PM Says Hard Work is Paying Dividends

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, MARCH 1, 2017- GIS: Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says the hard work of his administration over the last four years is paying dividends, which he credits to the collective support of nationals.

Grenadians, he says, have been integral to the economic growth and development underway.
Speaking last week Friday at the re-commissioning of the Hubble Bridge in Gouyave, St. John, Prime Minister Mitchell expressed elation with the high commendation Grenada is receiving from across the region and beyond.

“Our country is admired regionally and internationally because of the progress we have made in the last four years,” Dr. Mitchell said.
“The Caribbean Development only last week at a media conference, said that Grenada is a model for what’s taking place economically in the region”.
He indicated that the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and other institutions have also been speaking highly about Grenada’s success.

Prime Minister Mitchell is delighted with the present situation, saying that a Construction Boom is on, with cement and other building materials going like hot bread and butter.

“Anytime, you want to know how a country is going check the construction sector brothers and sisters. When you see construction moving in a country you know that it is moving in the right direction”, he said.

Dr Mitchell promised to do his utmost to improve the quality of lives of Grenadians. He said that government will continue to build and enhance roads and bridges, improve electricity, water supply, the housing stock and the general infrastructure.

“We were selected to serve the people, not to talk, talk, talk; but work, work, work and this is precisely what we are doing”.

Russia Pledges Scholarships, Visa Waiver and Debt Relief for Grenada

Prime Minister Dr the Right Hon. Keith Mitchell, on Wednesday, 4 January, welcomed the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Grenada, His Excellency Nikolay Smirnov.

From the onset of the meeting, the new Ambassador indicated that the main purpose of his visit is to discuss bilateral issues, such as scholarships, training opportunities, debt relief, the establishment of a Diplomatic Mission of Grenada in the Russian Federation, and the signing of a new visa waiver agreement in the not too distant future between both countries.

Hereunder is an overview of the cooperation meeting between Grenada and Russia and some of the topics discussed with the Ambassador.

I. Training and Scholarships
Ambassador Smirnov indicated that it is an opportune moment for the Government of Grenada to have a permanent diplomatic presence in Russia. He mentioned that this will enhance the relationship and position Grenada to maximise on a number of opportunities in the areas of Education, Tourism, Health and Energy.

According to His Excellency, the Russian Federation has been offering scholarships to Grenada throughout the years, and continues to do so every year. For the academic year 2016/2017 — 9 state scholarships were offered to Grenada. For the academic year 2017/2018, the Russian Federation has also made several State scholarships available to Grenada.

Ambassador Smirnov also mentioned that the Russian Government has also provided training to the Royal Grenada Police Force, in areas including incident site inspection fingerprinting identification; modern forms and methods of counteraction against terrorism and extremism; management of police units; counteraction against Illicit narcotic, psychotropic substance and their precursors; traffic and the organization of International cooperation of efficient units to combat economic crimes. Currently, there are two Grenadian police officers pursuing studies in the Russian Federation, and that number is expected to increase this year, including for short-term courses.

II. Visa Waiver agreement with Grenada
The Ambassador highlighted that Grenada and the Russian Federation are now in discussions that are geared towards setting a date for the signing of a new Visa Waiver between the 2 countries in the not too distant future. Both countries have agreed on an MOU that would eliminate the need for a visa for holders of all passports — ordinary, official and diplomatic, up to a 90-day stay.

III. Debt Settlement Agreement with the Russian Federation
An agreement on the settlement of Grenada’s debt to the Russian Federation amounting to US$266,000 was signed on 19 November 2015, during the Paris Club meeting. The Ambassador indicated that there may be even further or total relief of the debt owed by Grenada. This issue will be followed-up by both accredited Missions for clarification and possible final settlement.

For his part, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell welcomed the new Ambassador to Grenada. The Prime Minister spoke of the possible benefits that opening a Diplomatic Mission of Grenada in the Russian Federation would bring to Grenada in meeting its developmental objectives through representation. It would also facilitate communication with potential investors wishing to come to Grenada.

Prime Minister thanked the Ambassador for the available scholarships and indicated that he will like to see even more being made available in different disciplines that are consistent with the needs of our Grenadian people. He also indicated that the Government, through the Ministry of Education, will enhance the marketing of these scholarships to raise more awareness and accessibility.

Prime Minister went on to mention of the training opportunities especially in the area of security. He said that training for members of the Royal Grenada Police Force is crucial in assisting the combating of various types of illegal activity. He indicated that there is a special need for assistance in forensic science training.

Dr Mitchell expressed his overall pleasure at the potential Signing of the Visa Waiver Agreement, which, he said, will help create so many further opportunities and enhance the bilateral relations between the 2 countries. According to the Prime Minister, some of the critical benefits of the Visa Waiver will be the enhancement of the Tourism industry, and associated activities such as linkages in air travel; hassle-free travel for Grenadian nationals travelling to Russia to participate in short term courses and training; the facilitation of potential Russian investors traveling to Grenada, which will be an added boost to the CBI programme, among other visa-free travel opportunities for Grenadian nationals to the Russian Federation.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Prime Minister asked the Ambassador to convey greetings to the Government and People of the Russian Federation and expressed his hope that the relations between both countries would continue to strengthen for the New Year, and beyond. The Prime Minister indicated that the world will be a better place if all the countries worked together in peace while maintaining respect for each other’s system of Governance.


Grenada Wins Best International Citizenship Programme Award

Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment Programme, launched by the Government in 2013, has been a rising star in the citizenship and immigration world. This was confirmed on 30 June 2016, when the Programme was awarded the title of ‘Best International Citizenship Programme’ by a panel of experts at the Awards Ceremony of the Russian HNWI Forum Spain. The Award Ceremony took place at a gala following the closing of the formal Forum, and the announcement that Grenada had won the ‘Best International Citizenship Programme’ Award was followed by cheering, support, and enthusiasm on the part of participants.

Grenada won the prestigious Award because it offers exceptional benefits to applicants. Firstly, it is one of five nations worldwide to grant citizens visa-free travel to China. This it does on top of allowing its citizens to travel without a visa to the Schengen Area and the United Kingdom, which encompass business hubs such as London, Zurich, and Paris. Grenada is also the only nation with a citizenship by investment programme to offer citizens the right to apply for the United States’ E-2 Visa Programme. This exclusive programme is reserved for nationals of a limited number of treaty countries, and allows indefinite visa renewals. Grenada is also the only Caribbean nation to offer both a citizenship by investment programme and the option to concurrently apply for a permanent residence card.

Grenada is an excellent choice for investment – providing applicants with the opportunity to participate in its fast-growing tourism sector and diversifying economy. The nation is the ideal location for families, granting access to world-famous educational institutions such as St George’s University and to comprehensive healthcare units. Family is also at the heart of Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment Programme, which is today’s most affordable option for large families.

Grenada’s Programme has received much commendation as a result of its strong due diligence checks on applicants, which ensure that only individuals with a clean background receive citizenship. This is especially impressive as it is achieved within 60 business days of the country receiving a completed application – the time in which an applicant can expect his application to be processed by the Citizenship by Investment Committee.

Finally, Grenada has the inimitable ability to offer citizens a peaceful and secure lifestyle, framed in the excitement and vivacity of the Caribbean’s Isle of Spice.