Over the past several months, 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, 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 became that our people deserve more and our country can do better.
The NDC holds steadfast to the belief that our mission must not just be to win the next election; it must be to transform Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique into a strong, stable and respected democracy, capable of sustaining a high quality of life for all of our people.
We have consulted our women, our youth, the trade union movement, workers, the professional communities, farmers and ordinary Grenadians here on the mainland, as well as our brothers and sisters in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. We also engaged the unemployed and those frustrated by the circumstances of their present existence because they too must be heard.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this process could not have been completed without consulting with Grenadians in the Diaspora on their ideas about the economic and social development of their homeland. We have always held the belief that much more needs to be done to take advantage of the opportunities and benefits presented to our nation by having hundreds of thousands of our nationals living in the diaspora.
In the end, we have crafted a Policy Agenda which lays out the framework and guidelines that we believe must guide our policy prescriptions and choices as a nation over the next thirteen years and which we will adopt and subscribe to should you give us the opportunity to govern the country.
We have entitled our Policy Agenda “INVESTING IN THE FUTURE, TODAY”. We have done so in recognition of the fundamental truth, so aptly captured by the late Malcolm X, that “tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” The document therefore sets out a framework for investing in the future of Grenada and the Grenadian people.
I must hasten to say, that it is not our Manifesto.
This Policy Agenda defines the broad goals and objectives of our party and is intended, primarily, as a guide for decision making, although there are some specific programmatic proposal stated. Our Manifesto, when it comes, will properly detail our plans, programmes and projects which we intend to implement.