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Fri 9th Oct 2020

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ULP regime a shipwreck - no positive roadmap for economic development in SVG

According to Vincentian-born, retired British Royal Airforce Engineer Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA, who was awarded the British Royal Air Force Prestigious “Meritorious Service Medal” in 1986 in recognition of his Exemplary Conduct, High Personal Standard and his Professional Expertise, the ULP regime is a shipwreck with no positive roadmap for economic development in SVG that can improve the quality of life for the poor black and powerless indigenous population of SVG.

Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA, who has a Masters of Science in Macro Economics and Planning in Developing Countries from Bradford University, England, very strongly contends that the ULP Regime’s 20 years in power in SVG has been very negative, and in particular, not competent enough to create a fiscal surplus in the SVG Treasury for even one year. This shows that the ULP regime is outrageously weak and hopeless at managing the economy.

The ULP Regime leadership is a dwarf when compared to that of Fidel Castro of Cuba and Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. There are no white enclaves in Singapore and Cuba. White enclaves in SVG have had a very serious negative impact on our economy and our people. It is quite obvious that the time has come to say to the white migrants in Mustique and Canouan that enough is enough.

The racial divide that grants tax and customs duty exemptions to white migrants in Mustique and Canouan and not to the poor black and powerless indigenous population of SVG must end. We must close Mustique, as Mustique impacts negatively on our country and people.

Let us take a deep look at the ULP Regime. Under Gonsalves, on the world stage SVG has become a perennial helpless beggar. For the 20 years in power, the ULP regime has been digging a hole that has become too deep to fill. They have begged and borrowed so much money from other nations and outside institutions, that they are not in a position to repay it.

The highly incompetent ULP Regime’s management of Public Accounts and management of SVG natural resources has been poor. The ULP Regime gives away so much revenue to the super-rich, white migrants of Mustique and Canouan and the parasite Taiwan, that they are forced to borrow to bail out the SVG economy.

We have to build our own Science and Technology University and our own School of Navigation. We must create a billion dollar fishing and canning industry and provide free, high-quality education from Pre-School to University for the new young generation. Also, we must strengthen and modernise our economy and make it a knowledge-based, export economy with a very high rate of return.

We must adopt the Singapore model for our country to create thousands of new jobs and move into a high standard of living and quality lifestyle. We have to export in order to grow our economy. We have to be highly educated to create new industries, and more importantly, our country urgently needs competent leadership that is highly educated in the management of Public Finances.

Give SVG Green Party the opportunity to do like Singapore and move SVG into a very high standard of living with a peaceful environment.

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