ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Jun. 20, 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 on Thursday.
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 13th General Elections.
The new building which is located in Mt. Wheldale is built within close proximity to the resodence of the late Prime Minister Maurice Bishop. The new building was constructed with funda from the Governments of Australia, Mexico the United Arabs 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.
The former Parliament building called York House that was located on Church Street was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Since the devastation, Parliamentary sessions were temporarily held at the Grenada Trade Center 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.