July 11 St. George' Grenada: Prime Minister Dr.Keith Mitchell
seems to be on a path of marginalising the island's Chamber of Industry and Commerce based on the manner in which he
chose two private sector representatives to accompany him on his trip to China said a Chamber official.
The official said that as the private sector unbrella body
the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GCIC) was not even consulted so that its members interests
could be best represented and looked after during the PM's visit to China. The GCIC is the leading private sector organisation
in the country with a representative in the Upper House of parliament (Senate).
Prime Minister Mitchell before leaving St. Lucia for his trip to China is
reported to have said to the media that he only travels along with people who have one commonality and share
the views and vision of his government.
Mitchell's reported statement has not gone down too well with the local chamber
members in light that he allegedly did not consult with them as to who should be their representatives but instead
hand picked Mr. Kenny Lalsighn and Dr.Winston Mitchell th late who is not a meber of the GCIC.
The private sector organisation said it intends to follow this matter and
seek clarification from the PM since it is not a good sign for business and it amounts to marginalisation of
the business sector body by the Grenadian leader.
Our source indicated that the chamber and its members have nothing personal
or otherwise against the members who accompanied the Prime Minister but if this is the way business is going to be done, it
is a bad signal for the private sector organisation in the country.
is known to have called on the PM to institute an investigation on his trip to Europe after it was reported that he received
a $US500,000 bribe from former trade counsellor Eric Resteiner.