During the inaugural conference of Commonwealth Caribbean Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies hosted by Grenada in June of this year, an Association was formed. The honour to chair this Association has been conferred on Grenada.
The Office of the Ombudsman is expanding its work, as evidenced by the recent visit to the sister isle of Carriacou.
Mr President, Mr Speaker,
The top priorities of my Government for this Session of Parliament will be the following: rebuilding our economy and creating jobs, investing in our people, and strengthening national unity.
Rebuilding Our Economy and Creating Jobs
Our Homegrown Programme of Fiscal Adjustment and Reforms is now well advanced, reflecting the great progress we have made in this area.
According to the most recent reports of the International Monetary Fund and other partners, the fiscal situation is improving, growth has resumed and employment is on the rise. Indeed, the economy is growing faster than originally projected.
The restructuring of the public debt, a key element of the Homegrown Programme, is now underway, and a successful conclusion of the commercial debt restructuring is expected in the next few weeks.
Given our many and varied sacrifices as a Nation, it is heartening to note that our collective efforts are bearing fruit and that we have made significant strides of which we can be justifiably proud.
My Government wishes to express its gratitude to key development partners including the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, Caribbean Development Bank, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, European Union, Canada and the United Kingdom, among others.
My Government also wishes to thank the Homegrown Programme Monitoring Committee, established by the Committee of Social Partners, which has met every month since July 2014, to assess progress and offer suggestions.