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THE GRENAflA NEWSLETTER
Por the week endina 19th RebruIanrY 1977.
Before a Joint meeting of the House of Representatives and the Senate,
and a crowded public gallery, Governor General Sir Leo de Gale on
Wednesday (16th) delivered the throne speech and declared open the lst
Session of Grenada's 2nd Parliament since the attainment of Independence
on February 7th 1974.
Before dealing with Government's plan for the coming year, Sir Leo said
that at the first General Elections since Independence, the people of
Grenada had renewed the mandate given to the Grenada United Labour Party
led by Prime Minister the Right Honourable Eric Matthew Gairy.
"Thia mandate", sdd the Governor General, "ia a further expression of
confidence in the policies and plans formulated and pursued by my
Government for the economic self-sufficiency and international
respectability of Grenada."
Dealing first with Agriculture, Sir Leo said thin aeotor is, and will be
for some time, the main-stay of Grenada's economy, and his Government wi5.
Spare no effort in the development and expansion of this industry.
When his Government introduced its policy of land-for-the-landless, Sir
Leo said, there were many who criticized it without justification, but
the performance of the island' s principal crops had demonstrated that tihe
redistribution of land into the hands of those who, formerly, did not own
land, has contributed significantly to the enhanced performance of
"A Marketing Board has already been established", said Sir Leo, and
funds have been earmarked for the construction of a Marketing Depot."
Work on this project is to commence in 1977 and assistance has been
obtained from the Economic Commission for Latin America to advise and
develop a five-year plan of action which will be completed shortly.
Sir Leo disclosed that a special Food Crop Division has commenced
experiments in production of new varieties of rice, onions, white potatoes
peace, beans and hybrid corn, and this project is being assisted by a
UNDP/FAO team of experts.
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Sir Leo said that his Government considers the sugar eeane industry
vital to any programme for import substitution and is crucial to
development of agro-based industries. Government was instrumental
in the formation of a National Association of Cane Pepmers and
is convinced that this Association has an important role to play
in revitalizing the sugar industry.
Concerning Tourism, the Governor General said that Tourist Offices
have been established in New York and Atlanta in the USA, and
in Munich, Germany, and arrangements are well under way for the
opening of new Offices in North, Central and South America and
"No expansion of the Tourist Industry can be contemplated
without the introduction of improved night landing facilities
in Grenada", Sir Leo said, "and my Government has commenced
negotiations with the World Bank for the construction of an
Referring to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Sir Leo said
that his Government, together with the Governments of the
Associated States., Belize and Montserrat, is concerned over
"the slow pace of industrial development in the Eastern Caribbean
and will be participating in a Committee which will review the
'special measures' provided for the Lees Developed Countries
of the CARICOM Agreement." Under Grenada's Incentives
Legislation, there had been limited success in attracting
capital investors, and Government is giving active consideration
to direct Government participation in Companies formed locally
for industrial development.
Turning to infrastructure, the Governor General Said the condition
of Grenada's roads "leaves much to be desired", and a major
reconstruction programme is a priority. Negotiations have
been concluded with the United Kingdom, the European Development
Fund and the Caribbean Development Bank for a major roads and
bridges improvement programme in the next 5-year period.
"The continuing development of Grenada's water resources is
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proceeding according to plan", said Sir Leo. Phase 2 of this
programme, which began last year, will continue with the completion
of the Mardigras and Peggy's Whim systems this year." The
Governor General said the laying of pipes for distribution of the
Belvidere water system began in January and is progressing
satisfactorily. Government wished to place on record, he said,
its thanks for the financial support given by the Canadian
International Development Agency and the Caribbean Development Bank.
Sir Leo said that the opening of the St.Georges University School of
Medicine in Januway this year will upgrade medical facilities in
Grenada in addition to making available medical resource personnel.
"My Government is committed he said, "to ensuring that the standard
of training provided by this University will be fully acceptable by
Sir Leo disclosed, in the course of his speech, that Government has
reached agreement with representatives of the European Development
Fund for improvement of facilities at the St.Georges General Hospital,
to include enlargement of the Pathalogical Laboratory, the Maternity
Wing and the Diagnostic Unit. Construction work will commence in
"My Government .... is continuing to provide ftailities for the
implementation of well-planned housing developments throughout the
island", the Governor General said. "The 150 families that are
now enjoying the new responsibility of home ownership will shortly
be joined by many more whose houses are now nearing completion.
Nineteen seventy-seven will see a relocation of an additional 200
families into new homes planned for better environmental living and
located in various parts of the island."
Government has declared 1977, "Local Handicrafts Year", Sir Leo said,
and, part of Government's plan to encourage the development of
handicrafts is the building of a Handicrafts Emporium in the
St.Georges area for the marketing of handicrafts to tourists and
others. During this year, also, a major exhibition of arts and
crafts will be staged.
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Dealing also with cooperatives, sport and youth development, the
Governor General moved on to the subject of Labour and said, tMy
Government reaffirms its commitment to the cause of Labour", and
the undertaking was given that labour legislation will conform to
"In keeping with its commitment to the maintenance of law and
order in the State", Sir Leo said, "my Government will continue
to upgrade the training of and provide better facilities and
conditions of service for the Police. In addition to the
facilities provided for Civil Servants under the Government
Housing Scheme, my Government will introduce a housing project
to enable Policemen to own their own homes."
Sir Leo said that his Government has concluded an agreement with
Canada for the insurance of Canadian investments in Grenada.
Outlining steps which will be taken to. enforce price control,
the Governor General. said Government has approved establishment
of a special Court to deal quickly with violations of the price
control regulations, and more severe penalties will be introduced
to enforce these regulations.
"An interim increase in salaries of Civil Servants has been made
Ending a review of salaries of Public Officers by a Salaries
Commission", Sir Leo said. "The terms of reference of that
Commission are, 'to review the salaries of all monthly paid
Government employees and other working conditions of service and
to make recommendations with a view to promoting a better service.'"
His Government, he said, considers that a reorganisation of the
public Service is a matter or urgent and high priority.
Concluding his speech, the Governor General said, "My Government
would like to place on record its appreciation of the assistance
and cooperation given to Grenada through bi-lateral agreements
with other countries and international organizations, and reaffirms
its commitment to the principles of free and democratic
societies the wovld over".
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SPEAKER LISTS PM's AWARQDS
In his first official address to Parliament yesterday (16th), newly
elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Alison Reason,
paid tribute to Prime Minister Gairy for upholding the very highest
traditions of Parliament "by his humble respect for the institute *.
of Parliament and his main commitment to the cause of parliamentary
Mr Reason said it was fitting to take official note of the extent to
which the outside world has been honouring Mr Gairy and to record
with congratulations the honours he has received from 1955.
The Speaker said that Mr Gairy had been made a PFellow of the Royal
Society of Arts in 1955, and a Justice of the Peace in 1957.
Mr Reason also listed the Veneuaelan Order of the Liberator awarded
in 1971, a Knighthood of the Grand Cross Doctorate in Political
Science from the Ecolestastical University of England in 1974, the
Medal of the Americas in 1975, an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from
teo Ohung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea in 1976, the Medal of
the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit from the Government of South
Korea in 1976, a Knight of the Order of Toledo, Spain, in 1976,
Knight Grand Cross of the Sovereign Greek Order of St.Dennis of
Zante in 1976, a Privy Councellor in the 1977 Queen's Birthday
Honours, and a Knighthood of the Distinguished Sovereign Military
Order of Malts which was conferred on January 31st 1977.
Mr Speaker Reason said, "It is evident from these awards that
cognisance has been taken of the Prime Minister's distinguished
services at home, his contribution at fora at local, regional and
international levels, his statesmanship, his magnanimity to his
opponents, his splendid human relations and his dedication and
commitmMat.to improvement of life and understanding everywhere."
(295 words) .
BMANA PRODUCTION UP
According to figures published in the Grehada "Torchlight"
newspaper on February 13th, banana production in the Windward Islandc
increased in 1976 to an annual total of 121,063 long tons, a record
figure since 1971.
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This increase is 30,899 long tons (or 34.1*) more than the 1975
figure, and most of this increased production came in the latter
part of the year.
Production figures given for individual Windward Islahds during
1976 are, Grenada 15,419 long tons (an increase of 14% over 1975
production), St.Vincent 29,077 (5y increase), St.Lucia 43,762
(40/. increase), Dominion 32,805 (21% increase).
The following are statistics for January supplied by essrsa
LIAT (1974) Ltd :-
passtngers 2,835 4,674
Freight 24,134.6 kilos 5,710.6 kilos
Mail 3,240.0 1,063.8 "
On February 16th, the 8 8 "Geestland" sailed with 25,269 boxeb
of bamauas wsghaing 758,153 Ibs and valued at Bc$53,070.00.
There were 453 boxes of rejected fruit.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending February 12th, the following cruise liners
called at Grehada :-
February 6th Vietafjord 606 Passengers
8th Cunard Countess 714 do.
Stella Oceanis **
9th Amerikanis ) 591 do.
Mermoz 310 do.
11th Angelino Lauro ** I
12th Sun Viking 714 do.
Statendam 754 do.
** Information re number of passengers not yet available.
With reference to the "Ooeania" and "Jupiter" listed in NEWSLETTER
of February 12th, information is not yet available on the number
of passengers carried by these ships..