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

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

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

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

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Hurricane Irma Disaster Fund

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details will follow soon.

Grenada is interested in cooperation with Tatarstan

The Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation for International and Economic Affairs Bulat Minnullin met with the First Secretary of the Embassy of Grenada, Kemal Nicholson.

August 23, 2017 – Moscow, Russia – The meeting was held at the Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation.

It was also attended by the head of the sector of the Plenipotentiary for the provision of programs in the field of economics, innovation and investment activities Fannur Garifullin, leading specialist expert Murad Aslanov and assistant to the First Secretary of the Embassy of Grenada Sofia Guseva.

During the meeting the guests gave a presentation of the economic and investment potential of the Republic of Tatarstan, the sides discussed prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation.

Kemal Nicholson expressed interest in establishing student exchange channels between Tatarstan and Grenada and strengthening tourist contacts, stressing that Grenada is the only member state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with an embassy in the Russian Federation.

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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.

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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