Belmont Estate operator, Shadel Nyack Compton, has been appointed as the first Honorary Consul of India to Grenada.
High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, accredited to Dominica, Montserrat and Grenada, Bishwadip Dey, was present as Nyack-Compton, an attorney-at-law presented her Letters of Instrument to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter David.
During the presentation, Minister David extended congratulations to both the Office of the Indian High Commission and Nyack-Compton for this momentous appointment and was confident that the new envoy will deepen relations between the two countries, and improve people to people relations as well.
High Commissioner Dey thanked the minister for accepting the appointment of Nyack-Compton and expressed his interest in exploring new areas of collaboration between the two governments.
As Honorary Consul, Nyack-Compton’s primary duties will include taking care of the affairs of Indian citizens to aid them in their lawful and mercantile concerns, enhancement of bilateral relations of trade, business, investment and culture between India and Grenada.
“I am deeply honoured to receive this appointment, and extremely grateful to the governments of India and Grenada for this opportunity and for the trust placed in me. As a proud Indo-Grenadian, I am grateful for this opportunity to serve India, its nationals and the Diaspora family here in Grenada, and to contribute to the business growth and development of Grenada through the strengthening of relations between the two countries,” Nyack-Compton said.
She stated that her commitment to serve the two countries under the High Commission Office in Trinidad not only rises from her romance and nostalgia for India but also materialises from her immense love and loyalty for Grenada.
The new envoy is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC, and Hugh Wooding Law school – University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.
Nyack-Compton also holds a Masters in Agribusiness from Kansas State University, and serves as the Managing Director of Belmont Estate, a family-owned and award-winning agri-tourism business.
Under her leadership, the company has grown into a leading agri-tourism business in the Caribbean, recognised for its contribution to employment, education, community development, and to offering extraordinary service and high quality organic products. A former Chairman of the Grenada Board of Tourism, Ms. Nyack Compton is extremely passionate about Grenada, and promotes the sustainable development of Grenada’s agriculture and tourism sectors.
Her work in the Indo-Grenadian community is seen in her leadership as the President of the Indo-Grenadian Heritage Foundation.
She was a pivotal force lobbying government for a declaration to make Indian Arrival Day a national holiday.
This was successfully achieved last year, with the consent of the Grenada Trades Union Council, sharing the holiday with Labour Day.
Nyack-Compton has been actively involved with the Foundation for the last ten years, raising awareness about India, and Grenada’s Indian history and heritage.
She credits her parents and grandparents for raising her with a strong appreciation for her Indian roots.
She has vigorously used her business at Belmont Estate to educate and entertain with Indian Arrival Day celebrations, hosting annual fundraising luncheons, showcasing cultural activities, and museum exhibitions on Indian heritage.
She also continues to write on Indo-Grenadian issues.
Acknowledging the significance of this appointment, Nyack Compton said: “To receive this appointment at a time when India is proactively elevating the status of women in its country is truly meaningful. As a woman of Indian descent, it is humbling to receive such an honour to serve India in a capacity that can benefit both a country of a billion people and an island of a hundred thousand people. I intend to do my best to strengthen the relations of India and Grenada and expand the bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, agriculture, education, and technology.”
The appointment comes one day before the 161st Anniversary of Indian Arrival Day on May 1 and Belmont Estate is once again hosting the IAD with a celebratory luncheon and cultural entertainment.
The IAD is commemorated alongside Grenada’s Labour Day.
A leading proponent of fair trade, Nyack-Compton also took the opportunity to extend her Labour Day greeting, “May 1st is a very special day for all Grenadians because it is the day we honour the real heroes of our society. Grenada’s progress over the years can truly be attributed to the contribution of our workers. It is with great pride and gratitude that I greet my fellow Grenadians – Happy Labour Day and Happy Indian Arrival Day! May our common ideals strengthen us a people!”