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WHE RMADA NMLLETTkR
Volume 6 Number 15
For The Week Ending August 5th 1978
6th Year Of Publieatibtn - 179th Iaae
GCNA HAS ECA2.7 MILLION TRADING SURBPUS
The Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Assbciation (GCNA) had a groas
income of EC$8.6 million in the half-year ending 31st December
1977. In the Financial Statement and Report of the Interim
Board, circulated today (3rd), this income is shown as being
derived from the sale of 3.3 million pounds of nutmeg and .2
million pounds of maoe.
Statement Of Trading
July To December 1977
No 1 Mace
No 2 Mace
Exce5 Sales over coat
Profit on Nutmeg Oil Trading
General & Administrative Expeng
707.000 2,103,000 2,253,824
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Sales of nutmeg show an increase of 28,7B. ove'f tb CPtIewe C
the oorreponding period in 1976, sales of mace are down by
53.9% and there has been a decrease in the 1977 latter half -ywa
as compared with the same period in 1976 (1977 -E!02.7 million,
1976 EC43.0 million).
With reference to production, the Inter.m Board has expressed
concern over the reduction of deliveries by producers. "While
a drop below the very heavy production experienced during the
corresponding period last year was fully in keeping with the
annual cyclical pattern of recent years", the Report says,
"nevertheless, the volume of the shortfall of 41.8% in nutmeg
and 52.3% in mace is somewhat alarming."
The Interim Board says that a carry over of nutmeg stock effeet
the lower production and allowed the Association to meet the
demand for this item. With mace, however, there was a
falling off of demand which resulted in lowea sales.
During the half-year under review, Holland was by far the
biggest purchaser of nutmegs, taking more than twice the
purchases of any other country. West Nutmeg Exort.
Germany, the United Kingdom and China Julvy-Deoember
were close together in second place 127
for the purchase of nutmeg, while /I A
West Germany was the largest buyer.of
mace, taking 59.98% of total exports. B
Referring to the Financial Statement
in their Report, the Interim Board D
points out that, although the gross
A) bllaand 34.08
sales were greater in the latter half West ermany 14. 4%
of 1977, the trading surplus is less e U.K. 12*214
than in the corresponding period in China 12.07%
1976. "The main factor contribute
to this result", the-Report say., "is
that, contrary to the situation last year when the reverse was *
true, the value of the opening stock for the period -BC2,853,000
-exceeded the value of the closing stock EC#2,103,000".
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The Report says the difference of E0$750,000 automatically
increases the expenditure in arriving at the trading surplus.
"Generally"tool', says the Report, Mace Exports
expenses were slightly higher and this
also contributed to a lesser extent to
the lower net trading result".
The Interim Board, under the
chairmanship of Mr Claude Morrison, has
been in office since the elected Nutmeg
Board was removed by a Dissolution
Order signed by Governor General, Sir
Leo DeGale, on 4th July 1975. The
dissolved elected Board challenged the
validity of the Dissolution Order and
West Germany 59.98%
lost in both the High Court and the Appeal Court. The matter
is now in process of beingput before the Privy Couneil.
Exports July-December 1977
U S A
.tmegn (Iba) S.
1Ir Robert Renwick, GCNA Manager, told NEWSLETTER today (3rd) that
it is' customary for the Association to put out a half-yearly
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report. However, no distribution of asrIlua funds in made
until th. end of the financial year in June.
DL GALE TO,;20 (?)J
A persistent report in Grenada is that Governor General Sir Leo
De Gale is to resign. The report says Sir Leo will vacate
his post in October and probably will retire to Australiao
NLWLLETTER phoned Sir Leo today (2nd) and asked for his comments
on the report. The Governot General, however, would neither
confirm nor den" it. "When the time comes", he said, "if
there is anything to come out it will be given out officially,"
Sir Leo is Grenada's first Governor General. Dame Hilda
Bynoe (who became Governor when the last colonial Governor,
Sir Ian Turbott, left in 1968) was Governor General Designate.
She fled from the island on January 21it 1974, three weeks
before independence, when a state-paid gang of criminals, the
"Police Aids", ran amok and looted St.Georges.
It is reported that, when Sir Leo retires, Mr Paul Sooon will
be made Governor General. Mr Sooon is a Grenadian who
served in the island's Civil Service and was Cabinet Secretary
to Prime Minister Gairy's Government until he left Grenada thipe
years ago. It is understood that he is now employed in
London with the Commonwealth Secretariat.
GRIFFITH PEiMMAHEHT RPRISlTATIVyE AT UN /
According to a report reaching Grenada, Mr George Griffith, 37,
has been appointed to be Grenada's Permanent Representative to
the United Nations.
Ur Griffith was confirmed in the post of High Commissioner to
Canada last year, having acted in that position since 1974.
Six weeks ago, during a visit by Prime Minister Gairy to New
York, Mr Griffith was called from Canada and, according'to
l, Jerry Romain, Government Public Relations Officer, he
"performed the duties usually carried out by" MY Franklin
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Dolland, Grenada's Permantnt Representative to the UN.
Ar Dolland is said to have resigned from that post and to have
resisted appeals from Prime Minister Gairy to reconsider his
action. There has been no announcement in Gienada of his
Mr Remain confirmed to NiWSLETTER last month that Mrs David Craig
(the former Jennifer Hosten, Miss World 1970) is Grenada's
Ambassador Designate to Canada. Mrs Craig is resident in that
LLAT STATISTICS /
List (1974) Limited brought 39,297 passengers to Grenada in 1977.
Peak month for arrivals was December with 4,310 persons
disembarking at Pearls airport, and June was at the other end of
the scale with 2,521 arrivals. The average number of monthly
arrivals for the year was 3,274.
It is not possible to compare these figures accurately with those
for 1976 because statistics for the latter year are incomplete.
NEWULLTTER has been unable___
to get figures for April (000) 7 nw7
8 976 & A1977
and Aigust. However, 8 7 --
taking the average for 10 74
months, the average I
number of monthly arrivals
appears to have fallen in 5
1977 to 3,274 from the I
1976 figure of 3,555.
During 1,976, passenger
traffic inwards shows an 2
unusual peak in March. I
which is approximately
5WT7 8 9 1a ii2
twice the monthly average. 1 S r _abe
Grenada's first Easter April & A at
Alister W ghen
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Water Parade was staged in mid-April of that year and the event
attracted a larger than usual number of visitors. Unfortunately,
statistics for April are not available, but it is possible that
the higher March figures resulted from arrivals for the Easter
Freight int rds for 10 months of 1976 tas over 1.00%' more than the
total for the whole of Freight Inwards 1976 & 1977
1977. Comparative Kilos April & August 1976
figures are 185,287.6 kilos .... --- ....I..
in 1976 (10 months) and 1976.. ;
90,411.6 kilos is 1977. -35j -
months)in 1976 was 18,528. ,E
kilos, and this average '977 ''
was 7,534.3 in 1977. 20
Freight shipped also shows I 1
a drop in 1977. For 10 1
months of 1976, 76,562 10
kilos were air-freighted L
and, for the whole of 1977, --
this statistic dropped to 2 4 5 6 7 8 1112
47,375.9 kilos. Monthly 1 12 = January to December
average (1.0 months) for
Freight Outwards 1976 & 1977
1976 was 7,656.3 kils, Kilos April & August 1976
and the monthly average (000) Not Available
for 1977 was 3,948 kilos.
During 1977, 36,990.5 kilo i
of air-mail were received. 20 t
Incomplete figures for
1976 show that 43,1.53.6i '
kilos of air-mail were sO
received for 10 months of 197.
that year. Figures for 1977.. T
air-mail sent out are .
12 3 4 5 6 7 8 SiBO l 12
24,583.4 kilos in 1976 12 = January to December
(10 months and 23,634.3
/ c, o ; ",J.e,-)
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kilos In 1977. The statistics for outgoing airmail in 1977
are suspect as both Tune and July show the same figure of
1,298.2 kilos. This appears unusual and an inquiry has
Airmail figures show an unexplained peak in February 1976 when
13,438.1 kilos were received. Mail inwards in March of that
year is also unusually high (6,987.5 kiloa) as is the mail
inwards in both February (6,140.5 kilos) and March (6,995.9
kilos) of 1976.
Iail inwards in November and December of both years reflects
the Christmas Season peak and, in both years, higher than usual
mail outwards in October is probably the response to the Post
Office plea to "post early for Christmas'".
Passengers Passengers In
In Out (kiloa
3,256 4,083 35,921.4
3,445 3,641 3,320.2
7,144 5,777 18,821.6
2,125 2,306 9,175.6
2,334 2,571 13,042.0
4,531 3,598 35,094.3
3,319 3,683 18,825.9
2,912 3,003 15,337.5
2,1.34 3,208 15,918.6
4,.376 .3,439 19,830.5
2,835 67 ,19 34.6
2,835 4,674 24,134.6
.n : 'O ut
6,251.8 2,618.4 1,177.9
5,507.4 13,438.1 6,140.5
1,902.6 6,987.5 6,995.9
5,937.0 1,917.5 4,296.8
3,627.5 562.2 2,717.1
9,597.9 4,181.4 1,315.1
9,055.5 6,224.2 1,452.2
5,710.6 3,240.0 1,063.8
1,129.5 1,190.4 1,251.3
5,434.3 3,592.2 2,017.1
3,760.7 2,893.3 1,476.6
2,969.8 3,089.1 1.663.1
4,677.0 2,206.5 1,298.2
4,870.0 2,158.5 1,298.2
1,910.7 1,258.7 1,369.2
2,291.0 2,984.2 1,197.9
8,836.7 2,796.9 6,698.3
3,447.1 6,314.5 1,757.5
2 =. 2-266. a 2& 3.1
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LAaftiAWTO: A LLATTLR FQR SECURITY /
Lieutenantpolonel Winston assanto, Commander of the Ureianda
Defence Force, is not certain when two of his officers sent to
Chile for training will return.
The ranks of these officers, Uessrs. Fits Abraham and Leon
La Crette, have not been disclose,' but they went to Chile
in September 1977 following the visit to Grenada in August
1977 of the Chilean naval training ship "Esmeralda".
"I do not know exactly when the men will return from Chile",
Lt. Col Massanto told NL4iaTTLR today (3rd), "and the affairs
of the Defence Force are a matter of security." The
Commander said that, if any further information is required,
a letter should be sent to the Ministry for Security.
During the visit of the ship, the "Esmeralda's" Public
Relations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Gaston Vidal, in an
exclusive interview with NEWSLITTMR, disclosed that the
governments of Chile and Grenada were then considering a
proposal that members of the Royal Grenada Police Force be
trained in Chile.
Lt. Com. Vidal said this training would be done at the Police
Acadney at Santiago, Chile. He described the Aad-any as
"highly technical" and said policemen from Costa Rice,
tkantemala, Haiti and Paraguay were already being trained there.
It was reported that, in addition to Messrs La Crette and
Abraham, members of the Police Force were to be sent to t-1c
Chilean Police Acadamy for training. It has not been
possible ti ascertain whether any policemen have been sent
Li-. Y!ICITY RATES UP/
Grenadians are to pay more for electricity. Grenada
Electricity Services Ltd (GES) submitted a schedule of increased
rates for approval of the Ministry of Communisationa & Works
last February, and the new rates have now been authorised to
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take effect ftom *BgUlt 1 t.
These increases come as a direct result of higher wages paid
te the Company's employees. Negotiations for a new wage
agreement with the Technical & Allied Workers Udion broke
down in January but, after a meeting with Prime Minister
Gairy, wage increases were agreed / The Company warned,
however, that electricity rates would have to go up to meet
the higher wage bill.
In the new approved tariff structure, the general house
lighting rate has moved from EC31 to E0j36 per unit, but the
minimum monthly charge remains at E0$1.00.
Occupiers of private residential premises may elect to be charged
under the "lighting rate" or the "domestic rate". The latter
rate used to be charged at ECO18 for the first 50 units per month,
the remainder being at EC013. Under the, new tariff, the first
50 units will be at EC'23 and the remainder at EC018.. The
minimum monthly charge of EC$.50 has been increased to 0iC4.50.
GES has an industrial power rate applicaple to electricity
supplied (other than for lighting) to premises used for thdustry.
These premises must be equipped with "electric motors having an
aggregate e maximum power output rating of not less than 5 horse
power and not normally in iee between the hours of 6.00pm and
akindg one horse-power as being equal to I kilowatt, a charge was
made under the old tariff (and remains unchanged under the new
rates) of EC$2.00 per month for each kilowatt of motors and
appliances connected to the ainas. Aiao unchanged is the
minimum charge of EC$0.00 per month. An increase has been
made in the rate per unit of industrial power consumed, the old
charge of E00H2 being replaced with one of ECt17.
The final category of charge offered by the Company is the
commercial power rate. In this category, consumers used to
pay a service charge of C0020 per month for each 50 square feet
of floor space, plus EC 1,8 for the first 75 units consumed, plus
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ECO13 for the next 4,925 units, and the remainder of the
consumption at EC012 per unit.
Under the new tariff, the service charge is unchanged, but the
first 75 units will be at ECO23, the next 4,925 at EC018, and
the remainder at EC1,7. A minimum charge(monthly) of ECO20
for each 50 square feet of floor arearemains, unchanged.
According to the Manager of the Company, Mr W R Lord, it is
anticipated that these rates will result in a reduction in use
of electricity. "We expect that people will be extremely
energy conscious in future", he told NEWSLETTEi.
The manager felt, however, that the increases would help what
he called the "present difficult iftRxra MLpoaition of the
Company." "The increases are especially necessary", he
said, "because we will have to buy a new generator in 1980
Grenada Electricity Services Limited was incorporated in 1960
with an authorized share capital of EO$2 million divided into
400,000 shares of 0EC5 each. Of these, the Government of
Grenada hold 40.7% and the Commonwealth Development Corporation
The total net profit (after meeting all expenses including
interest) earned by the Company until 1975 was ECO ,048,232.00,
of which EC$987,300.00 was declared as dividends. In 1977,
a Commission of Inquiry looked into the affairs of GES and it
was disclosed that, in round figures, the net profit for 1976
was EC$2t4,000.00. It was also disclosed that, at the end of
1.976, the Government of Grenada had an outstanding debt of
EC$364,000.00 for electricity.
In their Report, the Comnissioners recommended that the CDC
operated electricity supply Companies in Grenada, St.Vincent,
St.Lucia, Dominica and Monteerrat should establish a pool from
which they could share experts in the fields of electrical, civil
and mechanical engineering. They felt savings could be effected
aiso by pooling personnel for recruitment, training, administration,
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labour relations etc, and the purchasing of fuel. plant and spare,
and for finaboisl planning and budgeting.
S S "Geesttide" sailed on August 1st with 19,899 boxes of bananas
weighing 632,678 lbs. There were 524 boxes of rejected fruit.
The Grenada Banana Cooperative Society paid producers ECO4P per
pound on the weight of fruit received at the boxing plants but
this weight is not yet available. Also unavailable is the
price paid by Geest Industries to the Society on the shipped
On the shipment by "Geestorest" on July 25th, Geest paid the
Society ECi 33.854. The boxing plant weight on this shipment
was 548,600 lbs.
) CRUISE LINER CALLS
In the week ending July 29th, three cruise liners called at
Grenada. On Tuesday 25th July, the "Angelina Lauro" and
"Cunard Countess" arrived with 780 and 783 passengers respectively.
The "Caria C" berthed on Wednesdiy July 26th with 760 passengers.