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PM Mitchell 2015 Independence Address

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 7 February 2015 – Address by Dr. the Right Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister on the occasion of the 41st Anniversary of  Independence Military Parade and Rally, National Stadium, 7 February 2015

Fellow citizens,

Today, on this 41st anniversary, we recommit ourselves to deepening our independence so as to give purpose to the next generation. Continue reading

Term limits for Prime Minister – New constitution recommendation in Grenada

Grenada flagGEORGE’S, Grenada, 9 January 2015 (CMC) – The Grenada government says it has agreed to new proposals submitted by the Constitutional Review Commission outlining term limits for a prime minister.

The Keith Mitchell administration said the recommendation will form part of the measures to be put before the country in a referendum scheduled for either February or March.

Legal Affairs Minister Elvin Nimrod said that cabinet had taken the decision to put forward the recommendation that no one should be prime minister for more than three consecutive terms.   Continue reading

Grenadian Legislator Dies

Jester Emmons

Jester Emmons

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 13 November 2014 (CMC) –  Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, Friday, led the tributes for a 45-year-old government legislator, who died in hospital on Thursday, 6 November 2014.

Senator Jester Emmons, the Parliamentary Secretary for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, was described “as a bright young star in the Senate”.

The cause of death was not given, but it is understood that he felt ill last week, and was transported to the St. Augustine Hospital on the mainland. Continue reading

Queen’s birthday honours list 2014: Commonwealth Caribbean

OBE MedalLONDON, 14 June 2014 – The following citizens of the Commonwealth Caribbean have been recognized in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2014.

BARBADOS

 ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

CBE

  • David Walter Bowden, For public service.
  • Dr Marjorie Patricia Downes-Grant, For services to the Financial Sector.
  • Lionel Livingstone Nurse, For public service.

OBE

  • Bertie Anderson Hinds, For his services to the Royal Barbados Police Force.
  • Mrs Patricia Angela Layne, For services as the private secretary to successive Governors-General and Acting Governor-General of Barbados. Continue reading

Minor Cabinet re-shuffle in Grenada

Grenada flagST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 13 May 2014 (CMC) – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell Tuesday announced a minor re-shuffle of his 15-month-old government appointing ministers to separate portfolios for Tourism and Civil Aviation and Culture.

“The culture issue is one that is extremely important, as you know, it ties in a lot with development and of course the promotion of this country,” he told reporters at the end of the weekly Cabinet meeting. Continue reading

Grenada Government says it is ahead of targets to be outlined in IMF agreement

Grenada flagST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 19 March 2014 (CMC) – The Grenada government says it is well advanced in meeting specific targets ahead of a crucial board meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that would ratify an agreement allowing for the island to benefit from a three-year US$21.9 million Extended Credit Facility programme.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Timothy Antoine, says most of the targets have already been achieved and “there are a couple more to be done, which would be done in the next few weeks, certainly by April. Continue reading

IMF reaches agreement with Grenada on economic programme

Grenada flagST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 15 March 2014 (CMC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it has reached agreement with the Grenada government for a three-year US$21.9 million Extended Credit Facility to support an “ambitious programme” to correct the island’s fiscal imbalances and lift sustainable growth.

“The agreement reached with the authorities is subject to approval of the IMF’s Executive Board and is contingent upon the timely completion of prior actions to be taken by the Grenadian authorities and obtaining the necessary financing assurances,” said Aliona Cebotari, IMF mission chief to Grenada. Continue reading

Grenada PM makes impassioned plea

TechnologyKINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, 11 March 2014 (CMC) – Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says very few of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries “can truly report” that the investment made in information communications and technology (ICT) so far has produced the corresponding benefits that have been promised.

Mitchell, who has lead responsibility for ICT within the quasi CARICOM cabinet, told his regional colleagues that as leaders, “we must examine some of the root cause”. Continue reading

Opposition politician apologises to Prime Minister Mitchell

Grenada flagST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 26 February 2014 (CMC) – More than a year after he claimed that the then opposition New National Party (NNP) would deliver Grenada to the Russian mafia if it won the general election in 2013, a senior official of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has apologised.

Vincent Roberts, a leading member of the NDC government made the allegation during the campaign for the February 2013 poll telling supporters that the Russian mafia was financing the Keith Mitchell led NNP. Continue reading

Grenada opposition wants clarification on debt re-structuring programme

Grenada flagST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 19 February 2014 (CMC) – The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on the Grenada government to state publicly whether or not it is “avoiding” the island’s creditors indicating that such actions could have “devastating consequences for our country”.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, former finance minister Nazim Burke, who was recently elected NDC leader, quoted international media reports that the government which came to power a year ago, had adopted a new policy regarding Grenada’s Debt Restructuring programme. Continue reading

Australia backs out on building new Grenada parliament

Grenada flagST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 12 February 2014 (CMC) – The Grenada government Wednesday confirmed that Australia will no longer fund the construction of a new Parliament to replace the one destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

“We have received communications from the Australian government that they have change their foreign policy with regards to funding projects and they will be pulling out of this region and instead focus on the Indian Ocean, Asia-Pacific region,” Foreign Affairs Minister Nicholas Steele said. Continue reading

Government will sign Letter of Intent with IMF by monthend

Oliver Joseph, Economic Affair Minister, Grenada

Oliver Joseph, Economic Affair Minister, Grenada

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 11 February 2014 (CMC) – Economic Affair Minister Oliver Joseph says the Grenada government will sign the Letter of Intent to implement the International Monetary Fund (IMF) backed home grown structural adjustment programme by the end of February even if trade unions fail to reach an agreement with regards to a three year wage freeze.

‘We are still trying to get an agreement with the union, a consensus for in best interest of all,” said Joseph.

The Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) and the Public Workers Union (PWU), two of the unions that represent government workers are schedule to meet with their membership this week to discuss the matter. Continue reading

Independence Message from PM Mitchell

Dr. the Rt Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada

Dr. the Rt Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada

ST. GEORGE’s, Grenada, 7 February 2014 – Independence Message from Dr. The RT. Hon. Keith Mitchell – Prime Minister

It is with great honor that I bring you greetings on the 40th anniversary of the independence of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

We pray that all commemorative activities at home and in our Diaspora communities will be of much success, and the occasions will fill all of our compatriots with pride and joy.

Throughout our history we have been cognizant of the very significant role the Grenadian Diaspora community has played in the development of our nation. Continue reading