Grenada stands firm on decision to keep airport out of private hands

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Grenada stands firm on decision to keep airport out of private hands

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Grenada stands firm on decision to keep airport out of private hands
2 MAY 2021

Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has said billionaire Naguib Sawiris was speaking on his own behalf and not the government when he suggested that Grenada’s sole international airport be privatised.

“The sentiments expressed by an investor suggesting that Grenada’s lone international airport be privatised, are not reflective of any Government position or policy on the matter. Many airports around the world are privatised but there is no consideration to privatise Grenada’s own,” Mitchell said in a Facebook post on Saturday evening.

“In no party meeting throughout my period of service in Government, no parliamentary session, no Cabinet meeting, has there been any discussion about the privatisation of the Maurice Bishop International Airport.”

He continued: “Are we going to say that everyone who comes here and speaks publicly, is speaking for the Government. I am amazed; I find it insulting honestly. I don’t see how you can imply that a statement made by a private individual reflects a Government policy. It means that the man controls the Government, which is nonsense. The people who advocate this obviously do not have a lot of respect for me or for the Government.”

The prime minister noted while it was not the government’s position, the private sector has a right to advocate for a takeover of the facility.
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