Russia and Grenada are one step closer

15:47 09/21/2017 Yuri Nemtsev, columnist for the journal “International Affairs”

The Embassy of Grenada only recently opened in Russia, the first ambassador of this Caribbean state was appointed in April 2017. During this short period, Grenada indicated its active position in the development of relations with the Russian Federation on a broad agenda. A special place in this list is occupied by the cultural ties of our countries. As previously noted in the interview to the magazine “International Life” Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Grenada in Russia, Oleg Firer, the Caribbean culture is practically not represented to date in our country. He also said that he would like Grenada to become a sort of “cultural gateway” of the Caribbean countries in Russia (the full text of the interview with the ambassador can be found at the link: https://interaffairs.ru/news/show/17877).

The first steps in this direction have already been taken by our countries. In July, hearings took place in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, during which both sides expressed interest in developing further cooperation on a wide range. In particular, responding to a proposal from the Russian side, the Ambassador of Grenada expressed his readiness to conduct cross cultural days in 2018.

Kemal Nicholson, Assistant to the Ambassador of Grenada in Russia, shared his plans for the further development of the Russian-Grenada dialogue in the cultural sphere.

“International life”: What steps are being taken in this direction by your country’s leadership and the Embassy of Grenada in Russia?

K. Nicholson: From November 1-3, it is planned to hold an economic, media and academic forum in Grenada called “New Dawn 2017”. This is a key event, co-organized by the Government of Grenada, the Embassy of Grenada to the Russian Federation and the Bering-Bellingshausen Institute. As the host, Grenada invited a well-known Russian journalist and public figure Sergey Brilev to the forum. The forum is expected to involve a large number of guests from both Grenada and Russia. The main goal of the forum is to initiate a dialogue and identify the most promising areas of potential cooperation. The basis for the event was Grenada’s decision to open its embassy in the Russian Federation in April 2017, to strengthen and develop diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In addition, in our immediate plans, the creation of a trade house “My Caribbean”, which will both promote products and goods from the Caribbean countries, and develop bilateral trade between the Caribbean region and the Russian Federation. The trade house will be responsible for marketing a wide range of Caribbean products, culture and promotion of our countries to the Russian market.

“International life”: At a meeting with representatives of the Civic Chamber of Russia in July of this year, it was a question of organizing cross cultural days in 2018. Did you manage to advance in this matter? What activities are expected?

K. Nicholson: Yes, we intend to hold a day of Caribbean culture in Russia in the coming year. This event is planned to be held with the participation of all interested partners in this field on both sides.

“International life”: Traditionally, the younger people are the more open layer of the population for everything new. Are there any plans to organize student, youth, school festivals? Will your country be represented at the Festival of Youth, which will be held in October this year in Russia?

K. Nicholson: We believe that young people are indeed very important, especially in the formation of cross-cultural understanding, and intercultural exchanges among young people are an effective tool to promote this understanding in some way. As for our participation, a delegation of students from Grenada will come to the Festival of Youth, which will be held in Sochi in October.

“International life”: A special place in the development of cultural relations is the study of Russian by representatives of both Grenada and other Caribbean states. The issue of studying the Russian language on the basis of Caribbean universities was preliminary studied. Did you achieve any results in this area?

K. Nicholson: In recent years, many Russian students from Grenada have studied at Russian universities, who have studied Russian and succeeded in this. Speaking about the future, our countries must continue to create opportunities for promoting languages, in particular the Russian language, as a building block for intercultural ties. In July this year, we began working with the “Russian Worldwide” project to study Russian on the basis of Grenada University. Positively adjusted in this respect.

“International life”: What would you like to add to our readers?

K. Nicholson: At present, relations between Grenada and the Russian Federation continue to develop. On September 20 during the UN General Assembly Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Elvin Nimrod, the Foreign Minister of Grenada, signed an agreement on a bilateral visa-free regime between the countries. We look forward to the continuation of this kind of positive initiatives with our Russian partners.

“International life”: Thank you, Mr. Nicholson, for an interesting interview.

Source: https://interaffairs.ru/news/show/18368

Russia and Grenada sign an agreement on visa-free travel

New York, September 20, 2017 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and Foreign Minister of Grenada Alvin Nimrod held talks on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. The sides signed an agreement on the waiver of visa requirements for mutual visits of the nationals of the Russian Federation and the nationals of Grenada.

“It is very good that on the UN platform we have the opportunity to complete bilateral and international agenda,” the Russian minister said.

He also thanked his colleague from Grenada for the resumption of the work of the country’s embassy in Russia.

“We know that you do not have a lot of embassies abroad and appreciate this decision,” Lavrov said.

Nimrod, in turn, thanked Lavrov for the opportunity to discuss the relations between the two countries.

15 Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Grenada and Russia

Congratulatory messages to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Grenada and the Russian Federation

Grenada and the Russian Federation established diplomatic relationships on September 17, 2002. To commemorate the 15th anniversary of occasion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada, Honourable Elvin Nimrod exchanged congratulatory messages with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Sergey V. Lavrov.


Letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada, Honourable Elvin Nimrod to Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Sergey V. Lavrov

September 15, 2017

Excellency,

As our countries celebrate 15 years of diplomatic relations, it gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Government and People of Grenada and on my own personal behalf, to extend congratulations to you and to the Government and People of the Russian Federation on this momentous occasion.

Throughout those years, our countries have enjoyed warm and cordial relations, and I am confident that this relationship will continue to strengthen, not only on the basis of the cooperation that exists between our two countries, but through the mutual respect and understanding that we currently share.

The reopening of the Grenada Embassy in Moscow and the soon to be signed visa waiver agreement are testament to the deepening of the Grenada-Russia relations.

Grenada looks forward to the further strengthening of ties between our two countries and simultaneously the enhancement of cooperation to our mutual benefit.

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ELVIN NIMROD


Letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Sergey V. Lavrov to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada, Honourable Elvin Nimrod

September 17, 2017

Your Excellency,

Please accept my congratulations on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and Grenada.

I am confident that the friendly Russian-Grenadian relations will continue to develop for the benefit of our peoples. We appreciate the decision of the Grenadian leadership to reopen the Embassy of Grenada in Moscow. From our part, we are willing to enhance constructive dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation with your country on the bilateral and multilateral bases in different areas.

Excellency, I avail myself of this opportunity to express my wishes of peace, wealth and prosperity to you and the people of Grenada.

Sincerely,

S. Lavrov
Moscow

Delegation of Grenada Took Part in the International Cultural Forum in Ulyanovsk Region

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – September 15, 2017 – Delegation of Grenada, comprising of representatives of the Embassy of Grenada to the Russian Federation participated in the VII International Cultural Forum “Culture and Business: The Creative Capital of a Modern City”, which was held from September 14 to 15, 2017 in Ulyanovsk, Russia. The visit of the representatives of Grenada within the framework of the forum was he first for Ulyanovsk region and will serve as the beginning for the development of further bilateral cooperation.

Representatives from creative cities of UNESCO and cultural capitals of Europe took part in the business program of the VII International Cultural Forum, delegations from Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Denmark, Greece, Grenada, Estonia and Ireland, realized the task of recognizing the region outside its borders through partnership in projects humanitarian cooperation. The participants of the plenary meeting of the IFF2017 were Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Alexander Zhuravsky, heads of the Presidential Center B.N. Yeltsin in Yekaterinburg, as well as representatives of Moscow and St. Petersburg cultural institutions.

The International Cultural Forum in Ulyanovsk is a place where the best practices in cultural activities and management of cultural processes are exchanged, the identification of new developments in cultural policy, and discussions that change attitudes towards contemporary cultural phenomena. Since 2013, the International Cultural Forum is held under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Contact:
Embassy of Grenada to
the Russian Federation
Kemal Nicholson
Tel. +7 (495) 241-01-11
gd@grenadaembassy.ru

Hurricane Irma Disaster Fund

The Government of Grenada has announced that it will give an initial One Million dollars to Islands ravaged by Irma.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Agency, through its Disaster Fund at the Grenada Cooperative a Bank, has so far collected over $50,000 in the three or so business days that the account has been activated.

The Adventist Church association of Grenada has contributed $10,000 USD.

For additional information on how to help, please email: gd@grenadaembassy.ru

Please give generously!

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Grenada PM leads CARICOM delegation on visit to several Hurricane Irma-stricken Islands

September 12, 2017 – (PRESS RELEASE, OPM-Grenada) – Prime Minister Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell leads a CARICOM delegation on a visit to several Hurricane Irma-stricken Islands tomorrow and Wednesday (September 12th and 13th).

The team, which includes the Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and the Executive of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Ronald Jackson, will leave via the RSS plane from Grenada on Tuesday morning.

Their first stop is the British Virgin Islands, followed by Anguilla in the afternoon. They will spend the night in Antigua, and visit Barbuda early Wednesday, before returning Prime Minister to Grenada.

This is the first of several visits in an expression of solidarity and support to all our regional brothers and sisters affected by Irma.

Details will follow soon.