The Cricket World Cup woes loom large

Some may suggest that had the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance not been apparently operating so much like a micromanager in respect of the matter of all aspects of government since taking office in 2001, he may not now have had to shoulder responsibility for the very concerns he now seems to possess in relation to the preparations for CWC2007 in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

A dose of reality
Clearly there are those who would readily suggest that there appears good reason for the concerns expressed by Dr Gonsalves relative to the ever-increasing costs association with our preparations.
Costs do not simply skyrocket in the manner being witnessed in the instance of St Vincent and the Grenadines. There must be some trend we can follow.
If someone has been responsible for grossly underestimating the costs involved in the combined projects being undertaken here at home for CWC2007 then it seems only fair that he/she be exposed for his/her sheer incompetence.
If it is that figures were merely thrown together into the budgetary framework initially without thorough analysis or appropriate detailing of the projects involved, then that too should be exposed.
St Vincent and the Grenadines is not a wealthy nation. The state of the national economy does not now reflect the sound health of the previous decade, especially with the lights growing dim on the banana industry, the weakness of the manufacturing sector and the mere flickering of aspects of a technological sector seemingly lurking in the shadows.
The increasingly heavy reliance on a tourism industry, not entirely under our control, does not make for revenues of an order that can withstand the seeming recklessness evident in the disparate figures of $20m and $50m plus.
The seemingly determined appeal for the implementation of cost-saving measures in the preparatory exercise may well be seen as little more than the usual politicking, characteristic of Caribbean politicians.
Some may suggest that it is another example of irresponsible planning or perhaps the failure to plan altogether.
But trust our Caribbean leaders to continue to portray themselves to an unsuspecting public that they are most determined, indeed fully committed to ‘closing the gate after the horse has bolted’.