Russian Retail Week 2018: Russian Association of Retail Market Experts and the Embassy of Grenada Sign Co-Operation Agreement

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – June 6, 2018 – During the Russian Retail Week on June 6, Russian Association of Retail Market Experts (RARME) and the Embassy of Grenada have executed a bilateral co-operation agreement. Russian Association of Retail Market Experts was represented by the Chairman of the Board, Andrey Karpov and the Grenada Embassy in the Russian Federation, represented by Oleg Firer, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Grenada.

The Embassy of Grenada in the Russian Federation will provide comprehensive support to companies belonging to the RARME and intending to develop bilateral relations. The RARME, in turn, will also use its connections, knowledge and experience to promote the development of economic ties and cooperation.

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100 Year Old Chocolate Was Found in the UK

Nine tiles of well-preserved chocolate are found in the collection of items of the British hero of the First World War. He received it as a gift for Christmas in 1914.

“Colonial chocolate was sent to the army in the first winter of the war, cocoa beans were supplied by Thailand, Grenada and St. Lucia.The chocolate bars were made by the British firm Cadbury,” said the director of the auction house, which sells the collection.

According to him, almost the entire set, which contained chocolate, tobacco and matches, survived, since the soldier to whom gifts were sent, did not like to smoke and eat sweet.

Tiles are well preserved, but the auctioneer does not recommend eating them, as chocolate becomes dangerous over time, RIA Novosti reported.

Grenada Ministry of Health Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation

During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2018) Grenada and Russia Executed the Memorandum of Understanding for Scientific and Clinical Cooperation in The Field of Healthcare

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – May 24, 2018 – Embassy of Grenada to the Russian Federation, announced that on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2018), the Ministry of Health of Grenada, represented by Hon. Minister Nickolas Steele executed the Memorandum of Understanding with the National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation named after Dmitry Rogachev.
The parties recognizing the benefits of a long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of healthcare guided by the desire to develop partnership and cooperation for the implementation of international healthcare quality standards, innovative technologies and education have set out the framework to create, maintain and strengthen bilateral cooperation.

Highlights of the Memorandum of Understanding:

  • Cooperation between medical organizations on specialized issues and diagnostics through teleconferences, etc.;
  • Joint research and its application in treatment;
  • Assistance in creation of a pediatric cancer registration database system in Russia;
  • The exchange of information and experience of medical practice in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood and adolescent oncological, immunological and hematological diseases as well as for the rehabilitation of this group of patients;
  • The conduct of joint research, conferences and symposia;
  • The professional development of medical staff as well as on-the-job specialist training;
  • Cooperation related to postgraduate education and research, as agreed by the Parties;
  • The provision of medical and educational services.

“In our national journey to universal healthcare coverage no place is too far and no two peoples so different that we should not be working together, in fact it is the opposite, we must go further and forge new relationship if we are to achieve the goal of universal health coverage,” commented Hon. Nickolas Steele, Minister of Health, Social Security and International Business of Grenada.

Contact:
Embassy of Grenada to
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Kemal Nicholson
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Passport fee to increase in July

  • Electronic passports to be introduced to the Grenadian public in July 2018
  • E-passport to have RFID chip embedded in the back cover of the travel document

Passport fees are expected to increase as the Immigration and Passport Department prepares to introduce electronic passports to the Grenadian public in July.

The new electronic passport is in keeping with the Immigration Department’s new border management system and recent upgrades to the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) automated passport control system.

E-passport or electronic passport is similar to the traditional passport book, except the E-passport has a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip embedded in the back cover of the travel document. The information stored on the chip is the same as displayed on the data page of the passport.

The E-passport will cost $175.

Superintendent of Police Esau Pierre, Head of the Immigration and Passport Department says this new shift is necessary due to the present passport system becoming obsolete.

“The system as we have it presently cannot match up to the requirements, and so we must make that shift in order to be compatible with our new border management system. This new passport will allow people to apply for passport online and will carry a number of security features.”

Superintendent Pierre says people will no longer have to walk with their passport size photos since the department will be offering that service. “Once the new system is in place, once you come to the passport office you can get your photos taken which goes straight into the system. Also, the passport will feature iconic sites including the new Parliament building and the Sir Eric Matthew Gairy statue depicted on the passport.”

As part of this new thrust to border security, a new system was installed at the MBIA in November last year to accommodate self-check-in on arrival of Grenadian passports only.

Ambassador of Grenada attended a parade marking 73rd anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945

Ambassador of Grenada to the Russian Federation attended a military parade on Red Square marking the 73rd anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

On May 9, 2018, a military parade was held on Red Square in Moscow dedicated to the 73rd anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

Reviewing the troops was Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who reported to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin about the troops’ readiness for the parade.

The military parade traditionally began at 10 o’clock in the morning.

Over 13,000 personnel, thirty-three parade units marched through Red Square.

The marching formations were followed by a mechanised column headed by a T-34–85 war-era tank, escorted by all-terrain vehicles bearing the banners of ten fronts. New cutting-edge equipment was also on display on Red Square: Armata tanks, Kurganets infantry vehicles, Boomerang armoured personnel carriers, and Koalitsia-SV howitzers. The Terminator tank fire support vehicles, Uran robots, Katran and Korsar drones took part in the parade for the first time. Overall, 150 samples of military equipment drove through Red Square.

Aircraft wrapped up the parade as seventy-five airplanes and helicopters flew over Moscow, including two fifth-generation Su-57 Russian fighter jets, MiG 29 SMT fighter jets and the Kinzhal-MiG31K newest aviation systems with hypersonic missiles.

During the passage of troops from the stands watched the veterans of the Great Patriotic War, public figures and heads of diplomatic missions invited to the parade. Together with the Russian President, the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and the President of the Republic of Serbia, Alexander Vucic, observed the parade.

The Ambassador of Grenada participated in the inauguration ceremony of the President of the Russian Federation

Moscow, 7 May 2018 – The Ambassador of Grenada to the Russian Federation, H.E. Oleg Firer, participated in the official ceremony held at the Kremlin Palace on the occasion of the inauguration of President Vladimir Putin as President of the Russian Federation.

President Vladimir Putin took the oath to the people of Russia in the presence of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chairman of the Federation Council, the speaker of the State Duma, senior officials, political and military figures, members of Parliament and members of the foreign diplomatic corps in Moscow.

President Vladimir Putin won the presidential election in March for a fourth term of six years.

STUDY IN RUSSIA: Russian Scholarship Program

The Government of Russia in collaboration with the Government of Grenada is offering scholarships to Grenadian nationals who wish to pursue studies in Russia for the academic year 2018-2019.

There are many programs to chose from including Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate and Short-term continued education courses from over 400 universities in the Russian Federation.

What Government Grants Include?
The grant provides eligible students free studying on the chosen specialty for the entire period of education. In addition, grant covers education at preparatory faculty for language studies and student residence for the period of education.

Who may receive a Grant?
All candidates with the secondary school and vocational school finished (school, technical school, lyceum, etc.) and successfully passed competitive selection in their own country can receive a grant.

HOW TO APPLY:

Fill out Application Form

Register at www.russia.study.

  • Fill out all the required fields in the application form. You may choose up to six universities by order of preference, but not more than two from Moscow or St. Petersburg.

Do not tick the (Russian) “compatriot” status.

Attach the documents in accordance with the list:

  • Passport biodata pages (must be valid at least until April 2020);
  • Secondary certificates (for undergraduates) or higher education certificates (for postgraduate studies);
  • Academic records;
  • Medical certificate of good health to the effect that its bearer can study in the Russian climate; basic medical tests depending on the field of study;
  • HIV negative certificate;
  • Any other document the applicant may deem useful for evaluation.

Note: All documents MUST be apostilled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before uploading to the website.

  • Age restrictions apply: 25 years for undergraduates and 35 years for postgraduates.
  • Students will study the Russian language during the first academic year before moving on to their higher education programme.

Note: you may be invited to undergo an interview.

Value of Award:

  • Tuition
  • Basic accommodation.

A copy of ALL documents uploaded online MUST be submitted to the Scholarship Desk.

For further information and guidance please contact the Human Resource Development Division, (Scholarship Desk), Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Religious Affairs, Botanical Gardens, Tanteen, St. George’s. Telephone number 440-2737/8, Email scholarshipdesk@gmail.com.

Embassy of Grenada staff is available to assist and may be reached by email at gd@grenadaembassy.ru.

Grenada to focus on developing its gas sector

Senior Energy Officer with officials from NGC
  • National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited has finalised a commercial agreement with Global Petroleum Group (GPG) operating in Grenada
  • Energy Minister Gregory Bowen disclosed priority will be on gas in the first instance

Energy Minister Gregory Bowen has disclosed that despite the discovery of oil and gas in the island’s marine space, priority will be on gas in the first instance, and the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago will be playing a significant role in the creation on the final user product.

‘The first result has shown an abundance of natural gas,” Bowen told the media in the Tuesday morning post-cabinet briefing. “So, in the first instance focus will be on the gas because we are mindful of the impact of oil on our tourism product and that is why we will be working towards having the refining done in Trinidad where there is an already existing infrastructure,” he said in an interview following the briefing.

Bowen explained that drilling was done only in one well, and within the next 12 to 18 months, 3 more wells will be drilled, and the samples tested. “We need to confirm the these 3 are as abundant in gas as the first one and then move forward with doing what has to be done in the best interest of the country.” He explained that royalties to the country are negotiated based on international standard regulations of between 6-10%.

On 6 April, the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited announced that the company had finalised a commercial agreement with Global Petroleum Group (GPG) operating in Grenada. GPG was the oil and gas company which undertook exploration and appraisal activities off the south coast of Grenada, near the Patao/Dragon fields in Venezuela and North Coast Marine Area (NCMA) fields in Trinidad in mid-2017.

“This agreement marks a major development in the collaboration and energy cooperation among CARICOM countries and is an important pillar in growing and strengthening the region’s economies. The relationship between the 2 companies is a result of the Energy Sector Development Framework Agreement signed between the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) and the Government of Grenada,” said a news release from the NGC.

NGC President Mark Loguan, PGP executive director Eduard Vasilyey and NGC Chairman Gerry Brooks signing the agreement

NGC Chairman, Gerry C Brooks indicated that with the support of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT), NGC would continue to work closely with GPG and the Government of Grenada as the project progresses. “Brooks articulated his optimism that the framework agreement between the 2 governments will foster a partnership of mutual benefit and growth opportunities for both countries. The agreement signals NGC’s unwavering resolve to meet the challenge of gas supply in Trinidad and Tobago by providing a ready market for the sale of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs),” said the release.

To effectively monetise any gas reserves in the fastest possible time, NGC will utilise existing domestic infrastructure as well as leverage our 4 decades of experience and technical proficiency in pipeline construction and natural gas transportation.

“In the fulfilment of our mandate to be ‘the prime mover in gas-based development,’ NGC has forged strong linkages, both upstream and downstream, and established energy partnerships in foreign jurisdictions.” The release also said that the company has facilitated numerous early business development projects which have shaped the local natural gas landscape. It is these capabilities and expertise which NGC will utilise to assist GPG in developing Grenada’s natural gas-based energy sector.

On 6 April, the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited announced that the company has finalised a commercial agreement with Global Petroleum Group (GPG) operating in Grenada.

Prime Minister Independence Day Address

Dr. the Right Hon. Keith Mitchell

Prime Minister of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique

44th Anniversary of Independence Message

It is with overwhelming pride and joy that I extend Independence Anniversary greetings to nationals living in Canada, the United States and other parts of the Grenada Diaspora.

On this our 44th Anniversary of Independence, Grenadians at home and abroad are celebrating under the theme “One People, One Country, Our Responsibility.’’

On February 7, 1974, the Father of Independence, the late Sir Eric Matthew Gairy, through the attainment of Independence for our Tri-Island State of Grenada, Carriacou and petite Martinique, began the process of forging greater unity among our Nationals, as one people. It is now up to us to carry that mandate forward, and to do so with collective responsibility to our country.

For me, there can be no compromise, on the question of national unity. I have boldly and repeatedly stated my commitment, and I reiterate it now on this anniversary of independence, to leave no stone unturned in bringing our nationals together; from north to south, from east to west, from country to town; and from this Tri-Island State to our Diaspora communities.

I am convinced that unity is absolutely essential for national development. I have seen it manifested firsthand, especially in the last five years. The unity forged through the Social Compact between Government, the Trade Union movement, the Business community, the Churches, , Civil Society and the non-governmental organisations was highly responsible for our country’s positive economic growth—an average growth of five percent for the last five years.

It is that national unity and the sacrifices of our citizens, that is responsible for Government’s ability to meet commitments to its workers; to drastically lower and to service the national debt; to move from a monthly deficit of millions to a monthly surplus; to lower unemployment and to help take care of our citizens.

I, therefore, must commend and salute our Grenadian family – of all religions, cultures and political persuasions – as well as friends of Grenada, for the seriousness with which we have been meeting our collective responsibility to our beloved Nation.

We have been able to pull together, through the challenges, united in our purpose to ensure that Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique live up to its potential as an independent nation, taking care of its people.

On this the 44th Anniversary, I once again remind all our Nationals and friends in the Diaspora that your importance to nation building and national development is invaluable.

Hence, I express my own profound thanks to you; in my individual capacity as a fellow Grenadian, who has had the privilege and honour to serve as the Prime Minister of this beautiful nation. I also extend a hearty thank you on behalf of the Government and People of this beautiful Nation.

As Grenada continues to shine on the regional and international stage, I am confident that the collective wisdom and unity of our people and the maturity of our democracy will ensure that we continue to move forward, staying the course on this growth trajectory for a brighter future.

My administration assures that for as long as we have the opportunity to serve and create opportunities for the Grenadian community, we will do so with the utmost pride, patriotism and commitment to duty. But as we have always said, and as we have seen, the ultimate responsibility for the continued development of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, lies in the hands of all of us as citizens, individually and cooperatively.

On this our 44th, let us strengthen our efforts and re-dedicate ourselves to the Grenadian project that has inspired us these past 44 years and that has seen us through the toughest of times: hard work, sacrifice, patriotism, peace and an abiding sense of unity.

Happy 44th Anniversary of Independence, Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique! We are forever one people, one country.