St. Vincent & the Grenadines Green Party

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Fri 19th Aug 2022

Green revolution needed to solve SVG’s economic and financial crisis

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We live in troubled times in SVG and many households are truly suffering. The time has come for a Green revolution and a Green economy. The whole country has suffered from the ULP regime’s poor management of the SVG economy. The Green revolution is the solution to our economic, social and environmental problems.

The Green revolution is about having a sustainable Green economy driven by university education, science, technology and the creation of new industries, new products and thousands of new jobs. The ULP regime’s economic model, which is solely dependent on one thing - tourism - is a dead end. For decades, SVG has been on a road to nowhere under the ULP regime.

Our nation needs to eradicate this ‘ULP regime disease’ of over-regulation, over-taxation, high unemployment, lots of crime, hungry families, rape, high murder rate, high utility bills, heartless VAT and high food prices.

SVG has no industries to sustain a livelihood. For every dollar we export, we import 11 dollars; this shows that the ULP regime is only creating jobs abroad. Many people have to hustle so much to make a dollar. We will turn this around with a Green economy.

No country can progress positively without strong leadership. All countries with strong economies have strong leaders. Leaders have to be visionary, creative and must know their subject. A good knowledge of economics and finance is essential, as well as the ability to bridge the divide in society.

SVG needs a new direction and a visionary approach that can fully utilise the resources of our country and the potential of our people. To be successful, SVG needs a Green economy where all of us can benefit from the resources of the country.

Leader of SVG Green Party, Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc. MBA, has shown visionary and strong leadership. He joined the British Royal Air Force and served for over 31 years as a Safety Engineer, with honourable and distinguished military service, including five years seconded as a Military Instructor to the Armed Forces of His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei.

He was awarded the Most Blessed Order of Brunei and the RAF Meritorious Service Medal. He retired as a Warrant Officer in 1989 with Exemplary Conduct.

After military life, and seeing that all his children had received a university education, he graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance and Economics from Oxford Brookes University, England, a Masters Degree in Budgeting, Macro-Economic Policy and Planning from Bradford University, England and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Leicester University, England.

With a Green revolution, under his competent and visionary leadership, we could boost the economy and create thousands of new jobs and prosperity for all our people.

A Green government would bring free wi-fi internet access, abolish the economic apartheid, get rid of the parasitic Taiwanese, tax the super-rich of Mustique and Canouan, create thousands of new jobs, ban the sale of land to foreigners, reduce the price of water and electricity by 50%, ensure food security and build a science and technology university.

A Green revolution is needed to solve SVG’s economic and financial crisis. Thousands of households are suffering unnecessarily.

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