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ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC)  – The main opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) says it has already developed a blue print for generating employment in the country within 100 days if it wins the next general election widely expected by mid-March.
ALP leader Gaston Browne told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the party which suffered two consecutive defeats to the United Progressive Party (UPP) of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, had already agreed on a number of initiatives that would be implemented within the first three months of coming to office.
Browne said that the UPP government had over the past few years “actually dismantled the economy” and that the island had lost approximately 25 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP).
“Today you have unemployment in excess of 25 per cent and the poverty level in excess of 35 per cent. So in essence they have destroyed the country and I think Antiguans and Barbudans are desirous of change and I believe they have every confidence that the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party will make a difference in their lives”.
Browne, who is leading the ALP into its first general election since assuming its leadership nearly two years ago, said voters could look forward to a transformation of leadership as the new government seeks to revive an ailing economy.
“We believe that there are some quick fixes that we can definitely address immediately within our first 90 days,” he said, noting that “’one of our objectives is to make sure we reform a number of archaic processes, we want to make to literally make sure that we have a public sector and even a private sector for that matter that is internationally competitive.
“We do have a number of initiatives to bring more investments to the country. Already, even in opposition, we have executed a number of memoranda of understanding and those will bring significant investments to the country.”
Browne told CMC that “immediately upon taking over the governance of the country [they would] embark upon a very aggressive tourism promotion drive” and that his administration would seek to constrict 500 new homes within a short period of time.
He said the idea is also to seek to create 25, 000 new jobs as soon as possible and called on Prime Minister Spencer to name the date for the general election.

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