Government Advances Reform Of The MNIB

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.