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China holding Belt and Road Initiative conference in Grenada

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by Linda Straker

  • Belt and Road Initiative conference on 28-29 October
  • BRI is a global development strategy by the Chinese government involving 152 countries
  • China ready to synergise BRI with Grenada’s national strategic plan 2030

The Chinese government will be holding a two-day conference in Grenada to provide a better understanding of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) launched six years ago, which several Caricom countries have signed.

“In order to jointly promote cooperation between China and Caribbean countries on BRI, the Chinese Government and the Grenadian government will hold a “China-Caribbean Conference on BRI Implementation” in St George, Grenada from 28-29 October, in the Crown Ballroom of Radisson Grenada Beach Resort,” said the invitation from the Chinese Embassy in Grenada. “The conference will be focusing on the principles, paths, roles played by all parties in the implementation of BRI,” the invitation said.

The Belt and Road Initiative is a global development strategy adopted by the Chinese government involving infrastructure development and investments in 152 countries and international organisations in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas.

The Belt and Road initiative is seen as another important one that will bring tremendous benefits to countries to promote international cooperation on a larger scale. Besides Grenada, other Caricom countries which have signed the BRI memorandum includes Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Guyana and Suriname.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter David, attended the second BRI Forum for International Cooperation held in China early months of 2019. During the forum, David met with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi. During a discussion, Yi said that the Chinese side welcomes Grenada to join the big family of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Yi believes that this will inject impetus into Grenada’s national development and construction and push for more achievements in the development of bilateral relations. “The Chinese side is ready to synergise the Belt and Road Initiative with Grenada’s national strategic plan 2030 so as to share opportunities and draw on each other’s strengths for the greater benefit of the two peoples,” said a statement on a Chinese website dedicated to providing news about the BRI.

The United States and most members of the European Union have openly voiced opposition to the BRI.

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Missing Man: Devon Jeffrey | NOW Grenada

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Police are seeking the assistance of the general public in locating Devon Jeffrey, 30 years old of La Mode, St George.

Jeffrey was last seen on Sunday, 16 February 2020 about 5:50 pm. He is approximately 5 feet 1 inch in height, medium built and dark in complexion.

Anyone seeing Devon Jeffrey or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Central Police Station at 440 2245; CID at 440 3921; Police emergency at 911; police hotline at 444 1958 or the nearest police station.

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M-Power 2.0 to commence in March

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The Ministry of Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts is putting systems in place to roll out M-Power 2.0 in March 2020.

The first component of the project saw the training of 500 males within varying categories. They included soft skills, certified direct skills, literacy and numeracy exposure, social care, counselling, social interactive activities, community sport, community projects and apprenticeship placement.

Each participant was registered under a constituency package, where they received a stipend allowance of $700 monthly. Further, they were also engaged in quarterly motivational meetings and updates.

Participants were also exposed to CVQ training in Computer Repairs, Property and Facilities Management, Civil Engineering, Excavator Operations, Plumbing and General Construction. Electrical Installation, Plumbing, Small Engine Repairs and Welding, also formed part of the training.

Several entities of both private and public sector, also partnered with the M-Power Project, to offer apprenticeship training. This resulted in 20 participants gaining full-time employment while several others were able to secure part-time employment. Additionally, each participant who successfully completed the project received a $2,400 grant fund. The fund targeted participants’ engagement in a small business initiative which was fully supported and supervised by the Small Business Unit of the Ministry of Youth Development.

“M-Power 2.0 will now focus on National Training Agency CVQ qualifications for the participants,’ said Project Officer at the Ministry of Youth Development, Earle Williams.

The M-Power Project is a training course conceptualised to specifically target young males aged 18-30 from ‘on-the-block’ who are unemployed.

The programme also serves as a means of empowering them to be more responsible citizens.

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Sol Announces new alliance with Mobil Lubricants

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The Sol Group (Sol), the region’s leading provider of reliable, premier energy solutions has officially been appointed as an authorised ExxonMobil Distributor for Mobil lubricants in 13 of its 22 Sol markets. These markets include Anguilla, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and St Maarten.

“We are pleased to confirm that in line with our business strategy, Sol has entered into a Lubricants Distribution Agreement with ExxonMobil for the sale and distribution of Mobil lubricants for passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and industrial applications,” stated Juan Veras, Sol’s Group Lubricants Manager. “The opportunity to expand our already strong and successful alliance with ExxonMobil to our lubricants segment is truly exciting and we are confident of the value that this will bring to our customers’ businesses.”

Mobil lubricants will be replacing Shell lubricants as the primary lubricants distributed by Sol in these 13 markets. “Our customers can be assured of a transparent and flawless transition to Mobil products, as our supply planning, production, logistics, sales, marketing and customers service teams have been working together, for months now, to ensure timely product availability,” Veras stated.

“We are certain that Mobil Lubricants, which are known for their superior quality, will be a perfect fit for the Grenada market,” added General Manager, Collin Francis. “And we see this new alliance as simply an extension of Sol’s commitment to consistently providing the best petroleum-based solutions in the region.”

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