Wed 20th Dec 2006

The SVG Green Party finds the Prime Minster Dr Ralph Gonsalves's comparing the poverty of SVG to that of Bangladesh and Haiti mind-boggling and disgusting.

On Tuesday 19th December 2006 on SVGTV, Prime Minster Dr Ralph Gonsalves's compared the poverty of SVG to that of Bangladesh and Haiti. SVG Green Party finds this comparison both mind-boggling and disgusting.

Both Haiti and Bangladesh have suffered massive social, economic and political instability for over 40 years. In addition, both countries have suffered heavily from natural disasters (such as flooding) and also long-term deprivation of foreign investment.

Haiti and Bangladesh are two of the poorest countries in the world. So what does that make St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the third poorest country in the world? In the ULP regime's desperation to paint a good picture of their incompetent management of the SVG economy, the ULP regime's picking of the world's poorest countries as comparisons, clearly illustrates how low SVG has sunk under the ULP regime. The ULP regime is having to scrap the bottom of the barrel in order to make itself look mediocre.

We should be comparing ourselves with the strongest economies in the Caribbean or even the strongest economies in the world. There should be no reason why we are not one of the richest countries in the Caribbean, but there is: ULP regime incompetence and Dr Ralph Gonsalves's 'begging bowl' approach to economics. The ULP regime's incompetence is dragging the country down and increasing poverty in SVG to an extent comparable in Haiti and Bangladesh.


Ivan O'Neal BSc(Hons), MSc, MBA, Leader and Co-founder of SVG Green Party

cc: Minister of Finance
Leader of the NDP
President of SVG Chamber of Commerce and Industry
SVG Christian Council European Union Representative,
Barbados UK Ambassador, Barbados
USA Ambassador, Barbados

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