St. George South East
Honourable Gregory Bowen
Gregory Bowen, Member of Parliament for the constituency of St. George South East, is always considered as a stalwart of the New National Party (NNP) and is the current Chairperson of the Party.
An Electrical Engineer by profession, Bowen first attended the St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic School and later the Presentation Boys College (PBC). Upon graduating from PBC, he embarked upon a teaching career which at PBC and later the Anglican High School. Like many other Grenadians, he embarked upon his career goal and in 1976, he entered the University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine, Trinidad where he pursued studies and obtained a B.Sc. in Engineering.
In 1979, Bowen joined the Grenada Electricity Services (GESL). Two years later, he demitted office in pursuit of post graduate studies in Canada where he obtained an M.Sc. degree in Engineering. In 1983, he rejoined GESL at the rank of General Manager and pioneered many innovations that resulted in GESL being one of the most competent private sector organizations in Grenada.
Bowen’s innovation and success are far and wide, during 1985-1994, he was successful in taking the only generating transmission distribution power company in Grenada, from an annual of $15 million loss to a profit realization of over $100 million dollars.
After attending the St. Dominic’s R.C. School and Presentation Brother’s College (PBC), and teaching at PBC then Anglican High School, went off to UWI St. Augustine to pursue a B.Sc. degree in Engineering in 1976. Joined GESL in 1979 then went to Canada to pursue the M.Sc. degree in 1981.
He rejoined GESL in 1983 and was promoted to General Manager in 1985. During 1985-1994, he took GESL, the only generating transmission and distribution power company on the island, from a loss making entity valued at $15m to a profit making company valued over $100m. In addition, he is also credited for having led an ambitious rural electrification program which resulted in an increased percentage of residents gaining access to electricity which grew from 45% to 98% between 1986 and 1989.
His political career is showered with even greater success. In June 1995, following the decisive victory of the NNP, he was appointed to the Upper House of Parliament (The Senate) and joined the Cabinet as Minister for Communications, Works, Public Utilities and Transportation. In 1999, he was elected as the representative for St. George South East, retained his previous portfolio with added responsibility for Energy.
Between 1995-2003, given his portfolio and experience, he facilitated the improved infrastructure of Grenada to the tune of $380 million dollars; liberalization of the Telecommunications Sector which was once a monopoly thus affording diversion and access.
Bowen has also held the position of Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries, Public Utilities, Energy with special responsibilities for the Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB).
He is a dedicated political stalwart.