Grenada celebrates 50th anniversary of Independence 

Grenada celebrates 50th anniversary of Independence 

Grenada celebrated its 50th independence anniversary, with dignitary presence, tributes to pioneers, reflections on resilience, and a call for unity and equality in shaping a brighter future ahead. 

Grenada recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of political independence with a series of events, including a military parade and cultural activities.  

The Prime Minister of Grenada, Honourable Dickon Mitchell emphasised unity as the nation looks ahead to the next fifty years. 

Prime Minister of Grenada Address

Honourable Mitchell delivered a speech at the Grenada National Stadium, honouring the contributions of individuals to the nation’s development since independence. 

Honourable Mitchell praised Grenada’s first prime minister, Sir Eric Gairy, for his courage in leading the nation to independence and credited him with shaping Grenada’s path forward. 

Furthermore, he highlighted the significance of social unity and cohesion in nation-building and emphasised the importance of caring for one another as a community. 

Dignitary Attendees and Messages

The celebrations included the participation of several regional and international dignitaries, including the prime ministers of neighbouring Caribbean nations and the President of Ghana. 

Britain’s King Charles III, represented by Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade, commended Grenada’s progress in democracy, human rights, and the rule of law over the past five decades. 

King Charles III expressed regret for his absence and fondly recalled his visit to Grenada five years prior. 

Tribute in Wreath Ceremony

Honourable Mitchell participated in a Wreath-Laying Ceremony to honour Sir Eric Matthew Gairy, Grenada’s first prime minister and ‘Father of Independence.’  

The ceremony, attended by dignitaries and family members, served as a moment of reflection on Sir Eric Gairy’s significant legacy and his pivotal role in securing Grenada’s sovereignty.  

As a figure of national importance, his contributions were instrumental in achieving the nation’s independence. 

Message from St Kitts and Nevis

The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Honourable Dr Terrance Drew, congratulated Honourable Mitchell, praising the nation’s resilience over the past 50 years.  

The celebrations, held under the theme “One People, One Journey, One Future,” reflected Grenada’s collective vision and determination. 

Honourable Dr Drew emphasised Grenada’s journey of resilience and progress since gaining independence on 7 February 1974.  

Encouraging Grenadians to cherish their history of sacrifices and accomplishments, highlighting Grenada’s unique identity as “The Spice Island” known for its nutmeg and other spices. 

Golden Jubilee Celebrations

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission and its Director-General conveyed heartfelt wishes to the Government and People of Grenada on their golden jubilee celebrations.  

The festivities comprised various events such as an ecumenical service, a special joint sitting of Parliament, and the unveiling of the commemorative Golden Jubilee EC$50 note.  

These celebrations symbolised unity, resilience, and progress, encapsulating Grenada’s journey of independence while also envisioning its future. 

Grenada’s Vision for the Future

Honourable Mitchell urged Grenadians to remain united and determined in their efforts to create a better future for the country, especially for the upcoming generations. 

A call for equal opportunities for all citizens, regardless of background, gender, or socio-economic status. 

Reflecting on the past 50 years, Honourable Mitchell emphasised lessons to be learned from moments of disunity and intolerance, and the importance of shared commitment and collaboration for the nation’s progress. 

Honourable Mitchell concluded his address by encouraging Grenadians to move forward, aspiring to build and advance in unity. 

Investing in Grenada’s Economic Future

Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme has contributed to Grenada’s successful advancements, leading to its 50th anniversary. 

The CBI Programme is integral to the nation’s progress and resilience. Positioning itself as an opportunity in the Caribbean region, attracting investors who share the country’s vision for a prosperous and inclusive future. 

Grenada’s CBI Programme was re-launched in 2013 with the aim of attracting foreign investment, stimulating economic activity, and fostering sustainable development. 

Investors can acquire citizenship by making a qualifying investment in Grenada’s economy, such as real estate or a donation to the National Transformation Fund. 

The CBI funds raised have been instrumental in financing critical infrastructure projects. They’ve been used to enhance healthcare and education facilities, and promote tourism initiatives.  

This influx of investment has created job opportunities, stimulated entrepreneurship, and bolstered the overall economic resilience of the nation. 

Additionally, as Grenada looks to the future, the CBI programme will continue to play a crucial role in driving sustainable development and fostering international partnerships.  

By leveraging its strengths and embracing new opportunities, Grenada is poised to build upon the foundation laid over the past fifty years.  

 

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