A co-operation agreement on ocean’s governance and the blue economy signed by Grenada and the Netherlands will lead tremendous dividends for the country, according to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
Speaking to reporters at a recent post-Cabinet Press Briefing held at the Ministerial Complex, the Prime Minister referred to two Memorandum of Understandings on sustainable development that were signed with the Dutch government on his recent visit to Holland.
He said the agreements cover the blue economy and climate smart agriculture as two integrated programmes to improve sustainable productivity, at land and at sea so as to benefit farmers, fishermen, agribusiness and tourism business as a whole.
Prime Minister Mitchell said the expected financial package from this will be in the region of four million US dollars.
“Under the MOU arrangement, the Netherlands is providing significant resources as I point out to the government and it will also work with us to attract additional resources from private sector groups that it has serious influence with including banks and other institutions that (have) tremendous interest in supporting programmes like this in other
Prime Minister Mitchell also pointed out that the cooperation agreement signed with the Netherlands also envisages the establishment of an international spice institute on the island.
“That is crucial and that is going to be located in Grenada, but also have a sub-office located in the Netherlands and I think this is important because there has been this propaganda out there, that we have sold our birth right that we have sold the Isle of Spice.
“…No body can sell this, even if Keith Mitchell wants to do it, he will be unable to do it.
This is Grenada’s landmark – there’s no way anyone can do anything about it, we will eternally be known as the Isle of Spice,” Dr Mitchell said.
The Prime Minister was obviously referring to the bashing his government was getting especially among locals for the “Pure Grenada” slogan adopted by the newly formed Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) to market the island at the international level and the apparent dropping of the Isle of Spice.
There are reports that Cabinet reversed the decision and issued instructions for the Isle of Spice to be incorporated into the Pure Grenada configuration.