Foreigners working for EXPO, what surprised them in Kazakhstan

“Take this hot sauce, it’s good for beshbarmak,” says a representative of the Republic of Haiti, Sasha. He has a brother who is called Vladimir. He is also here at the EXPO, behind the counter selling souvenirs, rum, coffee and other small products from the countries of the Caribbean. Such names were given to the brothers by my mother – a big fan of Russian culture.

Natives of Haiti, brothers Sasha (left) and Vladimir (right) with their mother

“My mother loves Russian culture very much, loves Russian literature, Pushkin,” says Vladimir, who himself is somewhat similar to the great Russian classic.

I like the brothers in Kazakhstan. Lucky Sasha easily lists the names of dishes that he managed to taste here: “Beshbarmak, manti, lagman and so on, what is called … In general, the milk of a camel.”

– Shubat?

“Yes, that’s right, very interesting cuisine,” Sasha says happily.

“Unique people here,” thinks his thoughtful brother Vladimir, and the more serious he becomes, the more externally he looks like Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin. “The uniqueness of Kazakhstanis is that they can look different, no matter they have Asian roots or Slavic, They treat us fraternally, and this is very good.Kazakhstanis are patriots of their country and very hospitable, we can calmly get acquainted with someone, here it is not a problem at all. ”

In this part of the Caribbean pavilion, the atmosphere is really very informal and has a lot to communicate with. Next to the souvenir shops there is a bar with various drinks. Given the large number of young people involved in EXPO, both foreign and from Kazakhstan, the question may arise: did the exhibition of international couples appear here in two months? Vladimir answers this question evasively, but still rather positively, rather than negatively.

“I can not disseminate personal information, but I can say one thing: we have a bar, where we can stay after work, sit, talk, try different drinks that have been brought from the Caribbean, that’s why we have communication precisely, we support communication with all “, – said one of the Kazakhs working in the Caribbean pavilion.

“Rakhmet”, – Vladimir says, answering the question, what he managed to learn the words in Kazakh. Prices for goods they have different, for example, bracelets and hairpins are sold for 3,000 tenge, but if bargained, they can make a discount.

From the Caribbean bar, the song “No woman, no cry” by Jamaican artist Bob Marley sounds. His photograph adorns the shelf of the national pavilion of Jamaica. That is, in this country, apparently, consider Marley a kind of brand.

“You have very friendly people in the country,” said Ornela, a spokeswoman for Jamaica, who gladly agrees on the photo.

Ornela from Jamaica

“If I talk about what surprised me the most in Kazakhstan and what I remember, it’s people who want to take pictures of me, and horse meat,” laughs a resident of Grenada named Renee. The girl told that she first tried horse meat, she liked the taste. As a whole, she has a good impression of our country, she says, the common feature is the hospitality of the Kazakhs and Grenadians.

Rene from Grenada

The pavilions of the Caribbean countries are not very large, if not empty. But in many of them there is often one and the same thing, if one may say so, an exhibit – rum.

“This is the most popular rum, 69 percent alcohol,” says Renee. Also in the pavilions you can see cocoa, sauces, soap, chocolate. One of the questions frequently asked by visitors is how much it costs and whether it can be bought. Employees explain that it is rather the exhibits, but still some of the presented can be bought in shops at the end of the pavilion (that is, Sasha and Vova with Haiti).

“In fact, only a small industry is represented here, but we need to understand that our most important product is tourism, 78 percent of GDP comes from tourism,” says Debra from the state of Antigua and Barbuda.

Debra and Kazakhstanian Dana

“They are wonderful, very cheerful, very friendly, very talented, everyone has an innate sense of rhythm, hearing, all sing well, dance,” says Dana, who works in a Caribbean pavilion. The brightest impression that Debra will take with him is the Baikonur cosmodrome, where she visited recently.

“Where’s Cuba?”

“Is Cuba far away?” Asked the man in the Caribbean pavilion. “Cuba is nearby,” he was told. “Only you have to go out and enter the pavilion of Latin America.”

“We have here a Cuban rum, a cigar …”, says Mara Rodriguez in Russian.

“You have very good people, a lot of young people, Kazakhstanis will stay in my heart,” the Cuban notes.

These products are also not for sale

“People from Latin America are quite open-minded people, they are easy to work with, they are funny, they smile, they love and can rest, dance, in addition to work, we have leisure time.The only thing that they sometimes do not like about us is, probably, Bureaucracy, “says Ardak, who tells visitors about the Dominican Republic.

Colleague Ardak – Dominican diplomat Louis told us that he managed to visit the resort Borovoe. “I went to Burabai, and I really liked the nature there and everything in general.” It’s a pity we only had one day, but I really enjoyed it, “the man says.

Here is a paradox: here at the Expo, Louis represents his country primarily as a tourist destination, which, incidentally, enjoys great popularity among Kazakhstanis (especially the two resorts of Punta Cana and Puerto Plata), and he himself was fascinated by Kazakhstan. “This is a different kind of nature, we have beaches, and you have places like Burabai, and I really liked that nature, I would also like to go to Almaty and better consider Astana,” he said.

And this is another Dominican – Marcus. He is seven years old and most of all in Astana he liked the beach in the shopping and entertainment center Khan-Shatyr.

“They are classy, sociable, very talkative, always help each other.” Everyone wants to constantly ignite, music, freedom … “, says Kazakhstant Ulzhalgas.

Cultural exchange takes place right before our eyes. Ulzhalgas brought her friend from Paraguay Leticia Kurt. She immediately tastes it.

“It looks like cheese,” the girl tries to understand the taste, nodding her approval. She liked Kurt. “I already tried something from the local cuisine,” says Letitia, and begins to look for something in the smartphone. “I’ll show you now.” So I tried the horse’s meat, and it’s excellent. ” It was beshbarmak.

At some point, representatives of all the pavilions of Latin America began to disappear somewhere.

“Tusit, tusit, tusit …” – sang someone from the Kazakh staff and evaporated.

“We will have a mini-corporation now,” the girl explained.

What an occasion, she did not say, but perhaps it is somehow connected with the National Day of Chile, which was celebrated at the EXPO today. By the way, Chileans celebrated this event with songs and dances. Witnesses of this idea could see what a diverse culture this country has.

Visitors of the exhibition at a concert in honor of the National Day of Chile

At first everything was very modest.

But with each next number, the audience became more aware of the peculiarities of this Latin American country.

“And the sharpest sauce is called” Scorpio, “says a resident of the state of Antigua and Barbuda, pointing to the bottles on a shelf in a Caribbean pavilion.

“By the way, I’m also a Scorpio by the zodiac sign,” the woman said.

At the end of the corridor, you could buy spicy sauces at a price of 1,500 to 2,500 tenge per bottle.

Renat Tashkinbayev

Grenada Rated as a Top Southern Caribbean Cruise Destination

(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. 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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Delegation of Grenada Will Take Part in The Murmansk Business Week-2017

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

NSCMD “University medical center” was visited by the Minister of Health of Grenada

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

The Russian Federation and Grenada are Working on the Direction of Cooperation

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

Russia and Grenada: a new breath of bilateral relations

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 (, 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

Cooperation between Russia and Grenada

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

Upper House passes Hydrocarbon Incentives Bill

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.”

38th Regular Meeting Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM

The Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will take place in Grenada 4 – 6 July 2017, under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. Rt. Hon Keith Mitchell.

Following an Opening Ceremony on 4 July at the Grenada Trade Centre, the Heads of Government will move to the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort for the business sessions on 5 -6 July. The Conference will welcome its two newest Members; the President of Haiti H.E. Jovenel Moise who was sworn into office on 7 February, and the Prime Minister of The Bahamas Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis who took his oath of office on 11 May.

This meeting is expected to include the presentation for approval by the Heads of a Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy and Implementation Plan to address the development of skills for the 21st century Caribbean economy and society.

The Heads of Government are also expected to deliberate on outstanding matters related to the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) following the comprehensive review of the CSME’s performance presented to them at the last Inter-Sessional Meeting in February.

There is also expected to be an update on the preparations for CARIFESTA XIII to be staged in Barbados 17 – 27 August under the theme “Asserting our Culture, celebrating ourselves. The work on the Commissions on Reparations and Marijuana is also expected to come under the spotlight. So too, the progress made with implementing the specified actions, agreed a decade ago, under the 2007 Port of Spain declaration to stop the epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases (NDCs)”. Regional Security issues are also expected to receive attention.

A highlight of the Opening Ceremony would be the presentation of the Triennial Award for Women to the latest recipient. The Ceremony will be addressed by the two new Members of the Conference, the outgoing Chairman, President of Guyana H.E. David Granger, the incoming Chairman, and the Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.


Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell will chair the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, 4 – 6 July 2017 (with an Opening Ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre).

Prime Minister Mitchell assumes the role of Chairman of CARICOM from 1 July 2017 and his six month term ends on 31 December 2017. He takes over from the out-going Chairman, HE David Granger, President of Guyana whose six-month term ran from 1 January to 30 June 2017.

Prime Minister Mitchell has responsibility for Science and Technology (including Information and Communications) in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet.

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