Grenada. In January, Grenada’s Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell, announced that an application for membership had been submitted to ALBA, a cooperative organization for Latin American and Caribbean countries. According to Countryaah.com, Grenada population in 2020 is estimated at 112,534. The decision was supported by Peter David, former Foreign Minister, who has long advocated a grenadial membership in the ALBA, but was criticized by former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.
In February, Tillman Thomas resigned after almost 14 years as party leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Thomas, Prime Minister 2008-13, was replaced by former Finance Minister Nazim Burke as party leader and the country’s leading opposition politician.
In June, the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved an agreement with the Government of Grenada on an economic development program. Grenada, whose economy is still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Ivan that hit the country in 2004, will be able to borrow over SEK 150 million over a three-year period. In addition to measures for long-term economic growth, Grenada is committed to cutting government spending, with the goal of reducing the country’s debt burden.
During the year, steps were also taken towards increased cooperation between Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on investments in the telecom area, primarily infrastructure for an expanded broadband network.
In November, Keith Mitchell completed a major government reform. Among other things, the Minister of Health and the Foreign Minister had to change positions with each other.