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Historic signing of Social Compact in Grenada

Thursday, January 15, 2015 10:21 AM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, January 15, 2014 – GIS: The signing of the Social Compact has been described as another historic event in Grenada. Five out of six representatives from the Committee of Social Partners placed signatures on the document aimed at promoting widespread participation in national development.

The representative of the civil society, Ms. Judy Williams announced a delay in signing the document at the ceremony, citing environmental concerns about a marina project in Carriacou.

Ms. Williams said “CSO feels obliged to bring attention to the fact that as a matter of fundamental principle based on concerns involving national developmental issues CSO today will delay fixing a signature to this document.”

She went on saying “our reservation in relation to signing at this point has to do with outstanding issues on the Carriacou Tyrell Bay Marina development in particular.”

Prime Minister Dr. The Right Hon Keith Mitchell said, “even if sister Judy expressed that they cannot sign today what I think is significant is she is expressing that in mutual respect for the rest of the team in going forward and the rest of her team therefore giving mutual respect for her position.”

Dr. Mitchell said that he respects the wishes of the civil society, but will continue working with them as they seek clarity to their concerns on signing the document.

According to the Prime Minister the signing of the compact is a major achievement for Government in going forward to develop a better and prosperous Grenada.

The Committee of Social Partners has been in action for the past 20 months and comprises representatives from the Conference of Churches, the alliance of evangelical churches, the private sector, the trades union council, the civil society organization of Grenada and the Grenada Government.

The Social Partners have vowed to work together to ensure nationwide problem solving on various issues and encouraged growth in the countries development in the interest of nation building.


 

 

 

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