May 25, 2007
BERESFORD (CNB) -- Premier Shawn Graham responded to 10 more recommendations of the Self-Sufficiency Task Force this morning in Beresford at a breakfast address hosted by Enterprise Chaleur.
Graham committed to making significant investments in tourism infrastructure as well as improving transportation connections and capacity, enhancing the role of Service New Brunswick, and creating a committee to streamline regulations and costs for business.
"As one of the fastest-growing industries worldwide, tourism will play a vital role in achieving self-sufficiency," Graham said. "Today I am very pleased to announce that our government will fulfill the recommendation of the task force that $100 million be invested in tourism infrastructure."
"With a rich cultural heritage, great natural beauty and huge potential as a four-season vacation destination, northern New Brunswick stands poised to capitalize on the potential of the tourism industry," Graham said.
The premier added that government will also meet task force recommendations to evaluate additional transportation infrastructure priorities and in particular, the need to improve highways that connect rural and urban areas and other critical infrastructure such as improving facilities and eliminating barriers to the flow of container traffic and investing in key highway and border infrastructure connections to improve the flow of industrial goods to markets worldwide.
"Our improved productivity as a province relies heavily on smooth connections with other states and provinces, between our communities, and between government and New Brunswickers," Graham said.
Other task force recommendations committed to include:
"Over the next year, SNB will be bringing forward a number of transformational initiatives aimed at improved service delivery and using common technology," Graham said.
"We will focus attraction efforts on world scale companies that are most likely to locate offices in New Brunswick," Graham said. "The new business attraction strategy will factor in the evolution of the global economy, clearly identify business niches in which New Brunswick is competitive and consider New Brunswick's capacity to fill human resource needs in an increasingly competitive North American-wide labour market."
Graham concluded by speaking of the work already underway to address the task force recommendations and that it will be a joint effort of all New Brunswickers to achieve the goal of self-sufficiency.
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