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About Grenada

Grenada is made up of the island country of Grenada and 6 smaller island located at the southeastern edge of the Caribbean Sea. It is affectionately known as, “The Isle of Spice” which is derived from being one of the world’s largest exporter of nutmeg and mace spices.

Grenada is a Commonwealth realm with the Head of State being Queen Elizabeth II. The Crown is represented by an appointed Governor General and the day to day executive power lies with the Head of Government, The Prime Minister.

 

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Local Government Structure

(Description courtesy Ministry of Social Development, Housing and Community Development)

Grenada does not have a system of local government, which makes all local affairs the responsibility of the central Ministry of Social Development Housing and Community Development. There have been discussions regarding the development of a system of elected councils in order to achieve better local representation.

Grenada has two dependencies- Carriacou and Petite Martinique- which are represented by central government through the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs.

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Local Economic Development in Grenada

Grenada introduced local economic development to its local government structure in October 2012 as a pilot project under the CARILED project.

This took place with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities of Canada on 11th October, 2012

Since the launch of the LED pilot, Grenada has:

- Developed and launched a National Advisory Committee on Local Economic Development with representatives from:

  • Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs
  • Office of the Prime Minister
  • Grenada Industrial Development Corporation
  • Grenada Board of Tourism
  • Grenada Development Bank
  • Agricultural Extension Division
  • Youth Coordinator

– Supported the inclusion of LED in Local Sustainable Development Plan for Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

– Partnered with local stakeholders and CARILED to develop and launch Local Economic Development Planning and Advisory Committees (LED-PACs) in Carriacou and Petite Martinique:

 

Grenada

Carriacou & Petite Martinique

Ministry of Finance
Petite Martinique Fishermen’s Group
Petite Martinique Festivals Group
Petite Martinique Small Business representative
Agro-processors representative
Carriacou Parang Festival Committee
Public Service Credit Union
Carriacou Regatta representative

 

- Held several training programs, workshops and forums to support micro and small enterprises in business development and sector skills.

- Partnered with CARILED to launch and implement local development projects in:

MUNICIPALITY, COUNTRY
Carriacou, Grenada

SECTOR
Business Development Services

STATUS
CARILED support for this project has ended

 

PROJECT NAME
ICT Bridge Project

DESCRIPTION
CARILED is supporting the establishment of teleconferencing facilities in Carriacou and Petite Martinique (C-PM) that will provide space and technology for MSMEs in these two islands to receive business skills training and conduct business meetings virtually. The project will partner the C-PM Local Economic Development Planning and Advisory Committee (LED-PAC) with the C-PM ICT Centres in both Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

MUNICIPALITY, COUNTRY
Carriacou, Grenada

SECTOR
Creative Industries

STATUS 
CARILED support for this project has ended

PROJECT NAME
Paradise Beach Seafood Fest

DESCRIPTION
The Seafood Fest was launched in conjunction with the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs and the Carriacou Parang Committee`s 3-day Carriacou Parang Festival. The event was geared towards the stimulation of economic growth in the communities of L’Esterre and Lauriston

MUNICIPALITY, COUNTRY
Petite Martinique, Grenada

SECTOR
Skills Training for Empowerment

STATUS 

CARILED support for this project has ended

PROJECT NAME
The Petite Martinique Youth Furniture Centre & Apprentice Project

DESCRIPTION
This project seeks to provide valuable training and employment opportunities for the youth of PM through training in furniture design, boat building and basic business and marketing skills. The main partners of this project are the Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Affairs and Local Government, the PM Fisherman’s Cooperative, the Grenada Industrial Development Corporation, the National Training Agency, the Ministry of Youth through the IMANI Project and CARILED.

 

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Country Representatives

Ms. Vinisha Cudjoe, LEDO, Carriacou and Petite Martinique