DATE: May 15, 2014 NO. 36/2014
SOCIAL PARTNERS DISCUSS CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAMME
ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Thursday, May 15, 2014: The Committee of Social Partners (CSP) held its 13th Meeting on Friday May 2nd 2014.
The main agenda item of the Meeting was a presentation of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI) by the Mr. David Holukoff and Mr. Steve Horsford, Chairman and Executive Director of the CBI Investment Committee, respectively.
The presentation provided an overview of the Programme and addressed many of the concerns raised by the Partners. The Social Partners sought clarification on a number of issues including, due diligence; the selection and role of the local agents; the selection and role of the marketing agents; conflict of interest; tax evasion and marginalization of local businesses; and the experiences of other countries with similar Programmes. The Social Partners also suggested that a comprehensive public relations campaign be implemented. The CBI team assured the Social Partners that this will be done and that protecting the good name of Grenada is paramount.
Some Partners expressed their philosophical opposition to the Programme as a strategy for economic development but noted Government’s commitment to the Programme to create jobs and accelerate national development.
The Social Partners also held discussion on the Constitution Reform Process, in light of the issues emanating from the Social Partners Public Forum on Constitution Reform which was held on Tuesday April 29th 2014. One of the main issues coming out of that discussion is the need for the stakeholder groups to develop position papers on the main issues for reform.
The Committee of Social Partners (CSP) was formed in March 2013 and is chaired by the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell. The Committee comprises representatives from the Labour Unions, Conference of Churches in Grenada, the Evangelical Churches, Civil Society, Private Sector Organisations and Government. The Committee meets on a monthly basis and, to date, the Committee has held thirteen (13) monthly meetings.
The main objective of the Committee is to promote dialogue and gain consensus on issues of national importance. It provides a space for all Partners to be heard and to shape the process of national development, especially faster growth and job creation.
One of the major achievements of the CSP is the development of a Social Compact to guide the working relationship of the Partners over the next few years. This process was facilitated by Dr. Andre Vincent Henry.
CHANGES MADE TO CONCESSIONS FOR RETURNING NATIONALS
ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, (date): As part of the reforms under the Homegrown Programme, Government has made the decision to reduce concessions to help improve revenue collection.
In this regard, Cabinet has approved the following adjustments for the Returning Nationals Programme whereby Returning Nationals will now be eligible for:
- 50% concession on a vehicle. The standard provisions for Environmental Levy (EVL) on vehicles less than five (5) years and over five (5) years apply
- $75,000 allowance on household and personal effects, remains
These adjustments are effective as of June 01, 2014.
It should be noted that containers shipped before June 10, 2014 will not be affected by this policy change.
426 GOVERNMENT FINALISING LOAN AGREEMENT WITH GCNA FOR DISBURSEMENT OF CABINET APPROVED FINANCIAL PACKAGE
386 TRAINING IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR INLAND REVENUE AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DIVISIONS HAILED A SUCCESS
339 GRENADA TO DRAFT A COUNTRY PROGRAMME TO ACCESS CLIMATE FINANCE UNDER THE GREEN CLIMATE FUND (GCF)
315 INCREASED INVESTOR CONFIDENCE IN GRENADA LEADS TO OVER-SUBSCRIPTION OF EC.56 MILLION IN TREASURY BILLS
214 VALIDATION WORKSHOP: DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT OF THE CONSUMER PROTECTION LANDSCAPE IN THE OECS REGION
204 NEW CUSTOMS OFFICERS RECEIVE TRAINING IN MONITORING AND CONTROL OF TRADE IN OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCES (ODS)
200 GRENADA TO BENEFIT FROM REGIONAL DEMONSTRATION PROJECT FOR THE REFRIGERATION AND AIR-CONDITIONING SECTOR
197 OECS COUNTRY MISSION TO UNDERTAKE DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT ON CONSUMER AFFAIRS LANDSCAPES IN MEMBER STATES
196 ENERGY DIAGNOSIS AND POLICY EVALUATION WORKSHOP AS GRENADA MOVES FORWARD IN DEVELOPING NATIONAL ENERGY PLANNING GUIDELINES
84 Government to meet with Public Sector Unions to discuss new protocol for Statutory Bodies and State Owned Enterprises
58 November 3, 2014 - DISCUSSION OF DRAFT SCOCIAL COMPACT ON GBN TELEVISION – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4TH, 2014
54 September 25, 2014 - LOCAL TEAM MEETING HELD FOLLOWING THE UN CONFERENCE IN SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES (SIDS), SAMOA SEPTEMBER 1-4, 2014
53 September 25, 2014 - LOCAL TEAM MEETING HELD FOLLOWING THE UN CONFERENCE ON SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES (SIDS), SAMOA SEPTEMBER 1-4, 2014
50 September 18, 2014 - THE NOU TO RECOGNISE INTERNATIONAL DAY 2015 BUDGET PREPARATION MOVING INTO HIGH GEAR
48 September 12, 2014 - THE NOU TO RECOGNISE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER
47 September 12, 2014 - THE NOU TO RECOGNISE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER
37 June 30, 2014 - JUNIOR OFFICERS OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DIVISION PARTICIPATE IN BASIC TRAINING COURSE
36 June 30, 2014 - JUNIOR OFFICERS OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DIVISION PARTICIPATE IN BASIC TRAINING COURSE
24 April 24, 2014 - NOU AND GRENCASE COLLABORATES TO PROVIDE TRAINING IN REFRIGERATION AND AIR-CONDITIONING FUNDAMENTALS
21 April 1, 2014 - GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS COMMENCE TALKS ON MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR HOME-GROWN PROGRAMME OF FISCAL ADJUSTMENT AND REFORMS
20 April 1, 2014 - REGISTRATION OF LICENSED NON-BANK FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN COMPLIANCE WITH FATCA
19 March 27, 2014 - GOVERNMENT AND DIGICEL SIGN AGREEMENT FOR INSTALLATION OF ELECTRONIC TRACKING SYSTEM DEVICES IN ALL GOVERNMENT VEHICLES
15 March 6, 2014 - GRENADA TO HOST ENERGY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (ESD) PROJECT INCEPTION MEETING
11 February 26, 2014 - 3RD INSTALLMENT OF RETROACTIVE PAYMENTS TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND TEACHERS DEFERRED
10 February 25, 2014 - GRENADA CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DIVISION ANNUAL AWARD AND RECOGNITION CEREMONY, 2014
8 February 12, 2014 - COMMITTEE OF SOCIAL PARTNERS MOVING STEADFASTLY TOWARDS THE FINALISATION OF A SOCIAL COMPACT