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THE GRENADA NEWSLETiTER
For The Week Ending September 11th 1976
QREJADA BUSINEBSMEN FACE PROBLEMS
In its issue of Wednesday September 8th, the Grenada "torchlight"
newspaper reports that a local businessman has received information
from a United Kingdom supplier that "credit insurers have withdrawn
their general cover to U K manufacturers and traders doing business
with any Company in Grenada". The newspaper further said the
U K supplier had advised that "shipments will be made only against
confirmed irrevocable letter of credit or through a U K Confirming
NEWSLETTER has done a limited survey in this matter and has seen
recent letters from United Kingdom suppliers advising Grenadian
importers that "we are unable to do business with any Company in
Grenada these days, because our credit insurers have withdrawn
their general cover." The letters went on to advise that
orders will be executed only against Confirmed Irrevocable Letter
of Credit or through a United Kindgom Confirming House.
A reliable commercial source has advised NEWSLETTER, however, that
this is not a new development but that the Export Credit Guarantee
Department of the United Kingdom Government withdrew its insurance
cover in respect of trade with Grenada since early 1974. This
source expressed the opinion that the letters now being received
by Grenadian importers may reflect a tightening up of credit by
some U K exporters who, until now, have been willing to offer sight
draft terms to some Grenadaian importers, in spite of the fact that
the transaction was not covered by the Export Credit Guarantee
Grenadian importers of United States goods (together with Other -z
Caribbean importers of U S goods) will, however, be definitely
affected by new guide-lines set out by the Export-Import Bank.
According to information published by the Grenada Chamber of
Commerce, Caribbean importers are now required to make a down payment
of 1i (instead of 10% as formerly) on purchases from United States
exporters who get credit from the Export-Import Bank. Caribbean
importers will also be affected by the higher interest rates which
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are to be charged by the Bank on loans to U S exporters.
According to the information from the Chamber of Commaeroe, food and
food products are excluded from the new regulations, as are aircraft,
conventional and nuclear power plants, satellite ground stations,
steel mills, weapons and all types of agricultural products.
FAMILY-LIFE WORKSHOP IN GBENADA.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER, Mra Beverly Steele,
University of the West Indies Extra Mural Tutor in Grenada, disclosed
that a two-week long workshop on Family Life Education will commence
in Grenada on Monday September 13th.
Mrs Steele said the workshop will be conducted by Mrs Sybil Francis,
Head of the Social Welfare Training Centre in Jamaica, and assisting
her will be Mrs Pearl Lamb and Miss Jean Tullock-Reld, both of the
Extra Mural Department in Jamaica. Also to be at the workshop are
Doctors Norma Andrews and Michael Alleyne, both of whom have been active
in the Family Life Education Project in Trinidad.
Participants in the workshop will be drawn from 16 territories
stretching over most of the Caribbean and including Belize, Surunam,
the Windward and Leeward Islands and Belize.
According to Mrs Steele, the objects of the workshop are extension
of the knowledge of persons already teaching Family Life Education,
and also the exploration and development of the most effective
approaches in educating communities in good practices of family
"It is hoped", said Mrs Steele, "that through this workshop, the
quality of family life throughout the Caribbean will be further
improved through the renewed efforts of the participants who will
be exposed to the new knowledge the workshop will impart."
ST.JOHN REPLACES MATTHEWS.
Mr Roy St.John, who retired from the Grenada Public Service on
October 19th 1975, was sworn in as a Senator on September 1st and
,t tho same time was made Parliamentary Secretary attached to the
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Ministry of Labour, Youth Development & Sport. Mr St.John, who
replaces Barbadian-born Mr Basil Matthews in tho senate, w.1, be-
responsible for Sport and Environmental Development.
Mr St.John, who was President of the Civil Service Association and
represented that organisation on the "Committee of 22" during the
anti-Government demonstrations against police brutality in 1974,
is seen by political observers as a likely candidate of the ruling
Grenada United Labour Party in the next General Elections.
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GRENADA'S DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS.
Grenada has established diplomatic relations with i2 countries
outside of the region of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This
information was given by the Leader of Government Business in the
Senate, Senator Derek Knight, in reply to questions asked by
Opposition Senator Eric Pierre.
Senator Knight said these countries are Great Britain, Canada,
the U 8 A, Australia, Chile, Uraguay, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Lybia,
Guam, Panama and Venezuela. Senator Knight described Grenada's
relations with these countries as not formal".
P M TO VISIT MEXICO
It is reported that Prime Minister Galry will pay an official
visit to Mexico this month. No Government announcement has
been made yet in this connection, but it is understood that the
purpose of the visit is to try to influence the Mexican Government
"to take a more tangible interest in Grenada", and to give Mr Gairy
on opportunity "to hold discussions with potential investors."
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UWI EXTRAMURAL DEPARTMENT BREAKS NEW GROUND
A news release issued this week by the Extra Mural Department
of the University of the West Indies announced the publication
of an 88-page collection of stories, poems and songs by local
writers under the title, "Tim-Tim Tales From Grenada",
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Jointly edited by the Resident Tutor, Mrs Beverley Steele and
Mr Bruce St.John of the Cave Hill, Barbados, Campus, "Tim Tim
Tales From Grenada" represents the breaking if new ground as this
is the first publication attempted by the Extra Mural Dlpartment
Intended principally for children, "Tim Tim Tales" has been
published in honour of the 10th anniversary of the Cave Hill
Campus. The book, however, with its collection of Westindian
folk tales, is expected to find a readership among adults.
On September 8th, the S S "Geestorest" sailed with 24,619 boxes
of bananas weighing 760,831 lbs and valued at EC$87,495.00.
There were 499 boxes of rejected fruit.
) CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending September 4th, three cruise liners called
at Grenada. They were the "Cunard Countess" on August 3Mat
with 628 passengers, the "Amerikanis" on September let with
520 passengers, and the "Sun Viking" on September 3rd with 514
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