Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has pleaded with his Trinidad and Tobago counterpart to help renew negotiations with Caribbean Airlines (CAL) to expand flights in and out of St. George’s.

He made the plea during recent talks with Dr. Keith Rowley in the twin-island republic, saying that the reduction in CAL flights was having a negative impact on the island’s economic development and it needed to be addressed urgently, even if it meant Grenada providing a small subsidy.

“ . . . Not only in relation to difficulties being encountered by visitors travelling to Grenada, which impacted the tourism sector, but also by the agriculture and fisheries sectors which were being negatively impacted through the inability to access export markets,” a government statement said.

According to the Grenadian leader, the productive sectors had already experienced sharp declines in prices and there were huge build-ups in domestic stocks of both fish and agricultural products.

“Prime Minister Rowley was extremely enthusiastic in his support for an urgent meeting among the CAL representatives and representatives from the Grenada Government and Airport Authority, in order to immediately identify the options for expanded CAL services to Grenada,” the statement said.

The general manager of the Grenada Airport Authority is scheduled to begin meetings with representatives from CAL this week.

The meeting in Port of Spain between the two Heads was the first of its kind since Rowley assumed office after the general elections in Trinidad and Tobago in early September.

During the talks, Rowley also committed the technical support of professionals from the twin-island republic, including

The two leaders noted that given Trinidad and Tobago’s relatively advanced stage of development in petro-carbon development, the government would provide technical assistance to Grenada to urgently evaluate the options for rapid development of the sector.

Mitchell said he would move speedily to put a team in place to work with Trinidad and Tobago to explore all options in energy cooperation and advancement.

Courtesy: Caribbean 360