CCG Holding Second Debt Relief Workshop

What options for solving the debt problem does the Grenadian civil society support? What are the options for Grenada, and what are the options for reaching a sustainable debt level — will be among discussion topics for the second workshop on debt relief organised by the Conference of Churches Grenada.

Scheduled for 01–02 October 2013 at the Grenada National Stadium, the goal of the workshop is to determine a sustainable debt level for Grenada and to raise awareness of the implications of any debt workout for its people. This workshop is the followup for the one held in May and will include the input of international experts on the subject and support from the United Nations Development Programme.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has indicated that during the month of October, Grenada will be signing an agreement with the IMF with regard to measures to be undertaken for sustaining the island’s debt level. A team from the IMF and other donors concluded a ten day visit to the island last week Friday, but no official announcement regarding recommendations.

Dr Mitchell who is also the Minister for Finance, told the Media on Tuesday he will be addressing the Nation in the coming days, because its Government responsibility to inform nationals before the implementation about the recommendations and how the agreement will impact the economy.

“Clearly Grenada will have to make some sacrifices,” he told reporters when press for in-depth information about the pending agreement.

Prime Minister Keith Mitchell returned to power following the 19 February General Elections, with a mandate to sort out the island’s economic situation. Within days of appointing his new Cabinet, he said that the global financial crisis had taken a heavy toll on the country.

“This has aggravated the severe debt overhang that continues to weigh down our economy,” said Dr Mitchell, when he announced the appointment of White Oak Advisory as an adviser to assist with solutions for reducing the debt to sustainable levels.

Mitchell said then: “It is now time for Grenada to confront the fact that it cannot continue to pay its debts on curren terms, and that the restoration of growth requires the debt overhang to be resolved. We need a fresh start, and it is therefore imperative that we approach our creditors promptly to discuss an orderly restructuring of our liabilities.”

by Linda Straker

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