New opposition leader promises job creation, if elected

Job creation for the unemployed in the country is still high on the agenda for the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP), led by political leader Gaston Browne.

The leader has vowed to create at least 500 jobs within the first term if the ABLP is returned to office.

Browne outlined his plans on Thursday, during his first political rally as leader of the opposition.

“The Labour Party will build 500 homes in our first 500 days in office. We will create at least 2,000 jobs and opportunities for developers, contractors and architects…. That is what you call empowerment,” Browne said.

He also revealed that the party will bolster its relation with international partners and investors to develop a project coined the “St John’s Docking Project.”

The project, he said, would see the injection of a few million dollars to develop the area between Point Wharf and Heritage Quay area.

The proposed project includes the construction of two hotels, restaurants, shops, condominiums and a marina.

“In a recent visit to the United States, we met with investors and we have asked to them to participate in this project. We are serious about your development. This is no child’s play,” Browne said.

Also addressing the ALP gathering were Dean Jonas, Osbert Frederick, Melford Nicholas, Samantha Marshall and Asot Michael.