Legislators approved of the Pre-clearance (ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007) Act which allows for regional states to pre-clear passengers and goods in
for entry into states staging the cricket matches. Grenada
Legal Affairs Minister Elvin Nimrod said the Act could be considered as giving permission for participating member states in the region to engage in a transit arrangement.
He said it allows one country to send 'pre-clearance agents ' to another state to deal with passengers and baggage, destined for that state.
"So if a person comes from
, (and is) going to Venezuela but has to pass through Jamaica , a Grenada agent could clear them here so that when they get to Jamaica there's no hassle, they just go through." Jamaica
The parliament also passed the Immigration Bill making it mandatory for the captain of a ship or aircraft to send advanced passenger information to the immigration authorities at the intended port of entry.
Under the law, any vessel, or aircraft failing to comply with the legislations could face a fine of up to US $100,000.
The other piece of legislation passed on Monday is the Customs Bill that also mandates advanced passenger information, as well as cargo.
Any violation of the legislation would result in a US$500,000 fine or the seizure of the vessel.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, did not indicate whether his administration would be seeking to continue using the legislation that forms part of the regional "Sunset Law" after the CWC.”
"If we have to continue it we have to seek the support…of the Opposition and the country as a whole. We can't just do it arbitrarily like this."
But Opposition Leader Tillman Thomas said he doesn't see the need for such legislations going beyond June 30.
"I don't think we're faced with a threat of terrorism in
. I believe that things are fairly safe for the time being in this part of the world; but if it becomes necessary in the future, we may have to look at it," he said. Grenada
The Senate will debate the legislation on Tuesday.
This is a good initiative ahead of the world cup cricket tournament as this will help the tournament to attract more fans to the country and will make the tournament successful. I hope, their attempt will work well.