Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Grenada)
Every sovereign state has a Department which coordinates the conduct of its relations with the outside world.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Grenada is the entity responsible for the formulation and execution of the foreign policy of the State of Grenada as it involves the bilateral or multilateral relations with other states and with regional and international organizations. Indeed, the Ministry serves as the formal point of contact with the international community.
The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs who provides policy guidance. The assistance of the Permanent Secretary and headquarters’ staff and the several Overseas Missions is critical in this process.
The Mission of the Ministry is to effectively promote Grenada’s interest within the Community of Nations in order to enhance its image and development.
This cannot be done in isolation, and as such, the Ministry must liaise and coordinate with other Ministries and Departments, Foreign Governments, Regional and International Organizations and other Stakeholders to fulfil this mandate.
Each sovereign state organizes its Ministry according to the country’s needs, capabilities, human capacity and financial resources, and in Grenada’s case, the organizations are as follows:
The Administrative Division is made up of Sub-Units namely; Accounts, Personnel, Registry, Secretariat and Transportation.
This Division provides general administrative support for the activities of the Ministry. It also facilitates contact and improves the flow of information between the Ministry and other Ministries / Departments, Missions, Foreign Governments and Institutions. It manages the Ministry’s financial and human resources.
POLICY AND RESEARCH DIVISION
The Policy and Research Division is a specialized Unit within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, charged with the responsibility of assisting in the formulation and development of Grenada’s Foreign Policy and by extension, the implementation of the Policy objectives.
As a result, it has huge influence on most of the technical work produced by the Ministry.
The Division is organized into two sections:
Bi-lateral – for the conduct of relations with other states; and
Multi-lateral – for the conduct of relations with regional and international organizations.
The Bilateral Unit, as the name suggests, is principally charged with the co-ordination and management of Grenada’s bi-lateral relations with countries with which it has diplomatic ties. The workload is divided according to the following geo-political regions:
(a) Caribbean Affairs
(b) Inter-American Affairs
(c) European Affairs
(d) Asia, Africa and Middle Eastern Affairs
The actual work of this Unit consists of two broad functions:
Indeed, both are integral to policy formulation and development and would be reflected in the output of briefs, aide memories, discussion papers, statements, messages, speeches, diplomatic notes, press releases memoranda, etc.
In keeping with its broad mandate alluded to above, all activities are geared towards the fulfilment of the country’s various Foreign Policy Objectives. Foremost among is the maximization of opportunities for economic and technical co-operation.
Additionally, the development and maintenance of friendly relations with all countries is given priority.
Although small in size, Grenada proudly participates as a sovereign and independent state, in international dialogue with a view to contributing to the promotion of world peace and development.
As a result, within the limitations of its financial and human resources, the country seeks to influence the decision making process in the major multi-lateral settings, on matters of currency, particularly as it relates to its own national socio-economic and political imperatives.
Our engagements in this regard are mainly concentrated within the framework of the:-
- Political and economic issues i.e.
- Middle East
- Law of the Sea
- Drug Trafficking
ACP / EU Relations
Non Aligned Movement
Attendance at meetings of the above-cited Organizations and Institutions are critical in the quest to maximize on the opportunities available for technical and economic assistance in these fora.
Since the Ministry has no Legal Department, the Policy and Research Division, in collaboration with the Ministry of Legal Affairs and other Ministries perform the functions that allow Grenada to ratify or accede to Conventions, Agreements and Protocols.See more