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Grenada to open new parliament building tomorrow

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — Almost 14 years after it was destroyed by the category three Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the Houses of Parliament will have a new home with the official opening of a new parliament building tomorrow.

The event will be attended by regional leaders – Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago; Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines; and Caricom Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

Local diplomats are also scheduled to attend the ceremony.

Press Secretary Kisha Alexander-Grant said that other leaders and dignitaries are expected to attend the ceremony that is being held 100 days since the New National Party returned to office following the March 13 General Elections.

The new building which is located in Mount Wheldale is built within close proximity to the residence of the late Prime Minister Maurice Bishop. The building was constructed with funds from the Governments of Australia, Mexico the United Arab Emirates and Grenada.

Representatives from the donor governments are also scheduled to witness the opening which takes the form of a joint sitting of the both the Lower and Upper Houses of Parliament.

Since the devastation, Parliamentary sessions were temporarily held at the Grenada Trade Centre while the offices of Parliament are housed next door in a ministerial complex.

Designed by Caribbean Office of Caribbean Architecture, the EC$23 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) environmentally-friendly building was built by Quinnco Design and Construction.

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