Antigua Observer:-Prime Minister Gaston Browne has marked this year’s celebration of Antigua & Barbuda’s 35th anniversary of independence with a promise that 5,000 jobs would be created “within the next two years”.
Browne used the occasion of his address to the nation yesterday which was broadcast on state media to make the pledge.
He said, “Expert Global Solutions – a call centre at Coolidge will immediately employ 150 individuals … a further 500 jobs will go on the payroll in 2017.
“The US $25 million investment by Call Centre Services, in a new multi-storey facility at Woods will create another 800 jobs. Construction of this facility has commenced and it will provide up to 150 construction jobs.
“Within the next few weeks, housing construction at the Paynter’s and Cooks housing sites will be scaled-up, causing openings for new employment.
“In 2017, my government will spend in excess of $100 million in the repair and expansion of our decrepit roads, curbs and drains, including, in the nation’s capital … [and] this programme will also generate a few hundred jobs.
“Additionally, several thousand jobs will be created from new hotel investment projects, including [the] US $100 million Valley Church Resort in which our government will be investing up to US $30 million.”
Prime Minister Browne added that the 2016 independence theme ‘Building an economic powerhouse together’ was not meant to be partisan, but “is the defence of our nation’s independence and the safeguard of freedom for each of us”.