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Title:
The Grenada newsletter
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
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A. & C. Hughes
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St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
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Grenada

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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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Aliater Hughes
P 0 Box 65
St.Georges
Grenad a
WESTINDIES

THE GRhNADA NEWSLETTER
For The Week Endina June 3rd 1978

HOSTE-: SUGAR NEGOTIATIONS A MOCKERY /

Addressing the Joint Consultative Assembly of thb Lome Convention

at the opening ceremony on Monday (29th), Mr George Hoateh,

Grenada's Minister of Finance, criticized the European Community

for its. handling of the negotiations for a sugar price to be given

the African, Caribbean and pacific Countries (APC).


"Once again", Mr Hosten said, "the Community has placed before

their APC partners a firm and final offer which they say must be

accepted as the negotiated price. Surely, this mades a

mockery of negotiation."

The Minister said he was concerned to note that this "we have

decided" attitude finds expression in the day-to-day

interpretation and application of the Lone Convention and related

Agreements.

Mr Hosten also criticized the "inordinately long delay between

commitment and disbursement" of aid money. "There appears to

be", he said, "a case for a more liberal and practical

interpretation of the very restrictive procedures which apply in

these cases." He thought the delay in disbursement of money

magnified the problem of inflation facing the APC countries, as

there was a decrease in the real value of the aid to which they

were entitled.
Dis aDointina
Mr Hosten pointed cut that the amount of aid given to APC

countries under the Lome Convention had been disappointing. He

thought,as the time drew near for negotiations for a Convention

to succeed the Lome Comvention, there was cause for concern that,

after the third anniversary of the signing of Lome, only a

fraction of the objectives set had been achieved.

"Qf the funds agreed to be applied to assist in the development

of theAPC countries", he said, "approximately one-third have

been committed and less than '5L dispersed."
4
Referring to protocol 6 of. the Loie Convention (which deals with
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Alister Hughes
TEL GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3.6.78
Page 2
the import of bananas into the Europema Common Market), Mr Easten

said it had not placed ant disadvantage before banana producing
countries which are in competition with APO countries. Nor hea

the Protocol brought ang advantages to bananas from'APC countries.

"Indeed", he said, "non-APC banana imports by the Community have

increased while APC banana imports have remained static or, in

some cases, decreased".

The Minister said it remained his view that Protocol 6 contemplates
a more positive and dynamic role for the European Community to

enable the APC countries "to break the strangle-hold which the
multi-national companies have on the banana markets of the

Community."

Prime Minister Gairy was scheduled to make the welcome address
t the opening ceremony of the Assembly, but Mr Hosten said

Lr Gairy had asked him to take his place and to express his
regret that he had not been able to be present.

The meeting ends tomorrow (2nd)
(438 words)


EfC GOJMISSIONER ANSWERS "MOCKERY" CHARGE S

Sugar producing countries of the African Caribbean and Pacific

(APC) States are getting the maximum possible price for their
product under the Lome Convention.

Mr Claude Cheysson, the European Community's Cmmmissioner for

Development said this in Grenada today (31st) in reply to the
charge made by Mr George Hosten, Grenada's Minister of Finance,
that the European Community had made a mockery of the negotiations

for a new sugar price. Mr Hosten said the Cummunity had put
before the APC countries "a firm and final offer" which they said
had to be accepted as the negotiated price.

In answer to this, Mr Cheysson said it was possible to say there
< rno liberty in the negotiations, but, if the price is already

ah the ceiling, it is not possible to go beyond that.

'Je have guaranteed to buy at a level which would be within the
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3,.78


margin of the prices we pay at home", he said, "and the prices we

pay at home are more than double world prices. Two hundred and
seventy-eight unite of account is what we offer to our producers

and we cannot go beyond that maximum."

Mr Cheysaon said that, if the situation on the world market was
different, the price offered the APC countries would probably not

be fixed at the maximum price offered to European sugar producers,

and there would then be room for negotiation. He said that
every year the APC countries had tried to get this maximum price

for their sugar and, up to now, they had succeeded.

The Commissioner said the European Community was bound by a

contract to buy a certain amount of sugar from the APC countries.

"We don't need that sugar now because our production is excessive

compared with our consumption", he said, "but we are bound by the

contract, we buy."
(303 words)


hEC AID NOT CONDITIONED BY HUMAN RIGHTS

When a new treaty is negotiated to replace the EEC-ACP Lome
Convention, the European Commission will not insist that enjoying
the benefits of the treaty will be 6n the -onditios that human

rights are preserved by APC countries.

Speaking in Grenada on Wednesday (31st), Mr Claude Cheyeson, the

European Community's Commissioner for Development, said that in

the negotiations for the new treaty to replace the Lome

Convention, the European Commission will propose that in no case
should contracts under the treaty be interrupted.

"If we sign a new Convention", he said, "our partners would have
a right to a certain number of facilities in terms of trade,

technical assistance and financing, and we consider that what is

due should be paid."

Asked whether, in cases like Uganda where it is known that human

rights are violated, the Commission would want to withhold aid,

Mr Cheysson said, "My answer is clear, no."

The Lome Convention expires in 1980 and negotiations for a new
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Al-ater Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3.. 78
Page U

treaty begin on 24th July 1978.
(158 words)


ASUMIBLY TO STUDY BAHAMAS

The Joint Consultative Assembly of the Lome Convention meeting in

Grenada is to study the working of the Convention as it affects the

importation of bananas into the European Common Market.

There have been complaints that the Convention does not give '

sufficient protection to bananas from the African, Caribbean and

Pacific (APC) countries, and these countries have requested that
special attention be given to a study of Protocol 6 of the Convention

which deals with banana imports into the European Common Market.

members of the European Parliament attending the meeting have elected
representatives to serve on the working group to study the banana

question. These representatives are Mr Pierre Lagorce (France),
.' Heinrich Aiger (Federal German Republic), Mr Gabriel Kaspereit
(France), Mr Carlo Meintz (Luxemburg), Lord Resy (United Kingdom), and
one other whose name could not be ascertained.

The APC countries have not yet announced their delegates to this
working group.
(145 words)


NO DEBATE OH POLITICAL MATTERS
An informed source told NEWSLETTER today (1at) that it has been
decided that members of the European Community now attending the

meeting of the Joint Consultative As embly of the Lome Convention in

Grenada, will not have a discussion an political matters as had been

originally expected.

No release has been made, but it is understood that it has been
proposed that the European Pafliament have a political discussion with

Foreign Ministers of the Community on June 14th. It is not known

where this discussion will tak.e place, but the Foreign Minister of

Denmark will put questions on behalf of the Foreign Ministers of the
r:onmunity, and Mr Lise Istergaard (Denmark), ..EEC diniater in

Charge of Political 0aestions, will reply on behalf of the Parliament.
(120 words)










Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3.6.78
Page 5

ASSEMBLY TO IMET IN LUXE BURG
NLwSLETTER is informed that the next meeting of the full Joint

Consultative Assembly of the Lome Convention may meet in

Luxenburg during the last week in September. It is expected

that the final communique of the meeting now being held in Grenada

will confirm this.
(46 words)


SICK-OUT CALLED OF CONDITIONALLY/ '

Teachers at the Government-assisted secondary schools have called

off their sick-out pending completion of negotiations with their

School Boards.

This sick-out has been in effect since May 4th and is in support

of claims for salaries equivalent to those paid at the Government

owned Grenada Boys' Secondary School (GBBS). Teachers at GBSS

recently received salary increases with back pay from 1975.

The School Boards have said that, unless Government increases the

annual grant or permits an increase of school fees from the

present EC$3O per term, they are unable to meet the teachers'

demands. In protest, teachers have been alternatively working

one day and staying at home 'sick' for two days since May 4th.

After consultation with the Boards, Government offered grants to

the schools to meet increased wages for the period January to

August 1978. An offer of further assistance from September was
also made but this is conditional on an examination of the

revenue and expenditure of each school and on compliance with

certain regulations.

These decisions were conveyed to the School Boards and, on behalf

of the Boards of the eight affected schools, the Principal of

Presentation College wrote a letter to the teachers. This

letter, making an offer to the teachers of all the schools, was

considered at a teachers' meeting yesterday (1st) and has paved

the way for negotiations.
Good Baith
A spokesman for the teachers told NEWdLhTTER (2nd) that there are

things about the offer which are not satisfactory. However,
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3.6.7%
Page 6

as teachers' salaries at the end of May were paid at increased
rates equal to GBSS salaries, this was taken as a sign of good

faith and the meeting decided to call off the sick-out pending

negotiations with the School Boards.

NEWSLETTER understands that the "unsatisfactory" aspects of the

offer include the fact that it is conditional upon Government
making money available to the Boards. The teachers take the

view that they are employed by the Boards and not by Government,
and they want a firm unconditional offer from the Boards,


Another aspect concerning the teachers is that the Boards have

offered to negotiate back-pay for 1977 but have made no mention

of 1975 and 1976. The teachers feel that back-pay should be
from let January 1975, the date from which GBSS teachers received

:heir recent increases.

The dismissal of a teacher, Mr Malcolm Antoine, from the St.Johns

Christian Secondary School is considered by the teachers to be

part of the dispute, and, in a letter to be sent to the Principal
of Presentation College for all the Boards, it will be stated that

Mr Antoine must be reinstated. The teachers consider his
dismissal to be victimisation, and they will ask for an

undertaking that there will be no victimization as a result of
the sick-out.

iLWSLETTER understands that the teachers' letter will be sent

today (2nd) and that it will advise the Boards that it is

expected that satisfactory negotiations will be concluded

within two weeks. Failing this, the teachers will feel

free to resume industrial action.
(502 words)


UNIVERSITY CENTRE GETS BOOKS N

The British High Commissioner to Grenada, Mr H 8 H Stanley, MG,
today (jet) presented a gift of books from the British Council

ho the University of the west Indies Extra Mural Centre.

The gift, worth 775, was received by Mrs Beverly Steele,
14C>ident Extra Mural Tutor, in a simple ceremony witnessed by









Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3.6.78
PnBg 7
Mr Michael Dibben, Officer-in-Charge of the Grenada Desk at the

British High Commission in Trinidad, and Mrs Sheila Buckmlre,

Librarian in charge of the Grenada Public Library.

Mrs Steele told NEWSLETTER today (1st) that these books an a
useful addition to the University Centre Library, and will be of

interest to students aspiring to higher academic levels.
(108 words)


EAST CARIBBEAN CURREiCY AUTHORITY /

At the end of February, the East Caribbean Currency Authority

(ECCA) had EC472,081,515 in circulation. Of this,tEO$65,41j3859..
was in the form of notes and EC$6,667,665 in coin.

The full BCCA Statement to 28th February 1978, published in the
Government Gazette of Friday May 26th, is as follows :-

Liabilities


Demand Liabilities
Notes in circulation
Coin in circulation
Bankers Balances
Unpresented cheques
International Organisations.
Bankers Deposits
General Reserve
Special Reserve
Other liabilities


EC065,413,850'1 ,0
6,667,665j
35,174,408
21,268
604.427 EC007,881 ,318
67,400,056
7,193,741
3,093,120
,.525.901
EC$190,094,136


Assets
External Assets
Fixed Deposits & Money at call EC$105,221,455
Securities 51,797,379
Regional Currencies 2,874,772
Bankers' Balances 711.225 EC8160,604,831
Internal Assets
Participating Governments' Securitids
including Treasury Bills 26,151,303
Other ^aseta 3.538,002
EC$190,094,136


Please note that the total of the Demand Liabilities shown above
is that appearing in the Government Gazette. It appears that

this is a typographical error and that the figure should read

EC$107,881,618. The ECCA Statement for 31st January 1978 has
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3.6.78
Pane 8
not yet been published.


WIUAN GETS G IT

The Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN) has received

a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

of Canada. This grant, for Can$190,000, is. for a land survey
to produce optimum use of banana growing areas.

Following on a Banana Acreage Survey in 1966, WINBAN started

intercropping trials in Grenada and St.Lucia in 1972. The

Survey disclosed that a very small percentage of bananas were

planted in pure stands, and the interoropping trials were

intended to produce more efficient methods of planting other

crops with bananas.

The IDRC grant enables WINBAN to pursue these trials. Emphasis

will be on evaluating small-farmer interplanting practices,

determining the best food crops to interplant with bananas, and
the time and sequence of intercrop planting.

Attention will also be paid to selecting the most suitable

plantain strains for the Windward Islands, and investigating

the possibility of intercropping these strains with food crops.

Bananas are now planted in mixed stands together with a variety
of food crops including dasheen, tannia, eddoe, cassave and peas.

Bananas are also planted with tree crops like mango, breadfruit,

cocoa and nutmegs.
(187 words)


GAIRY VISITS COSTA RICA /

The Government owned "West Indian" newspaper reports in its

issue of May 24th that Prime Minister Gabry visited Costa

Rica over the week-end of May 6th to attend the inauguration
of President Ridrigo Carazo Odio.

The report says that, after discussions in Trinidad with
onator John Donaldson, Trinidad & Tobago's Minister of External

affairs, and overnighting in Venezuela, Mr Gairy arrived at San

ro:,e, Costa Ricas. There, the "Neat Indian" says, the Prime
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3.6.76
Page 9

Minister was taken to an hotel where he was "the ranking official

guest of the Government of Costa Rica (and) occupied the

presidential suite which, incidentally, had been occupied on

previous occasions by the late President John Kennedy of the USA

and other Heads of State."

The "West Indian" reports that the Grenada delegation to the

inauguration ceremonies "took precedent over all other delegations

except for the delegations from the Vatican, but including the

powerful delegation from the USA led by Mrs Roselyn Carter, wife

of President Jimmy Carter, and the delegation from Russia which

was headed by Secretary of the Praesidulum of the Supreme Soviet,

the highest legislative authority in the Soviet Union."


By virtue of its seniority, the "West Indian"says, the Grenada

delegation was accorded special privileges and given "official

place" at a luncheon given by the Costa Rican Foreign Minister

for special missions and other invited guests attending the

inaugural ceremonies.

Mr Gairy and his delegation left Costa Rica on Wednesday May 10th

and returned to Grenada on Saturday lay 13th.
(248 words)


CRUISE LINER CALLS {2-17

During the week ending May 27th, two cruise liners called at

Grenada. The "Maxim Goraki" berthed on Tuesday 23rd with 627

passengers, and the "Tar~a Shevchenko" arrived on Wednesday 24th.
(O
At time of going to press, the Tourist Board could not give the n3

information as to how many passengers the latter ship carried.
(52 words)
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BANANAS NOT SHIPPED

One hundred and twenty-five tons of bananas failed to be shipped

by the ."Geestland" when she called last weak.


A spokesman for the Grenada Cooperative Banana Society told
NhSLETTER today (2nd) that, due to a combination of a shortage

of transportation and an "administrative misunderstanding", these

bananas did not reach the docks. He said that Geest Industries
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Page 10

Limited had been very cooperative, but the ship had sailed

eventually without the fruit.


The shipment by "Geestland" was 43,052 boxee of bananas. The

tonnage left back is equal to approximately 9,000 boxes. In

accordance with the current policy of skipping a port every week,

no bananas were loaded at Grenada this week.

(1,20 words)







Aliater ea
2 une 1978




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