Environment becomes key focus in Grenada election campaigns

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ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (eTN) – An energy policy focusing on renewable and alternative energy supplies will be a priority for the main opposition, National Democratic Congress, if elected into office following the July 8 general elections.

According to the party’s manifesto, which was launched on Sunday, an NDC administration will explore the feasibility of developing alternative sources of energy. “We will embark on a public education program to reduce domestic energy consumption; install solar generation systems in all schools and government buildings to reduce the amount spent on electricity; sell excess capacity to Grenlec; offer incentives to individuals and corporate bodies to use alternative energy systems,” the party stated in its manifesto, which was launched during a rally that was attended by thousands of supporters.

“We will also make energy efficient appliances more price competitive by reducing the import duties and taxes,” the NDC added. “Revise the taxation on vehicles to encourage the importation of vehicles that utilize more fuel-efficient engines.”

The main opposition party also promised to support the implementation of a waste to energy process at the island lone landfill, while at the same time give consideration to wave energy as part of a package that includes the desalination of sea water.

The NDC is also promising to embark on a foreign policy that will bring benefit in all sectors in a rapidly changing global environment in which active engagement with the global community is inevitable, strategic and prudent. “As such the NDC will pursue a foreign policy that will ensure that the interests of Grenadians at home and abroad are protected and maximized. In so doing, NDC will pursue a consistent foreign policy that is cognizant of the needs of other nation states,” said the NDC.

Key elements of the party’s foreign policy will include the promotion of Grenada as an exciting, safe tourist destination; the promotion of Grenada as attractive for higher levels of investments; seeking extended market access for Grenada’s goods and services; effective representation of the common interests of small states; promotion and deepening of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) integration movement, and advocating for a coordinated regional foreign policy among OECS and CARICOM states.

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