disclosed that one of the murder cases that would definitely take place during the assizes is the one involving Kevin Morris of Mt. Moritz, St. George’s, who is accused of causing the death of 60-year old St. George’s businesswoman, Marjorie Laurian Redhead, proprietor of Lourina Tiles & Lights.

The matter is scheduled for High Court Number One, which is presided over by Justice Margaret Price-Findlay.

Cases of a sexual nature continue to be dominant on the cause list. Thirty of those cases make up the bulk of matters down for hearing. Of the 30 sexual offenses matters, 12 are for rape, and three of incest.

With sexual offenses continuing to be of concern, Pinnock was asked to respond to widespread sentiments being expressed among the public that the court is not sending a strong enough message when it comes to sentencing the perpetrators.

The Crown Counsel indicated that while he cannot speak on behalf of the judges, he is aware that in the sentencing process, the judges can only apply the law, as well as take into consideration a number of factors.

He noted that if the offender has no previous conviction, the judge cannot impose the maximum sentence on the accused.

The maximum sentence for rape is 30 years.

Pinnock believes the media has a role to play in leading the charge of public education on the operations of the local courts.

“The media must be able to disseminate information to the public and demystify the court process. That is the role of the media,” he said.

On the cause list are 17 non-fatal offenses against persons that relates to maiming, dangerous harm and grievous harm.

The list also includes four cases of arson, a number of housebreaking and stealing, stealing by reason of employment, dishonestly receiving, and drug offenses.

Matters of stealing by reason of employment appears to be gaining prominence, but the Crown Counsel indicated that it is not yet significant in the local jurisdiction.

He described it as a crime of opportunity, which in itself is being dishonest.

“There are persons, for whatever reason may want to take a chance (to steal from the workplace) and indulge in the offense,” he remarked.

Previously, the maximum penalty was seven years imprisonment for stealing from one’s place of employment, but now that the Criminal Code has been amended, it was increased to a term in prison not exceeding 20 years.

With respect to the crime of dishonestly receiving, persons committing the offense could have been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment – the same punishment as the individual who committed the crime.

The penalty for the offense has now been increase to up to 20 years jail time at Richmond Hill.

 

 

Journalist to receive compensation

Johnson Richardson – awarded compensation by the court

Johnson Richardson – awarded compensation by the court

Newspaper Journalist Johnson Richardson is to receive compensation totaling $2,000.00 from Morne Jaloux resident Glen Worme.

Richardson who is the senior Journalist at the Informer Newspaper was assaulted on February 26 by Worme while he was being escorted to court to answer charges of housebreaking and stealing.

The 20-year old Worme who was handcuffed together with another prisoner kicked the unsuspecting Richardson who was in the company of THE NEW TODAY Newspaper Editor, Wayne Modeste in the yard of the St. George’s Magistrate’s Court.

Both Richardson and Modeste were taking photographs of prisoners coming to court.

The prisoner who was making his way to the holding cell at the court rushed onto the Journalist, and with the use of his right foot kicked him on the chest.

Richardson rocked back a few inches before tumbling over a walkway plunging about five feet below.

Glen Worme – to pay a hefty fine

Glen Worme – to pay a hefty fine

Worme was charged with causing harm and damage to property for which he pleaded guilty to Magistrate, Her Honour Karen Noel on Monday.

A Canon camera lens valued $1,494.25 and a shirt valued $90.00 owned by Richardson were damaged during the incident.

Attorney-at-law Francis Paul who represented Worme said his client told him because the flash from the camera reflected in his eyes he reacted automatically.

Paul said it was a reflex reaction by making a kick without thinking.

Magistrate Noel ordered that Worme pay Richardson $400.00 within two months on the charge of causing harm, in default he will spend one month in prison.

The accused was also imposed with a fine of $300.00 for causing harm to be paid in one month, and in default one month in prison.

On the charge of causing damage to property, the court awarded Richardson $1,600.00 in compensation to be paid by Worme within three months, and in default serve six months in prison.

Worme was also fined $500.00 to be paid to the court for damage to property to be paid within two months and in default serve one month at the Richmond Hill prison.

 

Granny caught smuggling marijuana

The effort of a 72-year old Grandmother of Moliniere, St. George’s to illegally sneak in a quantity of marijuana for her Grandson at the Richmond Hill Prisons did not materialise.

An informed source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper that as a result of the alertness of a Prison Officer, he was able to detect Roslie Ross who came to visit her Grandson, Troy Ross, a prison inmate, on April 30, attempting to deliver 410 grams of marijuana to him along with other items.

The source said that apart from the marijuana, the Grandmother also tried to pass on a cellular phone that is a prohibited item at the prisons to Ross.

The inmate was among three men who staged an early morning invasion at a house in Moliniere, St. George in December 2011.

Ross and his companions were charged by police with three counts of dangerous harm to Marlon Williams of La Borie, St. George’s, Angela and Kevon Martin, residents of Moliniere, and robbery with violence.

Meanwhile, a resident of Waterloo, St. John’s was also caught in the act of attempting to deliver a quantity of illegal drugs to another inmate at the prisons.

A well placed source told this newspaper that Enon Straker came to visit prison inmate Linford Ferguson when it was detected that he had in his possession 35 grams of marijuana among the items he brought for the prison inmate.

 

Hostile reception for Labour Minister

GUT 1Labour Minister Elvin Nimrod has experienced the mood of the working class as he came in for a barrage of hostility on May Day, last Wednesday.

Minister Nimrod fought his way through, struggling at times, in his address to workers during their annual Labour Day celebrations at La Sagesse, St. David’s.

Workers used the occasion to call upon the two-month old Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) Government to respect the pay package that was signed with the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration that was voted out of Office on February 19.

The members of the Grenada Union of Teachers were in militant mood and became very vociferous along the route march from Belle Vue to the La Sagesse Playing Field.

In one of the chants they stated, “The House solid, and the pillar strong. Pay us we money, we waiting long.”

Another of the teachers’ chant was, “Pay us and vex with us, we want delivery.”

Chairman of the rally, Kenny James who is the immediate past President of GUT said workers await “deliverance”.

During the recent election campaign, Dr. Mitchell and his wining party used as their main platform theme, “we will deliver.”

GUTIn his almost 15-minute address, Minister Nimrod was forced to battle with the loud chants coming from the workers and at one point in time had to appeal to the Chairman of the rally to ensure that the microphone he was using was battled down so that it would not be pulled away from him.

At a previous Labour Day Rally at Tanteen, St. George’s during the previous NNP reign, the microphone was pulled away from the then Labour Minister, Lawrence Joseph by a worker.

“If you please give me the courtesy I will state government’s commitment to you, the hardworking people of this country,” Minister Nimrod told the workers amidst the loud chants.

Although he gave his government’s commitment to giving the public officers their pay increase, the Labour Minister appealed for their patience and understanding of the present economic climate in the country.

“I wish you must appreciate the fact that we have one national pie that must be carefully and consciously divided among all the sectors of our country, and so while we are willing to meet you half way, you must be willing, of course, to meet us half way as well,” he said.

“If we give you everything at every time, at the same time, it is obvious that we would not be able to meet other obligations, and so our promise to create employment, especially among the young people will not be recognised if we give you everything that we owe you,” he added.

TAWUPresident of the Grenada Trades Union Council (TUC) Madonna Harford was extremely pleased with the large turn out of workers who represented the seven affiliates of TUC.

Harford believes the choice of the venue was very successful for May Day.

The GUT which is this year celebrating one hundred years won the May Day March.

 

Retrenchment likely at Gravel and Concrete

A number of workers at the state-owned Gravel Concrete & Emulsion Corporation could likely face retrenchment from their jobs.

According to Public Utilities Minister, Gregory Bowen, the Corporation is facing foreclosure from its bank, and some of the workers may have to be laid off in an effort to save the company.

Minister Bowen said that Gravel & Concrete has an outstanding loan of over $2m with the bank and the Corporation is being restructured in the face of the grave financial difficulties.

He stated that Gravel & Concrete has been defaulting on its payment for about one year and the newly elected Board of Directors headed by Martin Thomas will have to take certain decisions in order to save the cash-strapped company.

“If it means that workers would have to be sent home, they (the Board) must just look at what must be done and do it in a manner that the workers will not suffer unduly,” he said.

Last year, a decision was taken by the former Board of Directors to send home some workers but it was met with stiff resistance from the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union, which took to the streets in protest.

Meanwhile, the Government of Grenada has given a commitment to provide the Grenada Trades Union Council (TUC) with a permanent headquarters.

This announcement was made by Labour Minister Elvin Nimrod while addressing workers last week Wednesday during their annual Labour Day celebrations at La Sagesse, St. David’s.

However, Minister Nimrod did not give details of a timetable for when the headquarters will be built, nor where it will be located.

TUC currently operates in an office on Green Street, St. George’s that is owned by the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union.

A previous NNP government did not give the green light to a submission made by TUC to sell them a government building on Lowther’s Lane in St. George’s to erect the TUC headquarters.

The new NNP administration of Prime Minister Mitchell has adopted a friendlier attitude to the local trade unions and is wooing several trade union leaders to its side including President-General of the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU), Chester Humphrey.

In his address to workers on May Day, Minister Nimrod announced that his government has also committed itself to removing taxes on severance pay given to workers.

He also pledged government’s commitment to amend Section 66 (1) of the Labour Relations Act, which speaks of reasonable time for workers to return to the workplace at the end of industrial disputes.

He said government wants to make sure that the amendment brings some certainty in terms of time so that employers would be obligated to readmit any worker who had been on strike.

That section came into prominence when the strike at the Grenada Breweries Limited was called off, but management failed to take back the workers immediately.

Last year, the former Labour representative in the Senate, Chester Humphrey had brought a Private Member’s Bill in the Upper House of Parliament, which met the approval of the Senate. However, the Bill failed to make it to the Lower House.

May Day was celebrated this year under the theme, “Creating A New Environment For the Social, Economic Advancement of Workers.”

Grenada advances towards Fiscal Governance and Investment Promotion

The Washington-based World Bank has lauded the efforts of the former

Tillman Thomas-led Congress government in St. George’s to improve the operations of the Customs Department in Grenada.

In a report issued, the bank made reference to the significant reduction made in the time needed by the public to clear their goods on the St. George’s port through the Automated System for Customs Data—World (ASYCUDA—World).

The report noted that within weeks after it became operational, the system helped to reduce the rate of physical inspections of commercial cargo from 60 percent to 18 percent.

The system was put in place by the Ministry of finance under the watch of former Minister of Finance, Nazim Burke.

As a public service, THE NEW TODAY reproduces the report from the World Bank:

As part of a project to enhance fiscal governance and promote investment, the Government of Grenada modernized the Customs Administration, enhanced the audit capabilities of the Inland Revenue Department, developed an investment promotion strategy, and enhanced the efficiency of investment approval systems.

The Government also developed capacity in the conformity assessment for exported goods.

Customs procedures became automated and cargo clearance time was significantly reduced from days to hours. Conformity certificates are now being issued for Grenadian export goods.

 

Challenge

 

By 2008, Grenada’s growth was being challenged by the disastrous impact of two hurricanes (2004-2005), which destroyed much infrastructure and devastated agricultural exporters, and a reduced flow of international credits under the onslaught of the global financial crisis.

Grenada urgently needed to create the conditions to ensure the recovery of the domestic private sector, sustain economic growth, and support the generation of fiscal revenues to finance Government programs and control the level of public debt.

 

Approach

 

To that end, Grenada needed a strategy to promote investments, develop effective systems, and speed up the processing of investment proposals. It also needed the equipment and skills to conduct product conformity assessments for exports.

The Government recognized that the Customs Department’s administrative capacity to provide effective services to importers and exporters required a significant upgrade.

The Inland Revenue Department also needed to improve rates of tax collection through a better information system, effective audits, and strategic management of tax administration.

The project supported development along two distinct avenues:

 

(i) strengthening the revenue capacity of Government institutions and

(ii) improving the environment for private sector investments and trade.

 

The key recipients of support were the Customs Department, the Inland Revenue Department, the Grenada Investment Development Corporation, and the Bureau of Standards.

 

The project focused on building strong institutions with forward looking management, strong information systems, transparency and broad access to information, and effective procedures within the Government that would reduce the administrative burden on the private sector actors.

It aimed at creating an effective interface between the business community in Grenada, represented by the Chamber of Commerce, and Government institutions, led by the Ministry of Finance, so as to help minimise administrative barriers to entrepreneurship and support economic activity in Grenada and international trade with the goal of generating much needed revenues.

 

Results

 

After the implementation of the Automated System for Customs Data—World (ASYCUDA—World), the online management of customs procedures significantly improved conditions for cross-border trade.

Within weeks after it became operational, the system helped to reduce the rate of physical inspections of commercial cargo from 60 percent to 18 percent.

Cargo clearance times declined from four days in early 2011 to less than a day-and-a-half in June 2012.

The new information system improved client satisfaction with the Customs Service. Since June 2012, clients have been able to submit their manifests electronically and follow the customs procedures online.

The Inland Revenue Department has introduced an automated audit module in their information system that, following the data cleanup, helps target non-payers of taxes more efficiently.

The Grenada Industrial Development Corporation approved its investment promotion strategy, initiated baseline studies in the priority development sectors, and developed improved access to information and better (faster) services to investors.

The Bureau of Standards created capacity for conformity assessment, with plans to expand its services to domestic traders. Newly acquired measurement equipment and technical skills, developed through training, enabled Grenada to issue quality conformity certificates to both exported produce and internally traded local produce and goods.

All project beneficiaries enabled online access to their websites, providing core information on strategies, procedures, and services to the business community.

The organisational structures of the four beneficiaries were aligned with the strategies developed with project support. Strategic management capacity was improved, as evidenced by the international recognition of the Grenada Customs and Excise Department, which was nominated for the United Nations Public Service Award in 2013.

Similarly, in 2011 and 2012, the Foreign Investment Advisory Services and International Financial Corporation recognized the achievements of the Grenada Industrial Development Corporation.

 

Partners

 

The European Union strongly supported the project with €0.5 million grant-based co-financing and ongoing support of developments in the information management area after the project’s closure. European Union representatives took an active part in supervision missions and provided implementation support through participation in the Steering Committee.

The Ministry of Finance played a key role in coordinating efforts of beneficiary organisations, as well as managing strategic, operational and fiduciary aspects of the project. The Government contributed US$15,000 to cover project expenditures.

Additionally, the Government invested US$280,000 in telecommunications infrastructure and hardware to enable online operation of the Customs’ information system.

 

Moving Forward

 

The project created demand for continued reforms. Further support of strategic governance and the information systems in tax administration will be provided by the Bank’s Strengthening Economic Management in the Caribbean Countries Regional Program (SEMCAR).

The proposed budget support lending by the Bank will build upon the progress achieved with revenue administration and support further improvements in tax collection with the IMF’s Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Center (CARTAC) program.

 

Beneficiaries

 

Beneficiaries include the Government agencies that built their capacity, developed procedures, and strengthened staff skills. The business community also benefited from institutional improvements.

The survey of beneficiaries conducted at the close of the project revealed improved levels of customer satisfaction with the quality of services and demonstrated the trend of growing expectations for doing business and making investments in Grenada.

Key information has become available to the entrepreneurs on line.