Grenada's Ambassador Speeches in ILAS
The second “Ambassadors' Forum" was held in ILAS on May 8, 2019, and Dr. Abbie S. David was invited to deliver a speech as "China - Grenada and China-LAC Relations in the context of geopolitical changes". Prof. Wang Rongjun, the deputy director of the institute presided over the meeting.
The ambassador praised the cooperations in the political, economic and social fields between China and Grenada. China and Grenada established diplomatic relations in October 1985, cut ties in 1989, and resumed diplomatic relations in 2005. Since the resumption of diplomatic relations, high-level exchanges and political dialogues have been maintained, criminal justice assistance treaties and extradition treaties have been signed, and the China-Aid low-Income Housing Project and Stadium Construction project have promoted economic and social development, which witnessed that the friendly bilateral relations have been deepening, and practical cooperation have taken to a new height.
In September 2018, the two Governments signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Joint Construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, which opened a new chapter in practical cooperation between the two countries. Dr. Abbie S. David emphasized that the BRI would promote the development process of Grenada and improve the bilateral relations to achieve mutual benefit and win-win. She encouraged the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation as important platform advance a global partnership of connectivity. Grenada and China will adhere to the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and connect effectively Belt and Road Initiative with Grenada National Sustainable Development Plan 2035, so as to further enhance the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.
Ms. Ambassador pointed out that the Caribbean countries and China were committed to achieving cooperative development under the framework of South-South cooperation. China has been supporting the demands of Caribbean countries on issues such as global economic governance, international development financing, and climate change. Since 2018, the cooperative achievements under the framework of the China-Latin America Forum were fruitful.