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INVESTING IN THE FUTURE, TODAY!!
“Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today!”

POLICY AGENDA
- Including -

Its Foundation, Philosophy & Objectives

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE, TODAY!!

Table of Contents
SECTION ONE

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MESSAGE FROM THE PARTY LEADER
INTRODUCTION
BACKGROUND
RENEWAL OF THE NDC FOR GOVERNANCE
THE VISION
THE MISSION
VALUES AND ATTITUDES
TWELVE CORE PRINCIPLES
OUR POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY – GOOD GOVERNANCE
OUR BELIEF IN SELF-RELIANCE
OUR COMMITMENT TO

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TRANSFORMING GRENADA
ECONOMIC GROWTH – JOB CREATION
ECONOMIC GROWTH MUST BE

SUSTAINABLE, EQUITABLE AND INCLUSIVE
IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL GROWTH PILLARS

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SECTION TWO

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THE POLICY AGENDA

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A Framework for a Well-ordered and Equitable Society 13
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NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, NATIONAL
HERITAGE, NATIONAL PRIDE AND PATRIOTISM
INCLUSION AND NATIONAL RECONCILIATION
INTEGRITY IN PUBLIC OFFICE
INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CONSTITUTION REFORM

A Framework for Economic Growth and Sustainable
Job Creation
6. ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
7. RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL
GOVERNMENT
8. CLIMATE CHANGE, SUSTAINABLE

DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT
9. AGRICULTURE AND AGRIBUSINESS
10. SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
11. TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY SERVICES
12. EDUCATION HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES

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13. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS
TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
14. ENERGY
A Framework for Personal, Social and
Physical Development
15. HEALTH CARE
16. EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCE
DEVELOPMENT
17. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND EMPOWERMENT
18. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
19. HOUSING
20. PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
(INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT)
21. SPORTS
22. CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
23. NATIONAL SECURITY, DISASTER
PREPAREDNESS AND BUILDING RESILIENCE
A Framework for the Development and
Empowerment of Carriacou and Petite Martinique
24. CARRIACOU AND PETITE MARTINIQUE
PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUBLIC
SERVICES
TOURISM
FISHERIES

AGRICULTURE AND AGRIBUSINESS
EDUCATION HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES
A Framework for Diaspora, Regional and
International Cooperation
25. DIASPORA INTEGRATION
26. REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Implementation Framework

STRONG POLICY, INSTITUTIONAL, LEGISLATIVE

AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS

ACHIEVING OUR OBJECTIVES

IMPLEMENTATION PLANNING, MONITORING,

EVALUATING AND FEEDBACK MECHANISMS

LOOKING AHEAD

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SECTION I

Message from the Party Leader
Introduction
Background
Renewal of the NDC
The Vision
The Mission
Values and Attitudes
Twelve Core Principles
Our Political Philosophy
Our Belief in Self-Reliance
Our Commitment to Transforming Grenada
Economic Growth – Job Creation
Identifying Potential Growth Pillars

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Message from the Party Leader
The Foundation and Formulation of
our Policy Agenda
After considerable reflection, careful analysis of local, regional and international
realities, medium and long-term trends and ongoing consultations with many
stakeholders and social partners in our society, the executive members of the
NDC have envisioned a Grenada in which we collectively wish to live. Taking all of
the contributions into consideration, the NDC’s Policy Committee has developed
a policy framework necessary to help get us there.

This policy framework seeks to provide guidelines
for the successful development and implementation
of policies that promote actions toward achieving
sustainable prosperity. Our thrust is to ensure that the
guidelines recommended are coherent and mutually
reinforcing for the sectors of growth and development.

Our party maintains that while it is useful and even desirable for opposition parties
to expose wrongdoings and criticize the conduct and policies of the government,
this is not enough. We must set out an alternative vision, policies and programs
for evaluation and scrutiny by the public, i.e., programs which we will seek to
implement should we form the government following general elections. Our party
has sought to do just that!

It is important to point out that this policy framework
defines the broad goals and objectives of the NDC, and
is intended to serve primarily as a guide for decision
making. Such prescriptions would involve a detailed
plan of action designed to achieve specific results
within the context of the broader policy objectives set
out in the Policy Agenda with greater focus on specific
issues. They will be found in an Election Manifesto
which will be produced at a later date.

Ultimately, the question we sought to address is: How to create sustainable
prosperity in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique? We began with the
acknowledgement that no nation can beg or tax its way to prosperity. Instead, we
must develop a strategic plan that places our entire nation on a long-term path
of sustainability, producing our way to prosperity while increasing sustainable
opportunities for everyone.

Hon. V. Nazim Burke

NDC

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INTRODUCTION

In this section, we provide a brief background to the current political situation
in Grenada, the genesis, role and evolution of the NDC, and the consultative
and participatory process employed by the NDC in the formulation of its new
Policy Agenda. This information is important to ensure that readers of the new
Policy Agenda have an understanding of the context in which the proposed policy
framework to transform Grenada has been developed.

BACKGROUND

Twenty-Nine (29) years ago, in 1987, a few good men had the courage to
break away from a Government they helped establish. They walked away from
the comfort of Ministerial positions and formed a political party, the National
Democratic Congress (NDC), choosing as its bedrock, the principles of good
governance, transparency, accountability, respect for the rule of law and the
institutions of the state; and as its symbol, the Heart.
Less than three years after their bold and courageous decision, they contested
the General elections in Grenada and won the majority of seats in the parliament
and, with the help of an independent minded MP, went on to form the Government
in 1990.
Having inherited a badly broken economy, the new government set about the
task of rebuilding the economy and restoring international creditworthiness
by embarking on a genuine Home Grown Structural Adjustment Program.
The implementation of that program gained the attention and approval of the
international financial community, including the multilateral institutions and
regional governments. By 1995, fiscal and debt sustainability had been achieved
and Grenada was declared to be once again credit worthy.

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In the 1995 election campaign, the opposition New
National Party (NNP) led by its present leader, Dr.
Keith Mitchell, promised the electorate to abolish
income taxes if elected. On the strength of that
promise, the NNP won the election and proceeded to
abolish income taxes. To finance its operations, the
new government resorted to uncontrolled borrowing,
accumulating a mountain of debt at commercial rates
of interest, failing to deploy those resources into
productive economic activity and, at the same time,
guaranteeing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of
loans to international crooks and criminals. Between
1995 and 2008, the national debt ballooned from 372
million to 1.8 billion; the official unemployment rate
reached 24.9 percent; 37.7 percent of the population
were living in poverty and the international credit
rating agencies rated Grenada the country with the
worst credit rating in the entire Caribbean.
In 2008, our party came into office amidst much hope
and expectation. Most Grenadians felt that they had
finally seen the back of Dr. Mitchell once and for all
and looked forward to a better quality of life under a
new NDC government. Unfortunately, the excitement
of the change of government was short lived. Within
seven weeks of the NDC getting into office, the world
economy plunged into a deep economic crisis, the
worst of its kind since the great depression of 1929-33.

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The net effect of this crisis was a significant reduction in remittances from
abroad, tourism earnings, and foreign direct investment, resulting in a
reduction in construction activity, an increase in unemployment and a
general slowdown in economic activity.
Unfortunately, our commitment and determination to build Grenada into
a dynamic, prosperous and stable democracy, capable of sustaining a
high quality of life for all its people was obstructed by the selfish political
ambitions of a few individuals. While the people reposed their confidence
in us with the expectation that we would responsibly manage the affairs of
state and steer the ship out of the turbulent waters, there were individuals
who undermineded the authority of the Prime Minister, trying to form a
government within the government and a party within the party, rendering
the party and its organs largely dysfunctional.
Thanks to the resolve and determination of our members these individuals
were expelled from our party and have now found their natural habitat.
Understandably, in the wake of this internal crisis, our party could not
secure the confidence of the people to manage the country’s affairs for
another term and we suffered defeat at the polls in 2013.

In the lead up to the 2013 general elections, the
NNP, led by Dr. Mitchell promised Grenadians a new
economy under the slogan “We Will Deliver.”
Within weeks of coming into office, the Government
embarked upon a Structural Adjustment Program
with the IMF. The Government imposed a 3-year
wage freeze on public workers and at the same
time imposed 28 different new and increased taxes,
levies, charges and duties. To make matters worse,
the government has abandoned many of the social
safety net programs developed and maintained by the
former NDC administration, including the Free School
Books Program, the Duty Free Barrels Program, the
Education Refund Program and the Energy for the
Poor Program.

This experience has been an invaluable lesson on the critical importance
of maintaining unity within our party which we have achieved by the efforts
of a dedicated, committed and patriotic team.

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Renewal of the NDC for Governance
In the aftermath of our election defeat in February 2013, we embarked upon the task of diligently rebuilding our party
and regaining the trust and confidence of the Grenadian people. As we embarked upon this journey, we held steadfast
to the belief that our mission must not just be to win the next election; it must be to transform Grenada into a strong
stable democracy, capable of sustaining a high quality of life for its entire people. We must prepare and provide for the
next generations.
To that end, we have been engaging Grenadians of all walks of life talking and sharing with them, listening to them and
soliciting their views on the state of our nation today and what they want for themselves, their families and our country.
The more we hear from our people about their hopes and aspirations, the more convinced we become that our people
deserve more, and our country can do better.

The Vision

As a result, the NDC established a vision of:
“A Green, Equitable and Prosperous Grenada for All.”
This vision continues to be our primary source of inspiration and guidance, and we are convinced that: “A
better Grenada is Possible.”
This vision envisages Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique:
• A nation that is just, free, independent and self-reliant.
• A nation that is a model of sustainable development for small island developing states.
• A Grenada that is stable, peaceful, friendly, safe and secure.
• A nation which embraces diverse faith communities and their harmonious interaction
with each other and with other groups in society, embracing diversity and practicing tolerance at all times.
• Being transformed into an eco-friendly, fair, equitable, dynamic, prosperous and stable
democracy, capable of sustaining a high quality of life for its entire people.
• A nation in which everyone has an equal opportunity to realize his/her potential and enjoy
the fruits of his/her labour without fear or discrimination.
• A nation whose people take pride in their culture, heritage and patrimony.
• A country where the environment is protected and preserved for the use and enjoyment of the present
and future generations.
• A nation in which poverty and ignorance have been abolished and Grenadians are taking
their rightful place among the community of nations.

The Mission

“To build a prosperous Grenada, based on environmentally sound principles,
and a just and equitable society”.

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Values and Attitudes

The NDC now re-emphasizes as its core values and attitudes: honesty, integrity,
transparency, accountability, self-respect, tolerance, patriotism, equality, justice
and good governance (which includes respect for the rule of law and the
institutions of the state). We firmly believe that these critical and important values
are prerequisites for sustainable economic and social development of Grenada.
Furthermore, the NDC is adamant that every Grenadian needs to be self-reliant
and patriotic. Self-reliance is what will break the pervasive dependent mentality,
and make us more independent.

Rather than depending on other countries for
everything we need, we must make better use of our
own people and our own resources, buying from the
rest of the world only the things we cannot produce
ourselves and selling to the rest of the world the
unique things that we have which others want but do
not have.

Making Grenada a better place for all, building a strong and sustainable economy
is paramount. At the same time, the preservation of our traditions and heritage,
the protection of our environment and putting people first, are fundamental core
principles.

By self-reliance, we mean the capacity and
determination to seek and extract from within our
own circumstances and environment the resources,
opportunities and energies we require to advance as
a nation.

Twelve Core Principles

5. Securing Grenada’s Economic and Social
Development:

As we engage Grenadians, we have adopted these twelve (12) Core Principles to
which we subscribe and aspire, as we seek to form the Government of Grenada:

1. Acknowledging the Supremacy of God:

That as we offer ourselves for public office and service to the people of Grenada
we acknowledge the Supremacy of God, upon which the State of Grenada,
Carriacou and Petite Martinique is founded.

2. Showing Patriotism:

That in offering ourselves for public office and service to the people of Grenada,
we regard ourselves as the custodians of the sovereignty, patrimony, national
heritage, national pride and national integrity of Grenada; and commit ourselves
to the defense of these sacred tenets. As such, it is an act of national betrayal
for persons holding public office to engage in behavior that rob Grenadians of,
undermine or discredit these sacred tenets.

3. Demonstrating a High Level of Personal Integrity:

We submit to the principles of good governance; namely, commitment to the
principles of democracy, personal integrity in public life, transparency in our
dealings in the name and on behalf of the citizens of Grenada, accountability to
those who elect us to office, respect for the Supreme Law, the Constitution, the
rule of law and the institutions of the state.

4. Advancing the Principles of Self-Reliance:

That our country must depend less on others and be more self-reliant. That our
people are given the opportunity to earn a decent living and to uphold their selfesteem. There must be a government that will create laws, institutions and support
mechanisms that would allow our people to convert their business ideas and
dreams into sustainable commercial reality. They want to be given the opportunity
to create wealth.
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That our government would develop a well thought
out and realistic long term plan for the sustainable
economic and social development of the country.
- a plan to pursue the fullest development of the
human and material capabilities of our country.
- We will develop a plan that will protect our
environment and mitigate the risks from climate
change;
- We will develop a plan that will bring sustainable,
equitable and inclusive economic growth,
sustainable jobs, greater economic opportunities
and an improved standard of living for all
Grenadians.
- Grenadians should not elect succeeding
governments that would simply embark upon
policies, programs and projects that they
(government officials) hope would increase their
chances of winning the next election but which
have no real prospects for improving the economic
and social life of the citizens in the long run.
Furthermore, if one government embarks upon policies,
programs or projects that, by all objective standards,
are good for Grenada and then loses the elections, that
the new government would pick up where the former
government left off, and proceed to implement or
continue to implement those good policies, programs
and projects.

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