National Address by Prime Minister of Grenada

National Address by Dr the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister, Grenada 

Fellow Grenadians,

I address you yet again, on the serious health challenges presented by the emergence of Covid-19, this time compounded by some incomprehensible behaviour.

Glued to our television screens and other sources of information, we have seen how this pandemic has gripped the world. First in Wuhan, China, then to countries in Europe, to Australia, to the United States – almost every country in the world has reported cases of this virus. Yet we seem not to fully grasp the magnitude of the threat before us.

We have seen in the most graphic detail how healthcare systems in the most developed and advanced countries of the world have been falling apart and collapsing under the weight of this virus. Still, some of us fail to recognise or appreciate the gravity of the situation facing us.

We have witnessed dozens of patients lying in corridors in hospitals in Spain, and some of us continue with business as usual. Hundreds dying in Italy; funerals suspended, and the army called in to remove bodies…but some of us totally ignore this eventuality.

Fellow Grenadians, our country is facing this unprecedented public health threat.

On Sunday, we discovered our first laboratory confirmed case of Covid-19. The patient is now stable, and the healthcare officials continue to monitor her condition.

The implication of this disease in our population is that urgent and immediate action is required to identify and curb the spread.

In our attempt to do so, we have closed our borders. Our Ministry of Health has called for a change in our cultural and social practices; introduced measures like social distancing; and appealed to the reasoning of people’s consciousness.

Sadly, dear citizens, many have ignored these appeals. Grenadians returning home, and other visitors to our shores, have failed to comply with the voluntary requests to self-quarantine; and people can be seen up and down the country, carrying on as though these are normal times; but they are not.

At this stage, with the presence of the disease circulating within the population, and based on medical scientific projections, if we fail to give effect to the serious steps required to contain, curtail, identify and isolate this virus, Grenada will pay a significant price.

Moreover, many are using this crisis as an opportunity to play politics, or to peddle rumour, thus causing unnecessary fear and panic among the population. Sisters and brothers, this is not the time. There are no heroes in war; and make no mistake, this is a war, and the enemy is Covid-19.

Again, I urge you to listen only to the official sources such as the Government of Grenada, and in particular, the Ministry of Health, for your regular updates. Friends, as a government, we have nothing to gain, and everything to lose, by withholding critical information from you, the general public.

No one is immune to this disease. That is why we must all act and react responsibly.

Against that backdrop, fellow citizens, I am compelled to recommend the declaration of a limited State of Emergency, in order to give the medical authorities the necessary mechanism by which we can enforce stemming the community spread of the Covid-19 virus.

In this regard, therefore, I am asking the Governor-General to declare a limited State of Emergency in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, for the next 21 days.

This will take effect from 6 pm today, and will put a limit on a wide range of normal activities.

Citizens will be allowed, between the hours of 5 am and 7 pm, to leave their homes only to conduct certain designated activities.

In the United Kingdom, where the disease is now galloping at a significant pace, and from where our first case and most other cases now in the Caribbean have come, there are now limitations and new sweeping powers given to the police. The restrictions there call for everyone to avoid contact as much as possible.

What we are doing in Grenada is nothing less; but necessary in the battle against this dreadful disease.

Friends, these measures are not meant to punish anyone, but they are designed to ensure that this disease does as little damage as possible, to the Grenadian people and the Grenadian economy.

Sisters and brothers, I recognise and call on the religious community in our midst, who have constantly held us up, as a nation. Now more than ever, we need your spiritual guidance and your prayers. We need words of grace to cover our nation and people.

Sometime during the next 21 days, the entire nation should be called to prayer, at an assigned date and time, whether we are at home or work. I leave it to our religious leaders to design the modalities, and I thank them in advance, for their guidance.

Brothers and sisters, before closing, I must salute all the healthcare workers in our country: doctors, nurses, orderlies, maintenance workers, cooks, cleaners, administrators — all those who work in the medical industry, and who are at the frontline of this fight.

I thank and recognise the many volunteers: the St John’s Ambulance Brigade, the Red Cross, the Cadet Corps, and all those who have rallied to ensure, in some way, that Covid-19 is contained, and ultimately defeated.

I also thank the rank and file of our armed forces, who at this time, have the difficult task of maintaining law and order.

I recognise the frontline workers in the other sectors who served and those who continue to serve our population in the various economic sectors

I call on each and every citizen to be responsible, patriotic and cooperative.

Regulations will be announced immediately after this address, and I urge the general public to pay close attention and to observe the restrictions outlined.

Let us all do our part to keep ourselves and the rest of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique safe.

I thank you,

Dr. The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell
Prime Minister of Grenada

Message from the Ambassador Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Nationals and Friends,

The Embassy continues to monitor the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Russian Federation and the CIS.

To minimise the risks within our community, we are adhering to the appropriate protocols and continue to make the safety and well-being of our nationals and our staff a priority.

Given the growing health concerns related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending all in-person consular services with the exception of applicants with urgent travel itineraries. All applicants with urgent travel itineraries can contact telephone number +7 (495) 241-01-11 or email gd@grenadaembassy.ru in advance, to make an appointment. If you need to renew your passport, please do so via certified mail.

Given the growing health concerns related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, we have suspended in-person consular services

These decisions may change based on the day-to-day developments regarding the spread of the virus, so please check our website for up-to-date news and adjustments to our schedule.

I encourage you to exercise due care and caution, take all necessary precautions for your personal health and safety. We continue to rely on information from the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare of Russia (Roszdravnadzor) and Local authorities and urge you to familiarise yourself with the guidelines and latest updates issued by your state/local health department.

Sincerely,
Oleg Firer
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of Grenada

Consular Section Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

URGENT NOTICE

Due to the growing health concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) our office is currently closed to the public. Appointment requests will only be honored for First-Time Applicants with urgent, confirmed travel. All applicants with urgent travel itineraries can contact telephone number +7 (495) 241-01-11 or email gd@grenadaembassy.ru in advance, to make an appointment. If you need to renew your passport, please do so via certified mail. The Consular Section will not be open to the public.

As a result, please note that current processing times for consular services is delayed by an additional 5-7 business days.

Embassy of Grenada Presented Tropical Seeds to the Apothecary Garden

On February 25, 2020, the Apothecary Garden hosted a colourful ceremony where the Embassy of Grenada presented Grenada’s national flower seeds, which were a part of the display that won the largest flower contest RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The Apothecary Garden, founded in 1706, by decree of Peter the Great is the oldest botanical garden in Russia. With a history of 314 years, the Apothecary Garden is the most exotic corner of wildlife in the center of Moscow, on Mir Prospect. Today it is one of the most pleasant places in the city to relax, where at the same time you can find palm trees, Japanese carps, cats of royal blood, sunbathing turtles and blooming sakura. 

Grenada’s national flower, the Bougainvillea (Nyctaginaceae) is a genus of woody climbers. Bougainvilleas are widely-grown and are popular tropical vines whose main attractions are very colourful bracts or leaves. These bracts are mistaken by many as the flowers of the plant because of their prominence. The flowers are actually the trumpet-like, small, white and inconspicuous items surrounded by the bracts. Each cluster of three flowers has three to six bracts surrounding them. 

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Grenada to the Russian Federation, His Excellency Mr. Oleg Firer presented the seeds of Grenada’s national flower to the city of Moscow through the Apothecary Garden. This flower was a part of the display that won the largest floral contest, RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019.  Grenada has already won 15 gold medals at this contest. Last year’s theme was called, “Carnival of Exotic Tropical Flowers”. This Bougainvillea will be a magnificent addition to the collection of the Apothecary Garden, which contains the most striking examples of the world’s flora.  

Actor Steven Seagal, Ms. Anna Danilova, the municipal parliamentarian of the Meshchansky district and Ms. Lynessa Griffith, cultural attaché of the Embassy of Grenada also attended the flower presentation ceremony. The director of the Apothecary Garden, municipal deputy Mr. Aleksey Reteyum, hosted the ceremony.

This colourful event opened the new season on a sunny Moscow day.

Grenada Establishes Diplomatic Relations with Turkmenistan

MOSCOW, RUSSIA, February 17, 2020 – Grenada has formally established diplomatic relations with Turkmenistan.

Joint Communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations between both countries was signed in Moscow on Thursday February 13, 2020.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary H.E. Mr. Oleg Firer and H.E. Mr. Batyr Niyazliyev signed on behalf of the governments of Grenada and Turkmenistan respectively.

“Grenada and Turkmenistan, desirous to promote mutual understanding and strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two countries, guided by the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and international law, have decided to establish diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level,” the document reads.

The ambassadors of the two countries discussed the prospects for cooperation between Grenada and Turkmenistan in areas of mutual interest, including within the framework of international organizations.
The diplomats agreed to actively explore cooperation between both countries including visa-waiver and cultural, entrepreneurial exchange.

Exhibition of archival materials at the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Russia

🇷🇺🇬🇩 Opening of an exhibition of archival materials dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Grenada

🇷🇺🇬🇩 December 12, the Russian Foreign Ministry hosted the opening ceremony of the exhibition of archival materials on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Grenada.

🔹 In his opening remarks, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander V. Grushko emphasized the feelings of sincere friendship, solidarity and mutual respect that bind our countries, which turned out to be stronger than any geopolitical turbulence. Having overcome the pause in relations caused by the American invasion of the island in 1983, Russia and Grenada are working together side by side to build mutually beneficial cooperation, systematically developing a political dialogue, as evidenced by visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada Charles Peter David to Moscow in June of this year. The agenda includes strengthening the juridical base of relations, building up economic, educational, cultural and humanitarian exchanges, including through the use of existing cooperation mechanisms, including the Russia and the Caribbean media and business forum regularly held in Grenada. Truly comradely cooperation was noted in the international arena, where we together uphold the principles of multilateralism and the primacy of international law.

🔹The Ambassador of Grenada in Russia, Oleg P. Firer, highlighted the progress in implementing specific cooperation projects in healthcare, education, infrastructure and other areas, and thanked the Russian side for its assistance in implementing sustainable development programs in Grenada, including the supply of medical equipment to the island.

🔹 Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Leonid E. Slutsky, noted the positive dynamics in the development of inter-parliamentary contacts, which play an important role in strengthening friendly relations between Russia and Grenada.

🔹The atmosphere of sincerity and cordiality in which the event was held was emphasized by the performance of the senior constable of the Royal Police of Grenada Samson Sylvester, a graduate of the University of the Russian Ministry of the Interior named after Kikotya, Mr. Sylvester performed a romance based on the poem by S. Yesenin “I do not regret, I do not call, I do not cry.”

🔹The event clearly confirmed the existing prospects for Russian-Grenadian cooperation, the mutual penetration of cultures, traditions and values ​​of our countries, which are so geographically remote, but at the same time understandable and close to each other.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Ambassador of Grenada Meets with the Representatives of the Moscow Export Center

Moscow, Nov. 25, 2019 – Meeting held at the headquarters of the Moscow Export Center between H.E. Mr. Oleg Firer, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinarily of Grenada and the representatives of the Export Center.

The meeting participants discussed trade opportunities and cooperation between Moscow and Grenada.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Embassy of Grenada, the Moscow City Duma and the Moscow Export Center.

Business Russia hosted a meeting with Chief Medical Officer of Grenada, Dr. Mitchell

During the meeting, the parties discussed the prospects for joint cooperation between Russia and Grenada in the field of medications

On November 15, in the office of Business Russia, a meeting was held with the Chief Medical Officer of Grenada, Dr. George Mitchell. The event was attended by the Ambassador of Grenada to Russia Mr. Oleg Firer, Director for Health Economics of the R-Pharm Group of Companies Alexander Bykov and Director of the International Cooperation Department Anton Slinchenko.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the prospects for joint cooperation between Russia and Grenada in the field of providing the Caribbean market with medicines, unleashing the potential of this region for Russian pharmaceutical manufacturers. In particular, the Chief Medical Officer of Grenada in his speech noted that despite the small population of the island itself, Grenada trades duty-free with all the countries of the Eastern Caribbean, and this is a significant market. In addition, there is not a single pharmaceutical manufacturer in Grenada; all medicines are imported, always having an instruction in English.

“In order to start our cooperation, it is necessary to obtain a certificate on key diseases of the region, a list of medicines circulated in the territory of Grenada, as well as information on mechanisms for entering the local market,” said Alexander Bykov. According to him, thanks to the new Pharma 2030 strategy, Russian pharmaceutical companies have a good chance to start exporting medicines with state support and the Caribbean market is of particular interest.

Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health of Grenada Presented at the Second International Scientific and Practical Conference at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN)

Theme of the conference “Harmonization and Approaches to Pharmaceutical Development” brought together medical professionals from around the world

MOSCOW, November 18, 2019 – Dr. George Mitchell, Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health of Grenada participated as industry speaker at the Second International Scientific and Practical Conference “Pharmaceutical Development 2019” at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN) on November 14, 2019. Dr. Mitchell presented opportunities in Grenada and OECS, including market size, registration and procurement of medicines in the region. 

Key topics of the conference included:

  • International practice of pharmaceutical development
  • Cooperation of scientific and educational institutions with industrial enterprises. 
  • Interaction and harmonization of good practices
  • Pharmacognosy and plant metabolomics in the development of natural origin drugs
  • Preclinical and clinical studies. Metabolic analysis and personalized medicine. GCP practice
  • Pharmaconutriciology: from theory to practice
  • Modern analytics in scientific research and conformity assessment in the pharmaceutical and food fields

The conference is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Shared Research and Educational Centre of RUDN University creation.

The Shared Research and Educational Center, as a leading research department of RUDN University, has ten years of development experience in a wide area of scientific activity from the creation of modern medicines to metabolic research, the development and application of a modern analytical base, a comprehensive study of natural, man-made and anthropogenic processes in plant objects of the environment. This allows to obtain scientific knowledge about the effects of climate, component composition, the potential of biologically active compounds for the development of new drugs, dietary supplements, food, the creation of methods and systems for assessing quality, including identification and determination of the geographical origin of products.

During the visit to RUDN University, Dr. Mitchell toured the Shared Research and Educational Centre of RUDN University, including pharmaceutical research and development facilities.

About Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

RUDN University is a unique higher educational institution, a large internationally oriented educational and scientific center. RUDN University is known in the world for its achievements in the organization of the educational process, innovative research in the field of fundamental and applied sciences, broad international connections. RUDN University takes high places in international and Russian scientific ratings due to the active scientific work of the University’s scientists. More info: http://eng.rudn.ru

Source: Embassy of Grenada to the Russian Federation