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R 221857Z MAY 09
FM AMEMBASSY GRENADA
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INFO RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE
RUEHGR/AMEMBASSY GRENADA 0656 UNCLAS GRENADA 000045
E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: GRENADA WEEKLY ACTIVITY REPORT FOR MAY 3 - 9, 2009
1. Embassy Grenada's weekly report (GWAR) provides a little
detail about events of interest that do not merit longer
reporting at this time.
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a. Taiwan Demands Immediate Repayment of Loans
Taiwan has demanded that the Grenada government repay four
multi-million dollar loans it gave for a number of projects
dating back to 1990. The Export Import Bank of the Republic of
China on Taiwan wrote the Minister for Finance warning that the
Asian nation intends to pursue all legal avenues to recover the
US$25. The loans were used for the building of the Ministerial
Complex, sports development, and agriculture. Two years ago, the
GOG was ordered to repay the loan by a U.S. court.
Grenada severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan in January 2005 in
favor of the People's Republic of China, which reportedly gave
the government US$250 million at the time.
b. Grenada Tops Cruise 2008 Destination Survey
Grenada topped the list in three categories in Dream World
Cruise Destination magazine survey of 231 ports for 2008.
Grenada was number one as the most improved terminal facilities,
most improved tourism destination and most efficient terminal
operator, the only Caribbean destination recognized in those
categories. The most improved destination is described as
improvement to the tourism product and infrastructure assessing
improvement in the town centre, landscaping traffic flow,
provision of transport, access to tourism information, and
creating new attractions and experiences. Grenada tied for the
top spot with Germany and Gibraltar in the category of most
efficiently operated terminal.
c. PM Thomas addressed Media Conference
Prime Minister Tillman Thomas last week supported calls for the
development of a Caribbean media policy, while pointing to what
he said was glaring evidence of sensationalism and bias on the
part of the Grenada media. Addressing the start of the Caribbean
Media and Communications Conference, the Prime Minister, who had
earlier indicated that a new Freedom of Information Act and new
media policy were in the cards for Grenada, urged all
stakeholders to understand their roles and responsibilities.
Over 30 media professionals from around the region participated
in the two-day conference, which was held under the theme "Media
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