ST. GEORGE'S GRENADA 29th DECEMBER, 2017: Grenada was privileged to host a Mission of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) during the period 15th - 19th December, 2017 as part of a one week mission by the Fund to the Caribbean.
Other Caribbean Countries visited during the mission included Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados and Haiti.
The objective of the Mission was to further advance the engagement of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with Caribbean countries to build national capacity to accelerate direct access grant funding from the GCF for investments to reduce vulnerability to climate change and promote increased use of clean and renewable energy.
The GCF Team got the opportunity to meet with public and private sector officials to reviewed the draft country program and pipeline of projects and assess the country’s readiness for direct access to funding for national capacity development.
The Team expressed strong commitment to building National Capacity at the institutional, technical and professional level to ensure that Grenada, and other developing countries, can take ownership for actions and investments to build resilience to climate change and reduce carbon emissions.
This, it is believed, will contribute to greater sustainability of these actions and ensure that the country benefit from a greater proportion of the funding provided.
The GCF Team agreed to support request from Grenada for additional funding for the following actions during 2018:
(a) To build national capacity with an annual disbursement of US$1 million through direct access to the GCF; A key component of this support is the setting up of a Climate Change Training Centre in Grenada in collaboration with local, regional and international institutions to provide certified training in climate change at the technical, vocational as well as professional levels. The trainings will target persons in the public and private sectors, as well as communities and civil society actors.
The programme or courses would be accredited by a formal education centre or university and certificates from the programme/courses would be nationally, regionally and internationally recognized.
(b) To provide US$3 million to support Grenada’s national mitigation and adaptation planning process and priorities for actions to reduce vulnerability to climate change and promote increased use of renewable energy. This includes an initiative to develop the town of St. George’s as the first climate resilient- smart city in the Caribbean in line with the outcome of the public-private Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition launched in December 2017.
These actions will also support the development and implementation of three major investment programs to build resilience, and promote investments in clean energy and energy efficiency in collaboration with the private sector.
The estimated cost of the required investments to reduce emission and build resilience to climate change in Grenada is estimated at over US$400 million.
Fellow Grenadians, friends, visitors, well wishers, all...
The Christmas story is forever a reaffirmation of God's great love for all of us—a love he demonstrated so selflessly by sending his Son to transform the world, to bring hope and salvation.
While we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day, we also know that Christmas is more than just December 25th. Christmas is a joyous, wonderful feeling that is captured in the Yuletide season, and often felt throughout the year in moments of wonder, gratitude, joy and brotherhood.
For us here in Grenada, we can all testify to that great feeling during the last several years, as Grenadians and friends of Grenada from all walks of life, rallied together to restore our country to a sound economic foundation. We rallied our way back from record high unemployment and a sullied reputation for fiscal management.
Together, we have made Grenada more respected regionally and internationally, and we have positioned ourselves as a small state leader in the fight to protect our environment and help to preserve this planet for the inheritance of our children and grandchildren.
Grenada is the strongest and most prosperous it has been in the last decade and we must continue to build on the successes.
Brothers and sisters, Christmas is indeed here. We see it as hope has overcome the dark days of despair; as testimonies have replaced doubt, and as together, we have unified our Nation.
I therefore urge you to join hands and continue to celebrate this season all across our Tri-Island State. Let our joys mirror in the faces of our children and in the grateful eyes of our senior citizens, our sick, our poor and our vulnerable. Let us leave no one behind during this holiday season.
Let the true spirit of “Grenadianness” resound throughout this land in the catchy rhythms, delicious cuisine, brilliant colors, bright lights and the joys of giving.
And most of all, as we celebrate on earth, let us remember the reason for Christmas; let us celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through whom we can do all things as He strengthens us.
I extend my very best wishes for the continued safety of our shores, protection of all our people, and overall peace on earth, and goodwill toward men.
May God bless this beautiful Nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Merry Christmas and a bright and prosperous 2018 to all.
ST. GEORGE, GRENADA, DEC. 08, 2017 - The Government of Grenada is undertaking a major initiative in the St. Patrick area, which is expected to decrease the unemployment rate in that parish and, by extension, Grenada.
Making his contribution to the 2018 budget on Nov. 30, the Parliamentary Representative for St. Patrick West, Hon. Anthony Boatswain, said the development is expected to bring real benefits to young people in Grenada.
“This Government has taken the bold decision to purchase a three-storey furniture factory building, owned by the Mc Leish family and mortgaged to the Grenada Development Bank, and it has been agreed, Mr. Speaker, that this furniture factory, that is located in the Mt. Rich/Snell Hall area, will be transformed into a national centre for skill training for our people.
Mr. Speaker – a national centre, but even more, it will be used as a national centre for the production and repair of all furniture required in our schools throughout Grenada, Mr. Speaker, and we know that the demand for school furniture is a million-dollar plus business.
Therefore, we are looking at a productive enterprise and not one that will be dependent on Government’s subsistence, Mr. Speaker,” he said.
A training programme will begin soon, targeting more than 60 young people, many of whom will be employed at the facility, which could begin operations early in 2018.
Additionally, Hon. Boatswain said, “The potential spinoff, Mr. Speaker, is great, because we are talking about furniture making for schools; we’re talking about logging; we’re talking about transportation; we’re talking about actual production; we’re talking about marketing, so many activities; so many spin-offs. Mr. Speaker, from an activity like that I anticipate hundreds of jobs, but I do not want to be selfish, the centre will not be only for St. Patrick, It will be a national training centre, so anyone, from any part of Grenada, wishing to be trained in the modern art of furniture-making, will be able to come to that centre, right there in Mt. Rich,Mr. Speaker.”
With all that will be put in place by government, Minister Boatswain said he expects unemployment to decrease below the 20 percent mark.
In an effort to reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and build resilience to climate change impacts, the Government of Grenada will be upgrading the topographical data and mapping of the tri-island state.
Through the Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project, which is funded by the World Bank and the Climate Investment Fund, the Government has hired the firm Fugro of France to conduct a topographical survey of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, using LiDAR Technology.
LiDAR technology is used to capture a view of the land surface from above which will then be used to develop topographical maps, depth of coastal waters, Vegetation type, Land Use, Cadestral Data as well as to develop a survey map of Grenada.
Please be advised therefore that from Tuesday November 7, 2017, a helicopter will be flying over the islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique at an approximate height of 1804 feet (or 550 meters), to facilitate the conduct of the LiDAR topographical survey.
This activity is expected have a duration of two weeks, and will generate some overhead noise. The Government of Grenada thanks you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard.
ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Friday, October 27, 2017: The Minister of Finance and Energy, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, will present the 2018 Budget on Monday 27th November, 2017, at the Grenada Trade Centre, St. George’s, commencing 10:00 am.
The theme for the 2018 Budget is: ““Safeguarding Our Gains and Continuing Our Progress”
The theme focuses on protecting the macro-economic gains made in the past few years. It also looks forward to continued progress on that solid foundation.
During his presentation, the Prime Minister will highlight the major achievements for 2017 and detail Government’s Plans and Programs for 2018 and beyond.
As part of the preparation process, the Ministry of Finance and Energy, held Consultations with all Ministries, Government Departments, and other stakeholders including Civil Society, the Labour Unions, the Business Community, selected interest groups including Farmers, Agro-processors, Fisher-folk and for the first time, a Youth Consultation was held to garner the views of the young people.
The Budget Presentation is a National Exercise; therefore the General Public is invited to be a part of the Audience at the Trade Centre on 27th November, 2017 beginning from 10:00 a.m. Persons should be seated by 9:30 a.m., dressed in formal/business attire.