MOSCOW, RUSSIA – August 1, 2017 – Historical moment when flags of Grenada and CARICOM fly over the Embassy of Grenada in the center of Moscow.
(St. George’s, Grenada) August 1, 2017—The leading cruise review site has recognized Pure Grenada, Spice of the Caribbean as one of the top five Southern Caribbean destinations for cruise. CruiseCritic.com recently announced the winners of its second annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards based entirely on consumer ratings submitted to the website for trips within the last year. The awards name the top cruise destinations across 15 regions worldwide.
Cruise Critic boasts the world’s largest online cruise community, with more than 350,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 500 cruise ships and over 300 worldwide ports. About Pure Grenada, one consumer wrote, “Very nice island. Enjoyed walking around the downtown area” while another commented, “Beautiful port, took the water taxi to the beach with a number of our family members.”
Speaking of the awards this year, Senior Executive Editor of Cruise Critic Colleen McDaniel explained, “Itineraries are incredibly important to today’s cruisers who are more focused than ever on where they’re going and what they can do while they’re there. Cruise lines have focused on expanding their offerings to quench that thirst for exploration – and this year’s list of winning destinations shows the wide array of adventures cruising offers.”
Ahead, of the upcoming cruise season, Pure Grenada is already buzzing with a number of new onshore excursions to cater to every taste. These attractions include culinary tours that introduce visitors to Grenada’s world famous spices, hiking tours to some of Grenada’s breath-taking ridges in the north and the Grenada High wire canopy obstacle course set in our mystic rain forest. ‘Bean To Bar’ chocolate tours, pristine white sandy beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, underwater adventures and much more are there to be enjoyed.
CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority Patricia Maher says the award is a testament to Pure Grenada’s popularity. She further stated, “ The GTA has been working closely with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), major cruise lines, the Ministry of Tourism and key local stakeholders to improve product offerings and keep Pure Grenada top of mind when planning itineraries.”
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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – July 31, 2017 – Delegation of Grenada, comprising of representatives of the Embassy of Grenada to the Russian Federation confirmed participation in the International AgriForum Southern Russia 2017, which will be held from September 21 to 22, 2017 in Stavropol, Russia. The visit of the representatives of Grenada within the framework of the AgriForum will be the first for Stavropol region and will serve as the beginning for the development of further bilateral cooperation.
The 3rd annual investment forum “AgriForum Southern Russia 2017” is an international professional platform for the development of the agro-industrial complex in the North Caucasus Federal District and the Southern Federal District, which gathers 500 heads of agricultural holdings, farmers, investors, government representatives, technology producers and service providers from the North Caucasus Federal District and the Southern Federal District.
AgriForum Southern Russia 2017 is supported by the Government of the Stavropol Territory and personally, Vladimir Vladimirov, Governor of the Stavropol Territory, Governments, ministries and authorities of the SFD and NCFD, decision-makers of the agro-holdings and farming enterprises.
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Pure Grenada Welcomes SOTIC 2017
This year, Pure Grenada the Spice of the Caribbean, hosts the CTO State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC 2017) October 9-13, and it’s going to be an unique experience. Why? All of Grenada—our three-island destination–looks forward to sharing our culinary, natural and wellness secrets. Savory recipes, extraordinary escapes and exceptional experiences to rejuvenate await.
SOTIC 2017 will come together under the theme “Super-charging the Caribbean Brand: Meeting the Needs of the New Explorers.” Filled with insights from industry experts who will offer brand-building ideas with emerging trends, SOTIC 2017 has chosen the ideal setting for opening one’s mind in Pure Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Travel agents and Tour Operators are especially invited to visit for SOTIC 2017 to explore the hotel product and see what they can recommend to their clients. Grenada offers luxury five star all-inclusive hotels to smaller boutique hotels and site inspections will be organized for those interested. Attendees are encouraged to come to the island the weekend before or stay the weekend after to get to know Grenada.
Visitors who have never traveled to Grenada, will discover our 40 pristine white sand beaches and 30 unforgettable dive sites, including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean ‘Bianca C’ and the World’s First Underwater Sculpture Park. On land, visitors will wonder at the beauty of Grenada’s waterfalls, dramatic hiking trails and rich history.
Pure Grenada is well known for having the friendliest people in the world and this ingredient is key to having a welcoming experience. And while Grenada is best known as the ‘The Spice of the Caribbean’ for our nutmeg and mace, there is a sweet fact that we want to share with the world. We are also the ‘Chocolate Island’ of the Caribbean with four companies producing incredible organic chocolate. All these fabulous experiences and more await every attendee at SOTIC 2017. Register now.
For more information visit http://sotic.onecaribbean.org
MURMANSK, RUSSIA – July 13, 2017 – Delegation of Grenada, comprising representatives of the Embassy of Grenada to the Russian Federation, confirmed participation in the VI Murmansk International Business Week, which will be held from November 13 to 17, 2017. The visit of the representatives of Grenada within the framework of the VI MMDN will be the first for our region and will serve as an impetus for the development of further bilateral cooperation.
Intensification of cooperation between Russia and Grenada began in 2017. In April of this year, the first Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Grenada to the Russian Federation, Mr. Oleg Firer, took office, the Embassy of Grenada in the Russian Federation began its work.
It is planned that interaction between states will develop in the sphere of tourism, trade, culture and education.
On June 12, 2017 in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, a round table on “Cooperation between the Russian Federation and Grenada in the humanitarian, cultural, scientific and tourist areas” was held and the photo-exhibition “Nature and attractions of Grenada” opened. Cooperation projects have been examined on the basis of civil society institutions in Russia and Grenada, prospects for cooperation between the two countries in the sphere of culture, education, science and tourism, issues of promoting Russian language and culture in Grenada, exchange of students and teachers, cross cultural days and thematic cultural exhibitions.
Grenada is a small island nation in the Eastern Caribbean region. The population of the country is about 111 thousand people. Grenada is a leading producer of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, coffee and provides 20% of world exports of nutmeg.
Read more on the website of the Murmansk Herald: The regional government discussed options for socio-economic development of the Tersky district
ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN – 07/14/2017 – July 13, 2017, the National Research Center for Maternity and Childhood (hereinafter “NSCMD”) of the corporate foundation “University Medical Center” was visited by the Minister of Health, Social Security and International Business of Grenada Mr. Nicholas Steele, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Grenada in the Russian Federation Oleg Firer, National Coordinator of the CARICOM pavilion at Expo-2017 Shanta Joy Mary with the participation of the Vice Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Tsoi.
In NSCMD guests got acquainted with the work and treatment conditions of oncology-1 departments, resuscitation and intensive care of newborns. The guests highly appreciated the equipment and level of medical care in the NSCMD.
A meeting with the management of the corporate foundation “University medical center” was also held, where issues of cooperation in the field of healthcare, including exchange of experience in the field of e-health, medical education, insurance medicine, etc. were discussed. The sides agreed to work out the issue of signing a memorandum on Cooperation.
Source: University Medical Center
July 13, 2017 – Yuri Nemtsev, columnist of the magazine “International Affairs”
During his stay in Russia, the Ambassador of Grenada, Oleg Firer, achieved what some do not achieve in a year. This gives huge hopes for a new breath in bilateral relations. This opinion was expressed by Deputy Director of the Latin American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation, Nikolay Sofinsky on July 12, 2017 in Moscow within the framework of the round table “Cooperation between the Russian Federation and Grenada in the Humanitarian, Cultural, Scientific and Tourist Fields” organized by the Commission for the Development of Public Diplomacy, Humanitarian Cooperation and the Preservation of Traditional Values Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.
The first ambassador of Grenada in Russia, Oleg Firer, was appointed to his post by the order of Queen Elizabeth II two months ago. In June, in an interview with our magazine, the Grenadian representative has already stated that he is committed to developing active cooperation with Russia. Today we managed to make sure that the Russian-Grenada dialogue acquires a concrete content and has good prospects.
During the event, the main directions of cooperation between our countries were determined, projects were developed through the institutions of civil society of Russia and Grenada, prospects for cooperation between our countries in the field of culture, education, science and tourism were discussed. From the side of the Civic Chamber and the Russian project “Russian Worldwide” issues of promotion of the Russian language and culture in Grenada, exchanges of students, cross cultural days and thematic cultural exhibitions were raised. In addition, in the central lobby of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation photo exhibition “Nature and attractions of Grenada” was opened for viewing.
As noted by the deputy head of the Latin American Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Nikolay Sofinsky, the embassy of Grenada is the only diplomatic mission of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Russia, since July this country presides in this organization. He stressed that now Grenada has seized the initiative in promoting a single CARICOM embassy in Russia, and given the semi-annual chairmanship in this organization, it may well advance in this matter. In addition, Nikolai Sofinsky recalled that now the draft agreement on CARICOM’s cooperation with the EAEC has been elaborated.
At the same time, Nikolay Sofinsky called trade between our countries, which amounted to only 14 thousand dollars for the past year, was not serious. And it consists exclusively of exports from Grenada (70 percent are spices, 30 machinery and equipment). The Russian diplomat called for assistance in the development of trade between Russia and Grenada. As a practical step, Nikolay Sofinsky proposed to draw the attention of the Grenadian side to the National Committee for the Promotion of Economic Cooperation with the Countries of Latin America (NC SESLA). “The structure is very effective and active,” the Russian diplomat said. “It allows us to accumulate interests of the business community.” He reported on the establishment of a separate project based on the SC SESLA, focused on the Caribbean region, stressing that “NK SESLA is waiting for you”.
In turn, the Ambassador of Grenada in Russia, Oleg Firer, said that his country would like to develop relations with Russia from the position of a regional player, from the point of view of interaction through CARICOM. In the commercial sphere, Grenada, like other countries of the Community, is interested in importing various goods from Russia, as well as in cooperation with the EAEC. “In the field of tourism, Grenada wants not only to attract Russian tourists to the country, but also to invite our citizens to get acquainted with Russia – this is a big country, there is something to see,” continued Ambassador of Grenada. Responding to the proposal from the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, he also noted that Grenada “is ready to hold (cross-cultural) cultural days in 2018”.
In her speech, Elena Sutormina, Chairperson of the Commission for the Development of Public Diplomacy, Humanitarian Cooperation and the Preservation of Traditional Values of the Russian Federation, spoke about an important program actively promoted jointly with Russian Worldwide, on the study of the Russian language and literature through multimedia books – “The Russian Corner”. As the public figure noted, taking into account the fact that “the relationship (between Russia and Grenada) will grow stronger, interest in the Russian language will grow.” A corresponding letter on cooperation will be sent on behalf of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation to the Ambassador of Grenada in the near future.
The head of the project “Russian Worldwide” Artur Mogutov described in detail the program “Russian Corner”, noting that “for the preparation of students planning education in Russia, we are developing this project. We propose to Grenada to allocate on the basis of one of the universities a class with a computer where all the necessary software will be installed. The goal of this program is not only to acquire basic skills of the Russian language, but also to acquire knowledge about the culture and history of Russia. This is absolutely free humanitarian project, which has been working in 34 countries for more than 5 years,” said Arthur Mogutov.
In addition, the head of “Russian Worldwide” stressed the need and expressed his willingness to help organize roundtables, humanitarian and cultural events linking Russia with the CARICOM countries. Among them was a joint photo contest on the themes of the countries of the Caribbean Community, with the assistance of the Embassy of Grenada and the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. The last proposal has received immediate support and approval from both the Russian and the Grenadian sides, preparations will begin this fall.
Representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nikolay Sofinsky also stressed that the diplomatic mission is interested in more dense interaction with the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on international issues. At the same time, he stressed the supervisory role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the development of relations with foreign partners, including the regions of Russia. He gave an example of the fact that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already received notifications of interest in developing relations with the Grenadian regions from the Yaroslavl, Krasnodar and Smolensk regions. He is confident that, in cooperation with the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation and the “Russian Worldwide” project, it will be possible to increase the number of interacting regions with foreign partners.
At the same time, Artur Mogutov noted that on the basis of the “Russian Worldwide” project an informal business and cultural club of interaction with Grenada has already been formed, 23 regions of the Russian Federation expressed interest in participating.
In a conversation with the correspondent of the magazine “International Affairs” Nikolay Sofinsky, Deputy Director of the Latin American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spoke about the role of Grenada and CARICOM in Russia’s foreign policy. “The CARICOM countries are important for Russia politically. These are 15 countries, each of which has a full-fledged voice in international organizations, primarily in the UN, “Nikolay Sofinsky stressed. “Political dialogue is worth it.” As for economic, trade and investment relations, we are open and interested in cooperation. Unfortunately, while the volume of these ties is not the greatest, we are for raising the level of cooperation with CARICOM in all areas, including, we are ready to move in those areas that are most beneficial for our partners from the Caribbean Community. We have something to offer. We will also be happy to accept their culture and national traditions. ”
“Today, concrete directions for the development of the dialogue (with Grenada) were discussed,” Nikolay Sofinsky summed up. “We already render and are ready to render further diplomatic assistance in this matter.”
Source: International Affairs
Round table discussion with the Ambassador of Grenada to the Russian Federation was held in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – July 12, 2017 – Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation (https://oprf.ru/en/), 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.
The event began with the opening of the photo exhibition “Nature and Attractions of Grenada” in the lobby of the 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 cooperation’s to be explored between the countries.
She recalled that in May of this year, Queen Elizabeth II (as Queen of Grenada) sent a letter to Vladimir Putin, in which she spoke of the desire to establish friendly and mutually beneficial ties with Russia.
During the round table discussion, Elena Sutormina, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Grenada to the Russian Federation Oleg Firer, representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Sofinsky and project manager of Russian Worldwide Artur Mogutov discussed prospects for cooperation between the Russian Federation and Grenada in the sphere of culture, education and science, discussed opportunities of promoting Russian language and culture in Grenada (in particular with the help of the project “Russian Corner”), the exchange of students and teachers, the holding of cross-cultural days and thematic cultural exhibitions.
Ambassador Firer noted that Grenada is the head of the Caribbean Community (trade and economic union of the countries of Central and North-East of South America, which includes 15 countries of the Caribbean), and therefore represents a kind of a “Gateway to Russia” for the Caribbean states that do not have their embassies in Russia.
Nikolai Sofinsky said that the relationship between Russia and Grenada was not built easily, breaking off impetuously and resuming, but at the moment we can state the “new breath of bilateral relations.”
Source: Press Service of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – July 6, 2017 – On July 12, 2017 at 12:00, The Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation will host a round table “Cooperation between the Russian Federation and Grenada in the humanitarian, cultural, scientific and tourist areas” and the opening of the photo exhibition “Nature and Attractions of Grenada.”
The organizer of the event is Commission of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation for the development of public diplomacy, humanitarian cooperation and preservation of traditional values.
Moderator – the chairman of the Commission Elena Sutormina.
The purpose of the event is the elaboration of cooperation projects on the basis of civil society institutions in the Russia Federation and Grenada, discussion of the prospects for cooperation between the Russian Federation and Grenada in the sphere of culture, education, science and tourism; discussion of the promotion of the Russian language and culture in Grenada, exchanges of students and teachers, cross-cultural days and thematic cultural exhibitions.
Participants: members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, representatives of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian Cooperation organization, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Russian Tourism, tour agencies, public and youth organizations, and the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Participants from Grenada: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Grenada to the Russian Federation, Oleg Firer; Assistant to the Ambassador of Grenada in the Russian Federation, Kemal Nicholson; representatives from the project “Russian Worldwide,” Arthur Mogutov and Arbi Ibragimov.
Source: Press Service of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation
ST. GEORGE, GRENADA, JULY 3, 2017: The Upper House has now passed the Hydrocarbon Exploration Incentives Bill 2017, weeks after it was passed in the Lower House of Parliament.
The Bill provides incentives to attract investors, who have an interest in exploring oil and natural gas in Grenada’s waters.
During a meeting on June 27, 2017, Leader of Government Business, Senator Simon Stiell said, with Grenada still being considered virgin territory, it is at the stage where testing is necessary, to better understand what lies beneath the seabed.
He said this is being done is in the country’s interest.
“This is not about one company. It’s going to be about many different companies and those companies will sub-contract.
The oil and gas industry is a very complex thing. We are new to this, so we have to find a way of being able to attract those persons, with those skills, with deep pockets, to be able to carry out that work, but unless we create an environment, for those investors to explore, to determine the potential that we have, we’ll continue for another 20 years — this discussion about what we have and what it could do for us; what it may do for us; what it may not do for us.
So, Mr. President, the bill that is before us — there is no cloud of secrecy — it’s actually very, very transparent,” Stiell remarked.
Lending his support to the Hydrocarbon Exploration Incentives Bill 2017, Senator Winston Garraway, Minister of State with responsibility for Information, in the Prime Minister’s Ministry, said, as a forward-thinking government, they are creating a package of incentives, which can lead to employment generation and development of the Grenada’s resources.
Garraway said, “As we’ve been seeing in the last four years, of this administration, investors come in left, right and centre. Why? Because something good is happening in this country! This government — a government that respects law and institution, respects its people and will continue to do what it knows is best to do.”