ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The recently installed government of Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has reiterated Grenada’s support for efforts at Caribbean integration.
The government’s position was outlined by Governor General, Sir Carlyle Glean, at the formal opening of a new session of parliament, following general elections held on February 19.
|Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell|
Mitchell’s New National Party defeated the incumbent National Democratic Congress 15 – 0 in the elections.
The governor general, in delivering the parliamentary speech on the government’s legislative and economic agenda, said Grenada is aware that “small countries cannot go it alone and succeed”.
“Instead, the small states in the Caribbean and around the world must come together if they are to survive and thrive in the harsh global economy,” Glean said.
Against this background, he said Grenada plans on joining other “like-minded governments to revisit the issue of joint and more cost-effective representation in our embassies and overseas missions. Furthermore, these missions will be re-oriented with a thrust to foreign direct investment, trade and new partnerships of bilateral cooperation”.
Other proposals of the Grenada government include talks with Trinidad and Tobago with the aim of implementing agreements for joint development and exploration of hydrocarbon resources, as well as pursuing negotiations with Venezuela on maritime boundary delimitation.
Overall, said the governor general, Grenada intends to follow “an enlightened foreign policy with the values and aspirations of the people of Grenada, rather than ideology at the centre of this policy thrust”.
Grenada, he said, also “reaffirms her commitment to the regional integration process, including the OECS Economic Union; the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union; the CARICOM Single Market and Economy; the University of the West Indies; the Regional Security System; and West Indies cricket”.