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The Grenada newsletter
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
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twenty no. a year
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Began in 1973.
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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughes
P 0 Box 65
Por the week emiing August 27th 1977

The House of Representatives met on Friday (26th) and passed the

International Financial Organisations Act 1977. This Act

replaced the First Schedule of the 'International Financial

Organizations Act 1975, and is a schedule of the "Articles of

Agreement of the International Monetary Fund".

NLWSLETTER understands that this lengthy document (31 Articles,

103 Sub-sections and 11 Schedules) is the standard form of
agreement to be entered into by all countries wishing to

participate in operations of the International Monetary Fund.

In the debate on this Act, Mr Bernard Goard of the New Jewel

Movement (NJM) and Member for the Town of St.George, and Mr Unison

Whiteman (NJM) and Member for St.Georges North-East, were the

principal speakers for the Opposition and, in an exclusive

interview with N.EWSLETTER today (27th), Mr Coard repeated some of

the "dangers" he and Mr Whiteman had pointed out to Government.

The Member for the Town of St.George said that the International
Monetary Fund (IMP) and the International Bank for Reconstruction
& Development (World Bank) are dominated by "a handful of rich
nations because voting in these institutions is based on financial
contributions made and not on "a democratic process". "In this

context", said Mr Coard, "it has only to be noted that, according

to the Constitution of the World Bank, the President of the Bank

must be an American nominated by the President of the United


The result of this, said Mr Coard, is that, when the World Bank

and IMP are called upon to assist Third World countries, they

insist on measures which are not in the beat interest of the
country being helped. Mr Coard said these measures almost
invariably include a devaluation of the country's currency and an

inflow of foreign capital to dominate the country's economy,

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and the Union has stated that it looks forward "to having this.

matter settled not later that 31 at August 1977."

In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (27th), Me Eric

Pierre, Secretary of SWWU said his Union has no intention of

backing down on its demand. "We have made a considerable

sacrifice in accepting this allowance in the spirit of compromise",

he said, "and we cannot be expected to go any further."

Mr Lloyd Benjamin, Chairman of GSA told NEWSLETTER today (27th)
that the SWWU letter had reached him only yesterday (26th) and

he thought it "rather short notice" to have a reply ready by

August 31st. Mr Benjamin said, however, that every effort is
being made to hold a meeting of GSA as soon as possible."

(187 words)


A delegation from the Grenada Hotel Association (GHA) led by its

President, Mr Royston Hopkin, called on the Permanent Secretary of the

Ministry of Agriculture, LaeBs & Fisheries, Mr John Samuel, on August

13th to discuss the current shortage of lobsters in the island.

According to a spokesman for GHA, it was pointed out to Mr Samuel

that, whereas Grenada hotels purchased some 60,000 lbs of lobsters

annually before the export of lobsters began on a large scale

about 1974, hoteliers were finding it almost impossible to

have lobster on the menu now. The spokesman cited as an

example that, between December 1975 and April 1976, one of the

larger hotels in Grenada purchased some 2000 Iba of lobsters

or an average of over 300 Ibs per month. By comparison,

during the period March to August 1976, the figure dropped

to 343 lbs or less than 60 lbs per month.

"The Hotel Ind.stry could use at least 75,000 lbs of lobster

annually", said the spokesman, "but the indiscriminate fishing

ovr taking place and the high volume of export has made this

eam very scarce in Grenada while the Hotel Industry in

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Mr Stanley will present hiB coedentinla to r asident Ellis Clarke

of Trinidad & Tobago on September 8th, and is expected to visit
Grenada shortly after for a similar formality with Governor
General Sir Leo deGele.
(103 words)


The S S "Geesttide" sailed on August 23rd with 22,004 boxes of

bananas weighing 664,022 Ibs. Geest Industries Ltd paid the

Grenada Banana Cooperative Society (GBCS) 30.1 EBC per pound

making a total of EC$200,141.52. The price paid to growers

by GBCS was 14 ECV per pound on the weight of bananas received
at the boxing plants, but this figure is not yet available.
There were 778 boxes or rejected fruit.

The weight shipped by S S "Geeatcreat" on August 46th was

555,426 Ibs and the amount weighed at the boxing plants was

577,081 lbs, making a difference of 21,655 Ibs between the
boxing plant weight and the shipped weight.

(118 words)


During the week ending August 20th, there was one cruise liner

call at -renads. this was the "Cunard Countess" which
arrived on Tuesday 16th with 798 passengers.

(27 words)

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THL GRENADA NEWBSLTTER oeek Ending 27.8.77

neighboring islands benefits."

The delegation to Mr Banuel suggested that, with immediate

effect, the export of lobsters should be banned- and that

Government should be extra vigilant to ensure that no fishing

is done in the closed season. It was also suggested that,

until the needs of the Grenada Hotel Industry are met,

no exports of lobsters should be allowed.

(246 words)


Visiting Trinidad this week, NEWSLETTER called on the Leader of

the Opposition in the Trinidad & Tobago House of Representatives,

Mr Raffique Shah, on August 23rd, and was granted an exclusive


recently, there has been dissention in Mr Shah's political party,

the United Labour Front (ULP). This dissention centered around

Mr Basdeo Panday, until recently political leader of ULF and

Leader of the Opposition. ULF holds 10 of the 12 seats on the

opposition benches in the House of Representatives, and it is

reported that there is now a 6 to 4 split in these seats against

Mr Panday.

On Tuesday August 16th, the ULP Central Committee met and removed

Mr Panday as Political Leader. This move was followed by a

Central Committee meeting on 17th when Mr Shah was elected Leader

of the Party and, on 18th, the President of the Republic, Mr Ellil

Clarke, was asked to revoke Mr Panday's appointment and make

Mr Shah Leader of the Opposition. Mr Shah took up this post

on 22nd..

Commenting on the background to these events, Mr Shah told

NEWSLETTER that there had been "intense problems" in the ULF

during the last six months, brought about, principally, because

Mr Panday had tried to be "opportunistic" by "veering from the

principles of ULF as originally conceived."

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an official of GONA said the notice in "Torchlight" had not been

published with the authority of GCNA and GONA had not scheduled
the holding of any meetings as stated in the notice.

This is the most recent development in the matter of the Nutmeg

Board which was dissolved by the Governor General on July 4th 1975.

The members of that Board were successful in their Suit before the
High Court when, on July 28th, Mr Justice Archibald Nedd ruled
that the Governor General's Dissolution Order was null and void.

According to Section 36 of the Nutmeg Industry Ordinance, the
Chairman "... shall remain in office until the appointment of his

successor ...." The Chairman of the Association and therefore

the Chairman of the Nutmeg Board at the time of the "dissolution"

was Mr F J Archibald, and sources close to the dissolved Board

say that legal advice has been given that, as a result of the

High Court ruling, Mr Archibald is now entitled to call Area

Meetings and a General Meeting to elect a new Nutmeg Board.

On the other hand, because of an appeal made by Government, a

Stay of Execution was granted following the decision of Mr Justice

Archibald Nedd, and this appeal is to be heard sometime towards

the end of September. Government circles say that, because of
the Stay of eLacution, Mr Archibald has no authority to act as

Chairman of GCNA.

Mr Archibald was not available for comment.

(350 words)

'Te Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) has taken a firm

stand that, in the Union's current industrial dispute wAth the

Grenada Shipping Agents (GSA), the agreed 15> cost-of-living

allowance must be paid from January 1st 1977 and not July Ist

1977 as proposed by GSA.

This position was made clear in a letter to GCA dated Thursday(25th)

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wished to take the ULP back into the saae image of the DLP, and

he had become very racist in his public statements. these e

statement have been pro-Indian and very anti-Black", said

Mr Shah, "and as Leader of the ULF, which is committed to

Black and Indian unity, this is completely out of place and

indicates that Panday was not serious about this unity and

found it convenient only for election purposes."

Mr Shah said also that Mr Panday refused to accept the authority

of the 25-man strong ULF Central Committee and had described it

as an "after-birth" which had to be got rid of. "It got to

the point", he said, "where we couldn't stand it any longer.

Pandai has not been expelled from the Party and he still remains

a member of the Centoal Committee. As far as we are

concerned, he is still a ULF parliamentarian, and he has merely

been removed from the Executive of the party."

The Leader of the Opposition said he and Mr Panday were still

friends and, since the change of leadership in ULF, they had

met. "He told me that he thought I was being used", said

.r Shah, "and I told him I couldn't agree with him and couldn't

support him in his efforts to create a new DLP."

iEWSLETTER made several efforts to contact Mr Panday with a view

to interviewing him, but without success.

(1102 Words)


Britain's new High Commissioner to Grenada is expected to

arrive in Trinidad on September 6th. He is. Mr H R H Stanley

and he replaces Mr C E Diggines who retired recently.

Mr Stanley, who will be resident in Trinidad & Tobago as High

Commissioner to that country, was born in 1920 and, until

recently, was assistant Undersecretary of State in the Foreign

and Commonwealth Office in London.

( continued)

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grass-roots terms, is that, whereas the wealth is now M-ncentrated

in the hands of a few multi-notional corporations and a few of the

local big capitalists, it is possible to restructure the society

that the wealth could be distributed among the working class

people." This would not necessarily mean "taking what those

have acquired and dishing it out jto those who have not", Mr Shah

said, "but rather to work towards lifting the standard of living

of all the people."

"Panday realized that, being this kind of Party, ULF had a struggle

which would take five or ten years before it could take power",

Mr Shah said, "and he realized it would be more opportunistic to

have a racist DLP type of party. What he tried to do,

therefore, was to introduce to the Party people who had no

commitment to working class struggles but who were patent


The Leader of the Opposition said this was shown clearly when, for

the Trinidad & Tobago local government elections, Mr Panday used

his influence to have selected candidates whose public position

was unquestionable in that they had no sympathy for the working

class. Mr Shah said most of these people were of Indian

ethnic origin which lent a racist atmosphere to the operation,

many had a history of DLP association and all were personally

committed to Mr Panday rather than to the ULP.

"What panday did", said Mr Shah, "was to try to subvert the Party

in this way, and he went around holding private meetings telling

the sugar workers that there was 'a group of communists' who

wanted to take over the ULF. And, he made the false accusation

that members of the Central Committee of ULF are members of the

National Movement for the True Independence of Trinidad & Robago

(NAMOTIT), a clandestine left-wing organisation which, from its

publications, appears to be Marxist-Leninist and may be pro-


The Leader of the Opposituon said it was clear that Mr Panday

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"When ULF was formed", said Mr Shah, "we sew the Party

developing as a party of the working class. Our view was

that Parties like the People's National Movement (PNM) which was

based mainly on African support, or the Democratic Labour Party

(DLP), which was based mainly on East Indian support, have
caused the further division of the races in Trinidad & Tobago."

"In addition", continued Mr Shah, "neither PNM nor DLP was

committed to fundamental change. The PNM moved the country

from colonialism to neo-colonialism and now to imperialism, and

the thinking of DLP is along the same lines. These Parties

were interested only in setting up a new power structure and

we felt the ULF could not be like this."

The Leader of the Opposition said that the "fundamental

documents" of ULF had been publicised widely and they stated

that the party was for "the unity of the Indian and African

people." He said the Party is committed to nti-

imperialism and this he defined as "against any political or

economic domination of the country by foreigners."

"ULF is committed to bringing about the 'new democracy'", said

Mr Shah. "This has not been clearly defined but we believe

the 'new democracy' should be a system which will replace the

present one, not necessarily by a Moscow, China or Cuba type

of Socialist society, but a society which takes into account

our special circumstances of race and the fact that we are a
developed developing country."

hr Shah said the 'new democracy' would not necessarily be based

on Marxism though, in this connection, he declined to speak for

the Party. "You have within the party people who are

Marxist-Leninist and people who are not," he said, "I cannot

say I am versed in Marxist-Leninism, although I have found a

lot of the readings useful. I think there are Marxiat-

Leninist theories, particularly concerning the restructuring
to the economy, which could be useful, but what we -elt, in

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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER weak Ending 27.8.77

neither of which moves the Member of Purll.ameut thought would

benefit the Third World country.

"The vast majority of Third World countries are now getting

together to make a stand against this domination", said Mr Goard,

and we pointed out to Government that Third World countries are

moving to take control of their own resources." The Member

for the Town of St.George said he had pointed out to Government

that the ideology of the country had nothing to do with whether

or not it attempted to control "the commanding heights of its

economy." "Capitalistic Venezuela is doing it", said Mr Coard,
"it is established practice in Socialistic countries and even

Iran with its Feudalistic system has taken over its oil resources."

Mr Coard said that Guyana and Jamaica have already joined the bloc

-fS non-alligned nations and Barbados has announced her intention

to do so. He said that it had been pointed out to Government

that Grenada should accept loans wherever they were available but

that it was essential that these loans should benefit Grenada.

It was Mr Coard's opinion that brenaaa should join the bloc of

non-alligned nations in order that the State would have

international strength in negotiating loans.

(489 words)


A notice under the name of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg

Association (GCNA) appearing in the local "Torchlight" newspaper

of August 24th states that a General Meeting of the Association

will be held on Thursday 29th September. The notice, signed

by "F J Archibald, Chairman", also gives dates, times and places
for Area Meetings to be held "for discussing the following Agenda

and electing delegates to the General Meeting."

The Agenda given has two items, (1) Election of six members to

serve on the Ifutmeg Board for the Nutmeg Year ending 30th June
1.978, and (2) General Business.

I: reply to an inquiry made by NEWSLERTER on Fridny (26th), however,
(c'nltint .1)

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