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THE GRENADA NWSLETTER
Volume 6 Numuber 20
Por The Week Ending September 9th 1978
6th Year of Publication -- 184tth samue
uIXEt REaCTIrN TO PfOPaATLaN BOOTSTRIoG"
There has been mixed reaction to Prime Minister Gairy's plan to
industrtalise Grenada. Named "Operation Bootatring", Mr Gairy
has said this plan is designed to lift the island's economy to a
level of self-sufficiency and provide employment for thousands of
Opposition parties have been critical of the plan and the Chamber
of Commerce has given cautious approVal.
The opposition New Jewel Movement (NJM) sees "Operation
Bootatring" as an attapt to exploit Grenadiana. In a letter
to Mr Gairy dated September 6th, the Leader of the Opposition,
Mr Maurice Bishop (NJM), says the 'bootatring' committee appointed
by the Prime Minister demonstrates how far Mr Gairy has Aivored
himself from the masses of Granadians and from Parliament.
"It demonstrates forcibly that, unlike 1951"(when Mr Gairy first
entered politics) he said, "you are.now married to a tiny,
foreign and local clique of mostly psa sites, most of who see-
"Operation Bootstring" as a potential opportunity for ripping off
the people of Grenada."
Underlining his Partyas belief that "Operation Bootatring" is a
'political gimmick', Mr Bishop reminds the Prime Miniter of
previous undertakings which, he says, have not lived up to
promise. Amkng these he mentions Expo 69, "a financial
disaster which was supposed to 'bring in foreign investors by .taW
boatload'", the "flour mill pro.3et which disappeared into this
air, the "shrimp industry which turned out to be another
UPO, and the "rice industry which we are still waiting tosee."
"There were the 5,000 jobs which you stated publioy Yoa..it'wb
bringing back from the UN nearly two years ago",.1 Bishop' "^r.,
letter sayq, "there was the boat up the P-F~ap to +-~e -.
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bananas, and there was the 'discovery' of il in Queen's Park
on two occasions." The people are still waiting to see
The opposition Grenade National Party (GNP) shares'with NJM
the opinion that the Prime Minister should have sought the
cooperation of the Opposition rather han issue "an offhand
invitation to a summoned general meeting."
In a release issued this week, GNP said that "positive
coordinated steps towards tackling the sagging economy and the
deep-seated unemployment problem have been so long delayed that
the situation now demands an injection of absolute political
confidence for any chance of success."
"It is in this vital area of confidence (or lack of it)", the
release says "that the Prime Minister's "Bootstring" project
falls short of the mark." GPP feel that Reven those
oonsoiencious persons who would be willing to 'give it .a
try' do recognise that, unless there is total movement towards
the hoped-for goal, their efforts enuld well go in vain."
GNP would give full support to Opposition participation "if
Government would rise to the oooasion and seek to secure the
cooperation of the Opposition in a drive towards mobilizing
all the people on this urgent national issue."
The Opposition in Parliament is comprised of an "alliance"
of NJM, GNP and the United People's Party(UPP). In an
exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (7th), Mr Simeon
Green, UPP Political Leader, said his Party sees "Operation
Bootstring" as another attempt by Prime minister Gairy "to
distract Grenadians from the suffering they are undergoing
as a result of his continued misgovernment."
"This misgovernment", said Mr Green, "has resulted in low
productivity, rampant unemployment, run-away inflation and an
extraiy high cost of living brought about by excessive
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Mr Greed said implementation of a prper plan to wrT.talis
Grenada' a economy is long overdue but, beoause.of Government's
rejection of"meaningful dialogue" with relevant organizations
over the past years, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible,
to get people to participate except, perhaps, those with selfish
"%t would have been more likely that 'Operation Bootatring' would
have had a greater measure of success", he said, "if the Scheme
was discussed with the Opposition, other relevant organisation,
and debated in Parliament. The merite and demerits would then
have been drawn out and greater interest would have been
generated in a wider cross section of the population."
The UPP Political Leader said that "Operation Bootstring", as pit
forward by the Prime.Minister, "may not be a success in the long
or short term, and it would be rain to wish it success."
In an exclusive interview T. tIoday (7th) with Mr Geoffrey
Thompson, President of the Grenada Chamber of Commerce, N.iSLETTER
asked for the Chamber's reaction to "Operation Bootstring".
"The Chamber is in full support of any initiative that seeks to
properly maximise the potential of the country in terms of the use
of its raw material and its human resources", Mr Thompson said.
The President said the Chamber applauded the fact that a committee
comprised of a combination of the private and public sectors has
been appointed to give Government guidelines on which to work.
"We hope that those guidelines are going to be followed", he
continued, "and that the programme is going to continue to be
operated, on the basis of dialogue between all sectors of the
"Operation Bootstring" was first proposed by Prime Minister Gairy
to a meeting of some 50 businessmen on August t8th. Subsequently,
on August 25th, a meeting of over 400 persons was presented with
a report of a committee appointed to advise Government on
priorities concerning a proposed list of industries.
These industries have been given four categories ofprio$.ty, the
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first being food items based on agro-industries. Next fellows
industries oriented to the Tourist Trade, followed by "Household,
Utility & COnstruction" and, finally, "Others".
A six man committee under the chairmanship of economist Dr Devere
Pitt has been appointed to advise on the implementation of the
GREKIAADA REPRHiFTEDi AT DIPLOMACY S9INAR
Miss Marguerite Preudhomme, Diplomatic Cadet attached to the
Ministry of External Affairs, will attend a seminar on diplomacy
in Barbados between 11th and 22nd September.
Sponsored by the Canadian Government, this seminar is in response
to requests by several Governments for the Eastern Caribbean for
training in diplomacy. The broad aims are to outline the role
of a Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the establishment of diplomatic'
missions abroad and the conduct of diplomatic relations in general.
Twenty-two participants from the Leeward and Windward Islands
will take part and the seminar leaders come from a variety of
governments and institutions. The Canadian Government is,
sending several senior diplomats and the Government of Barbados
has agreed to participate.
In addition, there will be representatives from the Organisation
of American States, the Caribbean Community, the Inter-American
Development Bank, the European Development ?und, the United
Nations Development Programme, the British Development Division,
the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation, the Caribbean
Development Bank and the United States Agency for International
A spokesman for the Canadian High Commission in Barbados said
this week that the Canadian Government believes this co-operative
effort will have lasting value and will enhance the capacity of
Eastern Caribbean nations to persue opportunities to increase
their bilateral and multi-lateral relationships.
"In particular", he said, "it is. hoped that the stressing of
(" onti naed)
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topics of international economic relations will promote, over time,
the attainment of higher standards of living for citizens of the-
Miss preudhomme, who was Grenada's 1977 Carnival" Queen, was
formerly employed as a olert at the Royal Bank of Canada. She
left the Bank on 25th July 1,977 and; shortly after, was employed
in the Prime Minister's office.
Interviewed today (8th), Miss Preudhomme told NEWSLLTTER she is
looking forward to the seminar in Barbados. "I feel sure",
she said, "that this training will be of great benefit, not only
to me personally, but to Grenada."
Mtss Preudhomme leaves for Barbados this week end.
RICE INDUSTRY SABOTAGED /
Someone in the Ministry of Agriculture has sabotaged Gienada'e
According to a broadcast over Radio Grenada on Monday (4tb, this
accusation was made by Prime Minister Gairy at a meeting that day
with personnel of the Ministry of Agriculture. The meeting was
called to discuss the cultivation of looal fruit and flower as a
part of "Operation Bootatring", the plan recently put forward by
Mr Gairy for the industrialization of the island.
Hill rice was introduced in Grenada in 1974 by a team of
agriculturists from South Korea. A nursery was established at
the Government experimental farm at Mirabeau, and plots were
started on several Government owned estates. NEWSLETTER is
reliably informed that the nursery is still in existence but none
of the plots on the- estates have been maintained.
The Radio Grenada broadcast said the Prime Minister has asked for
an immediate report on the state of the rice industry.
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STAY-OVER ViSITOR 8STTICSTI8 UP /
For the first six months of 1978, Grenada recorded arrivals of
16,925 stay-over visitors. 'his represents asntncrease of
2,362 (or 16.2W) over the figure for the Stay-Over.Visitors
same period baat year. In 1976, the January to June
figure for the first half of the year, January 3,462
was 12,757. February 3,242
The executive Secretary of the Tourist May 2,15
Doard, Mrs Gertrude Protein, told 6_
NEWSLETTER today (7th) she was pleased
that the increase in stay-over visitors this year had come from
Grenade's major visitor sources which are West Germany, the
united States, Canada, Britain and the Caribbean.
ibhi3 upsurge of interest", said Mrs Protain, "is a clear
.dication that more and more people are being attracted to
-enade as a vacation area."
INTERNATIONAL TENIS TOURNAMENT
Granada is to stage an International Invitation Tennis
tournament This was disclosed today (7th) by Mrs Gertrude
Protein, Executive Secretary of the Grenada Tourist Board, in an
exclusive interview with NElSLETTER.
"The idea is to provide the average club player with a tennis-
fIlled holiday in delightful surroundings", Mrs Protain said,
"and, in addition to other attractive pr&ies, there will be
presentations of trophies, air faves and hotel acoomodation
The tournament runs from October 29th to November 11th, and
Mrs Protain said invitations have been sent to tennis clubs
in the United States, Canada, Britain, France and West Germany.
"Of course", said Mrs Protein, "invitations have also been
sent to clubs in Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and other
neighboring islands and, from all the areas to which we
hava written, there are strong indications of interest."
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The Executive Secretary said that, in addition to the tennis
tournament, a programme Of social activities is planned and thba
includes a Closing Ball at the Governor General's residence,
NO DECISION RE SBUTNBN BRNCH V
The fate of the Canadian Imperial"Benk of Commerce (CIBC) branch
located 41 the small town or Sauteurs on Grenada's northernmost
point is still uncertain.
CIBC had advised its customers that the branch would be closed on
July 31st last but, following discussions with the Government, it
was announced that it would remain open until October 31st.
NhWSBLETTER is reliably informed that CIBo is being pressured to
keep the branch open, but officials of the Bank decline to comment
on this. Mr Michael Smith, GCBC Grenada Manager, told
NEWSLETTER today (6th) that no decisions have yet been made in the
OPENING OF HEALTH CLINIC DELAYED V
The opening of the Grenada Health Clinic, which was postponed to
late August, has been delayed further. Early in August, the
Medical Director of the Clinic, DP Ivan Markovioa, told NIsWLETTET
the opening had been postpone, because of non-arrival of
laboratory equipment shipped by .aip from New York. -Today (7th),
Dr Markovies said the equitpmet still had not arrived and he had
no idea when it would be possible to open the Clinic.
The Grenada Health Clinic will offer treatment by the "Niehans
Cell Therapy" which is based on the theory that injections of
cells from sheep "offer new life to the diseased organism".
Treatment lasts one week for all diseases and, including return
air passages from the United States, acomodation and meals, costs
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cOST Os LIVING UPJ
The cost of living for an average family of five has risen by
nearly 14% between February and August of this year, according
Commodity 1-4 2'J
Orix Biscuits 1. b $ *
Baking Flour 10 Ibs 6.
Bread 4 loaf 1.
Sugar white (Canadian)
4 lbs 2.L
Sugar brown 4 Ibs 2.
Rice 4 Ibs 2.
Cooking Oil 1 bottle 2.
Pig Snouts 1 Ib 1.
Salted Beef 1 Ib 2.1
Corned Beef 1 tin 2.
Sardines 2 tins 1 .
Split Peas 1 lb
Irish Potatoes 4 Ibs 1.
Mile Ib 2..
Cheese Ib 1.
Chicken 2+ Ibs 7.
Eggs I dozen 4.
Condensed Milk 2 tins 1.
Powdered Milk (Dano) 2 Ibs 7.
Bath Soap (Lifebuoy) 2 cakes 1.
Laundry Soap 2 cakes
Detergent (medium) 1.
Fresh Fish 3 Ibs 4.
Evaporated Milk 2 tins 1.
Grapefruit Juice 2 tins 3.
IToothpaste (Colgate) large 2.
Tomato Ketchup (Libbys)- 12 oz2.
Oniona- 1 lb
Razor Blades 1 pkt
Vim cleaner 1 tin (medium) 1.
Kerosene 2 gals 4,
Margarine 1 Ib 2,
Shortening 1 lb 2.
Pork (stew) ; Iba 4
Beef Iba 7,
Salt 1 Ib
Matches 2 boxes
Black Pepper 1 oz
Tbilet Paper 2 rolls 1
Tee l Ib 2
Coffee (Neetle) 2 oz 5
Rum 26 oz 5
Tomatoes 1 b 1
Lettuce 2 Ibs 2
Celery Ige bdl
Yams (Lisbon) 1 Ib
Plantains 1 lb
Carrots 2 Ibs 3
Cabbage 2 lbs 3
SMacaroni lb 1
Chicken (backs & necks)- 3'lbB2
Gaeoline 5 gale 12
Buafares Market to
Grandmall (66 miles) 11
Tannias 1 Ib
i Chive & Thyme (large)
1 :.53.( h531
2 t,02 1 .Q5
1 2.07 2.6
S 13.70 13.
0 ii.00 1.00
0 .70 .70
7 163#62 V174-04_
t.o an index agreed between the Commercial & Industrial Worker#
UnLon (CIWU) and'Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd'. (c
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In an Industrial Agreement signed on 29th June last, the Union and
the Company arranged that a cost of living allowance be paid to,
the Company's employees as from 14th February 1978. The cost of
living is to be calculated on a weekly "food basket" drqyn up by
CIWU and Hubbards, and the allowance is to be paid on the following
For every 5% increase in the cost of living, employees drawing
salaries up to EC9300 per month are .to receive an allowance of
4j% of their salaries. Those drawing between EC0301 and
EC0550 will receive 3%, and those drawing over BC$550, 24%. The
base cost of living is taken as prices in effect on t4th February
The index provided by the 'food basket' is to be reviewed every
three-months and, at the end of the first three months, i.e. on
May 14th, the increase was found to be 7.16%. The next review
was at August 14th and the increase was found then to be a further
6.24%, making a total increase of 13.4% since the scheme was
There have been criticisms that the 'food basket' does not
represent the weekly consumption of an average Working class
family of five. It is pointed out that, in addition to 21 Ibs
of whole chicken, the list includes 3 lhe of chicken parts (backs
and necks). To this meat is added 2j Ibe of pork, 2j Ibs of
beef and there is, in addition, 3 lb8 of fresh fish and 2 lbe of
salted meet. The opinion has been expressed that this is
higher consumption than average.
The total cost of the 'food basket" rose from the base of
ECt152.87 on 14th February to EC$463.82 on 14th May and again to
EC$174.04 on 14th August.
CHRLAC: HOLD INQUESTS InEDIATIE Y
The Caribbean Human Rights & Legal Aid Company (CHRLAC) has called
on the Grenada Government to hold Coroner's Inquests into the
liVt.nt deaths of persons presumed to be opposed to the ruling
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This demand is part of a Resolution passed by CHRLAC on July 29th
at its annual general meeting in Surinam. In that Resolution,
the Grenada Government is called upon "to cause immediate steps
to be taken to have Coroner's Inquests held into the deaths of
Allister Strachan (19th June 1977), Rubert Bishop (21st January
1974) and the many other Grenadians whose deaths in violent
circumstances demand such action."
The Grenada Government is also called upon to have "proper
respect" for the principles of parliamentary democracy and law
and order. CHRLAC demands too that political parties-and
theirr organisation should have "reasonable use" of loudspeakers,
should be able to publish newspapers and "have fair and
reasonable acceas to the state-owned radio and television
'he Resolution also demands the repeal of "all repressive
legislation", and the Grenada Government is called upon to
'undertake an immediate and comprehensive enumeration of the
list of voters and to hold fair and free elections thereunder".
in a second Resolution, CHRLAC expresses concern over "the
growth of military and other tien between the authorities in
Grenada and the Pinochet regime in Chile, and more particularly
the training of Grenadian military personnel in Chile."
To date, the Grenada Government has not reacted to these
NhL POSTAGE RATES V
After the end of this year, it will cost Grenadians more to
post letters and parcels to most places. A Statutory Order
(No.19),dated February 23rd last and gazetted on September 1st,
revokes the four schedules covering postage rates and puts new
i;hedules into effect from January i.t 1979.
:pokesman for the Post Office told N1WSLETTME today (7th) that
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the new schedules were drawn up by an expert from the Universal
Postal Union (UPU). UPU is a specialized agency of the United
Nations, members, of which agree to handle each other's mail by the
beat means used for their own.
"The UPU expert spent several weeks in Grenada in 1976", the
spokesman said, "and, among other' things, he made a study of our
postage rates in order to advise us as to how to bring them in
line with international trends."
The new rates show no change in air mail letter charges to
countries of the Caribbean Community. Forst class air mail
will remain at ECI15 per half ounce, and second class air mail,
air letter forms and post cards at EC010.
Several countries which now carry the rate of ECX1.00 per half
ounce of first class air letters will be reduced to EC190. These
include Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan. However, first
class air letters to the United States and Britain will go up
from EC035 to ECG40 per half ounce, second class air letters
from EC015 to EC020 per half ounce, and post cards from EC18 to
EC025. Air letter forms will remain at ECi20.
One anomaly which will be cleared up in the new rates is postage
to the French Weatindian islands. Under the current rates, the
first class air letter rate to Guadeloupe and Martinique is EC220
per half ounce, second class air letters are EC000 per half ounce
and air letter forms are E0010. For post cards, however, the
rate to the two islands is not the same. To Quadeloupe, the
rate on post cards is EC010, while post cards to Martinique pay
Under the new rates, past cards to both islands will cost BE012.
Second class air letters and air letter forms remain at ECO10 and
first class air letters will be reduced to EC015 per half ounce.
Postage rates were last revised in 1974 and took effect in
January 1975. At that time, local letter postage moved from
EC03 to EC05 per half ounce. Under the new rates to take
effectsnext January, this rate will be EC06 per halt ounce.
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In addition to local letter and air mail letter rates, surface
rates and other Post Office charges have also been.revised.
HAuLD' S FAR EAST TRIP SUCCESSFUL
Grenada businessman, Mr Habib Hadeed, told NEWSLETTER today (6th)
that his trip to the Far East to make arrangements for assembly
plants in Grenada was successful.
Mr Hadeed, who had discussions with manufacturing interests in
Japan, South Korea, Tatwan and Hong Kong, returned to Grenada
last month. His Company, Grenada Electronics & Appliances
Ltd, capitalized at EC$1 million, has been set up to undertake
the assembly of radios and television sets. It is understood
that Government has granted concessions.
"I shall soon be in a position to make an announcement
concerning the outcome of my trip", Mr Hadeed said, "but this
cannot he done until certain arrangements have been finalized."
DATA DATUE EXTENDED /
Government has extended the date by which pre-qualification
data relevant to proposed improvements of St.Georges port must
Advertisements appearing in the Government Gazette gave the
closing date for submission of this data as Friday September let.
In a Government Gazette of that date, however, the advertisement
appears and the closing date is given as Priday September 15th.
The proposed improvements are the reclamation of three acres of
land, construction of 250 feet of berth for schooners and motor
vessels, and construction of a "roll-on roll-off" platform.
The Caribbean Development Bank has made a loan to Grenada
towards the coat of a pre-investment study leading to preparation
of preliminary designs with cost estimates of these improvements.
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SITTINGS OF THE COURTS/
The Court of Appeal will sit in Grenada comaencing Tuesday 19th
September, and a Session of the High Court (in its Criminal
Jurisdiction) will be held on October 3rd.
BANANA SHIPMlIM S
The S S "Geeststar" sailed on September 5th with 11,586 boxes of
bananas weighing 413,159 Ibs. There were 605 boxes of rejected
fruit. The Grenada Banana Cooperative Society paid producers
ECg14 per pound on the weight of fruit received at the boxing
plants, but this weight is not yet available.
The price paid by Geest Indtstries Ltd to the Society is not yet
available. The boxing plant weight on the shipment by
"Geesttide" of August 29th was 495,180 Ibs. The price paid by
Geest on that shipment was t ) 3,S t W '-
The total weight of bananas shipped in 1978, to date, is
CRUISE LINER CALLS w -
During the week ending September 2nd, two cruise liners called st
Grenada. These were the "Cunard Countess" on August 29th with
678 passengers, and the "Angelina Lauro" on p b 36th with
664 passengers. 0) Y
LATE NEWS '"
NEWSLETTER has been advised that, in addition to Miss Marguerite
Preudhomme, three other Grenadians will take part in the Canadian
sponsored Seminar on Diplomacy commencing in Barbados on
They are Mr Prancis Redhead, Grenada's Representative to the UN,
Mrs Jennifer Hosten-Craig, High Commissioner to Canada and Mr R.
Anthony, Deputy High Commissioner to Great Britain.
8th September 1978 .