Foreign policy and defense
Grenada has been pursuing a Western-friendly
policy since the US invasion in 1983, where relations
with the United States and the Caribbean have been
important. The United States has since been an important
aid donor. In recent years, China has also expanded its
cooperation with Grenada.
The need for financial support for reconstruction
following Hurricane Ivan in 2004 prompted the government
of Grenada to establish diplomatic relations with China
in 2005. Grenada thus broke with Taiwan with whom it has
had relations since the mid-1980s. Beijing has also
assisted Grenada with various infrastructure projects,
including the construction of a sports arena and
Overview of business holidays and various national observances in Grenada for years of 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.
In 1999, diplomatic relations with Cuba resumed and
the following year with Libya. These relationships had
been down since 1983.
Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago agreed at the end of
the 1990s on the border crossing at sea between the
countries. The Grenadian government has subsequently
increased the search for oil and gas in the sea area.
Grenada has also initiated talks with Venezuela to
determine the sea border between the countries (see also
Natural Resources and Energy).
Grenada is a member of the Eastern Caribbean
Organization (OECS). Member States have, among other
things, a single currency, the eastern Caribbean dollar,
and a common central bank located in Saint Kitts and
Together with other OECS members, Grenada is also
part of the larger Caribbean cooperation body Caricom
(Caribbean Community) and in 2006 joined and started
Caricom's common market CSME (Caribbean Single Market
and Economy). The purpose of the CSME is to increase the
mobility of capital and labor to strengthen the region's
economies. However, the work on implementing the plans
Grenada and other OECS states' police forces are
trained by the British and US military in the framework
of security policy cooperation, which aims, among other
things, to stop the smuggling of drugs from Latin
America via the Caribbean island world.
The defense consists of a police force of about 800
men. It includes a paramilitary unit of 80 men and a
coast guard with 30 members. The latter two are trained
and materially supported by the United States Army and