Ambassador of Grenada visited “Agrosalon 2018” exhibition

Moscow, October 11, 2018 – Ambassador of Grenada visited the largest International specialized exhibition of agricultural machinery in Russia – “Agrosalon 2018”, held in Moscow. The event is organized every two years. The exhibition spreads on an area of 60,000 square meters where visitors are able to see exhibits of more than 500 Russian and foreign manufacturers of agricultural machinery and equipment from 32 countries.

Grenada hosts second annual Pure Grenada Dive Fest

Grenada, home of the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park and the Caribbean’s largest wreck dive, the Bianca C, will take the party beneath the surface with the second annual Pure Grenada Dive Fest. The four-day event will take place from October 3-6 and is designed to showcase the destination’s rich and diverse eco-system as well as the bountiful and vibrant marine life that can be found off the islands’ shores.

“This is the only event of its kind on the island and we hope that dive enthusiasts and lovers of the sea will travel to Pure Grenada to enjoy the events we have scheduled,” said Patricia Maher, CEO of Grenada Tourism Authority. “It is the second year of the event and our continued goal is to put the spotlight on Grenada and Carriacou’s amazing undersea world and one-of-a-kind aquatic offerings.”

The first two days of the festival provides participants with the opportunity to discover the destination’s reefs and wreck sites. The festival kicks off on October 3 with the theme of Reef Diving in Grenada and Carriacou, which is known as the Isle of Reefs. Underwater photo enthusiasts can register to participate in the photography competition with the chance to win prizes for categories such as the most creative selfie, best reef photo and best wreck photo. Day two, themed Wreck Diving, caters to all divers offering a beginner’s pool diving course and the opportunity for certified divers to explore some of the islands’ 14 wreck dives including the newest, M/V Anina.

The second half of the festival presents a robust schedule of sustainable activities for participants to make a positive impact on Grenada’s underwater ecosystem. October 5, or Project Aware Dive Against Debris day, includes scheduled clean-up dives off the shores of all three islands and local school outreach presentations that aim to educate Grenada’s next generation on best practices in dive marine conservation. The final day of the festival, Invasive Lionfish Eradication Diving day, starts at Morne Rouge Bay/BBC Beach with the boats sent off to predetermined dive locations and reconvening with their catches at Coconut Beach Restaurant on Grand Anse Beach. The Lionfish are prepared and served at the evening social event where the underwater photographers will be awarded for their photos.

Grenada’s coast is a haven for seahorses, turtles, sharks and rays due to the warm waters and healthy coral reef systems and sponges. Divers and underwater photographers have the opportunity to see a plethora of species of fish and marine creatures in the islands’ waters.

Embassy of Grenada Marks its First Anniversary

Today, On August 1, 2018, we mark the first anniversary since opening the Embassy of Grenada to the Russian Federation in Moscow.

This past year has been a productive year for the Embassy, as we embarked on a path to introduce Grenada to the Russian Federation and enhance bilateral relations as the only Eastern Caribbean diplomatic mission in the region.

This past year has witnessed extraordinary initiatives being carried out by Grenada and Russia as the countries marked their 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, followed by the execution of a visa-waiver agreement between the countries during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.

By maintaining a fully staffed local presence and working with various government and non-government organizations we have managed to make important first steps in creating bilateral relationships in the fields of educational, cultural and trade exchanges with the objective to promote Grenada as a tourist and investment destination.

In November of last year Grenada hosted “New Dawn”, the first ever joint Russian / Eurasian-Caribbean economic, media and academic forum, which has seen collaboration efforts between the regional representatives from the Caribbean and Eurasian regions. As a result of this successful event, organizers have formed the “St. George’s Club” in Grenada as a non-profit organization founded on the principle of networking and building relationships that last. It is St. George’s Club’s objective to improve contacts between the Caribbean and Eurasian businesses, cultural and government communities. This year on November 1, 2018, St. George’s Club will continue this trend and is preparing to host “The Next Step” forum in Grenada, which will offer an excellent environment for collaboration with the objective to enhance business communication and relationships between the regions.

We have participated in many events in the Russian Federation and the Eurasian region during this past year. Some of the most notable events included:

  • Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, hosted a round table “Cooperation between the Russian Federation and Grenada in the Humanitarian, Cultural, Scientific and Tourism Fields”, organized by the Commission of the Russian Federation on the Development of Public Diplomacy, Humanitarian Cooperation and the Preservation of Traditional Values. Photo exhibition “Nature and Attractions of Grenada” was featured in the lobby of Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation at which the Commission Chairperson, Elena Sutormina, noted that Grenada, as an island state with magnificent nature, is of interest in terms of tourism, but there are other possible cooperations to be explored between the countries.
  • “Rossiya” television network produced several feature episodes about Grenada, which have aired in prime time – “Friendship of Grenada and Russia”, “From tourism to high technology: Grenada and Russia have something to share with each other” and “Grenada: Visa-Free”.
  • Embassy of Grenada celebrated the CARICOM National Day at the Astana World Expo 2017 and participated in dialogues with the Government of Kazakhstan within the framework of the development of further bilateral cooperation in the region.
    Opened “Grenada Business and Cultural Club” and during the course of the year established bilateral dialogues with the regional governments of the Russian Federation.
  • First Caribbean trade center “My Caribbean” was formed in Russia to promote bilateral trade and serve as a platform for businesses looking to promote products between the regions.
  • Grenadian delegation comprised of Grenadian students in the Russian Federation attended the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Russia.
  • 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.
  • During the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2018), Grenada Ministry of Health and National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation have executed the Memorandum of Understanding for Scientific and Clinical Cooperation in The Field of Healthcare.
  • Grenadian products were featured at the Russian Retail Week 2018, whereby Russian Association of Retail Market Experts and the Embassy of Grenada have executed a bilateral co-operation agreement.

During this year we have received a large amount of positive feedback and we are happy with our progress. I would like to thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for the warm welcome. I would also like to extend a special appreciation to the embassy staff and Grenadian students in the Russian Federation for making this a strong beginning.

Happy Birthday, Embassy of Grenada!

Oleg Firer
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of Grenada

PM Mitchell takes over as ECCU Chairman

  • ECCU chair tenure will be one of “implementation for transformation”
  • Monetary council provide directives and guidelines on matters of monetary and credit policy to the bank

Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell took over the chairmanship of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) promising that his tenure will be one of “implementation for transformation” as efforts are made to tackle several sub-regional issues.

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit handed over chairmanship to Dr Mitchell on Friday during a ceremony which preceded the 91st Meeting of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. The meeting was held at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grand Anse, St George, Grenada.

The monetary council is the highest decision-making authority for the ECCU. It is comprised of one minister appointed by each government of the participating countries. The function of the council is to provide directives and guidelines on matters of monetary and credit policy to the bank.

Highlighting some of the issues to be pursued, Dr Mitchell said that Fiscal and Debt Resilience; Dealing with the Threat of De-risking; Addressing Bank Fees and Charges; Establishing the Credit Bureau and FinTech Regulation and Supervision are among the measures that will be taking centre stage during his time as chairman.

Providing information in fiscal and debt resilience, Dr Mitchell said that as part of building resilience in the ECCU, leaders had taken note of the bank’s strong advocacy for the enactment of fiscal resilience frameworks in member countries and the intention is to all ECCU members will enact similar legislation.

“Grenada is the first country in the ECCU to adopt fiscal responsibility legislation and establish an independent fiscal responsibility oversight committee. Therefore, we fully support this call,” he said while praising the effort by members to comply with the monetary council agreement that all member countries would table their Medium-Term Debt Management Strategies in their respective parliaments.

“It is encouraging to observe that all member countries have now completed their strategies and we look forward to them being tabled in parliament, during my tenure as chairman,” he said.

With regards to dealing with the threat of de-risking, Dr Mitchell told the ceremony that the potential loss of correspondent banking relations continues to pose a serious threat and the region must remain vigilant and relentless in its efforts to combat this existential threat.

As for the addressing the bank fees and charges by commercial banks, Dr Mitchell said that the matter of high bank fees and charges is one that concerns all citizens and all members of the monetary council.

“That said, we also understand that banks are facing rising compliance costs because of various international requirements for Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism. We call on all banks and the ECCU Bankers Association to become more proactive in informing customers of these developments and helping them access no-cost or low-cost options, wherever possible,” he told the opening ceremony whose attendees included representatives of all financial institutions.

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.

source: https://goo.gl/uZ9ueW

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
the Russian Federation
Kemal Nicholson
Tel. +7 (495) 241-01-11
gd@grenadaembassy.ru

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.