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MINISTRY OF FINANCE & ENERGY

Email: financegrenada@gmail.com

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NO. 34/2014                                                          DATE: April 24, 2014

 

 

NOU and GRENCASE Collaborates to provide training in Refrigeration and

Air-conditioning Fundamentals

 

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Thursday, April 24, 2014: The National Ozone Unit (NOU) in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance and Energy, for the second successive year has partnered with a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) – GRENCASE, to provide training for young and aspiring Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) technicians. The eight (8) week long training exercise will focus on RAC Fundamentals with particular emphasis on Good Refrigeration Practices.

 

This training is part of the implementation activities of Grenada’s Hydrochlofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) and is funded by the Multilateral Fund Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol, through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the Implementing Agency.

 

During a brief orientation session on Tuesday April 22, 2014, fourteen participants enrolled into the training programme.  The participants were addressed by Mr. Selby Henry, Managing Director of GRENCASE, Mr. Leslie Smith of the National Ozone Unit and Mr. Henry Frederick, the Tutor for the training programme. 

 

Mr. Smith, in his presentation, gave an overview of Grenada’s obligations under the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer and the relationship with the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry.  He encouraged the participants to grasp this opportunity with “both hands” as it can be an opportunity to empower themselves to become self-employed in tough economic times.

 

The training programme is expected to be completed on June 12th, 2014 and successful participants will be provided with a certificate of achievement.

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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Wednesday, April 23, 2014: The Customs Division and Grenada Bureau of Standards recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to officially standardize the existing inter-agency operations electronically supported by ASYCUDA World.

 

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) seeks to provide a suitable framework for both agencies to establish and implement an inter-agency compliance system for ensuring that products subjected to trade in Grenada meet the Compulsory National Standards and by extension eliminate the entry of sub-standard products into the domestic market. 

 

Furthermore, the MOU:

  • is intended to establish and improve cooperative working relationships
  • provides for a coordinated and cohesive approach to achieving the goal of an effective and efficient import monitoring system.
  • is further designed to eliminate or prevent overlap of activities, duplication of effort, and inconsistency of action, to the benefit of the regulated public, the Bureau of Standards, the Customs Administration and other local interest groups. 

 

The two entities are confident that this arrangement will streamline work processes and create higher levels of efficiencies which will translate into a further reduction in the time taken to clear goods.

 

The upgrade to ASYCUDA World at the Customs and Excise Division opened the way for a number of improvements in the Division’s trade facilitation efforts and continues to bring benefits to traders, other Government agencies and the Division. 

 

Grenada Customs and Excise Division remains committed to the effective use of ASYCUDA World which can contribute to significant improvement in the country’s investment climate

 

 

 

Comptroller of Customs

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Wednesday, April 23, 2014: Effective April 22, 2014, the Division of Customs and Excise has introduced a new Tariff, based on the Harmonised System for 2012.

 

The Tariff sits on the ASYCUDA World platform and can be used in the normal way by Customs Brokers and Clerks.

 

The Tariff is available, in hard copy format, at the Government Printers located at the Botanical Gardens, St. George’s.

 

For further information please call: 440-2239/2240/2273 /3588 OR FAX 440-5038 or send an email to gdcustoms@spiceisle.com