July 20, 2010
Chamber denounces attacks on local business persons

The St.Vincent and the Grenadines Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CIC) is concerned that the criminal assualt on businessman Austin Mounsey as well as other onslaughts on the business community may threaten the confidence of business persons here.{{more}}

A news release from the CIC noted that in the post-Carnival period the members of the organization have reflected optimistically on the low crime figures for the Vincy Mas activities. However, they are disheartened to learn of the attack on Mounsey, which took place on Sunday, July 11, 2010.

The release issued on July 13, 2010, stated that while there is some comfort in knowing that the matter is being investigated by the Police “the rights of all, in particular our business people, to life, property and liberty must at all times be protected for the strong growth and sustainability of our economy.”

The CIC mentioned that St.Vincent and the Grenadines prides itself not only as a country of beauty but also of discipline, law abiding and peace loving citizenry.

“We would therefore hope that such a reputation would not be spoilt by any notion of our business persons living and operating their businesses in fear or at an exorbitant expense to protect themselves,” said the CIC.

The CIC called on Vincentians to help in the fight against criminals.

It used the opportunity to challenge persons engaged in criminal activities or aid in such activities to put country first and commit to observing and obeying the laws of the land.

The organization also challenged the law enforcement agencies to continue to advance measures to combat criminal conduct and secure the rights of law abiding citizenry.

“The low crime figures for the recent Vincy Mas activities are commendable, and the work of the law enforcement agencies must be applauded, but such work must be sustained. We therefore urge the Government and all law enforcement agencies to continue to be tough on crime and its causes in the most diligent and responsible manner,” the release stated.