Grenada’s Prime Minister seeks closer cooperation with France

ST.GEORGE’S, Grenada – Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas is seeking a closer relationship with France. He discussed the issue with the new French Ambassador to Grenada and the OECS, His Excellency Michel Prom, who today paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister at his Botanical garden’s Office.

In declaring his government’s intention to strengthen its relationship with France, the Prime Minister and the new French Ambassador discussed the possibility of French assistance in the areas of Tourism, Agriculture and Security. They also discussed the impact of the global economic crisis and climate change, on the economies of small island states.

The Grenadian leader communicated Grenada’s appreciation for the decision of the French Government to remove the visa requirement for Grenadian nationals travelling to the French Overseas Departments of Martinique and Guadeloupe.

“We are very happy with this decision,” the Prime Minister told the French Diplomat.

Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas

In discussing the development of the agricultural sector, Prime Minister Thomas said that his administration is seeking to transform the sector by adding value through processing and export.

“We are trying to resuscitate the nutmeg industry. It is one of our traditional sources of income to the country and we believe it holds significant potential. Therefore we have provided incentives for persons who wish to remain in agriculture,” the Prime Minister told the French Ambassador.

Prime Minister Thomas and His Excellency, Michel Prom, also discussed the benefits of OECS Unity and its implications for the region. They spoke of the need for improved transportation facilities within the region. The Prime Minister suggested that a ferry service, similar to what is now available between the French territories, may also help to improve trade within the OECS.

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