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Thi GARNADA NEwSLl9TUE
Volume 6 Buober 23
For The Week Ending October 7th 1978
6th Year of Publication - - 187th I'sue
GOVERNOR GENERAL SWOAN IN V
Grenada's new Governor General, Mr Paul Scoon, arrived in n0urnea
on Tuesday (3rd) and was sworn in at a joint meeting of the
Senate and House of Representatives convened on Wednesday (4th).
On arrival at Pearls Airport, Mr Scoon, accompanied by Mre Scoon,
was met by a small welcoming party led by Minister of State
responsible for Hone and Foreign Affairs, Senator Henry Bullen.
there was not the customary Guard of Honour and Prime Minister
Gairy was not present.
The Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office were administered by
Mr Justice Winsey Bruno, and ir George Hosten, Minister of Pinance
proposed a Motion offering parliament's congratulations to His
Excellency. Senator Derek Knight, Leader of Government
Business in the Senate, seconded the motion.
'he Leader of the Opposition, Mr Maurice Bishop, was not scheduled
to speak but accepted an invitation from the Speaker to do so.
Mr Bishop said he hoped Mr Scoon would practice, and insist that
those around him practice, "the noble principles of parliamentary
democracy." "I am pleased", he said, "that when the Governor
General read the Oath of Office, he laid so much stress on the
words 'carry out my duties without fear or favour', and the words
'upholding the Constitution at all times'."
In his welcoming speech, Prime Minister Gairy said he had chosen
Mr Scoon to be Governor General because of Mr Sooon's perfdomonn9R
when he had served as Cabinet Secretary.
Mr Scoon, 43, was born in Grenada and has been resident in the
United Kingdom for the last five years. He entered the 'Grenada
Civil Service in 1953 as a teacher and, in 1967, became Assistant
Secretary in the Ministry of Social 1ffaira. He was later
appointed Chief Mducation Officer and was made Permanent Secretary
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in the office of then premier Gairy.
Between July 1969 and December 1972, he was Cabinet Secretary to
the Grenada Government and, since January 1973, has been seconded
to the post of Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Foundation in
R.DItAfD NOW OAS COUiCIL CHAIRMAN1
Mr Fabian Alexis Redhead, Grenada's Ambassador to the Organisation
of American States (OAS), is now Chairman of that organisationta
Permanent Council. Under the OAS Charter, the Council
Chairmanship rotates following the alphabetical order (in Spanish)
of member countries, and Mr Redhead succeeds Ambassador Gale W
Mcgee of the United States.
Mr Redhead, 36, hold a Diploma in Education from the University
of the West Indies and has served in the Civil Service and in
various teaching positions. In 1969, he was made Assistant
Secretary in then Premier Gairy's office and was promoted to
Senior Assistant Secretary in 1976.
During the following year, he acted briefly as Permanent Secretary
in the Ministries of External Affairs, Social Affairs and Educ tion.
He has been Grenada's Ambassador to the OAS since July 1977.
WORLD BANK TSAM NOW IN GRE;ADA1
A World Bank team is now in Grenada assisting the Government to
prepare for the next Caribbean Group meeting in Washington during
the Spring of 1979.
'The team is strengthened by personnel from the International
Monetary Fund (IMP) and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is
carrying out Project Identification Sector Analysis, and will
prepare documents for feasibility studies.
With assistance from the Training Mission of the Organisation of
American States, the team's activities in urenada are being
coordinated by thu Ministry of Planning and the Ministry of
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The World Bank, established in 1945, is owned by governments of
132 countries. Its capital is subscribed by member governments
and its loans must be for productive purposes and must stimulate
economic growth in the developing countries. Decisions to lend
must be based only on economic.considerations.
According to the Bank's 'Statement of Subscriptions to Capital
Stock & Voting Power', at 30th June 1978 Grenada had 17 shares and
267 votes of a total of 299,597. This represented .01% of
total shares and .09% of total votes. The United States is
the largest shareholder with 67,888 shares and 68,130 votes.
The next largest shareholder is the United Kingdom with 26,000
shares and 26,250 votes. The smallest shareholder is the
Republic of Maldives, a group of 1,087 islands in the Indian
Ocean with an area of 115 square miles or about five square miles
less than the island of Grenada. 'he Maldives have 6 shares
and 256 votes.
The World Bank team, which arrived here on October 2nd, is
expected to leave on October 13th.
GRBNADA-CUBA FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY PORM ED
A Grenada-Cuba Friendship has been formed in Grenada but is
having difficulty finding a place to meet.
Mr ColvilleMcBornotte, Interim Chairman of the Society, disclosed
this to NEWSLETTER in an exclusive interview today (6th). "We
have had two meetings at the Anglican Church Hall in St.Georhes",
r MceBarnettesaid, "but, after a certain news item was published
in the 'Torchlight' newspaper, we have been refused permission to
use the Church Hall."
The article, in 'Torchlight's'issue of October 1st, said the
Anglican Church Authorities had given the use of the Church Hall
to a group of youths to report on their visit to Cuba, but, when
it became known that the friendship Society was formed, permission
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was refused for a subsequent meeting.
Mr :icBarnettetold NEWSLLTTER the Friendship Society had been
formed as a direct result of the visit of a contingent of seven
youths to Cuba. The visit took place from July 28th to
August 9th this year and was for the 11th Wobld Festival of
Youths & Students. He said all members of the contingent
felt something concrete should be done to give other Urenadlana
an opportunity to see Cuba.
"The Grenada-Cuba Friendship Society will provide special low-
cost flights to Cuba", he said, "and these flights are available
through our Society only and are arranged by an organisation in
Cuba called the 'Institute Por Friendship With The Peoples'."
Visitors to Cuba under this plan will travel by CUBANA Airlines
and, in Cuba aceomodation and food will be supplied at what
,;r Maiarntsttja called 'uiniral coat'.
The Interim Chairman of the Society said, however, that his
organisation is concerned with more than merely sending visitors
to Cuba. "he Society, he said, aimed to "counter the kind of
lies that are spread about Cuba".
The Society has not yet been officially launched, but the approved
aims and objects are :-
(1) To foster and promote friendship between the people of
Cuba and the people of Grenada.
(2) To create a better understanding of the achievements
of the Cuban revolution and the struggles of the Cuban
people, its Government and politics.
(3) To create the opportunity, through trips, for Grenadians
to see for themselves the successes of the Cuban people
(4) To create a better opportunity for the understanding of
the history of Grenada and the struggles of its people
for the benefit of all Cubans.
In reply to NEWSLIiTTE's inquiry as to what political ideology
he followed, r ;tcDornette said he did not like to label himself
"I am not a Commuanist or Moscovite", he said, "nor am I a
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Marxist. I am definitely not a surporter of big-business and
my political stand is to the left of centre."
GAIRY TO ADDReSS UN /
prime Minister Gairy flew out of Grenada today (6th) for New York
where he will address the 33rd Session of the United Nations
The theme of Mr Gairy's speech is not known but it is expected
that he will renew the call he made to the UN last year that an
institute be set up for psychic research and that a year be
designated Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) year.
HuMAN RIGHTS DAY COMMITTEE APPOINTED
The Grenada Cabinet has appointed a 15-member committee to plan
activities marking observance of the 30th Anniversary of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights which will be observed in
Grenada on Dece.aber 10th.
Activities will include the issuing of commemorative postage
stamps and special messages by the Head of State and other
The Government owned newspaper, "The West Indian", in its issue
of October 5th reporting appointment of the Human Rights Day
Committee, says Grenada made history on 18th July 1978 when the
State deposited instruments ratifying the Convention on Human
Rights of the Organisation of American States. At that time,
10 countries had ratified the Convention and Grenada supplied the
one more ratification required to bring the Convention into force.
"Grenada's ratification of this important Convention", says the
'West Indian', "underlines the total commitment of the Prime
Minister,. Dr The Right Honourable Sir Eric Matthew Gairy and his
progressive Government to the concept of human rights."
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VEST INDIA COLiTITThE OFFICIAL TO VISlT/
Mr R F Burman, Deputy Chairman of the West India Committee, will
visit Grenoda on October 18th.
The West India Committee, whose records date back to 1778, is a
London based organisation concerned with promoting, not only the
interests of British businessmen, but the interests of the
Commonwealth Caribbean in the United Kindgom. The Committee
was granted a Royal Charter in 1904 and its current revenue is
realized from membership subscriptions and grants from some
Westindian Governments, from Barclays Bank Development Fund and
From the United kingdom Department of Trade.
Sir Dennis Henry, Member of the Committee's Executive resident in
Grenada, told NEWSLETTER that Mr Burman is particularly concerned
with enhancement of the Committee's activity in the region. "In
this connection", said Sir Dennis, "he hopes, during his visit,to
bring the services of the West Indies Trade Advisor Group and the
West India Committee to the attention of businessmen."
The visit of this West India Committee official is part of a
wider Caribbean plan. Mr Burman is Leader of a Trade Mission
to Suriman and, during his stay in the Caribbean, he will take
the opportunity to visit as many Westindian territories as possible.
COTA AROUSES INTEREST V
The British Commonwealth Ministers of Finance Committee has decided
to follow a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) idea and appoint an
association of Tax Administrators.
This was disclosed by Mr Eldon Mathurin, Executive Secretary of the
Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA), in an exclusive
interview with NEWSLETTER on October 5th in Barbados. Mr Mathurin
said that, on the initiative of COTA, and with the consent of the
Commonwealth Finance Ministers, a Commonwealth Association of Tax
Administrators was formed recently.
COTA is a governmental body operated under the aegis of the CARICOM
Standing Committee of Ministers of Finance. COTA members are
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senior Tax Administrators of CARICGO member governments shd the
basic aim of the body is to improve tax administration in the
"Our meetings have aroused great interest in the hemisphere",
Mr yMathurin told NLVSLETTER, "and we have had participants from as
far afield as Nigeria. Our meetings are looked forward to by
bodies like the World Bank, the International monetary Fund, the
Commonwealth Secretariat, the united States Internal Revenue
Service and Revenue Canada."
Mr Mathurin said tax administration problems are similar in all
countries and these organizations draw on the experience of COTA
and allow COTA to draw on theirs.
"COTA had worked successfully for CARICO O", the Executive Secretary
said, "and, with the assistance of agencies interested in our work,
we have been able to set up quite a number of training courses for
tax administrators of the region."
.Ir Mathurin said that, although COTA now operates under the
CARICOM Standing Committee of Finance Ministers, it preceded the
existence of CARICOM. "COTA became officially recognized by
Caribbean Heads of Government at the October 1972 Heads of
Government meeting at Chaguaramas, Trinidad", he said, "and GABICOM
didn't come into being until 1973."
St.Lucian born Mr Mathurin is now doing the job of Director of
Services & Administration in the CARICOM Secretariat, but his
substantive post in the Secretariat is that of Tax Administration
Advisor. Before being seconded to the CARICOM Secretariat five
years ago, he was Tax Administration Officer with the St.Lucian
2aDIA WORKSHOP IN BARBADOS
A Media Workshop was conducted in Barbados. between October 4th and
5th by the Women in Development Unit of the Department of Extrv
Mural Studies of the University of the West Indies.
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Coordinator of the Unit is Aire Peggy Antrobus, and Mrs Antrobus
told NLrVSLETTER that one of the main objects of the workshop was
to bring CARICOO media representatives up to date on regional
programmes for the integration of women in the process of development.
The Coordinator said also that the workshop was valuable in that
it sought to obtain the views and support of the media for a
Features Service highlighting Caribbean women, and for a proposed
There were 30 invitees to the workshop, 20 of whom were women, and
they were drawn from the field of press and radio extending from
Jamaica to Guyana. Also included in the invitees (among other
agencies interested in the development of women) were representatives
of Christian Action for Development & Education in the Caribbean
(CADEG), the Caribbean Community (CARIGCO) Secretariat, the
Caribbean Women's Association (CAIIWA), the Caribbean Youth
Programme, the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA) and
the Inter-American Commission on Women (CIM).
CARICOM'S MATHURIN : BLAME IOMEN TOO0/
Westindian women must bear some of the blame for the fact that
their status is not improving more rapidly.
This is the opinion of Mr Eldon Mathurin, Tax Administration
Advisor and Director of Services & Administration in the
Caribbean Community (CAlICUO) Secretariat. Mr rathurin, who
attended the recent 'Media Workshop' in Barbados organized by
the Women in Development Unit of the Extra Mural Department of
the University of the West Indies, told NEWSLETTEA in Barbados
on October 5th that men are not the only ones to be blamed for
"insensitivity towards the problem of the status of women.
"Women who have crossed the barrier of traditional roles think
very much as men do", he said, "and it may be a non-appreciation
on the part of women themselves which hampers their development."
A major subject discussed at the workshop in Barbados was the
establishment of a "Women's Desk" in the OARICOM Secretariat, and
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Mr Mathurin said the idea of aucb a 'desk: ji not new end did not
originate with the Secretariat,
"Women's organizations up and down the Caribbean have been
clamouring for some time for a CARICOM 'desk' of their own", he
said, "and several resolutions have been addressed to Heads of
Government requesting implementation of this idea."
Mr Mathurin said Westindian women see the functions of a CARICOM
*Women's Desk" as coordinating the work now being done by various
agencies to ensure that women are integrated into the development
of the region. He thought that, since the CARICOM Secietariat
is a 'development institution', created with the primary purpose
of furthering the aims of an Agreement designed to promote the
development of the region, there is clear interest at the
Secretariat in a Woman's Desk.
CARICOM NOT A FAILURE"
Commenting on the opinion express in some quarters that the
Caribbeen Community (CARICOM) has failed, Mr Eldon Mathurin,
Director of Services & Administration in the CALRIOO& Secretariat
said this could be the feeling of the "completely uniniated and
Mr Mathurin was speaking to NEWSLETTEZ in an exclusive interview
in Barbado, on October 5th.
"A lot of people are still considering CARICOM merely as a
refinement of the Caribbean Free Trade Area (CARIFTA)", he said,
"but CARICOM moves much further into the life of the Caribbean
than CARIFTA ever did or was intended to."
Mr Mathuri pointed out that CARIFTA concerned itself with
freeing trade and removing intra-regional trade barriers, but
CARICOi deals with matters of functional cooperation such as
education, health, meteorology, civil aviation and agriculture,
He felt that examination of continuing progress in thde areas
does not suggest that CAKICOM has fueled.
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"I agree that there are ditficultiea ia trade in the region due
to balance of payments problems", he said, "but I would not
suggest that, if the whole parameters of what CA.IC0Q is supposed
to do were examined, that anyone could suggest that it had been
OAS IITE~iSThD IN SMALL ISLAND INDIPENDENCLV
The Organistion of American States (OAS) looks with great interest
on the moves towards independence of the smaller islands of the
Caribbean. Dr Sarah ililner, Director of the OAS office in
Barbados, told NEWBLETTER this in an exclusive interview in
Barbados on October 5th.
"I was very interested to be asked to go to help to train some
of the people who will involved in the new independent Government
of Dominica", she said, "and Premier Patrick John was very
receptive to my coming here and adding what I could to their
Dr Milner said the OAS is also watching developments towards
independence in St.Lucia, St.Vincent and Antigua. The OAS,
she said, would like to see the small Caribbean countries which
are striving for independence, get a fair chance at the kind of
life they can build for themselves with whatever help the OAS
Dr Milner hopes to attend the Dominica Independence celebrations
which take place shortly.
EAST CARIBDEAI CURRENCY AUThORITY V
'-here was 8/o more East Caribbean currency in circulation at
31st July last than there was five months before that date.
This is disclosed in statements of the East Caribbean Currency
Authority (liCA) published in the Government Gazette of
According to those statements, total notes and coin in circulation
at 31st July was EC478,137,545 as compared with EC072,081,515 at
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28th February last.
This. increase has been almost
entirely in the circulation of notes hich rose from
EC$65,414,850 to 1C$71,283,384.
The increaeB in the
circulation of coin was only 2.8, from ECG6,667,665 to
ECCA Statements published for May, June and July are as
Notes in 1
circulation E0070,089,518 10E69,910,349
circulation 6,824,249 6,843,974
Bankers Balances 24,703,620 23,538,457
Cheques 21,822 124,752 42,108
Organizations 611,089 622.384 701,743
C$i102,250,298 .c$I 01,039,916 Ec$107,982,616
Bankers Deposits 78,387,731 79,590,603 71,403,373
General Reserve 8,902,435 8,902,435 8,902,435
Special Reserve 3,093,120 3,093,120 3,093,120
Other Liabilities 4,966.389 5.370.394 6.037.543
L0C197,599,973 104197,996,468 10097,419,087
& Money at
call. EC8102,778,894 C0$105,123,261 E0$107,738,806
Securities 58,976,045 56,278,986 51,999,702
Currencies 3,834,934 4,131,317 4,554,618
Balances 1,427,458 2,061,420 2,881,119
0o$167,017,331 a0$167,594,984 4c167,174,245
Treasury Bills. 26,151,1,3 26,151,303 26,151,303
Other Assets 4,431.339 4,250,181 4,093,539
LC$197,599,973 ~C$197,996,468 10$197,419,087
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BfllAdA iH IPdltmS
The S 8 "Geeststar" sailed on October 3rd with $2,470 boxes of
bananas weighing 414,286 lbs. There were 314 boxes of
rejected fruit. The Grenada Banana Cooperative Society
(GBCS) paid producers ECG 14 per pound on the weight of fruit
received at the boxing plants, but this, weight is not yet
The price paid by Geest Industries to GBCS on the shipped weight
is also not yet available.
The price paid by Geest on the "Geesttide" shipment of September
26th was ECg 34.094; the boxing plant weight on this shipment is
not yet available.
In NEWSLETTER for the week ending September 30th, the boxing plant
weight for shipment of September 12th is given as 449,597 Ibs.
NLVSLETTE1 is advised that, because of typographical error, this
is incorrect. The figure should read 499,597 lbs.
Outstanding statistics still to be reported are the boxing plant
weight for September and both the boxing plant weight and the
Geest price for shipment of October 3rd.
The total weight of bananas shipped Xn 1978, to date, is
CGJUIUS LINER CALLS
The last statistics given for cruise liner calls were in
NEqSLkTTER for the week ending September 16th. These
statistics covered the week ending September 9th.
To date, figures for the we=-k ending September 16th are not yet
available, but statistics for weeks ending September 23rd and
30th are as follows :- ) 'b
September 19th "Cunard Countess" 744 passengers ) Week Ending
20th "Angelina Lauro" 537 do. ) September 23rd
September 26th "Cunard Countess" 712 passengers ) Week Ending
27t "A ina Lauro" 622 do. ) September 30th
7th October 1978