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Fri 25th Oct 2019

School of navigation and fish canning industry would be a winner in SVG

According to retired British Royal Air Force Engineer Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA, a school of navigation and a tuna-fishing and canning industry could bring in about EC$1,000 to the SVG Treasury for every EC$1 we currently get from tourism.

The focus on tourism by the ULP regime is a big joke and cannot lift SVG out of poverty and debt. We have had 18 years of a focus on tourism and our country has only got poorer and more heavily in debt.

Tourism is a big negative for SVG and policy makers have made a big mistake focusing on tourism as the engine of the SVG economy. The extent of unemployment, deprivation and destitution throughout SVG clearly illustrates that SVG is moving backwards.

We have plummeted in to an economic darkness and the recession in our country means a substantial lack of jobs and lack of money circulating our country.

The potential revenue from a school of navigation and a tuna-fishing and canning industry is huge and would significantly improve the quality of life for our people. We could use some of the revenue to provide free, high-quality education from pre-school to our own science and technology university.

SVG Green Party focuses on creating mass employment and a strong economy. The idea that we should wait for the tourist to put food on our table is very short-sighted. SVG needs to invest in our people, businesses and country to create substantial economic growth.

Vincentian-born, retired British Royal Air Force Engineer Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA believes that economic growth in SVG is pitiful. The ULP regime has been an economic failure. The poverty and destitution throughout SVG illustrates this.

An SVG Green Party Government would build a high-quality School of Navigation to promote an SVG fish industry and use the fish industry as a major source of revenue with an annual rate of return of about EC$2.5 billion.

A tuna-fishing and canning industry would make a massive difference in providing a sustainable, high-quality life style for all who live in SVG.

A Green government would take back the SVG fish licence from Taiwan and set up our own SVG deep-sea tuna fishing and canning industry. This will include leasing or buying ships and building factories. This would bring billions in to our economy and create mass employment.

The School of Navigation and Seamanship would train Vincentians in seafaring, and the principles of seamanship, navigation and nautical astronomy, so they can serve on-board vessels worldwide and captain SVG tuna-fishing trawlers.

A School of navigation and fish canning industry would be a winner in SVG. Our country needs to go in a new direction and set up new industries in order to create thousands of new jobs and a strong, sustainable economy. Under the ULP regime, our country is drifting without a rudder further in to an abyss of mass poverty, mass unemployment and huge public debt.

It’s just not good enough.

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