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European Union supports participation in OECD regional BEPS Induction Workshop

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Two senior officials from the Grenada Inland Revenue Division participated in the OECD Regional Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) induction workshop hosted by the Ministry of Finance of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Grenada delegation was among 31 regional representatives inclusive of a Director of the Caricom Secretariat. Participation by the Grenada delegation at this forum was facilitated by the European Union through the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Technical Cooperation Facility.

The workshop aimed to address the specific needs of Caribbean Jurisdictions in terms of technical assistance and capacity building support on the BEPS implementation. It also dealt with the implementation of the four BEPS minimum standards; Action 5-Counter harmful tax practices, Action 6-Prevent Treaty abuse, Action13-Country-by-Country Reporting and Action 14- Dispute Resolution.

The participants described the workshop as a very rewarding engagement as it revealed and clarified several areas with respect to the work of the OECD Inclusive Framework on the BEPS and the expectations from member Jurisdictions.

The Grenada Inland Revenue Division will capitalise on opportunities for programme support available for developing economies in addressing BEPS issues in the tourism industry aimed at Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other low income economies to strengthen transfer pricing capacity, address treaty abuse risks and aggressive tax planning arrangements, and limit negative spillovers from preferential tax regimes in the tourism industry.

Since joining the OECD in 2016, Grenada has implemented part of minimum standard action 5. Existing legislation that intimated harmful tax practices has been abolished in line with recommendations from the EU Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) and the OECD.

The European Union is pleased to partner with the Government of Grenada in facilitating participation in workshops such as the BEPS workshop, given the immense benefits to be derived by the Government and People of Grenada.

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Carriacou operations yield successes – NOW Grenada

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A police operation in Harvey Vale, Carriacou on 13 November 2019 has turned up an AR15 semi-automatic rifle.

The rifle was recovered during a search on a property linked to two of the suspects in the recent major drug bust in Carriacou by the recently installed Operational Unit at the Northern Policing District.

In another operation at Harvey Vale on Thursday, 14 November 2019, the unit also confiscated 4.5 pounds of compressed cannabis. Two men are assisting police with their investigations.

Since its deployment a few weeks ago, the Operational Unit of the Northern Policing District has yielded numerous successes in its crime-fighting efforts.

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Men on illegal firearm charges – NOW Grenada

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Three St Andrew residents charged with possession of illegal firearm and ammunition will appear at the Grenville Magistrate’s Court on 30 January 2020.

Cliff Walker, 34 years, Mechanic of Salisbury Road, Grenville, Derick Fletcher, 28 years, Mechanic of Soubise and Danny Herry, 28 years, unemployed resident of Sendall Street, Grenville were charged following investigations into a shooting incident that occurred on 6 August 2019 which left one of the defendants, Cliff Walker, hospitalised with a gunshot wound to the left side of the chest.

A search of Walker’s vehicle turned up 33 rounds of ammunition. A bullet hole was seen to the front windscreen of the vehicle.

All three men are currently each on $7,000 bail with one surety.

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Canada to provide biometric processing for visa applications in Grenada – NOW Grenada

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NOTICE: DATES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED

The Government of Canada, in partnership with the Government of Grenada, is pleased to announce that Canadian officials have extended the dates and will be in Grenada from Monday 18 to Friday 22, November 2019 to carry out biometric processing for persons wishing to obtain visas.

As part of the visa application process, Grenadian nationals must provide biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) when applying for a Canadian visitor visa, study, work, or temporary residence permit, or for permanent residence. During the upcoming November dates, Grenadian visa applicants may take the opportunity to provide biometric information in Grenada rather than travelling abroad.

If you are planning to travel to Canada for study, business, tourism, family reunions or other reasons, please complete your online visa application as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this opportunity in November. Canada is pleased that officials will be able to travel to meet applicants on-site at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort in November, and it is hoped that this eased convenience will be fully taken advantage of. Outside of this visit, standard procedures remain for Grenadian nationals to travel to biometrics collection points in Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, or Trinidad and Tobago at all other times.

This exercise is geared towards the following individuals:

  • Grenadians who anticipate travel to Canada;
  • Persons who have already applied whether online or by mail for a visa, work or study permit or for permanent residence and have received their Biometric Instruction Letter; and
  • Nationals of other biometric information-required countries residing in Grenada planning to travel to Canada.

In order to book an appointment for biometrics collection, please write to bdgtn@international.gc.ca referencing the visa application file number. Canadian officials will be pleased to assist applicants with both appointments and the required Biometrics Instruction Letter during the hours listed. Officials will not be collecting applications or biometric information from applicants who have not received this letter.

All applicants will be required to bring their Biometrics Instruction Letter with them in order to have their biometrics taken. The biometrics collection will take place from Monday, 18 November to Friday, 22 November 2019 from 8 am to 5 pm at Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grenada.

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