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Grenada has signed another roadmap for cooperation with Kingdom of Morocco

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In a recent visit to Morocco by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Honorable Peter David, the two countries signed another 3-year agreement, defined as the ‘Road Map of Cooperation’ for the period 2019-2021.

The agreement aims to consolidate the excellent existing friendly relations between the two countries on bilateral, as well as multilateral, levels. The areas of cooperation include education, health, technical cooperation, agriculture, tourism, economic support and exchange of official visits.

Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister, His Excellency Nasser Bourita, said his government views Grenada as one of the strongest and most visible relationships they have in the Caribbean; adding that the new Road Map is a reflection of his government’s commitment and serious support of and appreciation for this relationship.

He pledged the Kingdom of Morocco’s increasing support to Grenada, annually. HE Bourita said Morocco will continue to work to strengthen this friendship even further and pointed out that it is his wish for Grenada to be seen as a beacon in the Caribbean in the areas of cooperation; especially in agriculture and tourism.

In response, Grenada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Peter David, delivered warm greetings from the government and people of Grenada and thanked the government and people of Morocco for their continued support. Minister David agreed that the relationship is quite strong and growing every year; adding that the areas of cooperation are making a serious contribution towards the development of Grenada, as a whole.

“The Moroccan support, especially in the areas of Agriculture, Tourism and Education are designed not to create dependency; but to boost the independence of Grenada in those areas, and for this, we are extremely pleased,” Minister David said.

He highlighted the hard work of the teams on both sides and pledged Grenada’s continued support wherever possible towards the improved development of the government and people of Morocco.

While in Morocco, Minister David also met with the Director-General of the Morocco Agency for International Cooperation, Ambassador Mohammed Methqal.

Ambassador Methqal indicated to Minister David that following this working visit, Morocco now has a better understanding of the needs of Grenada, and would endeavour to work more closely with the country to meet those needs.

He said as part of the new roadmap, Morocco is seeking to increase the number of University scholarships to Grenadians, particularly those that conduct their lectures in English. He stressed, however, that Grenada needs to maximise the use of the scholarship quotas that Morocco gives every year.

Ambassador Methqal also thanked Grenada for its continued support on the international fora. Minister David, in that meeting, again expressed his government’s appreciation for the support from the government and people of the Kingdom of Morocco.

“The Ministries of Agriculture and Tourism were quite keen for the support received from Morocco and we look to deepen the cooperation in these areas as it brings tremendous benefits to the farmers and respective stakeholders,” the minister said.

The roadmap agreement, signed last Thursday, 31 October, is the second roadmap signed since Morocco and Grenada re-established diplomatic relations on 15 May 2011. The first was signed on 8 February 2013.

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UK tourist 'shot dead' in robbery in Argentina

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One man was killed and another injured during a suspected robbery in Buenos Aires, according to local media.



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Claudette Joseph receives pre-action protocol letter from PM Mitchell

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  • Seven days from 13 December 2019 to respond to pre-action protocol letter
  • Letter demands cease and desist from repeating the claim; apologise and pay compensation of EC$350,000

Claudette Joseph, the Public Relations Officer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has seven days from 13 December 2019 to respond to a pre-action protocol letter from Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell. If she fails to comply with the demands, a defamatory lawsuit will be filed against her in the civil court.

The letter to Joseph said that on 2 December in a live news conference from the headquarters of the NDC, she uttered words that can have negative effects on the Prime Minister who is the Minister for Finance and is also the person under whose ministry the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme falls.

“You made certain statements on behalf of the NDC about our client which we believe are defamatory in nature, and geared to impugn on his good name, his standing and reputation,” said the letter from the law firm of Nigel Stewarts and Associates. “These statements are therefore completely false and malicious in all respect and were intentionally made by you to cause damage to our client’s reputation.” The letter demands that Joseph, who is a lawyer by profession, cease and desist from repeating the claim; apologise and pay compensation of EC$350,000.

In the news conference whose speakers were former Political Leader and Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas, and Joseph — who was elected to the PRO role in early November 2019 — they expressed concern about the recent Al Jazeera production called “Diplomat passports for Sale.”  The documentary is claiming that several Caribbean islands with citizenship by investment programmes are selling diplomat passports.

The segment on Grenada focused on the failed Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture project which was to be located in St Mark. While speaking on the matter, Joseph said that the Prime Minister was also an investor in the project and directed members of media to watch a Youtube video where he is disclosing the information.

“Our client denies uttering those words but merely to say that he has invested in the parish,” the letter informed Joseph.

The Prime Minister is known to own a historic house in St Mark which is undergoing significant refurbishing and upgrading.

As for the project, in October 2018, government placed a notice on its CBI website announcing the suspension of applications in respect of the project until further notice. In March 2019, the Prime Minister announced that an investigation was been conducted. An update is yet to be provided.

The letters ended by informing Joseph that failure to comply with the demands of the letter will give the firm no choice to proceed with legal action.

Calls to Joseph for a comment on the development proved futile as her telephone went unanswered.

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All government pensioners and ex-gratia recipients and advance payment recipients are reminded that the deadline for submission of Pension Life Certificates for the period 1 January to 30 June 2020 is 31 December 2019.

Pensioners who have not yet submitted their Life Certificates are asked to do so immediately so that their pension payments can be processed.

Kindly ensure that the correct information is included on the Life Certificate and that it is signed and stamped by an Official Certifier: a Justice of the Peace, Medical Practitioner, Minister of Religion, Barrister-at-Law or Permanent Secretary.

Additionally, pensioners who are able to present themselves in person to the Ministry of Finance can have their certificates, certified, by the Permanent Secretary or Deputy Permanent Secretaries, with proper national identification, such as passport, driver’s licence or voter’s registration card.

Pensioners residing in a foreign country are to be attested by a Notary Public, Head of Overseas Mission or Consulate Office of Grenada.

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