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The Grenada newsletter
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THE GRENADA NESI TTF.R


CHAMBER MANAGER AtTEND6 TRAINING COURSE /

President of the Grenada Chamber of Industry & Commerce (CIC),
Mr David Minors,told NEWSLEITER on June 2nd that CIC Manager,
Mi Edward Brathwaite, Was attending' a training course in Barbados
on Trade Information Services of Chambers of Commerce.

Mr Brathwaite left Grenada on May 31st to attend the course which
opened on that day and ran until June llth,

Financed by the Government of Sweden and sponsored jointly by the
Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce (CAIC) and the United
Nations Centre for Trade & Development,.the course was open to CAIC
members and considered the purpose, scope of activities, organis-
ation and management of a Trade Information Service within a Chamin
ber of Commerce*

Mr Minors said CAIC also will conduct a training programme in Gre-
nada from June 14th to 18th. This programme, open to employees
of CIC members, is divided into two sections.

One section will cater to junior employees and will include work-
shops on human relations, effective communication, sales techniques
and customer relations. The other section is geared to senior
supervisors and its scope includes consideration of factors aff-
ecting productivity, motivation, time management and the role of
the private sector in Grenada's development.





SOVIET SCHOLARSHIPS

The Soviet Union has offered 40 scholarships to the Peoples Revo-
lutionary Government as part of a technical collaboration scheme be-
tween the USSR and Grenada.

A Ministry of Education official said on June 2nd that 19 of these
scholarships have already been taken up and students to whom they
have been awarded are expected to begin studies in Russia in Sep-
tember.

The courses of study, which run from 3 to 6 years, cover aircraft
maintenance and operation, medicine, vetenary science and agricul-
'ture. .,,. .,..




MOTOR BIKES FOR PFU

The Agency for Rural Transformation (ART) has arranged for the pur-
chase from West Germany of 9 motor bikes for the Productive Farmers
Union (PFU).
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ART is an organisation.established last year by the Peoples Revo-
lutionary Government to coordinate development programmes for Grenadat'
mass organizations, and purchase of the motor bikes was made with ass-
istance from the West German "Bread For The World" agency.

The motor bikes will be used by 5 JPFU field officers and 4 PFU credit
scheme officers.

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BLACK SIGATOKA.THREAT

The Grenada Banana Cooperative Society (GBCS)-and the Windward Islands
Banana Association (WINBAN) Research Centre in St Lucia jointly organ-
ised a meeting in Grenada on June 3rd to discuss with local farmers
the threat of the "Black Sigatoka" disease to the island's banana in-
dustry.

Black Sigatoka is extremely infectious and, originally discovered in
Central America, is now affecting plantations in Martinique.

Dr Keith Cronshaw, WINBAN Plant- Pathologist, addressed the meeting
and, with the help of photographic slides, gave information which will
assist Groaladiau farmers in detecting the disease if it should strike
Grpnada,




PAHO WORKSHOPS IN ANTIGUA

Mr Alphonsus Redhead, Health Education Officer in the Ministry of.
Health, left Grenada on June 6th to attend 2 workshops organised in
Antigua by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).

The first was for Health.Educators in which- 14 participants reviewed
technical aspects and developed strategies for securing and main-
taining community participation in eradication and control of the '
Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

In the second workshop, organised in conjunction with.the Disaster
Preparedness Project, 24 Government Public Relations officers and
14 Health Education Officers prepared a Public Awareness Programme
for execution in the mass media,

The workshops ran from 7th to 11th June.





INTERIM RETAIL PRICE INDEX

According to the Central Statistical Office, the Interim Retail
Price Index for May stood at.171.9, 71.9 points above't o base of
100 established in.January 1979. continued -





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As compared with April 1982, the previousmonth,.this. figure is an
increase of 0.3 points and represents a general rise in prices of
0.17% 'over April *costs .and a rise of 1-.77%.in.costs since January
of this year. In comparison with May 1981, 12 months before,
the'index shows-a rise in prices of 7.43%.

Among other items, price increases...were. recorded ih May on food,
alcohol and tobacco. A'decrease was recorded for fuel and
light and this is understood to have resulted from a drop in.the
"fuel charge" levied by Grenada Electricity Services Ltd.

S .


.... RESEARCH ON POLITICAL PR ISONFRS

NEWSLETTER .s mail has been flooded for many months now. wth ltters
from members of Amnesty International, the human rights organisatian
which has its international headquarters in London, England.

These letters originate 'in a number of countries, along others,
France, Austria and West Germany, And they all have a'similar pat-
tern, In each letter, the writer-refers by name to one'of. the
political prisoners now being held by-the Peoples Revolutionary
Government (PRG) and-a request is made for any information avail-
able about that prisoner.

In each case, too, the writers of these-letters express. concern that
the.political prisoner is being .held without.being brought to trial
and, sometimes, copies of-letters of protest addressed to th* PRG in
this connection are enclosed.


In response to these letters and, failing in an application to the
Commissioner of Prisons, Mr Patrick MacLeish, for an up-to-date
list of.detainees, NEWSLETTER has undertaken research in this con-
nection. This research has made use of the Amnesty Internat-
,bnal letters received and has been augmented by local inquiries.

As a result of this' research, itt appears that just under 100 persons
are now.being held by the PBG'u)der the Preventive Detention Reg-
ulations..- The relevant section, set out in Peoples Law 21/1979,
reads :
"The Minister may, if -satisfied with respect to any person
that, with a view to preventing him from acting in any
manner prejudicial to public order or the defence of Gre-
nada, or with a view -to subverting or sabotaging the Peo-
ples Revolutionary Government, it is necessary to provide
for his preventive detention, make an. orderr .,
(a) directing that.he be detained; and
S(b) stating concisely the grounds for such
detention, so,, however, that no defect of
any -kind in such statement shall invalidate
the order."


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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER


Results of the still incomplete research have had to be divided into
three categories depending on the completeness of information which
has been able to be obtained. -In some cases+ the addresses, nd -
dates of detention have been ascer.taned'with reasonable accuracy.
In other cases, less positive data has been available and, ia a third
category, the names only of the.political prisoners have been obtained.
I the last named category, too, the name .f one of the prisoners has
been given by friends merely as "Carlie" and no other identification
has been had.

Details of the three categories follow and it must be emphasised that
the absolute accuracy of these lists cannot be vouched for.


Detainees Whose Addresses & Date Of Detention Are Known


Name
Raymond DeSousa
Norman DeSousa
Francis Jones
Kingston Baptiste
Taunil Clarke'
Oliver Raeburn
Osbert James
Clinty Samuel
Dennis Rush
Terrence Jones
Donnally Patrick
Dalton Pope
Steadman Patrick
Lester DeSousa
Antonio (or Clement)
Langdon
Hayes James
James Antoine
Winston Whyte
John Thomas
Stephen Cuffie
James Modeste
Twistleton Paterson
James Bowen
Wayne Lett
Matthew Antoine
Jerome Remain
Reginald Phillip
Antony Buckmire
Kade Layie
Rodney Garraway
Dennis Charles
Vincent (or Wilson)
Reuben
Rodney Nelson
Renald Nyack
Maurice Patterson
Vaughn Noel
Raphael Roberts
Emmanuel Toussaint
Heslya (or Sydney)
Bartholomew
Benedict Henry
Lloyd Noel
Leslie Pierre
Tillman Thomas
IStanley Roberts


Address
La Borie, St, Georges'
La Borie, St. Georges
Westerhall, St Davids
Gouyave, St Johns
St Johns,
Sauteurs, St Patricks
Mamma Kannes, St Andrews
St Patricks
Grenville, St Andrews
Byelands, St Andrews
Happy Hill, St Georges
Sauteurs, St Patricks
Hermitage, St gatricks
La Borie, St Georges


Date
Detained


13.
13.
1 3 *
14.
14.
14.
15.
15.
17.
23.
23.
25.
25.
30.


3.79
3.79
3.79
3.79
3.79
3.79
3.79
3.79
3.79
3.79
3.79
3.79
3.79
7.79


Happy Hill,'St Georges 15. 8.79
Chantimelle, St Patricks 15.10.79
Windsor Forest, St Davids15.10.79
Grand An S, St Georges 15.10.79
Grand Roy, St Johns 17.12.79
Grand Anse, St Georges 18.12.79
Grand Roy, St Johns 18.12.79
Tempe, St Georges 18.12.79
Westerhall, St Davids 18.12.79
Grand Apse; St Geofges 18.12.79
Grand' Ase, St Georges 18.12.79
Belmoit, St Georges 18.12.79
Mt Parnassas, St Gearges 6. 3.80
River Read, St Georges 6. 3.80
Belmont, St Georges 6. 3.80
Springs, St Georges 7. 3.80
Tivoli, St Andrews 29. 4.80

Tempe, St Georges 30. 4.80
Tivoli, St Andrews 8. 5.80
LaFilette, St Andrews 8. 5;.80
Lucas Street, St Georges 12. 5.80
Walker, St Andrews 15, 5.80
St Pauls, St Georges 17. .5:.80
Tivoli, St Andrews 19. 5.80

Tivoli, St Andrews 19. 5.80
Tivoli, S Andrews 19. 8.80
Gouyave, St Johns 11. 7.81
iFort Jeudy, St Georges 11. 7.81
Hermitage, St Patricks 11. 7.81
Piedmontemps, St Davids 11. 7.81


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Detainees Whosq Address ;,&.Date of Detention Are Uncertain


Name
Roland Joseph
Harbert John
..van Bhola
Leon Caliste
Francis Williams
Godfrey Williams
Lawrence Simon


'Address
Tivo11i, St Andrews
Unknown
Tivoli, St Andrews
Unknown
Unknown
LaPotrie, St Andrews
Unknown


Date
Detained
8.10.80
22. 5.80
22. 5.80
22. 5.80
22. 5.80
22.. 5.80
December 1980


Detainees Whose


Address & Date of Detention Are Unknown


Benedict George
Kiplyn Francis
Peter Boyke
Leroy Maxulin
Craften Chilton
Billen Mitchell
Raymond Steele
Fitzroy Parayag
Selwyn Fleming
Donville Neckles
Barry Joseph
Mickey James
*Harold Lewis
Dave Greenidge
Adrian Alexis
Samuel Bonapart;


Kenny Chilton
Charles Fleming
Joseph Peter
Kelly Rod
Alroy Bellengie
C Logie
Matthew Fleming
Stephen, Lewis
Worrel Nedd
Raymond Alexis
Peter Royce
Isaiah Henry
Bernard Patrick
Michael Andrew
Raphael Gilbert
Carlie (?)


Edwin R6berts
Fabian Telesford
Clarence Bernard
Irie Calliste
Ethelbert John
Claude Simon
Neville Stanislaus
Eddie Pancho
Aouttie Charles
Leroy Joseph
Cletos Alexis
Edwin Jeldiu
Ronald McSween
Noble Phillip


There are other persons, originally jailed under the Preventive
Detention Regulations, who have'-now been charged under the


Terrorism (Prevention) Law 1980.


'These are :-


Layne Phillip
Kenneth Budhlall.
Russel Budhlall
Roland Budhlall
Grace Augustine
-or the "bomb blast" murders of Laurice Humphrey, Bernadette Bail-
ey and Lauraine Charles on 19th June 1980..

*'.,o other detainees, Fitzlyn Joseph and. Eddie Richardson, were
originally charged with this offence but the charges:have been
cropped and they are to appear at the trial as witnesses for the
prosecution.


Raphael Roberts
Joseph Jacobs
Godwin Charles
Lyle St Bernard
Keith St Bernard
Kenneth Budhlall
Kennedy Budhlall

cfr conspiracy to commit acts of violence to take over the Govern-
a'ent on 26th April 1980.


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TH18 9RNADA NWSEMTIR


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Jimmy Julian
Densil Richardson
Isaac James
Matthew Pascall
Richard Parcall
Catherine Pascall
A.nas Pascall
for the nurC-r by Shooting of.Donald and.Dennis Stanislaus, Andy Courts
nay and Stephan La.1see on 17th/18th November 1980#

Wilton-Morris DeRavenierre
for being unlawfully in possession of explosives-and firearms n

NoverbeJr 2nd 1979,

\EWSTT! iR'' snderstands that there are 12 other -persons, originally
held un;ier the Preventive Detention Regulations who may-now have teen
charged, but this has not yet been verified. These persons are

S.-- Lewis Winston Prowl Emral Gittens
Ku Ri n Ernest Pascall Martin Berrot
iHeL:n 'ascall Winston Simon Raphael Boyze
c-.r-" e Bernard Adrian Roberts Glenn Biggs

The following are "thumbnail" backgrounds on some of the persons
now held as political prisoners.

avy cnd "Bogol' DeSousa was an assistant Superintendent of Police in
the administration of depo-sed Prime Minister Eric Matthew Gairy,
It is reported that, on the day the revolution started, 13th March
1979, he was engaged in an exchange .of fire with .the Revolutionary
Forces. He is the brother of Norman' DeSousa. (see below)


NormTnn DeSousa, brother of Raymond DeSousa (see above), unsuccess-
fully contested, against Maurice Bishop, the St Georges South-East
Constituency in-the last General Elections held in Grenada, December
7th 1976. The political party he-supported., the Grenada United
Labour Party of Eric Gairy, won those elections and DeSousa was.
first appointed to the Senate. On the day of the revolution,
13th March 1979, DeSousa was Labour Attache at the London Grenada
Embassy and was in Grenada at that time for consultations,


Lester DeSousa is the brother of Raymond and Norman DeSousa (see
above). He has the nickname "Green Face" and had been a political
activist both for and against the New Jewel Movement of Prime
Minister Maurice Bishop.


Oliver Raeburn was Minister of Agriculture, -Lands & Fisheries in
the Gairy Government when that Government was overthrown. He
was elected to Parliament in the December 7th 1976 General
Elections to fill the seat of the St Patricks-East Constituency.


Osbert Janes was Acting Commissioner-of Police in the administration
of deposed Prime Minister Eric Matthew Gairy.
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THE GRBNADA NEWSLETTER


.7kncis Jcnes, a photographer byprofession, was Superin-tdendnt of
Piisons at the ':ime of the overthrow of the Gairy Government by the
New Jewil Movemsnti Jones is believed also to have held a tom-
mission: in the Grenada Defence lForce.


Jerome Romaan was Manager of 'Radio Grenada when the New Jewel Move-
ment overthrevi the Gairy regime by force of .arms on..13th March 1979.
Romain was. detained .a few days after this date but was released late
in April 1979 following representations made to Prime Minister
Maurice bishop by the Caribbean Publishing & Broadcasting Associat--
ion and the Caribbean Broadcasting Union. Remain was rearrested
in December 1979.


Terrence Jones was a police Aid" during .the Gairy regime. Evidence
was given to the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into the Breakdown of
Law & Order.and Police Brutality in Grenada that he was among those
who a-ttacked and beat .members of the New Jewel Movement (including
Maurice Bishop) on November 18th 1973.


Donnally Patrick was a member of the General Council of deposed
Prime Minister Gairy's United Labour Party.


Winston Whyte was Political Leader of the United Peoples Party which
formed "The Alliance, with the New Jewel Movement and the Grenada
National Party to contest the General Elections of December 7th 1976.
In those Elections, Whyte won the seat for the St.Patricks-West
Constituency. After the revolution of March 13th 1979, Whyte
formed a new party, the Peoples Action Liberation Movement, about
September 1979 and, about.a month later he was detained, it being
charged that he was involved in plans for the violent overthrow of
the Peoples Revolutionary Government.


Antonio Langdon, detained in August 1979, is alleged to have been
involved in a jail break in May 1980 and to have been shot while
attempting to escape. The Caribbean Conference of Churches ex-
pressed concern over his health in June 1980 and, at the Confers
ence's request, NEWSLETTER.made inquiries. Information received
then was that he had been shot, had had two broken ribs and there
was damage to his lungs, It was ascertained then that his con-
dition had been extremely serious but that he was making satisfact-
ory progress. His present condition is not known.


Tillman Thomas, a barrister, was closely associated with publication
of "The Grenadian Voice", an independent newspaper which was closed
on June 19th 1981 by the Peoples Revolutionary Government after
retroactive legislation had been passed to make publication of any
newspaper illegal.


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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER


Lloyd No~l, a barrister, was Acting Attorney General and Minister of
Legal Affairs in the Peoples Revolutionary Government until June 1980
when he resigned because of "differences of opinion." H He was the
Legal Representative and.was closely associated with the publication
of "The Grenadian Voice", an independent newspaper which was closed
by the Peoples Revolutionary Government on 19th June 1981 after
retroactive legislation had been passed to make publication of any
newspaper illegal.


Leslie Pierre, a businessman and Island Scout Commiesioner of the
Boy Scouts, was.Editor of "The Grenadian Voice", an independent news-
paper which was closed by the Peoples Revolutionary Government on
19th June 1981 after retroactive legislation had been passed to make
publication of any newspaper illegal.


Stanley Roberts is the Assistant Secretary of the Grenada Seamen &
Waterfront Workers Union,


.Alister Hughes


Alister Hughes


Cynthia Hughes
'r , ,, '* I 1.


Printed .& Published by .the Proprietors
Alister &.Cynthia Hughes,. Journalists
of Scott Street, S~ Georges, Grenada, Westindies


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NEWSLETTER
FOUNDED 17TH AUGUST 1973

For The Week Ending June 12th 1982
10th Year of Publication - - 271st Issue
Volume 10 Number 9
i> "' )



BISHOP VISITS EASTERN EUROPE
Prime Minister MaurIce bishop flew out off Grenada on June 6th at
the head of a high level delegation bound for visits to the Ger-
man Democratic Republic (GDR) and Bulgaria.

The delegation took off in the Government owned plane from the
still incomplete Point Saline International Airport, that flight
being the first to take off from the Point Saline runway.

Before boarding the plane, Mr Bishop said this visit to these
Eastern European countries will deepen understanding, friendship
and cooperation, and he expected to sign agreements on economic
cooperation and training for workers.

Accompanying Mr Bishop was Minister of Agriculture George Loui-
son and the Cuban Ambassador to Grenada Julian,Torres Rizo, and
the delegation's first stop was Cuba where it was joined by
Foreign Minister Unison Whiteman who was in that country atten-
ding a Non-Aligned Countries meeting.

Mr Bishop and the delegation then flew to East Germany where
an Agreement of Friendship, Cooperation, Technical Assistance
and Trade was signed by the Peoples Revolutionary Government
and the German Democratic Republic (GDR).

Radio Free Grenada (RFG) announced:that the Agreement was
signed on June 10th and, according to RFG, under the Agree-
ment, Grenada is to receive a credit facility of EC$16.2
million which will be repayable over 10 years at 3 % interest
and with a grace period of 18 months,
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Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
P Box~ 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Westindies


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This credit facility will cover the cost of new telephone equipment to
be supplied by the GDR, construction of a cocoa processing plant, ship
to shore communications equipment and purchase of agricultural
machines, equipment and vehicles.

Additionally, the GDR will give 60 scholarships in various fields to
be taken up by Grenadians,.and-assistance will be given in the form of
imputs for the expansion and marketing of the island's banana crop.

From the GDR, the delegation flew to Bulgaria where it is expected
that final arrangements will be made for the purchase of an ice making
plant.

Informed sources say that Prime Minister .Bishop is scheduled also to
deliver a paper in.Bulgaria at a conference on the .life and writings
of Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgarias. first Prime Minister.after that country
became a Communist state in 1945, and one of that country's national
heroes.

The date of the delegation's return to Grenada has not been announced.





PHILLIP UNFIT TO COME TO COURT

High Court Judge, Mr.Lti-e Satroharn Singh, was told on June 4th that ons
of the accused in tht- "Bomb Blast" murder trial was in hospital Und un-
fit to come to Court.

The accused is Layne Phillip who, together with Russel, Roland and
Kenneth Budhlall and Grace Augustine, is facing trial under the TerrorH
ism (Prevention) Law for the murders of Lorraine Charles, Laurice
Humphrey and Bernadette Bailey who died when a bomb exploded at Queens
Park near St Georges on 19th June 1980.

Phillip was brought to the Court on a stretcher in an apparently
unconscious condition on June 2nd when the case was due for hearing,
but he was taken away on instructions of the Judge who ordered that
Phillip be examined by a doctor and a report be made to the Court.

On the morning of the 4th, in the High Court, Dr. Sekhar Tamtam of the
Richmond Hill Prisons, told the Court that he had examined Phillip on
the 2nd and had found him in a coma resulting from the fact that
Phillip had not been eating. Dr Tantam said he ordered Phillip to
the General Hospital and he was unable to say what his present con-
dition was then.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Langston Sibbles told the Court
that Phillip is on a hunger strike and his.condition was self induced.
The DPP said that, on a previous occasion when Phillip had had to
face charges in Court in another matter, he had gone on a hunger
strike but had revivedd miraculously". Mr Sibbles told.the Court
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the Crown is determined to try all the defendants together and will
not divide the charges.

Defence Couns.el Michael Andrews said Phillip suffers from a peptic
ulcer and it is not fair to say his condition is self induced.
Phillip needs a special diet, he said, and there have been many com-
plaints about improper food being served at the prison, about ho
medical attention and about cutting off of communications with the
prisoners.

Two other persons originally charged with this offence, Eddie
Richardson and Fitzlyn Joseph, have had the charges against them
dropped and they will appear as witnesses for the Crown.

Mr Justice Singh has fixed the hearing of this case to start on
June 14th.
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MINORS: FOUNDATIONS FOR GOOD RELATIONSHIP LAID

There is good reason to believe that the foundations have been laid
for a real and meaningful, mutually advantageous relationship be-
tween the Peoples Revolutionary GovernreAnt (PRG) and the private
sector in Grenada.

This opinion was expressed by outgoing President of the Grenada
Chamber of Industry & Commerce, Mr David Minors, as he addressed the
Annual General Meeting of the Chamber on June 9th.

Mr Minors, who has served as President for the last two years, said
he had devoted much time and energy towards building this relation-
ship with the PRG and, while it was frustrating at times, he is of
the opinion that his efforts could be about to bear fruit.

"The sooner that the business community and the Government realise
and admit they need and complement each other", he said,"the better
it will be for Grenada."

The outgoing president said it is the Chamber's role to build on
the foundations of the relationship with the PRG, "if, in fact, it
exists", and convince the PRG that any further anti-business legis-
lation will be counter productive. The Chamber must also con-
vince the PRG that the private sector urgently needs encouragement
of a tangible or monetary nature, he said.

Mr'Minors said that, at this time in'Grenada's history, the
Chamber, together with other private sector organizations, needs to
be strong,-efficient and well organised at both .secretariat and
executive levels. Lack of finance is a constraint affecting all
private sector organizations, he said, and he suggested the Chambe'
should spearhead formation of a private sector umbrella organ- .
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isation encompassing the most important areas of private sector activ-
ities.

According to Mr Minors, the activities of that organisation could in-
clude trade, commerce and banking, industrial relations, Government
affairs and public relations, tourism, manufacturing and agriculture
and agro industries.

Mr Minors, who did not stand for reelection as he is migrating to
Canada in August, said he wished, in his own interest and that of the
Chamber, to set the record straight regarding the reasons for his
leaving the island.

"The reasons for my move are purely of a personal and family nature",
he said, !"and have.absolutely nothing to do with the political or
economic climate in Grenada."


The outgoing President said that, while he is in Canada, he would be
happy to assist the Chamber in any way possible and, at the appropriate
time, he will make-a similar offer to the PRG.

The Annual General Meeting elected Mr Richard Menezes, Managing Direc-
tor of George F Huggins & Co Ltd, to be President for the next year.





CHAMBER CONCERNED ABOUT SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

The Grenada Chamber of Commerce is concerned about the possibility of
the St Georges University School of Medicine having to leave Grenada.

This is disclosed in the Report of the Council of Management made at
the Annual General Meeting held on June 9th, -and the Report says the
possibility arised because the School will have to move from its pre-
sent location which is close to the new international airport being
constructed at Point'Saline.

"The Council is aware of the importance of the School to the economy
of Grenada", the Report says, "and has discussed the matter with the
School's Authorities as well as with Government."

The Report says the Peoples Revolutionary Government is, no doubt,
also aware of the economic importance of the School to Grenada, and
the hope is expressed that all necessary and reasonable steps will
be taken to ensure that it continues to operate here.





BUSINESSMEN: LEVEL OF TAXATION INCREASING

The Grenada Chamber of Commerce, in a Report of the Council of
Management presented at the Annual General Meeting on June 9th,
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has expressed concern over "the coietinued increase in-the level of
taxation".

"As far back as 1972", the Report says, "the Chamber drew Govern--.
ment's attention to the fact that its recurrent expenditure, and
consequently its tax revenue, had exceeded- 50% of the Gross-Domes-
t.ic Product, and that this wa' very disturbing." '

Since then, the Report says, :the increase in the. level of taxation.
has continued on the same narrow tax base, and the Report suggests
that the Chamber hold discussions with the Peoples Revolutionary
Government "in view of the urgent need to'broaden the tax base to.
avoid having to increase the level of taxation'when additional
revenue is needed ......





PRG INVITED CHlMBER TO EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR'AIRPORT V

In view of the-reported efforts'of th& United States Government to
discourage various countries from attending the European Economic
Community Co-Financing Conference inhBrussels in April 1981, the'
Peoples Revolutionary Government '(PRG) invited the Grenada Chamber
of Industry & Commerce to express support for the international air-
port project now in progress at Point Saline.

This is disclosed in the Report of the Council of Management 'pre-
sented at the Chamber's Annual General Meeting on June 9th, 'and the
Report says the Chamber was also invited to send a representative
on the PRG delegation to the Brussels conference.

"The Chamber's support was accordingly expressed in a Resolution
which was submitted to Government for publication as a release", the
Report says, "and David Minors (the Chamber's President) was'select-
ed as the Chamber's representative."

On his return, Mr Minors reported there had been much adverse and
unfair propaganda about the project, due, presumably, the Report
says, to misunf6rmation or ignorance of the facts, but the PRG has
advised that this initiative has yielded substantial sums in finan-
cial aid, and the Chamber is pleased to have been associated with
it.





MIXED COMMISSION TO MEET IN GRENADA V

The next meeting of the Private Sector Mixed Commission between the
Eastern Caribbean countries and Venezuela will be held in Grenada
according to the-Report of the Council of Management of the Grenada
Chamber of industry and Commerce presented at the Chamber's Annual
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The Commission was established in September 1981, the main objective
being to promote closer cooperation between Venezuela and the Eastern
Caribbean in the fields of trade, tourism, investment and culture.

According to the Chamber!s .Report, one of the areas in which Venezuela
felt it could be of assistance was in the development of a Black Bean
industry for export to the Venezuelan market. The project was dis-
cussed with the Ministry of Agriculture.and tests were made to deter-
mine whether it was commercially viable, but results were discourage
ing.

Headquarters of the Mixed Commission is located in Venezuela and the
secretariat is funded and operated by the Venezuelan Exporters
Association (AVEX).





CHAMBER "DISTURBED BY PRIME MINISTER'S INVBCTIVES"

In its- Report to the Annual General Meeting of the Grenada Chamber of
Industry & Commerce, held on June 9th, the Council of Management says
it "was disturbed by the Prime Minister's invectives against the pri-
vate sector at. the 'Heroes' Dayt rally at Queens Park, St.Georges on
20th (sic) June 1981."

The Report says, from.time to time previously, there had been
criticisms of the private sector by the Government controlled media
and, in November 1980, the Chamber indicated that one of the areas of
concern to businessmen was the unfair and unjust criticism by the -
media accusing the private sector of being exploitive as well as other
public rhetoric counter productive to private sector development.

A letter was written to Prime Minister Maurice Bishop on 25th June
1981 seeking an-interview with him to. discuss "our apparent differ-
ences', the Report says, but, while receipt of the letter was ac-
knowledged, no further communication has been received.

The Report says there are ,seven other "matters of concern to business-
men which could cause them to-delay-or cancel any expansion or invest-
ment plans", but the Council of Management has been unable to arrange
a meeting with the Minister of Finance, Mr Bernard Coard, for a cont-
inuation of discussions of these matters.

Nevertheless, the Report says, the Chamber has continued to work, with
some measure of success, towards improved relationship with Govern-
ment.


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THREE TRAWLERS SUNK

Three of the 10 fishing trawlers given by Cuba to the Peoples. Revo-
lutionary Government have sunk in St Georges harbour.

The Government owned "Free West Indian" (FWI) newspaper, in its
issue of June 5th, reported that 2 went down on May 29th. ?WI
did not refer to it, but the third has been submerged for the -past
few months at the back of the St Georges pier.

FWI said one boat sank because an unauthorised person tXied to move
it from its berth and the anchor was t"picked up by the propellor
and pierced the bottom of the vessel". The other boat went down
some hours later and FWI reports Mr John Pearson, Manager of the
National Fisheries Company (NFC) as saying that, in this case, sab-
otage is suspected.

According to FWI, NFC's average monthly catch is 36,000 Ibs but,
with the loss of these two boats, it is feared this figure will be
reduced drastically.

"Of a complement of 10 trawlers, only 5 were working before the two
sank", FWI said. -"The rest were suffering from a gross shortage
of parts."

Speaking at a 'Conference on the Economy" held in January, Minister
of Finance Bernard Coard said the island's fishing industry landed
108,000 lbs of fish and 300 lbs of lobster.in 1981, and the aimn-for
1982 is half a million pounds of fish and 40,000 lbs of lobster.

Mr Card said then, however, that NFC was suffering from a shortage
of equipment and ice, inefficient ship-to-shore radio and difficul-
ties with the engines of 7 of the trawlers.

NFC Manager Mr Pearson told FWI that some spare parts were received
recently and all the trawlers should be operating by September.

At time of NEWSLETTER's going to press, none of the trawlers had
been refloated.




STRACHAN VISITS SURINAM

A 2-man delegation,headed by Minister of National Mobilisation
Mr Selwyn Strachan, arrived in Surinam on June 5th.

The delegation was met by leader of Surinam's 4-man Military Auth-
ority, Lieutenant Colonel Daysi Bouterse and, during the stay in
Surinam, it is expected that discussions will be held with the Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Sports, Culture and
National Mobilisation.


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The other member of the delegation is Mr Nelson Louison of the Min-
istry of National Mobilisation, and Messrs Strachan and Louison are ex-
pected to wind up their visit to Surinam about June 13th.

Lieutenant Colonel Daysi Bouterse was in Grenada early in May for a
two week stay.





BOUTERSE'S VISIT, A CORRECTION

In its issue for the week ending May 15th, NEWSLETTER reported (on
page 2) that Surinam's Lieutenant Colonel Daysi Bouterse had arrived
in Grenada on April 3rd.

This is incorrect; Mr Bouterse came to Grenada on May 3rd.

NEWSLETTER apologises for this error.





EEC APPROVES FOOD AID PROGRAMME

Mr Alberto Ferrari, local representative of the European Economic
Community (EEC), told NEWSLETTER on June 7th that the Council of the
2EC has approved the 1982 Food Aid Programme which will benefit some
50 developing countries.

Mr Ferrari said total allocations for 1982 include 930,000 tons of
cereals, 150,000 tons of skimmed milk powder and 45,000 tons of but-
ter oil.

Of these allocations, Mr Ferrari said, Grenada is to receive 350 tons
of skimmed milk powder and 30 tons of butter oil. The allocation
of cereals to Grenada has not yet been decided.

In the 1991 EEC Food Aid Programme, Grenada received 400 tons of milk
powder and 30 tons of butter oil. The country also received
150 tons of rice which arrived here on June 10th.

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GG SCOON ON VACATION

Governor General Sir Paul Scoon left Grenada on June 10th on vacation
and will be out of the State until July 3rd.

The Government Gazette of June 4th carries a notice that Her Majesty
the Queen has appointed Mr Allan Anthony LaGrenade to act as Govern-
or General during Sir Paul's absence. Mr LaGrenada is Prime Min-
ister Maurice Bishop's uncle.

Informed sources said Sir Paul will spend his vacation in Canada.




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