GRENADA - Current attempts to secure aid for job creation and economic development will soon take Grenadian officials on a visit to the Middle East.
Information Minister Sen. Glen Noel, who did not give a specific date for the planned visit, said government is now “putting together a mission” for a trip to the Arab nation of Qatar, which tops the list of the world’s richest countries.
The visit will allow for the development of bilateral relations, and also would give Grenada “an opportunity to mobilize resources,” said Noel.
He said government is in the process of preparing a list of projects for possible funding from Qatar, whose wealth is derived from enormous oil and natural gas revenues.
Qatar, with a population of about 300,000, became an independent nation in 1971, and is headed by an emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.
One project of interest to the emir is hotel construction, Finance Minister Nazim Burke has disclosed.
Sheik al-Thani recently visited Grenada and held discussions with Grenadian Prime minister Tillman Thomas.
“It was a very short but a very important visit. The main area of interest appears to be tourism infrastructure,” said Burke. “What we are talking about with the emir is the possibility of some hotel construction here in Grenada.”
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