Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is scheduled to visit Grenada and St. Lucia this weekend to discuss ongoing and future areas of cooperation between the member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the South American nation.
An advance contingent from Venezuela arrived in both islands on Wednesday, ahead of Maduro’s arrival on Saturday.
Both countries are in the process of finalizing a programme of activities for the weekend trip.
Maduro’s visit will bring to four, the Eastern Caribbean nations that Maduro will visit in the space of three weeks.
While the details are not known, it’s expected that Maduro will spend three hours in Grenada having bilateral discussion and visiting projects funded by the Venezuelan Government.
On September 23rd he visited St. Kitts and Nevis and storm-ravaged Dominica.
While in St Kitts Nevis, Maduro, whose government provided EC$16 million (US$5.9 million) to finalize compensation to sugar workers who were affected by the abrupt closure of the sugar industry in 2005, participated in a ceremonial handing of cheques to those former workers.
In Dominica, he officially announced that his government would build 300 homes for those who lost their homes when Tropical Storm Erika ravaged the island in late August.