Fellow Grenadians, I count it a great privilege to greet you, every single member of our Diaspora. As I always say, the further away Grenadians are from Grenada, it’s the more patriotic we become. Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique have produced very many illustrious sons and daughters who serve and continue to serve with distinction throughout the Caribbean and internationally and who have a keen interest in giving back to Grenada.
In that light, and coming out of numerous consultations since 2008, our staff at the Office of Diaspora Affairs has partnered with the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide technical assistance to fulfill your wish to document the skills, abilities and qualifications of you, our Grenadian nationals resident in the Diaspora. One of the avenues for achieving this objective is through the launch of this website.
We are using the website to conduct a survey to effectively map the Diaspora to gain insight into your willingness to contribute to Grenada’s development agenda, particularly as it relates to facilitating knowledge transfer. Going forward, the website will also serve as an ongoing conduit between Grenadians at home and the Diaspora, especially as a one-stop-shop for up to date relevant information and coordination of all Diaspora activities.
We have also restructured the Office of Diaspora Affairs, headed by Ambassador Derrick James and supported by a very able team. Be assured that the team will be reaching out to you in the upcoming months to continue discussions on what you want to see, how you would like to contribute and how you can be supported in your efforts at helping your beloved nation.
I urge you, therefore, to participate fully in this exercise and encourage others to also do so. Please answer the survey questions. Use this website and related online platforms as avenues for information sharing and feedback. Your voice and input are integral as we continue to chart a sustainable way forward for the further development of our nation.
Thank you; may God bless you. And, may God continue to richly bless Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.