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Cablegate: Grenada Weekly Activity Report October 28 - November 03,

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SUBJECT: GRENADA WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 03,
2007

1. (U) Embassy Grenada's weekly activity report (GWAR) provides
a little detail about events of interest that do not merit
longer reporting at this time.

2. (U) Begin GWAR Text:

A. Cuba's Ambassador In Grenada Attacks Embargo Unchallenged

The Cuban ambassador to Grenada, Margarita Delgado accused
Washington of wanting to cause hunger and desperation in Cuba.
In the Grenada Advocate last weekend, she claimed that the aim
of the U.S. is to deprive the Cuban people of their sovereignty
and to return Cuba to the neo-colonial status.

All reporting on the embargo in Grenada's media - newspaper,
radio, and television - was one-sided. Only one Grenadian media
outlet sought to get the U.S. perspective on the embargo, and
then did not air the interview with Chargi d'Affaires Karen Jo
McIsaac.

B. Disaster Preparedness Planning Training

The office of National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) ran a
short training course in Disaster Preparedness Planning with
various groups including government ministers, permanent
secretaries, pharmacists, Disaster Management district

SIPDIS
coordinators and other agencies. The aim is to be better
prepared in the event of a disaster. The workshop was sponsored
by USAID and conducted by Keith Ford a former employee of USAID.
The participants at the Friday's workshop expressed the need
for all the groups to come together so everyone is on the same
page.

C. PM Asks Investors To Help Train

Prime Minister Mitchell met with foreign and local investors to
discuss employment and training for young people. The meeting,
which included representatives from Port Louis, Prickly Bay,
Grand Harbour, Bacolet Bay, Quadriga, Four Seasons and Levera
Resort, focused on getting the developers and investors involved
in the Grenada Training and Employment Project (GTEP). While
the developers agreed it was a good idea, no one made any
commitments, so it remains to be seen if they will follow
through.

D. PetroCaribe: First Shipment Arrives

Grenada received the first shipment of fuel under the
PetroCaribe agreement on October 25, but only reported this
week. According to the Spice Isle Review newspaper, at the
ceremony marking the arrival of the first shipment, Managing
Director of GRENLEC said that the new deal is more beneficial
than the previous one with Texaco. He said that his company has
found a strategic partner and he expects a reliable supply of
quality fuel.

E. Minister for Tourism calls for Oprah to visit

Minister for Tourism Clarice Modeste-Curwin asked the father of
Oprah Winfrey to encourage his famous daughter to visit the
Spice Isle. Mr. Winfrey and his wife were on a visit to Grenada
to mark the 24 anniversary of the 1983 American-Caribbean
intervention.

MCISAAC

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