Grenada stands out at World Expo in Shanghai, China

Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:43 PM - Shanghai, China
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Ambassador Gairy and TeamSHANGHAI, China, May 27, 2010 - Grenada’s Booth was the centre of attraction in the CARICOM Pavilion at the World Expo which opened to the public in Shanghai recently and runs through the end of October 2010.

Grenada is participating in the global event along with 13 other Caribbean Countries who are all converged in a joint pavilion under the leadership of CARICOM. Ambassador Marcelle Gairy and Counsellor Richard A. Nixon were very instrumental in the preparations of the EXPO and were on site for the opening of the EXPO to welcome the team from Grenada at this prestigious global event.

The Government of China boasts that over 70 million visitors will converge on the 3.28 sq Km park which was specially constructed for the stellar event. The Grenada Nutmeg Booth drew thousands of spectators who were attracted to the unique design and desirous in getting to know more about Grenada and its Nutmeg.

Depicting Grenada’s black gold, the Nutmeg concept of the booth was designed by Atlantic Partnerships and was the brainchild of the local organisation committee headed by the Ministry of Trade which included significant input from the Grenada Industrial Development Cooperation (GIDC), The Ministry and The Grenada Board of Tourism, The Ministry of Culture and the Embassy of Grenada in China.

Grenada’s mission at the World EXPO is to promote Grenada’s rich and diversified culture to the world, in addition to providing insight to the evolution of our development into a 21st century Country. A significant focus will be launched at the EXPO in demonstrating that Grenada is a prime tourism destination for the Asian market as disposable income grows in this part of the world and new holiday destinations are sought.

A significant part of the work for Team Grenada would be to drive bi-lateral trade between Grenada and Asia. Some of Grenada’s flagship products such as Nutmed, Rums from Clarke’s Court and Westerhall Estate distilleries, a suite of De la Grenade products, together with products such as nutmeg jams, jellies and various sauces and stews made from local fruits. 

Underpinning the goals and objectives of Team Grenada in China, these operators would be actively seeking out Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities from the Asean market into target sectors for Grenada. Some of these areas are in the agricultural/farming sectors; tourism real estate and service areas; ICT software and hardware support facilities; manufacturing; human resource development, training and education sectors.

The Grenada Industrial and Investment Corporation (GIDC)  will be hosting about four seminars throughout the six-month EXPO period to provide further information and answer any questions qualified parties may have in further looking at various opportunities in Grenada.

Considering that all products for the 14 Caribbean countries had not arrived in China as yet, visitors to Grenada’s booth were very excited by the fine display of Grenadian art provided by Susan Mains, Eric Johnson, Tricia Bethel and Gilbert Nero. Artists Susan Mains and Eric Johnson were on site and interacted heavily with the visitors to Grenada’s Nutmeg Booth.

On July 17th, the World EXPO in Shanghai would commemorate CARICOM day where all Caribbean participants would celebrate a joint national day. Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and Mrs. Thomas will travel to the Expo in Shanghai in July to commemorate this event together with other CARICOM leaders.

During a two-week period surrounding this event, a cultural team headed by Senator Arley Gill and Edson “Ajamu” Mitchell will travel to China to participate in the CARICOM day activities. The contingent will be featured as Grenada’s cultural contribution inside the CARICOM Pavilion. It is anticipated that representatives of the Board of Tourism will also journey to China during the EXPO to promote Grenada at this event.

Grenada’s participation in the 2010 World EXPO has been made possible through a grant from the government of the People’s Republic of China, which was provided to each CARICOM country to facilitate their respective participation in the 2010 World Expo.

The Grenada delegation in Shanghai includes: Shanta Cox, National Coordinator for Grenada; Dunnaliz Simon Peters, Pavilion Operator; Ricky Thomas, Pavilion Operator; Susan and Reuben Mains, Artists; and Eric Johnson, Booth Designer and Artist.






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