ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Monday July 3, 2017 – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has called on the United Kingdom to increase its quota of scholarships offered to students in Grenada and the rest of the Caribbean.
Mitchell made the appeal during a meeting with the United Kingdom’s new High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Janet Douglas, last Friday.
He said Britain’s assistance in bolstering its quota of scholarships to the region is particularly important in light of that country’s shifting immigration policy.
“So many regional leaders studied in the British system, so we should not lose that connection,” Prime Minister Mitchell told Britain’s top diplomat in the region, who is based in Barbados. “Especially now that UK’s immigration policies are shifting and it is becoming more and more difficult for students to access UK education.”
The new High Commissioner conceded that Britain was losing out to countries like China which have been increasing scholarships to Caribbean students. And she promised to push the scholarship agenda while referencing Britain’s Chevening Scholarship to the region which she agreed was not sufficient.
Mitchell, meantime, expressed his thanks to the British for their support in several areas, especially the Caribbean Infrastructure Fund announced by former Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to Jamaica in 2015, under which the UK government invests £300 million in vital new infrastructure such as roads, bridges and ports to help drive economic growth and development across the Caribbean .
The new High Commissioner will be in Grenada for the opening of CARICOM heads of government summit tomorrow evening along with other regional diplomats.
High Commissioner Douglas said one of the main objectives in her four-year tenure is to ensure that Britain’s exit from the European Union is done in a way that will not have negative impact on trade and development relations with the Caribbean.