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Jun 23, 2020

Private Sector Pressures G.O.B. on Economic Recovery

Michael Peyrefitte

The private sector continues to bring pressure to bear on government in respect of a comprehensive economic recovery plan amid the COVID-19 crisis.  The resulting financial crisis has forced the closure of many small and medium businesses and there doesn’t seem to be a strategy in place for economic rebound.  It is a concern that is not lost on the attorney general who has weighed in on the matter of a balanced reopening of the economy.

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“Absolutely there is pressure and the pressure is understandable.  People have their businesses and people depend a lot on tourism for their businesses.  People depend on a lot of people travelling for their businesses, so there is pressure.  At the same time there are also other people who say, “Look, my business has gone down for this period but you know what, I prefer to be alive.”  So there is a balance that we have to strike, but yes indeed, there is pressure and that pressure is justified because people’s livelihoods are at stake and we have to make sure that we strike that balance because the last thing we would want to do is to be reckless and to allow people to come in just like that.  We have a widespread influx of the disease and then we have to shut down all over again.  That’s not what we want to do.  What we want to do is to open in such a way that we can stay open but manage the situation as we go along.”


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