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Date: August 21, 2013 at 01:18:45
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ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, Thursday, August 01, 2013 - GIS: The New National Party Administration of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, has credited good management skills and friendly relations with regional and international governments, as the reason for the government’s good performance five months after being returned to office in the February 19th General Elections. Dr. Mitchell made the disclosure, during his first official press conference two weeks ago at the Ministerial Complex in Tanteen St. George’s.

Gone are the days of the late payment of salary for public servants as was the case with the former National Democratic Congress Government, and a virtual halt of economic activities.

They have been replaced with a sense of hope as public servants are paid early, and the economy is being revived with several projects, which is creating a big dent in the unemployment figures. Prime Minister Mitchell told reporters, that such actions were necessary with the economic downturn still affecting the country.

“I can simply say that we have had reasonably good understanding from institutions and governments in the region and abroad, which has been very helpful. Our friends in the international financial sectors have also been very helpful; so it’s a combination of our management skills and off course the connection the NNP has had regionally and internationally, has to be the major factor why we are able to meet our fundamental bills without selling more assets, and I do not think we have anymore to sell”, Dr Mitchell said.

The government has also been credited for the enhancement of the operations at the General Hospital with the provision of more medicine and other services, and the development of the infrastructure with the Agriculture Feeder Roads Project and others on stream. Dr. Mitchell is heartened that government was able to meet its agreement for salary increase and backpay for public workers, who have not had any increases since 2008.

“We have been able each month to meet our public payroll sometimes several days before the end of the month. In addition to that, we were able to meet the increase that was agreed to by the previous government with the union workers for increases for the period 2009-2012”, he disclosed, noting that government is now working feverishly to meet the commitment for backpay for workers based on that particular agreement.

Dr. Mitchell also told the Media that EC$12.5 million dollars have been pumped into an Infrastructural Development Program, which is providing jobs for thousands around the Tri-Island State.

“We have also started an ambitious program by the Ministry of Works where 3,500 are now on the roads. The total amount of money expected to be expended on this program for four fortnights of work, which takes us past Carnival, could be at least EC12.5 million dollars.”

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