Bringing the care back in Government, listening to the concerns of the people and unifying our nation at home and in the Diaspora.
This was the recurring message at the Grenada Town Hall meeting held in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday night by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and Youth and Sports Minister, Emmalin Pierre and Housing Minister, Delma Thomas.
The government Ministers addressed the Grenadian Diaspora on Sunday night on a visit to New York.
Prime Minister Mitchell and the two ministers outlined a number of initiatives undertaken by government since taking office in February that are designed to promote investment, lower unemployment by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, ongoing and upcoming projects, improving the healthcare system and stabilising the economy.
Having played a major role in healthcare improvement with the provision of supplies to the local hospitals in Grenada, the Diaspora community was recognized for its efforts in nation building, with Prime Minister Mitchell encouraging further initiatives.
The Prime Minister acknowledged the contributions of all in the Diaspora, citing this period as “Grenada’s time; not NNP time”—it is the period to focus on nation building through a unification of all efforts, regardless of political affiliation.
In further emphasis of this point, the Prime Minister took a moment to underscore his “full support” of Derek James, Grenada’s Honorary Consul in NY.
James was first recommended to the former Tillman Thomas-led Congress government for the diplomatic position in New York under the watch of former Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter David.
His purported appointment as Grenada’s Consul-General to New York ended in controversy in 2012 when Washington wrote government indicating that as a U.S citizen, James could not be appointed to the position.
Following the February 19 general elections, the incoming Mitchell government re-hired James to the non-diplomatic position as honorary Consul to New York.
A government statement in St. George’s said that to hearty applause and cheers, Prime Minister Mitchell emphasized to the community the importance of looking “beyond politics (and) focusing on effectiveness and productivity” in respect of the James appointment.
The James/David faction is known to have sided with the NNP over NDC in the just-concluded poll in Grenada.
The Town Hall meeting in NY was the first of two to be held in the United States on the Prime Minister’s visit.
The second meeting was scheduled for Washington, D.C. last Tuesday.