Grenada Interested in Broadening Ties with ALBA, Cuba.
By Martin Hacthoun
CUBA, January 20th, 2011.- Grenada will be seeking to strengthen old alliances and develop new ones in trying to secure economic and technical assistance in 2011, reports Caribbean News Now.
The Caribbean information service quotes on Thursday the Grenadian minister responsible for Foreign Affairs, the Environment, Foreign Trade and Export Development, Karl Hood, who says that a new and perhaps bold step has been Grenada’s observer status in the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA).
Hood ALBA offers a great potential for cooperation, so "it might be prudent to widen the dialogue on this issue".
St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica are the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries with full membership in ALBA.
The minister also highlighted Grenada's relations with Havana. "Cuba continues to be a loyal partner in Grenada’s development and the aim is to strengthen relations," he said.
This is demonstrated by the many visits during 2010, specially the prime minister’s official visit last March, which served to strengthen ties.
The ongoing dialogue with Cuba included the 12th session of the Grenada-Cuba Joint Commission held in Cuba in February.
Cuba is willing to offer assistance within their capabilities in the areas of health, education, construction and culture, Hood was quoted as saying by CNN.
"The call is for us to make use of the opportunities afforded to us by our continued good and friendly relations with the Government and people of Cuba," he said. (Cubamnirex-PL)