H.E Denis G. Antoine
February 27, 2018
Mr. Zhao Bentang Director LAC Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs PRC
Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps
Representatives of international organizations
Representatives of businesses, corporations and the Media
Honorable Friends of the Embassy of Grenada in China
My Fellow Grenadians present
Da jia Wan Shang Hao
Thank you for joining the Embassy of Grenada and all the Grenadian Citizens present in China and here today, for this celebration of our 44th Anniversary of Independence. I am very pleased to bring you greetings from the Government and People of Grenada, with special salutations from the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rit. Honorable Keith Mitchell. Your presence here today proves, that in spite of how far we may be from home, distance diminishes, in the presence of good company, and reliable friends.
44 years ago the government and people of Grenada decided to accept the responsibility for their political independence. In doing so, Grenada became fully dependent on its people, and after 44 years of self-determination, Grenadians are proud to proclaim that, as one people, one country we firmly embrace our responsibility. We also remind ourselves that political independence requires sustained united efforts to remain on course toward continued economic growth and desired social mobility.
I am very pleased to share that since independence; Grenada continues to achieve many milestones. It is rather significant to note, that Grenada is cited as a small state model of resiliency.
The global community recognizes Grenada, for its efficient fiscal management, and good governance, reflected in its frontline participation in the global discourse.
Grenada is acclaimed as one of the safest and peaceful destinations in the world. Grenada was highlighted by the Caribbean Tourism Authority, as the premier destination in the Caribbean for 2017. Today Grenada is heralded by the Wall Street Journal as one of the ten most exciting countries in the world to visit in 2018.
On this occasion, I also accept your presence here as an expression of acknowledgment and respect, for the Government and People of Grenada. Our independence necessitated a measure of interdependence and throughout the last 44 years, we have relied on our closest neighbors of the Caribbean Community for their indispensable partnerships and most valuable engagement.
It is also fitting to recognize and give thanks to all friendly countries that have contributed to our successes. Development cooperation has come from our traditional bilateral ties, friendly countries like the United States, Canada, UK, and the People’s Republic of China. In the past 13 years China, has made timely contributions to our capacity development in infrastructure, education, agriculture housing and people to people engagement. Such bonds of friendship continue to provide mutually beneficial and reliable partnerships with PRC.
My dear friends, there is so much more I want to share with you about Grenada, however, you are all invited to visit Pure Grenada, to enjoy the best of Caribbean living and rejuvenate body, mind and soul. Visit Pure Grenada the spice of the Caribbean. Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is a Small tri-Island State, but well-endowed with natures gifts. Our nutmeg, fine chocolate and rums, fresh seafood, organic agriculture produce, aquaculture, aquatic sports, and alluring physical features; with world class, white sandy beaches, and higher education facilities.
Grenada is a welcoming jurisdiction for investments in Tourism, Health and Education Services and Information Communication Technology (ICT) and family living. Grenada is uniquely there - in its pure state, and beyond all, its beauty, it is a place that you can call home, for those who choose to respect our values, and culture, you to, can become a Grenadian, and call Grenada home.
Thank you for joining me, the staff of the embassy of Grenada and all our sponsors and supporters, who have helped to make this celebration of the 44th Anniversary of Independence, such success; I invite to please enjoy the evening.
Xie Xie Da jia