WASHINGTON, USA — Speaking at a town hall meeting at Howard University in Washington DC on Tuesday evening before fellow Grenadians, members of the Caribbean Diaspora and dignitaries, Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said he would be taking an integrated approach in moving his country and the Caribbean forward.
Commenting on the many problems that plague Grenada and the Caribbean, Mitchell stressed high debt, unemployment, healthcare problems and the necessity for development in education.
In highlighting the reasons for the high debt and the slow economic growth, the prime minister said that tourism is a fundamental factor for economic growth in the region and pointed to energy as the main deterrent.
“Grenada is the only country in the Caribbean with an energy problem and it’s affecting every single aspect of productivity,” he further said.
While he looked forward to partnering with Trinidad and Venezuela to solve the energy problem, he also called on the need for a platform for information and technology, freedom of movement and Caribbean unity, especially where sports was concerned, as major tools for economic growth in moving the Caribbean forward in an integrated fashion.