Warren resigns as Grenada’s Ambassador and Consul general

Warren Newfield has resigned as Ambassador at Large and Consul General to Florida on behalf of Grenada, giving the reason that the Grenadian government’s increasingly unpredictable and costly obstruction of foreign investment and business in the nation.

Grenada: Warren Newfield has resigned as Ambassador at Large and Consul General to Florida on behalf of Grenada, giving the reason that the Grenadian government’s increasingly unpredictable and costly obstruction of foreign investment and business in the nation.

He has served as an Ambassador of Grenada since 2015 and was one of the Caribbean countries three consuls general in the United States. Besides this, he is also a prominent investor, mining executive and hotel developer.

In his letter to Oliver Joseph, the minister of foreign affairs, Warren stated, “It has been an honour and privilege to serve the people of Grenada these past six years without pay or other compensation, in helping attract several foreign investors to the island as well as major hospitality, leisure and other businesses.”

“Our efforts were paying off in the form of significant new tourism development projects and real estate investment, among other areas.”

He added that “Unfortunately, conditions in Grenada have changed drastically in the past few years. The country’s leadership, previously having the country’s best interests at heart, was welcoming to foreign investment and economic development, but has been transformed into an anti-business regime.”

“This is evident by the recent ICSID award of $65m against the Government of Grenada due to it breaching its agreement with the controlling shareholder of Grenlec.”

Following the statement, he cited in his letter, “The government has breached agreements with other businesses. Other than the recent fiasco with Grenlec, one only needs to look at the government’s attempt to expropriate the Rex Hotel.”

“I am proud of the spirit with which we began our mission and of the progress, we made in getting world-class investors and brands to see the best in Grenada. However, my position as both Ambassador and Consul General has become untenable – I can no longer serve in good conscience as Grenada’s business and diplomatic representative abroad,” – Warren stated.

Concluding the resignation letter, he further asserted, “I hope you (Oliver Joseph) and others would take this action as it is intended – as an appeal to restore reason and the rule of law to the government and bring us back to a place where progress is possible in Grenada. I wish nothing more than a level and rational playing field for those who wish to do business, create jobs and grow the economy to ensure a bright future for the youth of our wonderful country.”