Atherley: No issue with appointment

Former Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley has given the thumbs up to the appointment of Dr Kevin Greenidge as new Governor of the Central Bank.

The leader of the Alliance Party for Progress told the Sunday Sun his personal preference for the post would have been former Barbados Labour Party colleague Ambassador Dr Clyde Mascoll, but he had no issue with Greenidge’s elevation.

“I have no problem with the appointment of Dr Kevin Greenidge. He is Barbadian, he has distinguished himself in his field, he is internationally recognised and he’s done good service for Barbados during his tenure here,” Atherley said.

He said although he did not always agree with what Greenidge had to say and by extension some of Government’s economic policies, he could endorse the economist’s promotion to Governor.

The former St Michael West MP said he thought Mascoll had done yeoman service to the country and had paid his dues.

“But I don’t know of anything that disqualifies Dr Greenidge from holding the post. I feel he could serve the interest of Barbados well. I will be eager to see how he serves. If he continues to communicate in the way he was communicating with Barbadians when he served as a consultant he should do well. I hope when he takes the office he does not feel he is bound by any loyalty to the Government, such that what policies they may want to pursue he would agree to out of partisan sympathy,” he said. (BA)

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