Prime Minister Receives Credentials Of New british High Commissioner

PR – Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Dr. Keith Mitchell, on  Wednesday received credentials from the new British High Commissioner to Barbados  and the Eastern Caribbean, Scott Furssedonn-Wood. 

Dr. Mitchell congratulated Mr. Furssedonn-Wood on his new position and expressed  a desire to continue the longstanding relationship between Grenada and the United  Kingdom.  

Much of the conversation during the 30-minute meeting focused on the COVID-19  pandemic including Grenada’s successful management of the pandemic to date, the  soon to be implemented entry protocols and vaccine hesitancy. 

Dr. Mitchell said, “Grenada has done reasonably well in the overall management of  the pandemic but because of that, some people have become complacent and are not  seeing the existing threat. We simply cannot afford to drop our guard. We are doing  well, but overnight, the situation can change drastically.” 

On the subject of vaccination, the Prime Minister noted that this is proving to be a  challenge and there is a lot of misinformation. Mr. Furssedonn-Wood acknowledged  that the situation is not unique to Grenada. He said it is concerning that people are  prepared to trust messages from unknown persons, rather than their elected  representatives. 

The newly appointed UK representative encouraged the Prime Minister to identify any  areas in which the British can help. 

Climate change was another important topic of discussion and Mr. Furssedonn-Wood  stressed the importance of voices like Grenada’s being heard because while they are  not large-scale emitters, they are on the frontline of the devastating impact. 

He said there’s need for a serious commitment from countries which are significant  emitters of greenhouse gases, if there’s to be any chance of successfully limiting the  rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as set out in the Paris Agreement.