There are many jobs coming for Vincentians, says Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Camillo Gonsalves.
He told the ruling Unity Labour Party’s 25th anniversary celebration in Arnos Vale on Sunday that the PAVE programme was scheduled to commence the following day.
The Public Access to Village Enhancement programme will build footpaths, steps and install rails in communities where persons still do not have concrete or asphalt roads.
Further, on Nov. 23, the government will begin construction of a world-class athletic track at Diamond, Gonsalves said.
He further pointed out that Rainforest Seafoods, a Jamaican company, is expected to complete their factory at Calliaqua by June 2020 and will put some EC$20 million in the hands of the fisher folk of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“If you ain’t start catch lobster yet, it’s time to build some lobster pots because money coming,” Gonsalves said.
He further said that the government is building a new port at Rose Place, Kingstown.
Also in Rose place, Clear Harbour, a call centre, has just opened and will employ hundreds of Vincentians by next year and 1,000 in a year and a half, Gonsalves told the rally.
iWitness News was reliably informed that so far, 11 persons are on the job at Clear Harbour as the company has only one campaign underway.
The rate of pay is EC$7 per hour, lunch is 30 minutes with a 15-minute break in the morning and a 15-minute break in the afternoon.
“You hear job? Yo’ hear jobs I telling alyo about? We have job coming at the hotel at Diamond, we have jobs coming at the hotel in Mt Wynne, we have jobs coming at the Rainforest Seafoods, we have jobs coming at the call centre, we have jobs coming at Peter’s Hope, we have jobs coming at the hotel in Ratho Mill, we have jobs coming in the construction of all of these facilities, we have jobs coming to build the athletics track, we have jobs coming to build the community centre at Diamond.
“We are a busy government,” he said at the rally, which featured Jamaican artiste Busy Signal.
“This government, this action government, this busy government has more plans in store for next year. We’re going to have plans in place to help young entrepreneurs, give them a little grant, give them a little start-up money so they can start their own business. You will hear more about that next year.
“And we are going to accelerate job creation and job growth all across St. Vincent and the Grenadines. That is what a government concerned about the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is all about,” Gonsalves said.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has announced that general elections will be held by December 2020, ahead of the March 2021 constitutional deadline.
The ULP will be seeking an unprecedented fifth consecutive term in office.