The one-year old government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has agreed to establish a Consulate Office in Miami in the United States to facilitate nationals living in the U.S State.
In making the announcement, Minister for Economic Development, Planning, Trade and Cooperatives, Oliver Joseph told reporters at a recent post-Cabinet press briefing that the office will seek to promote trade and tourism for the island, as well as serve the Diaspora population in the Miami area.
According to Minister Joseph, Grenadians living in Miami will now have an opportunity to go to the Consulate to address any issues that they may have in mind.
“This consulate is not an embassy so it would not be staffed with a full time ambassador. We would only have one local diplomat from Grenada posted there,” he said.
He disclosed that government has already appointed an Honorary Consul for Miami but he was unable to provide the name of the person.
“The Honorary Consul is appointed to support Grenada. The office will be opened there (Miami), they will finance the cost of the office and Grenada will have one person from Headquarters there in the Consulate to ensure that Grenada’s interest is secured,” he added.
The senior government minister said that Grenadians who want to return home and in need of information about returning nationals could go to the Consulate Office for a briefing.
Minister Joseph stated that Cabinet also took a decision to establish a Grenada/OECS Diplomatic mission in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to promote trade and investment.
“It is the feeling of the OECS governments that they need to focus on the Middle East. You know, we need to make new friends, traditional friends have been good to us in this economic crisis (and) we need to look at other friends …”, he said.
He said the UAE was considered as the ideal place for the OECS mission
to “help promote investment to our country and therefore this mission will be opened shortly”.
The UAE has also agreed to make a substantial financial contribution to the rebuilding of the Grenada Parliament that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
During the press briefing, Minister Joseph also announced that popular soca artiste, Mr. Killa will now become a Cultural Ambassador after putting on an astounding performance at the recent Power Soca competition in Trinidad.
The artiste whose real name is Hollis Mapp placed second with many pundits agreeing that he should have won the title in what many believed was a hometown decision to award the grand prize to Machel Montano.
Minister Joseph pointed out that government now expects Mr. Killa to go outside of the country and to promote Grenada in the cultural sphere.
“As you know Mr. Hollis Mapp is a very well respected artiste, not only in the Caribbean but throughout the world and recently in Trinidad Carnival, he really promoted Grenada and did a big job down,” he said.
The Killa exploit in Trinidad & Tobago would more than likely see more than one band from the twin island republic journeying to Grenada for Spice Mas in August.
“…That’s the early indication and so we see immediate benefit and that’s really because of the huge impact that he (Mr. Killa) made and we can expect a lot of Trinidadians this year coming up for carnival”, said Minister Joseph.
He noted that the local soca artiste’s outstanding performance in Trinidad did not go unnoticed by Cabinet.
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