ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC) — Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says the construction sector will play a significant role in Grenada’s economic recovery in the era of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Mitchell said 2021 could be a watershed year for the Ministry of Infrastructure Development.
“Infrastructure development will lead to economic recovery and job creation. Therefore the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, must play a significant role. The tourism industry and the services sector have been hard hit by the pandemic.
“It, therefore, means that the public sector investment programme will play a more critical role in job creation through the implementation of the many government projects we have planned and already secured funding for,” Mitchell said as he urged the management team and senior staff to further improve the ministry’s implementation rate.
Mitchell noted that the ministry has already experienced improvement in the implementation rate but that there is room for further improvement.
“Looking ahead, we have to challenge ourselves and measure our performance by the level of implementation. If we can achieve 75 per cent this year, that would be ideal. One of the problems was lack of engineers but we have invested heavily in the technical aspect to address that problem, therefore our rate of implementation should improve significantly this year.”
Prime Minister Mitchell reaffirmed his Administration’s commitment to moving ahead with major infrastructure projects, including a new residence for the governor general, a new police headquarters, fire station and a legal complex.