Special Feature
December 2, 2005

NDP to push ideas in manifesto

Political Leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Arnhim Eustace, told the nation on Wednesday that during the next week his party will be pushing the ideas contained in its Manifesto.

Eustace at Democrat House Wednesday morning, headquarters of the NDP, took pleasure in launching the party’s 52 page Manifesto 12 days after the NDP had launched its Economic Plan. {{more}}

Before delving into the particulars of the Manifesto Eustace told the packed audience of journalists and party supporters, four and a half years ago Vincentians were promised a brighter future. He charged that the present administration has failed to deliver to the people.

He outlined that the Manifesto will focus on 15 areas called the NDP Platform that will lead to economic development of the country. These include implementation of the Spiritual and Social Redemption Charter, ensuring that at least

one person in each household has a job and payment of the CXC and GCE examination fees for all qualifying schoolchildren.

Eustace said the Unity Labour Party (ULP) administration boasts that more people get poverty assistance under the ULP than under the NDP. This he said is a sign of failure by the ULP, which indicates that more people are dependent. Eustace said an NDP government will move swiftly to make $20 million available to address poverty in its first two years.

The NDP leader also addressed the issue of Public Sector Reform.

Eustace said the Public Sector of St.Vincent and the Grenadines needs to be transformed into a more efficient provider of citizen services. The NDP, he noted, will invest in developing the human capital of the public sector.

He said his NDP administration will allow Public Service managers greater autonomy and independence in the management of their departments.

He added it will also establish, as a matter of urgency, a National Human Resource Management Information System and improve the physical structure and the working environment of government departments.