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Grenada, Netherlands Sign Agreements on Sustainable Development

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - April 25, 2014

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By the Caribbean Journal staff

Grenada and the Netherlands have signed a pair of memoranda of understanding on sustainable development.

The two agreements will see the provision of around $1.85 million USD to Grenada; the two countries will work together to attract an additional $1.85 million USD from Dutch private sector banks and businesses.

The agreements, which were signed in The Hague on Thursday by Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, covered two areas: the “Blue Economy” and “Climate-Smart Agriculture.”

The aim of the memoranda is as two integrated programmes aimed at improving “sustainable productivity at land and at sea so as to benefit farmers, fishermen, agri-businesses and tourism businesses.”

Mitchell was on hand in The Hague for the Global Ocean Action Summit, which brought together more than 700 delegates from around the world.

In a statement, Mitchell emphasized what he called the need for “tangible deliverables” for farmers, tourism operators, agri-businesses and fishermen in Grenada.

The agreements also covered the establishment of an “International Spice Institute,” which would be co-located in Grenada and the Netherlands.

They would also see the creation of a Blue Economy and Oceans Governance Institute in Grenada.

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