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Grenada hosts training in anti-money laundering processes

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Stakeholders in the public and private sectors are this week receiving training in anti-money laundering and countering terrorist financing processes, in preparation for Grenada’s Mutual Evaluation Review next year.

The three-day training is intended to foster a greater understanding of the technical issues associated with the mutual evaluation as well as develop a structure to adequately facilitate the onsite peer review.

The evaluation itself, scheduled for June 2020, will determine Grenada’s technical/legislative compliance and effectiveness with the FATF’s 40 recommendations which focus on anti-money laundering, countering the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Delivering remarks on day one of the training session Wednesday, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and National Security, Dr the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell said Grenada is committed to ensuring adherence to international standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. He said, “Government for its part, continues to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to anti-money laundering and combating terrorist financing. Throughout the years, Grenada has made significant strides in ensuring that the legislative regime is robust, current and in keeping with international standards and serves adequately as the primary tool in the fight against these crimes.”

The Prime Minister cited the passage of various pieces of legislation as also being indicative of Government’s commitment to anti-money laundering. He spoke too of the recent establishment of the operational component of the AML/CTF Commission, facilitating the execution of some functions, such as inspections.

Dr Mitchell applauded the efforts of the lead agencies and stakeholders for their ongoing role in anti-money laundering initiatives and protecting the reputation of the country. He said, “I thank you on behalf of the Government and people of Grenada for your invaluable contribution to protecting the reputation of this country. When the country’s reputation is protected, business prospects are also enhanced.”

The Prime Minister and Minister of National Security singled out the Royal Grenada Police Force for its strong adherence to laws, policies and procedures that protect the country against criminal elements. He also recognised the critical technical support provided by the CFATF over the years and gave assurances of Grenada’s ongoing commitment to the agency.

The AML/CTF Pre-Assessment Training is organised by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), in collaboration with the Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting Terrorist Financing Commission (AML/CTF). The three-day training is funded by the 11th European Development Fund.

Attorney General, Darshan Ramdhani, who is also chair of the AML/CTF Commission and Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit, Tafawa Pierre also delivered remarks at Wednesday’s opening session.

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Tour guides complete phase one of Aquila International Certification training

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More than 30 tour guides in Grenada completed phase one of training facilitated by the Aquila Centre for Cruise Excellence, the official training partner of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).

Sponsored by the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), the four-day training course was an opportunity for the tour guides to become master storytellers about the experiences in their country while becoming the first to have the opportunity to receive internationally recognised certification.

The course was facilitated by Claudine Pohl, Manager, International Business Development and Training at Aquila. Topics covered included, the art of storytelling, customer service excellence, daily preparation and problem-solving. The tour guides were very engaged and were happy to receive the opportunity ahead of the 2019/2020 Winter Cruise Ship Season.

Patricia Maher, Claudine Pohl, and Dean, School of Applied Arts & Technology, TAMCC, Marlene Finlay with 4 students awarded free Aquila online courses

Pohl indicated that the tour guides will now have to pass two assessments before they can receive their certification. One assessment is a multiple-choice exam in which they will need to secure a 70% pass rate or higher followed by a video component in which they will display their newly learned skills.

Apart from the participants thanking the GTA and Aquila Inc for the timely training, Co-ordinator of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), Yvette Payne, said, “The programme was insightful and comprehensive. We will certainly incorporate aspects of this training into the taxi and tour guide certification programme we offer at the TAMCC.”

As part of the training, Pohl conducted two complimentary cruise tourism lectures with students of the Hospitality programme and newly implemented Tourism Studies programme at TAMCC. At the end of the lectures, Pohl presented five students with free online certification courses from Aquila.

Nautical Development Manager at the GTA, Nikoyan Roberts, congratulated the participants saying, “This is your opportunity to become the first in Grenada to be internationally certified. We look forward to better reviews coming from our visitors after experiencing your quality service.”

Addressing the participants, GTA CEO Patricia Maher urged the tour guides present to form an association. She said, “Forming an association will be critical to your development and your ability to take advantage of opportunities for training and certification. Working together as a group will be more professional, and together we are stronger.”

The training took place at the National Stadium from 9-12 September.

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Tour guides complete phase one of Aquila International Certification training

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More than 30 tour guides in Grenada completed phase one of training facilitated by the Aquila Centre for Cruise Excellence, the official training partner of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).

Sponsored by the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), the four-day training course was an opportunity for the tour guides to become master storytellers about the experiences in their country while becoming the first to have the opportunity to receive internationally recognised certification.

The course was facilitated by Claudine Pohl, Manager, International Business Development and Training at Aquila. Topics covered included, the art of storytelling, customer service excellence, daily preparation and problem-solving. The tour guides were very engaged and were happy to receive the opportunity ahead of the 2019/2020 Winter Cruise Ship Season.

Patricia Maher, Claudine Pohl, and Dean, School of Applied Arts & Technology, TAMCC, Marlene Finlay with 4 students awarded free Aquila online courses

Pohl indicated that the tour guides will now have to pass two assessments before they can receive their certification. One assessment is a multiple-choice exam in which they will need to secure a 70% pass rate or higher followed by a video component in which they will display their newly learned skills.

Apart from the participants thanking the GTA and Aquila Inc for the timely training, Co-ordinator of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), Yvette Payne, said, “The programme was insightful and comprehensive. We will certainly incorporate aspects of this training into the taxi and tour guide certification programme we offer at the TAMCC.”

As part of the training, Pohl conducted two complimentary cruise tourism lectures with students of the Hospitality programme and newly implemented Tourism Studies programme at TAMCC. At the end of the lectures, Pohl presented five students with free online certification courses from Aquila.

Nautical Development Manager at the GTA, Nikoyan Roberts, congratulated the participants saying, “This is your opportunity to become the first in Grenada to be internationally certified. We look forward to better reviews coming from our visitors after experiencing your quality service.”

Addressing the participants, GTA CEO Patricia Maher urged the tour guides present to form an association. She said, “Forming an association will be critical to your development and your ability to take advantage of opportunities for training and certification. Working together as a group will be more professional, and together we are stronger.”

The training took place at the National Stadium from 9-12 September.

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Vacancy: Marine Mechanic and Technician

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An opportunity is available for a
Marine Mechanic and Technician
to join a long-standing yacht charter and management company

The successful applicant must be educated to at least diploma level in a relevant background subject: mechanical/electrical, etc.

Please apply in writing with a full résumé to:
P O Box 1171, Grand Anse, St George’s

or email marinemechanicgrenada@gmail.com

Deadline for applications: 18 October 2019

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