PR – Two major steps in the reformation process of the Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB) were successfully completed this week, as the Government of Grenada moves forward with plans to better position the entity to support the transformation of the agricultural sector and increase the nation’s food security.
On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, Government paid severance and other termination benefits to all eighty-seven (87) staff members of the MNIB on record as of February 28, 2023, as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Commercial and Industrial Workers Union (CIWU), to the tune of $2,667,892.73 out of the Consolidated Fund.
Further, Government appointed a six-member broad-based Technical Working Group (TWG) to treat with the establishment of an appropriate public private partnership (PPP) to support the sustainable growth of the agriculture sector.
The PPP will be given a mandate to tackle the current gaps in the logistics of food, to include transport, storage, preservation, and distribution, including exportation of agricultural produce and products. The TWG will work alongside the Board of the MNIB to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to the new entity. The transition is expected to be completed in six months, commencing March 1, 2023.