Towards Grenada’s sovereign wealth fund

During the recently concluded election campaign, the Prime Minister in his final campaign address to supporters at Pearls, St. Andrew, announced (for the first time) that there had been “significant discovery” of oil and natural gas in Grenada’s waters. The NNP’s 2018 Manifesto, on page 49, says that it “Will ensure the equitable and social distribution of ALL income derived from the energy sector”. Exactly what is meant by “equitable and social” is yet to be determined or advised. It is against this background that this position paper is tendered so as to contribute on the determination of the way … Continue reading

Party Politics in Grenada: The 2018 Elections and Beyond

Part III Deepening Democracy The outcome of the 2018 general elections creates an opportunity to deepen democracy in the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. This deepening must be multi-pronged to include: (1) strengthening the Social Compact; (2) establishing a Democratic Watchdog; and (3) community empowerment. I will address each in turn. Strengthening the Social Compact Over the years, Grenada has had vibrant Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the hard-working faithful few within civil society have championed many just causes, often with limited resources. As is the case with CSOs in other parts of the developing world, Grenadian … Continue reading

JP SPEAKS

Women in Leadership! The nation state of Grenada has seen increasing moves away from a society based solely on male leadership by the emergence of more and more women at every level and in every sphere of functioning – politics, law and order, education, public service, commerce, sports, media etc. And, for the writer, this has been good for the nation. Humanity has two wings, male and female, and both wings are needed to bring about balance, wisdom and sustainability. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all eleven (11) of the female candidates who participated in this … Continue reading

Canada Immigration is flagging visitors from East Caribbean CBI States

By Kenneth Rijock A senior representative from Canada Immigration has advised that the agency is, as a matter of policy, flagging incoming traffic from Dominica, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, St Lucia and Grenada, all the East Caribbean states with active Citizenship by Investment programs. Canada is unable to determine who is or is not a CBI passport holder. This action is due to the agency’s concerns about the identities of CBI passport holders, who may have had a different name, place of birth, and/or date of birth entered into the passport than the correct information. Whether the … Continue reading

The OECD: a robust response required

Small states, including those in the Caribbean, are justifiably troubled by the continuous efforts by the member-states of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to cripple every initiative they take in the financial services sector. Indeed, it is true to say that the OECD has become as intimidating and odious an acronym as the IMF was in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Under the guise of stopping financing of terrorism and money laundering, the OECD has extended its reach in to sovereign states that strangle their rights and stifles their efforts in almost every area of finance and banking. … Continue reading

What March 13 should mean for Grenada’s next general elections

By Kimalee Phillip Never has the government of Grenada named March 13 as a significant and memorable day and/or public holiday. The events that took place on that day, 39 years ago in 1979, the inauguration of the Grenadian Revolution, are still not part of the education curriculum, much less mainstream political debates and discussions on the island. Therefore, the current Prime Minister’s decision to name March 13, 2018 as the next general election date leaves one questioning his intent. There is currently an emptiness, a historical and collective memory void around March 13. It’s not named as a day … Continue reading

Grenada offers back-door entry into USA for high-risk foreign nationals

By Kenneth Rijork Even if you think you know the ins-and-outs of the five East Caribbean countries offering Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programs to foreign nationals, there’s one feature that Grenada has which is unique, and which is being heavily promoted in online articles designed to direct prospective applicants to make a beeline for the Spice Island alone, when choosing where to obtain an economic passport. Unfortunately, it could also be used by organised crime figures, terrorist financiers, war criminals, and other of the usual suspects who want to find refuge in America. As its promoters are fond of mentioning, … Continue reading

2018 ELECTIONS: BEYOND THE ISSUES!

By J. K. Roberts The radical trends toward a paradigm shift in the political governance of Grenada, based on the results of the 2018 upcoming general elections, is oblivious to many persons. The results of the elections could be historic, not in frivolous terms of political statistics and political casualties, but in consequential terms of its harmful impact on the nation’s democratic institutions, sovereign powers and socio-economic construct. Like the mal-intentions for the historic constitutional referendum in 2016, unprecedentedly, a lot is at stake with this elections but it is unfortunate that the “issues beyond the issues” are not being … Continue reading

Firing-up a furnace in an igloo – The OAS

A new report has been produced on the Organisation of American States (OAS), a body that began with ideals appropriate to the geo-politics of the 1940’s. Those old ideals were enshrined in a Charter that now traps the Organization and immobilises it. Over time, the organisation has become contentious, unconstructive and increasingly irrelevant to the peoples it was ostensibly created to serve, not because of the actions of Caribbean countries but due to the desire by a few powerful countries to coerce the OAS into adopting positions aligned to their national foreign policy agendas. This latest report entitled, “Rebuilding Hemispheric … Continue reading

PM Mitchell deserves another five years

By Helen Grenade Here’s a reminder of just why Dr the not so honourable Keith C. Mitchell and his New National Party (NNP) deserve to win another five years in political office in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. I am quite certain readers will agree with me. Let me begin by saying, I am a voice for the ideals of democracy. There are those on social media who have no idea what these ideals mean, and that’s why their idiotic assumptions might be funny, if they were not so flagrantly offensive and damaging. Anything less would be a complete dereliction … Continue reading