Grenada and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) allowing China to assist with addressing climate change issues in the Caribbean Island.
The agreement, signed by Grenada’s Charge’ Affaires to China, Mr. Richard Nixon and Vice-Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, Minister XIE, Zhenhua, is part of China’s South to South Cooperation Program which promises to provide energy-efficient and low emission products to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to help them mitigate against the effects of climate change.
Grenada is one of initial recipients of the Chinese-sponsored products which include a variety of LED lighting intended to reduce electricity consumption. The island is also air-marked to receive energy-efficient air conditioning equipment.
At Thursday’s signing ceremony, China’s NDRC Minister XIE, “lauded the efforts of Grenada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Dessima Williams, in championing Grenada’s leadership role in focusing the world’s attention to the vulnerabilities faced by Small Island Developing States in determining a sustainable path in protecting themselves from the effects of Climate Change”.
He also remarked that he visited Grenada following the destruction by Hurricane Ivan and was impressed with the people’s resilience.
Charge’ Affaires Nixon thanked China’s government for “demonstrating in a tangible way China’s contribution to the world, in particular developing countries, in fighting the effects of Climate Change”.
An Embassy statement said “Mr. Nixon also shared Grenada’s commitment to effectively confront Climate Change issues through the development and implementation of “Green” policies and enforcement of strict environmental standards and practices”.©