The Grenada Movement (TGM) urges the Government of Grenada to urgently make a categorical statement on its position and policy stance on the now hotly-debated issue of the privatisation of the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA).
This extremely sensitive issue was injected into the national discourse after the idea was proffered last week, at a public ground-breaking event at which a substantial contingent from the Cabinet was in attendance. The public disquiet caused by the statement placed in the public domain by the investor, and the loud applause by attendees, has added yet another layer to the deep level of anxiety and angst felt by an overwhelming segment of the Grenadian people; this, at a time of immeasurable uncertainty and vulnerability caused by Covid-19, and a growing level of division within the society.
TGM feels strongly, that an interjection, from no less an authority than the Prime Minister himself, who was present at the event, is necessary in providing the assurance so desperately sought by the population. We are firm in our conviction that nothing that constitutes a foreshadowing of public policy should come from an investor.
The vast majority of Grenadians, regardless of their affiliation, are united in their view that the Maurice Bishop International Airport must not only be managed as a viable commercial entity under the guidance and ownership of the State, but must be valued as the singular national undertaking that brought pride to our nation at a defining time of its history.
The Grenada Movement believes that now more than ever, clarity and leadership are needed on issues such as this, and calls on Government to make clear its position on this matter. Continued silence from our Government will be construed as suggesting its openness to the issue of privatisation of the MBIA.