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Economy

The NDP believes that in order to develop the country we must have a vibrant economy. An NDP Administration would undertake the following:

  1. Establish a Ministry of Private Sector Development.
  2. Provide adequate legislation and financial support to promote the entrepreneurial culture and spirit of our people.
  3. Continue to encourage Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in the public and private sectors to achieve the goals of development.
  4. Establish the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). When we approach National Development from a constituency point of view then we are more likely to have better results.
  5. Target the agro-sector to promote an agribusiness sector for export thereby promoting local resource based industries.
  6. Regionalize our export activity especially in agriculture by planning with our OECS partners annual agriculture production for export.
  7. Make greater use of our joint venture company’s infrastructure in the UK to export new products.

Social Development

The implementation of our Spiritual and Social Redemption Charter.

  1. Initiate Household Sustainability: Each Vincentian household must have at least one occupant employed over the next five to ten years.
  2. Encourage Prayer: A school prayer and pledge to be recited daily. Prayer to be encouraged in public offices.
  3. Invigorate Sunday School. Support a fund for Sunday/Sabbath School teaching and teachers.
  4. Strengthen Youth Development Program by providing improved funding and financial assistance for the following youth organizations:

 

 

  1. Debating Societies in all government assisted secondary schools.
  2. Grant amnesty for illegal firearms.
  3. Provide a Girls home for disadvantaged, homeless and orphaned girls.
  4. Develop value laden family life telecasts for television.
  5. Establish a sports endowment of $20,000.00 to each of the leading sporting bodies for community based sporting programs.
  6. Effective quality improvement in the Royal SVG Police Force by the implementation of national security professionalization and leadership programs or the Officer Corps.

Health

The New Democratic Party (NDP) will introduce a “Back to basics approach” in the delivery of health care in SVG.

Access to proper health care remains a fundamental right of every citizen and the NDP is committed to facilitating the delivery of this right.

An NDP administration will refocus its attention on the basic principles of decentralizing the primary health care delivery system. To this end District clinics would be refurbished and equipped to meet the immediate needs of every community, at source. The rural hospitals at Georgetown, Chateaubelair and Union Island which have been reduced to shells would be resuscitated.

In order to adequately meet the needs of our nationals as well as visitors to our shores, a new general hospital would be built and equipped. The specific site is within the zone of the major population centres.

NDP will maximize the use of the modern medical facility at Georgetown, despite its location away from the main population centre.

NDP will examine different models with a view to implementation of modern management techniques within the health care sector.

NDP will implement its already developed plan for National Health Insurance.

The NDP will ensure that by prudent management and accountability throughout the system, the availability of basic medication will always receive priority treatment. In addition, by putting emphasis on preventive medicine, a significant reduction in the need for hospitalization and lifetime medication will be achieved.

Apart from the easing of congestion at MCMH, the new state of the art hospital will free up the building in Kingstown to be used as other government offices and departments. It is to be noted that government has been renting many buildings in the city for office space.

Employment

The NDP has set out major Development Projects to create meaningful, long term employment for Vincentians:

  1. A major international construction group will partner with the NDP to finally get the Argyle Airport into a state of readiness.
  2. A major international development group will build a 1000 unit integrated residential and hotel resort complex on St. Vincent.
  3. An important international banking group will use SVG as its base to establish a new chain of retail banks throughout the Caribbean.
  4. A major international construction group, specializing in infrastructure projects, will establish a regional head office in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
  5. A global player in the trust and corporate services sector will be involved in overhauling our financial services.
  6. A global player in private aircraft services will set up a state-of-the-art aircraft registry.
  7. The NDP is working with some of the world’s most experienced international tax specialists to establish tax treaties that generate further investments into our country.
  8. The NDP will works towards each household in SVG having a minimum of one person with meaningful employment.

Crime, Security & Justice

Government’s first responsibility is to protect its citizens by building a strong, safe community. In order to do this the NDP in collaboration with stakeholders and the entire nation would seek to:

  1. Implement the Spiritual, Social Redemption Charter as the prime mechanism to deal with issues pertaining to our emphasis on the prevention of crime.
  2. Increase Police manpower to focus on beat and other patrols.
  3. Establish a visible police presence in communities, especially those with high crime rates.
  4. Reduce police response times.
  5. Establish of a Crime Prevention Department within the Ministry
  6. Introduce the Crime Stoppers Program.
  7. Introduce tougher sentences for sexual offenders.
  8. Provide the Coast Guard with the requisite manpower and technical resources to ensure the safety of our territorial waters.
  9. Supply chase and pursue vessels to empower the Coast Guard to do its job efficiently.
  10. Create an Independent Fire Service with substations island wide inclusive of the Campden Park Industrial estate.
  11. Improve officer training.
  12. Establish a specific Police Women’s Department.
  13. Support Random drug testing in our prisons.
  14. Provide adequate training for Prison Officers.
  15. Strengthen our Forensic Lab.
  16. Establish an ntelligence and Counter Intelligence Unit with special focus on our Airports and Seaports to counteract terrorism and drug trafficking.
  17. Create a first response department with emphasis on responding and handling reports of Domestic Violence and Violence against women.

NDP Development Projects

While in opposition the NDP has pursued a number of initiatives so that we can begin immediately to implement a development strategy for St. Vincent and the Grenadines when we get into government. To this end we have had discussions with several interested investors and can now state that:

  1. A major international construction group will partner with the NDP to finally get the Argyle Airport into a state of readiness.
  2. A major international development group will build a 1,000 unit integrated residential and hotel resort complex on St. Vincent.
  3. An important international banking group will use SVG as its base to establish a new chain of retail banks throughout the Caribbean.
  4. A major international construction group, specializing in infrastructure  projects, will establish a regional head office in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
  5. A global player in the trust and corporate services sector will be involved in overhauling our financial services.
  6. A global player in private aircraft services will set up a state-of-the-art aircraft registry.
  7. A significant seaport improvement initiative is planned for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, again, partnering with a major international construction firm.
  8. Final negotiations are taking place for very significant investments into our technology sector.
  9. The NDP is working with some of the world’s most experienced international tax specialists to establish tax treaties that generate further investment into our country.
  10. The NDP will restructure our agriculture sector to benefit from the demand at high prices for cocoa. We will also utilize our joint venture infrastructure in the UK for further agriculture diversification.

Gender Affairs

The NDP will introduce The National Gender Equity Directorate of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This intends to achieve the following:

  1. To work towards the removal of any obstacles to Gender equality and equity.
  2. To integrate gender analysis into national development and government policy.
  3. To encourage the integration of gender sensitive programs and activities into non-governmental organizations and the public sectors via education and training.

Education

Education is the key to the development of our nation. We will place a high value on education and its transformation. This will be done by:

  1. Ensuring that the content and process of education are geared to UNESCO guidelines.
  2. Ensuring that all children can afford to go to school by providing resources to assist all children in need.
  3. Ensuring that all children have access to learning resources such as text books, computers and other relevant learning materials.
  4. Developing a special education component in the Ministry of Education to deal with gifted students and those who may have learning disabilities.
  5. Revising the school feeding programme to include a policy that includes emphasis on the nutritional content of the feeding program and ensures the use of more local produce.
  6. Establishing a national curriculum framework on numeracy and literacy.
  7. Promoting Education as a life-long process and ensuring that learning opportunities are available to all.
  8. Curbing the school drop out rate by embarking on curriculum reform to ensure that the curriculum is broad based and that there are extra-curricular activities to meet students’ development needs.
  9. Providing meaningful and sustainable mechanisms for the participation of youth in groups such as the National Youth Council, Youth Ambassadors and community Youth Groups so as to solicit their opinions in the development of public policies and the design of programs for young people.
  10. Pursuing excellence in higher education and its development, providing the means for more Vincentians to obtain a degree at home, thus ensuring a university graduate in every home by 2020.

National Sports Agenda 2010 and Beyond

MISSION

To facilitate the emergence of a culture of sport through the elevation of sport as a significant pillar of national development in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Support for Sport

The NDP will provide the following:

For National Sports Associations

National Sports Complexes

National Tennis Centre.

The construction of the tennis facility has shown how important such a facility can be to the development of a particular sporting discipline. Over the years the facility has served as a base for local, regional and international tournaments and there has been significant growth in local players many of whom have accessed tertiary education opportunities and further tennis training through the sport.

The National Stadium.

Issues of location and maintenance and the status of the project must be discovered and discussed.

National Aquatic Centre.

We are an island, water is a part of us, and the sport of swimming should be at a much higher level in the competitive arena.

We propose constructing a National Aquatic Centre to attract national regional and international competitions and to grow the sport locally.

National Indoor Complex.

This facility has long been sought by a number of sporting disciplines. This will be constructed at the earliest opportunity.

National Velodrome.

The sport of cycling has  long been established in the state but its growth and development has been severely restricted. The

NDP proposes to review this situation and fasttrack the development of the sport. We will also commence discussions about the feasibility of a full-fledged velodrome.

Volleyball Indoor Complex.

Volleyball is easily the least expensive sport played in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Yet it has suffered from the almost total absence of appropriate facilities. The NDP will review the possible Triangle to accommodate Volleyball while engaging in discussions about the construction of an appropriate Indoor Volleyball Complex.

Beach Volleyball.

The NDP will facilitate the introduction of Beach Volleyball and promote it as a major focus in the national sports tourism thrust.

Review of National Sports Council Act

The existing Sports Council Act was established by the New Democratic Party in recognition of the importance of sport to the human condition. In its original form, the Act addressed the need for an institutional framework to oversee the  appropriate maintenance of existing sports infrastructure and expansion to ensure future growth. The Act is in need of a comprehensive review to better meet the requirements of changing standards of international sports federations. The intention of the NDP is to encourage the hosting of regional and international competitions for the following reasons:

  1. This will provide regular competitions which will encourage excellence in athletes.
  2. Generating greater interest in competitive sport.
  3. Facilitating the growth and development of the sports tourism sector of the national economy.
  4. Providing opportunities for individuals and organisations to fashion and develop sports specific administrative, organizational, technical and service skills as employment options.
  5. Providing Vincentians with high level competition at home.

While efforts have been made in the past to decentralize the management of existing sports facilities across the country, there has been no real success in this regard. It is therefore important and urgent that the Community Sports Management Organisations be established under the sports Council act to facilitate decentralized management of sports facilities in the state.

Greater attention must be paid to the employment strategies implemented at the level of the NSC. Appropriate training and qualifications must be the basis for employment rather than political loyalties. Persons already employed with the NSC must be willing to undergo appropriate training to upgrade their skills and performance to meetnewly established standards.

Sports Tourism

Manager, Sports Tourism

It was under the previous NDP administration that the idea of introducing sports tourism as a critical pillar of national development was raised. The former Director of Tourism, Vera Ann Brereton, had commenced work and had made provisions for the establishment of a position for someone responsible for sports tourism within the Ministry of Tourism.

The NDP will therefore create a post of Manager of Sports Tourism with the mandate to work with national

sports associations in pursuit of opportunities to host a wide range of sporting activities, with particular emphasis on the off‑season. Hoteliers will be fully involved in the development of a vibrant sports tourism sector in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Calendar

The Manager of Sports Tourism will, together with the national sports associations, the NSC and the hoteliers, prepare an attractive annual sports tourism calendar targeting the regional and international sports fraternity. This calendar will be widely circulated well enough in advance to allow tourists to make appropriate arrangements to travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Supports to Bid

National sporting organisations will be encouraged to bid to host regional and international sports events, seminars, conferences, camps and competitions. However, the orginisations must seek and get the full support of government, provided in writing before making a bid, since it is the government which is ultimately responsible for all such international activities.

Review of National Sports Policy

The current National Sports Policy has served its purpose and is now in need of a comprehensive overhaul in light of the foregoing. Such a review must nonetheless emerge from a broader consultative process involving national sports associations, the Chamber of Commerce, the media and other stakeholders

National Recognition

The New Democratic Party has already commenced work on the review of national honours for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Appropriate recognition of outstanding sports personalities will be included in this.

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Public Relations Officer Lavern King