The United Progressive Party (UPP) yesterday, removed the widely-unpopular ‘caretaker’ label, and officially branded it’s slate of 16 candidates for next general elections in Antigua and Barbuda.
“We have a group of men and one woman, and all of our candidates have a background in service and to me that is the most important qualification,” boasts Senator Harold Lovell, UPP political leader.
Only 4 of the 16 named candidates (Lovell, MP Wilmoth Daniel, Shawn Nicholas and Chester Hughes) contested in the last general elections on the UPP ticket.
The UPP leader targeted fixing the economy as his first order of business once assuming the reigns of power. He cited creating a “knowledge economy” as paramount to the country’s advancement.
“We want everybody to understand that for Antigua and Barbuda to go forward, we need to take the economy to another level.”
“We need to stop the brain drain. We must build a technology revolution,” Lovell adds.
“We will make our people internet savvy… we want to be able to attract Microsoft, we want to attract high tech companies.”
The political leader adds that, “the first question they will ask is ‘what is the state of your workforce,’ so we must have a trained workforce who can take up these good jobs so that our young people, instead of having to migrate to find employment, can find employment right here in Antigua.”
Lovell also intimates that the party has a new-found approach to presenting its policies to the voting public.
“Rather than put out a manifesto two weeks before the election, we are putting out policy platforms now, and that will be a basis for dialogue and discussion and we can enrich those ideas further by consultation.”
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