Keith Mitchell, the recently re-elected Prime Minister of Grenada, told a gathering of Grenadians in Toronto “the good news” about the deposits of oil and gas recently discovered in the southern waters off Grenada.
Addressing a Town Hall meeting on his recent flying visit to Toronto, Mitchell reported that the Russian company, GPG, carried out seismic tests and eventually proceeded to actual drilling for core samples which were tested by an internationally recognized American company in Houston, Texas.
He said that the good news is that although it will take some time to extract the oil deposits and proceed to refining for commercial use, the natural gas can be extracted much more easily by laying a delivery pipe system.
Mitchell also reported positive growth in the economy of Grenada.
And he noted that unemployment in his Spice-producing country had fallen from 45 per cent to 28 per cent.
But this, he added , was still too high and vowed to make changes to ensure that unemployment continues on the downward trend.
He said his government’s plans to work in cooperation with the various Non Governmental Organizations and the Opposition for the improvement of the country.
The Prime Minister also noted that while his government had accomplished a great deal, there is still a lot of work to be done.
He told the meeting of more than one hundred Grenadians that his government will embark on a new and expanded program to include more youth in their quest “to lift the standards of living from the ground up.”
Mitchell said his new government also plans to modernize the Grenada’s health care delivery system and to improve education and training to ensure better paying jobs for Grenadians.
He also said that his government’s plans to work in cooperation with the various Non Governmental Organizations and the Opposition for the improvement of the country.
According to Grenadian officials in Canada the main purpose of the prime minister’s visit to Toronto April 6-8 last was to attend the funeral of his uncle, Cletus Mitchell who died on March 24 last.
After attending the funeral on April 7 last and visiting relatives, the Prime Minister agreed to meet with nationals in Toronto.
The meeting was held at the Tropicana Community Centre in Scarborough..
Derrick James, Grenada’s Consul General in Toronto, welcomed the Prime Minister to Toronto and thanked him for coming out to meet the nationals.
Grenada-born Celina Caesar Chavannes, federal Member of Parliament for Whitby, Ontario who attended the meeting, congratulated Mitchell on his recent victory at the polls on behalf of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.