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Fri 25th Dec 2020

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Weakness in leadership skills has kept the SVG economy weak for 41 years

According to the Leader of SVG Green Party, Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA, a distinct pattern has emerged showing that significant weaknesses in the leadership skills of government have kept the SVG economy weak for 41 years.

The Labour Party Government from 1979 to 1984 mainly focused on agriculture and not on free, high-quality education from pre-school to our own SVG university. This was a big mistake and failed to boost the SVG economy.

The New Democratic Party Government from 1984 to 2001 mainly focused on tourism and not on free, high-quality education from pre-school to our own SVG university. This was a big mistake and failed to boost the SVG economy.

The Unity Labour Party Government from 2001 to 2020 mainly focused on tourism and not on free, high-quality education from pre-school to our own SVG university. This was a big mistake and failed to boost the SVG economy.

Since independence, the SVG economy has been underwhelming and failed to bring prosperity to our people. In comparison, Singapore’s path of economic development was to focus on free, high-quality education from pre-School to Singapore Universities.

Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA lived in Singapore with his wife and children from 1963 to 1965. He is very knowledgeable about Singapore’s model for successful and sustainable development. Singapore is a World Bank success story, with one of the highest standards of living in the world. The economy is a knowledge-based economy and is very strong.

According to Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA, there are two main components that can ski-lift the SVG economy into prosperity and sustainable development:

1) A billion dollar investment in free, high-quality education from Pre-School to our own Science and Technology University to drive a knowledge-based economy; and

2) A billion dollar investment in our own SVG Fishing and Canning Industry. This Fishing and Canning Industry can, and will, provide a very high rate of return on the investment. More importantly, it will create mass employment for our people.

Only a fool would waste money on tourism in this economic climate.

Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal, who spent three years full time reading for his BSc(hons) degree in Accounting and Finance and Economics at Oxford Brookes University, England, very strongly contends that a gross lack of leadership skills has been our greatest weakness since independence.

The solution for our country is to urgently shake down and shake out the gross weakness in the management of public finance. New blood and a new approach with highly-qualified persons are very urgently needed to move our country out of serious poverty and destitution into prosperity. Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc(hons) very strongly contends that we can move our country forward into prosperity with better leaders who have the leadership skills to get the job done.

Weakness in leadership skills has kept the SVG economy weak for 41 years. Change is needed.

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