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blume 15 Saturday 4th April 1987 Number 51


CAIC, OECS & CARICOM To Be Asked To Help

The Grenada Chamber of Industry & Commerce has
requested Prime Minister Herbert Blaize to delay
implementation of the Business Levy until the
Chamber has had time to complete further study of
this tax.
The request is made in a letter to Mr Blaize dated
March 27th, and the Chamber says this further
itudy will take about two months.
i'he Business Levy is a 2.5% tax on gross receipts
from sales and/or services. It was introduced in the
1987 budget proposals and isintended to relieve the
commercial Community of the burden of paying a
50% Company Tax on net profits.
Discussions with the Prime Minister, however,
he Chamber has made the point that this tax is
equitable. It will create hardships for certain
yes of businesses, the Chamber says, especially
ose which deal in goods whose prices are
ntrolled by Government.
Ihe Chamber last met with Mr Blaize to discuss this
r on March 13th. At that time, the Prime
minister was unmoved bythe Chamber's arguments
gnd, in a letter of the same date, advised the
Chamber that his position was unchanged and that
:he tax would be implemented.
his meetings with the Chamber, the Prnme
Minister said that, for certain types of businesses on
which the tax may work hardships. he would be
lling to consider making modifications to the tax
d he invited the Chamber to advise him on

rhe Chamber, however, does not think this a good
idea. If a businessmanis able to argue himself out
of the tax, the Chamber says,the road is open for
collusion and corruption. The point is taken further
In the Chamber's better of March 27th.
'Based on our findings which suggest that the
anomalies (special cases, hardship cases) would be
so abundant and diverse in nature", the letter says,
'we have concluded.'hat if special treatment'be
administered to all these cases, this tax measure
would be rendered ineffective in the near term"
relminay findings of the Chamber are that some
100 business concerns R ill be adversely affected by
ie usineas Levy because their "sales mix" is
partially made up of or is exclusively price
controlled commodity es.
A large number of these firms have been borrowing
heavily over the last few years in a programme of
expansion, the Chamber says, and, if the Business

Levy is implemented, they will have to borrow
further to meet their tax obligations.
"To further support our point" the Chamber's letter
to the Prime Minister says, we are in the process of
seeking the assistance of two regional organizations,
one Public Sector and one Private Sector, to
examine as many registered Companies in Grenada
as possible, in order to present you with a complete
list of hardship cases (special cases, anomalies) as
re tested".

Chamber Asks P.M. To
Delay 2.5% Tax................
PWU Accuses Govt. of
"Face-Saving Gimmick ......2
SParliamentary Secretaries
Francis Alexis -
Parliamentarian ................3
Commissioner Toppin
Terminates Contract........... 4
Griffith Attends U.S. Dept. Of
Defence Seminar..............4
Trade, Industry, Commerce
To Meet At Conference......5
Ramsay To Appeal To Privy
Griffith Unspecific About His
Membership of DLC......... 7
Nutmeg Marketing Agreement
Signed............................ 8
Griffith: NNP Violating
Principle of Accountability..8
BA Makes Inaugural
Scheduled Flight .............
News Shorts........................ 10

The letter does not name the regional organizations
to be approached, but a spokesman for the Chamber
told EWSLETTER that the private sector
organisation referred to is the CaribbeanAssociation
of Industry and Commerce. The assistance of
two public sector organizations is to be sought, he
said, and these are the Organisation of East
Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM).

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Plge 2 Saturday 4th April 1987 The Grenada Newsletter



The Management Committee of the Public Workers
ion (PWU) says speculation is high that
Gerenment's imitation to Civil Servants to accept
voluntary retrenchment is a "face-saving
hischare appearsonpage 1 of the first issue The
lic Worker', the official organ of the Grenada
Public Workers Union It was published at the end
of March, and speculation is, the paper says. that
"Government has long since drawn up its list of
whom it wants to retrench'.
"Should those workers on the Government's list opt
togo voluntarily", the paper says, "then
Government would avoid having to face the charges
of victimisation against certain individuals in the
together with the Grenada Union of Teachers and
e Technical & Allied Workers Union. GUT has
been negotiating with Government for some time for
an Industrial Agreement to replace one which
expired on 31st December 1983.
negotiations have become bogged down by
government's decision to limit the cost of any
alary increases, and the Unions have been
aicularly put out by Government's Retrenchment
Programme. This Programme came into effect on
arch 1st and will affect some 1,800 Public
Ithe first place, the Programme gives Public
Officers the opportunity to opt for voluntary
retrenchment. "Te Public Worker" says,
however, that Government has advised the Unions
at "not merely because an Officer has signified
terest in retrenchment does it mean that the officer
would automatically get retrenchment"
"What could be more ludicrous than that ?" the
paper asks. "Is the letter meant to be another
attempt by Government to take Public Workers for a
ride? It seems logical to conclude that, once an
-officer indicates willingness to be voluntarily
retrenched, that officer is no longer interested in
working with Government and as such, should be
allowed to leave as invited to do"

The Chamber's letter
says that by" continuing
to change the rules of
the game", the New
National Government is
likely to create eco-
nomic instability, the
result of which will be
counter-productive to
Government's stated
Foas and objectives for
scal reform and
Private Sector leader-
ship in securing eco-
nomic growth and
development for Gre-

Re-introduction of a
system of corporate
taxation based on the
net profit position of a
business entity, is the
Chamber's recommen-
dation to Mr Blaize.
This is a system of
taxation, the Chamber
says, which is uni-
versally accepted and
far more equitable than
a tax based on gross
trading receipts.

L M ~

Whatever is the plan, the paper says, Public
Workers are watching "with a hawk's eve". The
paper expresses the opinion that, if retrenchment is
to take place, the action must follow a set of clearly
defined rules worked out by Government and the
Following Prime Minister Herbert Blaize's reshuffl
of his Cabinet on February 17th, Parliamentar
Secretaries have been reassigned to assist Ministe
in performance of their duties.
The Government Gazette of March 27th lists the
following re-assignments: -
Ministry of Legal Affairs & Labour
Legal Af airs
Labour: Trade Unions
Work Permits
International Labour
Organisation (ILO) Conventions
Mr Norton Noel
Ministry of Social Services
& Civil Aviation
Social Security including National
Local Government
Youth Affairs
Civil Aviation.
MrAleyne Walker
Ministry of Works
Public Utilities
Community Development

Mn Piauine Andrew
Minist of External Affairs.
Agriculture & Tourism
External Affairs
Mrs Grace Duncan
Minimst of Health & Housing
Women's Affairs
Physical Planning
The Notice in the Gazette was issued from the
Governor General's Office and is dated 25tt
M ch.

The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 4th April 1987 Page 3

The Background Picture

Dr FrancisRaphael Alexis B.A. (Honours), L.L.M,
L.L.B Honours (University of the West Indies),
Ph. D (Cambride) was born in Grenada on
October 3rd'1947.
e first attended the St Pauls Model Primary School
and, in an interview with NEWSLETTER,
disclosed that his initial academic efforts were not
"As many times as was
possible, I sat the Gov- In this article
ernment scholarship ex- presents the
aminations to the sec- of interview
ondary schools, but fail- Of the ou
ed", he said."I sat the of th
school-leaving examin-
iation from the prim-
ary school, but failed, then I sat the entrance ex-
aminations to the secondary schools and passed"
His parents, however, could not afford the
secondary school fees and, just as he was about to
"drop-out", his headmaster recommended him for,
and he was awarded, in 1962, a scholarship offered
y the St Georges City Council.
That scholarship he held at the Grenada Boys
Secondary School (GBSS) until 1967 when, not yet
having achieved his goals, he was forced to
"I went to work at Jonas Browne & Hubbard for
about a year", he said, "and got enough money to
pay my way for the rest of my stay at
Dr Alexis finally left GBSS in June 1968. After
working at Government's Inland Revenue
Department until October of the same year, he
enrolled at the Cave Hill, Barbados Campus of the
University of the West Indies where, in 1971, he
obtained a General Degree in economics, history
In 1971, he began to study law at Cave Hill,
completing the course in only 2 years, one year
short of the norm, and then began to teach law
"In tho.e days, we had a very severe shortage of
stiff". he said, 'and I was approached and asked if I
would stay on and teach, which I did until 1975,
studyingg for and obtaining, at the same time, his
Masters Degree in Law",
He transferred at that stage to the St Augustine,
a rindad, campus of the University of the West
Indies, staying there until 1977 and taking the
Professional Law Schools examinations.
Dr Alexis then went to Cambridge University in the
United Kingdom where he studied for and obtained
a Doctorate in Law before returning to teach at Cave
Hill in 1980.
When the New National Party (NNP) was formed
to contest the 1984 General Elections in Grenada,
Dr Alexis was Political Leader of the Grenada

Democratic Movement (GDM), one of the three
parties which merged to form NNP.
But, Dr Alexis, who describes himself, political
as a "DemocraticCentrist" told NEWSLETER he
did not start GDM.
"I have never formed a party", he said, "the GDM
was formed by people ike James Herry and Keith
Mitchell (now Minis-
EW ETTE ter for Works), and
NEWSLETTER they invited me to
rst of a series come and lead the
with Members party'.
The Attorney General
said he was still at
Cave Hill at the end
of 1982 when the approach was made to him and,
before he returned to renada on private business in
September 1983, he had already made public
statements on behalf of GDM.
For example, he said, he made a statement with
reference to the wage negotiations the Peoples
Revolutionary Government was then having with
public workers, and to the "banishment" of Mr
obert Robinson, then Labour Commissioner.
Also, he said, Grenadian students at Cave Hill had
asked him to take part in the 1981 "Festival of the
Revolution" on the campus and, because of what he
said there, he was never invited again to anything to
do with the revolution.
"It is not in my nature to support locking up people
without charge or trial", the Attorney General said.
"I cannot condone closure of the press or even
unfair criticism of the press",
It had been planned that he would officially take
over the GDM in October of 1983, he said, but
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Opposition Senator Says He Was Fired

At the request of Mr
Russel Toppin, Gre-
nada's Commissioner
of Police, Government
has terminated Mr
Toppin's contract with
effect from April 1st,
At a press conference
on April 2nd Mr Toppin
announced the term-
ination of his contract
by reading Govern-
ment's official press
release on this matter.

"The commissioner of
Police, Mr Russel
Toppin, has requested
permission to terminate
his three year contract
after 2 years and.'3
months service", the
release says.
According to the re-
lease, the Commis-
sioner is aware of
Government's retrench-
ment policy for pen-
minnpm nn rnntrvPt tn

An Opposition Senator of the Grenada Parliament
attended a seminar in Jamaica on "Strategic
Problems In The Caribbean".
Senator Terrence Griffith said at a press conference
on March 24th that the seminar was to be co-
sonsored by the Institute of Social & Economic
search of te varsity of the West Indies
UWI) and the Institute of Interamerican Studies,
uate School of International Studies of the
University of Miami.
"The information which will be disseminated in the
Conference will be put together for the Department
of Defence of the United States of America",
Senator Griffith said, "That Department is financing
the Conference and it will be held under their
auspices. ,
Participants included Dr Trevor Munroe, Senior
Lecturer in the UWI Department of Government, Dr
iri Valenta, Director of Soviet & East European
Studies at the University of Miami, Dr Jaime
Suchlicki, Director of the Institute of Interamerican
studies of the University of Miami and Dr Norman
Baily, former Special Assistant to the President of
the United States for National Security Affairs.

he seminar ran from March 26th to 27th.
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The Charter of the Organisation of American States
(OAS), was signed at Bogota, Colombia on
Thursday 30th April 1948.
Among the basic principles set outing the Charter are
that international law and order and good faith shall
govern relations between Member States

S Ad 0-:' .

leave the Service in
order to save jobs for
younger people. He is
satisfied that the senior
officers of the Royal
Grenada Police Force
can run the Service
efficiently in his ab-
sence and there is no
need for him to remain.
especially as he is
anxious to begin pract-
icing law as soon as
"The Right Honourable
Prime Minister, Mr
Herbert Blaize, has
thanked Mr Toppin for
his years of dedicated
service to Grenada and
the success he has
achieved in restruct-
uring the Royal
Grenada Police Force',
the release says. "and
wishes him well in his
new field of endeavour
as an attorney-at-law"

Grenada born Mr
Toppin, 63. who is a
qualified barrister, took
up the post as Gre-
nada's Commissioner
of Police on 7th January
1985, after retiring as a
Deputy Commissioner
of Police from the
Trinidad & Tobago
Police Service which he
joined in 1942.

Over the past few
months, complaints
against the Police have
increased with the
growing incidence of
crime and, in a release
issued on Apri! 2nd,
Opposition Senator
Terrence CGnffith said
be is encouraged by
"the reported decision
of the Prime Minister
and the Government to
terminate the services of
Mr Toppin"

"It is well known that
myself and the rest of
my colleagues in the
Opposition have be-

come gravely conI
cerned at the constant
flood of allegation
levelled at the Polic
Force", the Senator
In the release, Mr
Griffith said he is
pleased that Mr Blaize
has begun to listen",
and, in an interview, he
charged that Mr
Toppin's termination
contract was not
voluntary but that the
Commissioner had been
Asked for his reaction
to the Senator's state-
ments, Mr Toppin tol
done his duty to the best
of his ability and
declined to comment on
"anything political".
"If the Opposition
wishes to make political
capital out of my
decisionto terminate my
contract and to go back
to Trinidad to acice
law", he said, "y are
free to do so"
He is now in the last
year of his contract, M
Toppin said, and it i
his judgement that it i
better that he go into
law now rather than to
wait until next Decem

With reference to
Senator Griffith' s
charge that he had been
dismissed, Mr Toppin
said the press release
from the Prime
Minister's Office sets
out the facts of the
matter, which are tha
the contract was term-
iated at Mr Toppin's
request, and the ex-
Commissioner said tht
Senator s charge is
absolutely untrue.



The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 4th April 1987 Page 5

Trade, Industry, Govts, To Meet At Conference

At Least Seven CARICOM Heads Will be There

Grenada Undecided
t least seven Caribbean Heads of Government will attend the Second Caribbean-European Contacts
Conference scheduled to be held in Martinique from April 27th to 30th.
This was disclosed by Mr Clovis F Beauregard, Director General of the conference at a press conference i
Grenada on March 30th. Final advices have not yet been received, he said, and it is hoped that more
iHeads will be present.
I have not yet had notification of the Jamaica delegation", Mr Beauregard said, "and, so far, have nothad
the list of the Trinidad delegation, so I do not know whether the Prime Minister is coming".
he Director Generai said the conference is very high level and gives excellent opportunities for Heads of
Government and businessmen from both the Caribbean and Europe to meet and promote investment in the
reon. O r ii
rThe Caribbean countries, he said, are best placed of all developing countries to exploit development
opportunies. Not only are there opportunities under the Lome Convention for Caribbean states to benefit as
part of the grouping of African Pacific & Caribbean Countries (APC), he said, but there is also the United
States Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) to be taken advantage of.
Examination and exploitation of these opportunities is the aim of the conference, the Director General said,
ad present will be representatives of the European and Caribbean Business Communities, the Government
d Private Sector of Puerto Rico and the Government and Private Sector of the United States of

ALEXIS From Page 3

hardly ad he returned to Barbados. after his visit to
Grenada in September of that year, when "all hell
roke loose" with the murders of October 19th and
military intervention of October 25th,
These developments got in the way of an official
handing over of GDMI he said, but he continued to
make public statements on behalf of the party.
After the NNP victory at the General Elections in
11984, when Dr Alexis won his seat for the
constituency of St Georges South East in the House
of Representatives. he was assigned the Ministries
of Labour, Co-operatives Local Government and
Social Security.
Prime Minister Herbert Blaize reshuffled his Cabinet
on 17th February last, leaving the Ministry of
Labour with Dr Alexis and giving him the Ministry
of Legal Affairs and the post of Attorney
I"The Ministry of Legal AlTairs is a very exciting
jMinistry', the Attorney General told
NEWSLETTER. "and there are aspects of it which
need considerable attention now".
aparliamenary democracy, he said, the Ministry
of Legal Affairs must be a pivotal ministry. It is
the custodian of the democratic rights of the people,
he said, and must create the atmosphere in which
people feel they can express themselves and the
atmosphere in which the Police understand the role
they have to play as the protector of the peace.
Dr Alexis feels that that Ministry must encourage
discussion in the country on issues of the day.
"You cant have a thriving democracy", he said,
"unless people are, not only free to express their
views. but are encouraged to take part in the
debate See =ALEXIS" Pam 6

The Caribbean Heads of Government known to be
attending, Mr Beauregard said, are Miss Eugenia
Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica, Mr John
Compton, Prime Minister of St Lucia, Mr Errol
Barrow, Prime Minister of Barbados, Mr Kennedy
Simmons Prime Minister of St Kitts/Nevis, Mr
James "Son" Mitchell, Prime Minister of St Vincent,
Mr Manuel Esquivel, Prime Minister of Belize and
Mr John Osborne. Chief Minister of Montserrat.
Mr Lester Bird, Deputy Prime Minister of Antigua
also has stated his intention to attend.
Mr Beauregard was in Grenada under the auspices
of the Grenada Chamber of Industry & Commerce
which will be represented at the conference butthe
Director General said that an invitation sent to the
Grenada Government last November is still without
response. Disn
A source close to the Chamber told NEWS LETTER
the Director General left Grenada after his one day
visit, disappointed that he had no commitment from
the Grenada Government to attend the
"Mr Beauregard had a meeting with senior civil
servants" the source said, "and he was able to speak
with Prime Minister Blaize on the phone. but the
Grenada Government is still looking into the matter
and Mr Blaize could not say definitely whether or
not the Grenada Public Sector would be
The conference is being organised by the Chambers
of Industry & Commerce of Martinique,
Guadeloupe and French Guvana, and by the
Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce
The keynote address will be delivered by Mr Edwin
Carrington. Secretary General of the APCgrouping,
and the purpose of the conference is promotion of
the Caribbean region through regional co-
operation. See "CONFERENCE Pan 6

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Pge 6 Saturday 4th April 1987 The Grenada Nevsletter

Mr Ian Ramsay, prominent Jamaican barrister who recently lost his case before the Appeal Court with
respect to his charge that his constitutional rights had been violated, has notified the rector of Public
Prosecutions. Mrs Velma Hylton Q C, thatheintendsto "petition for special leave to appeal to Her Majesty's
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council".

Mr Ramsay, who is associated with the 17 convicted persons in the Maurice Bishop Murder Trial, faces a
charge of Contempt of Court. He is alleged to have called the Grenada High Court a "kangaroo court" and
to have said that the Maurice Bishop Murder Trial was a "travesty of justice".
Last September/October, the contempt case was to
be heard before Mr Justice James Patterson and Mr That was in 1985 and the matter arose from the
Ramsay said thenthat, because Mr Patterson would decision of the Appeal Court that, although the
not postpone the hearing until a convenient date for Grenada High Court, established by the Peoples
Mr amsay's Counsel to be present, the Judge had Revolutionary Government, is unconstitutional, itis
denied him the constitutional right to have "a legal legal under the "Doctrine of Necessity'
representative of his own choice". Declined

The matter was taken to the Appeal Court which did
not agree with Mr Ramsay and, on March 14th,
threw out his appeal.
Notification of his intention to take the matter to the
Pritvy Council raises some unanswered
After the New Jewel Movement revolution of 1979,
iGrenada's Constitution, which guarantees a right of
appeal to the Privy Council, was suspended. The
Constitution was restored after the military
intervention of 1983, but the section dealing with
the Courts and appeals to the Privy Council was not
Nevertheless, Counsel for the Defence in the
Maurice Bishop Murder Trial did seek and obtain
leave from the Privy Councel to take a matter
relative to the trial to that Council.


Cooperation, in this sense, Mr Beauregard said, has
the widest application and covers the fields of the
economy, including trade, social development and
he Commission of the Economic Community will
be represented by Mr Lorenzo Natali Com-
missioner for Development and Vice President of
the Commission of the Economic Community, and
Mr Bernard Pons, Minister of the French Overseas
Departments will be present.
Both the President, Mr William Kelsick, and the
Executive Director. Mr P A Thompson, of the
Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce
will fill roles in the conference and Prime Minister
Barrow will chair a session at which evaluation will
be made of progress achieved since the first
Caribbean-European Contacts Conference held in
Guadeloupe in I198 .

Mr Beauregard said some 400 people attended the
Guadeloupe conference and at least that number will
come to the Martinique conference.
Two business excursions have been organized for
April 30th for conference participants to visit
Dominica and Guadeloupe to assess investment
7----w m e :

The Privy Council declined to intervene in this
matter arid said then that, until the right of appeal t
the Privy Council is restored to Grenadians under
the Constitution, the Council would not entertain
any petitions for special leave to appeal to it.
Mr Ramsay's notice of intention to ask for Special
Leave to appeal to the Privy Councel was filed on
March 27th, on his behalf, by Jamaican banister
Mrs Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, but neither he nor
she was available for comment on the acceptability
of the petition in the face of the Privy Counc

ALEXIS -From Page 5
The Attorney General feels also that if the
administration of justice is not working and people
are not proud of the system, there cannot be a

Even the convicted man, he says, while not
welcoming a term in jail, must be put in the position
where he cannot complainbecause thepolice and the
magistrate have both been fair.

So little time has passed since he assumed his new
office that Dr Alexis feels he is still some way off
from the ideal he has in mind for the Ministry of
Legal Affairs. He thinks, however, that the
recent appointment of Grenadian born Mr Lyse St
Paul to be a Pui'ne Judge of the High Court is a
step in the right direction.
"There is anew sense of readiness to participate and
contribute on the part of the Legal Profession, the
Police and the public", he said, "and, over the last
fou weeks, the situation, as it affects law
enforcement, has really stabdised".

The Attorney General has published two books and
has been co-editor of another. The first of his
books, published in 1983. is 'Changing Caribbean
Constitutions", and the second, "H. Aubrey Fraser- -
Eminent Caribbean Jurist", came out in 1985.
The latter book Dr Alexis wrote as a tribute to Dr
Aubrey Fraser, until recently, Head of the Norman
Manley Law School at the University of the West
The publication of which he is a co-editor is
"Commonwealth Caribbean Legal Essays" which



The Grenada Newsletter Satrday 4th April 1987 Page 7


i 1 ;i *

At a press conference on March 24th, Oppo on
Senator Terrence Griffith cast doubts as to whether
he was ever a member of the Democratic Labou
Congress (DLC), which political party was
launched here on August 29th last year. -.
Senator Griffith was present at the launching and, at
hat time, DLC Political Leader and Member of the
House of Representatives, Mr Kenny Laisingh.
introduced Mr Griffith as one of the four foundation
members of DLC.
Mr Lalsingh was present at the press conference on
March 24th, however, to hear Senator Griffith say
that the "premise" on which he "sat in" at the press
conference when DLC was launched was "to speak
out against injustice and to speak out for the youth
of the country"

ALEXIS From Pa 6

He also ddepid report that he was General
secretary of the DLC and, in reply to questions by
NEWSLETTER, was not specific in detailing his
exact relationship with DLC.
NESLETT Have you never been a member of
the DLCT
riffith I sat in with the DLC: I have not been the
DLC General Secretary
NEWSLETTER Are you a member of it.
Griffith The DLC. as far as I am concerned, is not
in existence. I do not know of any party now in
existence that is named the DLC. And, certainly I
cannot be a member of any organisation that is not
in existence.

NEWSLETEITR And you never were a member
,,of DLC?

was produced, in 1980, to mark the 10th anniversary ofthe establishment
of the Law Faculty at the University of The West Indies.
Dr Alexis has also had several articles in a variety of legal publications
including "The West Indian Law Journal". "The O Law Journal".
"Public Law", "The International and Comparaive Law Quaterly", 'The
Anglo-American Law Review" and the New York University "Journal of
International Law & Politics"

Fhe Attorney General
married in December 1973
and has two daughters. His
bobbies are contemporary
music, social work. read-
ing and writing.

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If he was given a free hand to make whatever changes he thought would
be for the good of Grenada, what would the Attorney General do ?
"There are things I would like to change, the fiscal system, for example"
be said. "It is not impossible to differ with present fiscal
Dr Alexis would also like to speed up the readiness with which the Public
Sector responds to "S.O.S. calls" from the Private Sector. Hetold
NEWSLETTER he had on his desk a letter addressed to him by a
business firm, in his capacity of Minister of Labour, advising that that
firm was being forced retrench workers.
"I have been trying to pre-empt this for some time now" he said "I have
made representations at the appropriate place but there has been no
If the fiscal system is not "in place" and if the Government is not
responding to the Private Sector, with both working hand-in-hand, the
Attorney General said, there can be no progress.
Dr Alexis said he is an 'irrepressible optimist" and he has every
confidence that Grenada will go forward safely and relatively
" But both the Government and the governed have to work together", he
said, "and there has to be tolerance both ways."

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riffit Well, Ileftthe coun-
try one day after the press con-
ference and I went to the USA
and London. When I came
back, I never heard of such an
I rely to a question from
said the DLC is now dead.
"At the moment", he said,
"DLC, which ,we thought
would have really brought
something to the people, did

The other foundation DLC
members were Mr Michael Pitt
who has lived in Canada for
the last 15 years and Mr
Neville Rennie, former mem-
ber of Sir Eric Gairy's
Grenada United Labour Party.

Also present at the launching
was Grenadian barrister Mr
Len Walker who was not
introduced as a foundation
member but who said he had
been invited to chair the press

Guyana's "Kaieteur" falls were
discovered by Banigton
Brown on April 30th 1870.
For the first 741 feet, these
falls drop perpendicularly into
a basin from which it continues
down an 82 foot cataract to the
river below.

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In Effect January To December 1987

To Be Reviewed Later This Year

The Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association
(GCNA) and the Indonesian Nutmeg Association
signed, on March 26th, a Marketing Agreement
which will have far-reaching effects on Grenada's
Nutmeg Industry.
A four-man delegation, headed by Mr Jante A
Worotitjan. President of the Indonesian Nutmeg
Association, arrived in Grenada on March 19th, and
te signing ceremony followed discussions relative
to details of the Agreement.
Grenada and Indonesia together provide the world's
supply of nutmegs and, since 1979, efforts have
been made to establish cooperation and control
world market prices.
n Grenada, since 1947, the export of nutmegs has
been controlled bylaw through GCNA, which is an
oganisation of nutmeg producers. In Indonesia,
owevr, this control did not exist. There was no
association of producers and, because, of the
vasess of the country, it was difficult to organise
the Nutmeg Industry.
The Indonesian Nutmeg Association, an organ
isation of nutmeg exporters, was eventually
established last year and, six months ago, a GCNA
delegation visited. Indonesia and signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian
Nutmeg Association.
In an interview after the signing ceremony on March
26th, Mr Norris James, GCNA President, said the
Agreement provides mechanisms for control of the
supply to the market, prices, disease and
"The two organizations will do their marketing
separately", he said, "but in cooperation with each
other so that there will be no price cutting.
President James said minimum prices had been
fixed at US$6,000 per metric ton for sound nutmegs
and US$11,000 per metric ton for mace, the red,
lacy spice which grows over the outside of the
nutmeg shell.
!Ouestioned. Mr Robin Renwick. GCNA Manager,
said he would not call the negotiations with the
jIndonesians "dillicult" but that they were
"interesting, lengthy and very deep".
!"We are dealing with people on the other side of the
worldd, he said, "People of a different language and
cultural background, and people who have a
different trading policy. It took some time to iron
things out and make sure we had the proper safe-
guards in the event that anything did not work"
,The "stickiest" points to be "ironed out", he said,
were the pricing mechanism and the marketing
quantity control.

With reference to the latter point, Mr James declined
to be specific but said GCNA will have a quota on
the world market of "2,000 tons plus" of nutmegs
and "200 tons plus" of mace.
The Agreement is considered to be in force from
January 1st to December 31st, Mr Renwick said,
and, before it expires, there will be consultations
between the two organisaions for up-dating and
modifying of the document if necessary.
The signing ceremony took place in the presence of
Minister of Agriculture Ben Jones, Mr Felix
Alexander, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry
of Finance, representing Prime Minister Herbert
Blaize, and large lumber of GCNA members.
The document was signed by Mr Norris James on
behalf of GCNA and by Mr Worotitjan on behalf of
the Indonesian Nutmeg Association.

XNNP Violating Principles
Of Accountability
Mr Terrence Griffith, Opposition Senator in the
Grenada Parliament, charged on Mach 24th that the
New National Partly (NNP) Government of Prime
Minister Herbert Blaize has "violated the principles
of accountability".
At a press conference, Mr Griffith referred to thel
Government owned "West Indian Publishing
Company" and said Government had guaranteed a
loan of C$260,000 for that company without first
getting authorization from Parliament.
"They went to the Lower House and passed it", he
said, "then they came to the Senate, and what I
found out the other day from the Manager of the
West Indian Publishing Company is that they got
the money prior to coming before the House, and
this is not accountability"
;om 'oned
Senator Griffith said the Interim Government,
which was in office for a year after the military
intervention of October 1983, had commissioned a
report on divestment of enterprises owned by
That report, compiled by a Commission headed by
Mr Sammy Singh of the Caribbean Development
Bank, was submitted to the NNP Government in
January 1985, he said, and the Senator said
Government has not been following the
recommendations of the Singh Commission.
The Commission recommended that.*The West
Indian Publishing Co continue to be run as a State
See "GRIFFITH" Paae 10

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High level team of British
ays (BA) officials, headed
Mr Paul Fisher. BA's General
Manager for La tAmerica and
the Caribbean, was among the
welcoming party at Point Saline
International Airport on April 1st
when BA's inaugural scheduled
747 jumbo-jet flight touched
The flight brought 37 passengers
for Grenada, which, for an
inaugural flight Mr Fisher
thought, was excellent, but he
warned that very much will have
to be done if this BA weekly
light from London is to benefit
the island's Tourist Industry,
"It would be naive to think that
commencement of this scheduled
service will open the floodgates
of tourism to Grenada", he said
at a press conference before the
aircraft arrived. "I would see it
more to be the key to opening
this door but, to turn that key, it
will require an awful lot of work,
not only by us, but by the Tourist
Board, local Authorities, the
Hotel Association, tour orators
ad all interested parties.
1Mr David Scowsill, Regional
ISales Manager for Latin America
nd the Caribbean who, with Mr
Fisher, is stationed in Miami,
old the press conference that,
tially. BA will have only one
light per week to Grenada and
s frequency is likely to
continue into the. 1987 winter
"When you start flying to a new
urist destination", he said, "you
are faced with a 'chicken and
situation. You have to put
e airplane there in order that the
ur operators, Tourist Board and
hotel Association can start to
work to put passengers on that
plane and, until you commit
hat service, it is difficult to look
'ahead and see what the long
range requirements will be".
Additionally, he said, there is the
restrat of the number of hotel
roms available in Grenada but,
that number increases. BA will
provide the necessary airplane
seats to fill those rooms.

BA also offers a freight service
n this flight and Mr Dennis
Latchau. Cargo Manager for the

already visited Grenada
negotiate hotel rates for package
tours and, already, there are
brochures out in the United
Kingdom featuring Grenada.

Eastern Caribbean, stationed in
Barbados, told the press con-
ference that some 4 tons of fresh
fruit and vegetables, mainly
breadfruit,. were consigned to
London on the inaugural
flight. S
Mr Latchau said BA has made a
survey of the Grenada market
and had ad fruitful talks with
exporters who, he thought, will
be able to take advantage of the
17 tons of cargo space now being
made available by BA to the

"It is a question of what the
island can produce and what is
required by the market in
London", he said, "Just as we
can feed passengers to Europe,
we do the same for cargo and we
hope to expand the amount of
cargo taken to London and other
parts of Europe"
The Cargo Manager said he had
had discussions with the Grenada
Cooperative Nutmeg Association
(GCrNA) with reference to
shipping its freight by BA and,
while utilisation by GCNA of
this service may not materialize in
the short term, the Association
had expressed interest.
"Based on our initial dis-
cussions", he said, "we can offer
them a fairly comparative rate,
not so much so for large
shipments, but for the smaller
type shipments that thet y want to
get to the European market in a
short space of time"
Grenada is now being promoted
as a tourist destination through
BA's "in-house" advertising and
through tour operators including
BA's three tour agencies, "Speed-
bird Holidays", 'Sovereign Holi-
days" and "Pound Stretcher"
Mr Scowsill said representatives
from these BA agencies have

About one hundred years ago, when the economy of Trinidad &
Tobago was entirely dependent on agriculture, a hunter discovered a
pool of oil in the forest and took some to the Warden of Mayaro
A sample was sent to the Governor who forwarded it to Britain for
analysis. It was found to be of such high quality, however, that the
hunter s tale that it was crude petroleum found in a forest pool was not
believed, and Trinidad was to wait until 28th April 1911 before thefirst
commercial shipment of oil was made.
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But, he said, people in the U.K.
and Europe have a wide choice of
package tours to vacation desti-
nations, and he had a

"There is a real danger to the
Caribbean, generally, he said,
"to price itself out of the market.
There is always a relationship
betweenthe price of the hotel and
the total package price people rill
British Airways represents the
merging, in 1972, ofstae owned
British Overseas Airways Corp-
oration (BOAC) and Britis
European Airways (BEA), and
the airline became de-nationalise
on 11th February 1987.

BA oertes a fleet some 200
ar t of various types, in-
cluding 7 Concorde supersonic
aircraft, and, in terms of inter-
national passenger-miles flownto
over 150 destinations, is thelarg-
est airline in the world.

Present at the press conference,
in addition to Messrs Fisher,
Scowsill and Lutchau. were M
David Stewart, BA Sales Man-
ager for the Caribbean and Mr
IrvinSealey, BAManagerstation-
ed in Barbados. BA will be
represented in Grenada by LIAT
Airways, and LIAT's Grenada
Manager, Mr William Otway,
was at the press conference.
Present inthe welcoming party to
greet the arrival of the aircraft
were Mr George McGuire,
Minister for Civil Aviation and
Mr Ben Jones, Minister for
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IWaWs saITirs


Amu Completesg
BWiliagronra mm

NMr Ulf Hiomberg, Co-ordinator in Grenada of
Radda Baren, tie Swedish Save The Children
IAgency on March 31st, presented to Health
Minister Danay Williams, a gift of a Land Rover
and a station wagon.
Accepting the gift. Mr Williams disclosed that
Radda Barnen wil also contribute EC$10,000 for
the maintenance of Medical Stations,
The Radda Barnen building programme, which
started some 18 months ago and which is now

ORlIFfITH -From PgB 8
Enterprise but that there be a fiesability study to
determine the Company's capital and equipment
needs, the services it will provide and the
ustification for the expenditure.
No father capital should be injected into this
ompan until the feasibility study is completed",
the Singh Commission recommendations say.
riffith said that. in spite of the fact that the
easibilhty study on the West Indian Publishing Co
as not been done, Government has put more
moneyy into the West Indian Publishing Company in
dect contravention of the recommendations of the
"Government must realize that they are not the
experts'., he said, "They are not taking the advice
o the technocrats. Sammy Singh is a technocrat,
be is the expert, but his recommendations have been
thrown on a shelf'
enatorGriffith said another aspect of the West
Indian Publis Company which needs to be
looked into is e large number of people and
organizationss which owe the Company money,
including the official NNP organ, the "National"
"Many people owe them". he said, "like the
National' newspaper. Up to convention time last
ear (December), the National was in arrears of
E-C$22 000 and I understand that it has since
Senator Griffith said he did not want to go on record
as favourng the divestment by Government of the
West Indian Publishing Company, but the
Government has proved itself "not accountable" in
ths matter and has not followed the recom-
imendations concerning proper management.
"I believe that if you have good management. well
gained staff, good equipment he saad. "the West
an Pubhlshing Company could be an asset to
Government. However, if Government cannot
manage it, then. give it to private enterprise"

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complete. produced six Medical Stations and
Health Centre in Grenada. The Agency also
refurbished thirteen other Medical Stations and has
provided assistance to the handicapped.

Disster Co-ordinator
at Miami Meting
Grenada's National Disaster Co-ordinator, Mr
Alphonsus C Redhead, left the island on March
31st to attend the 9th Annual National Hurricane
Conference which opened in Miami on April
The aim of the Conference is to provide practical
information which can be used to improve hurricane
preparedness and response plans.
Mr Redhead was expected to return to the island on
April 4th.

Health Officials
Attend ru Caomfrenm

Two officials of the Ministry of Health attended a
Caribbean Conference on Drug Abuse held in Belize
from March 31st to April 3rd. I
They are Mr Clement Gabriel, Administrator of the
Mental Hospital and Mrs Shirley Mathlin.
Administrative Officer in the Mental Health
The Conference agenda included discussions on the
regional availability of the drugs abused, national
strategies in responding to the drug problem and
possible projects to support local and regional
efforts to create public awareness.

New Generator For OES
Dr Keith Mitchell. Minister responsible for public
utilities, announced, on March 26th, that a new 2.3
megawatt generator is to be commissioned at
Grenada Electricity Services Ltd (GES).
This generator, Dr Mitchell told the Government
Information Service, has been donated to Grenada
by the United States Agency For Internationl
Development (USAID) and will bring GES peak
capacity upto 8.5 megawatts.

Science Semiar
For Science Educators

A regional science seminar, funded by the British
Development Division (BDD), was held in Grenada
from March 24th to 26th.
Attended by science educators from 13 Caribbean
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lCommunidt-countries, the seminar;'as hostetby
Grenada's Ministry of Education and the Caribbean
IExaminations Council (CXC).
|Aim of the seminar was to develop and standardise
(procedures for the moderation of the School Based
.System in Chemistry, Integrated Science and
Agricultural Science in CXC examinations at the
level of forms 4 and 5.

SSerice Ap 30th
(In a release issued on March 23rd, the Government
Information Service (GIS) announced that, under
government's plans for reorganizing the Public
iServce the firs batch of Government workers to
be retrenched will leave the service at the end of
IS understands that the categories of workers
which will leave their positions at thatL time include
retired officers recalled to service, contract officers
whose contracts are due for renewal and persons
identified for retrenchment on the grounds of age,
toor performance record or whose positions have
been declared redundant.

ISt lenarciMt I "nlwtr

!,: .. Member Top8 List

tDr Adity Bhattacharyya, Lecturer in Physical
Diagnosis at Grenadas St Georges University
School of Medicine scored the top mark in the final
examinations for the diploma of Gynaecology and
!Obstetrics held by the University of Dublin. Trinity
College and Rotunda Hospital.
.he course for the diploma is open only to
international students for post-graduate studies in
Gynaecology and Obstetrics, and Dr Bhattachan-va
(was awarded the "Gold Medal" for her outstandig
academic performance in these fields.
Dr Bhattacharv-a who is a Registrar in Obstetrics
[and GynaecoJogy at the General Hospital in St
iGenrges was one of 21 candidates selected on a
merit basis from different parts of the world for the
course, She was the only participant selected
from the Wesundies for 1986-87.
i *

New Imuu of Notes

According to.a notice in the C ern ment Gazette of
'March 27th, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
will put a new issue of EC$5 and EC20 notes into
circulation on Wednesday 8th April.

Grenada May Be
Free Of Frit Fly.

Dr Robert-Strong, Regional Director for the

Animal 1 Plant Health inspection Service (APHIS)
of the Umted States Department of Agriculture, has
advised the Ministry of Agriculture that Grenada and
St Vincent may be the first countries in the world to
be declared fiee of the fruit fly.
According to the Government Information Service
(GIS), the Pest Management Unit of the Ministry of
Agriculture, under the technical supervision of
APHIS, is currently carrying out a fruit fly trapping
and monitoring pt ogramme.
This programme which began last April, is being
done with assistance from the United States Agency
For International Development (USAID).
Certification of fruit fly free status requires
development of a permanent fly monitoring
capability, Mr Strong said, as well as strengthening
of plant and animal quarantine procedures. When
this is achieved, it will open theU. S. market for a
number of Grenada's fruit and vegetables.

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For Carriawou

In an interview with the Government Information
Service on April 3rd, Minister responsible for
Public Utilities, Dr Keith Mitchell said Grenada's
sister island of Carriacou will soon be receiving a
new power station.
Although Grenada Electricity Services (GES) doe
not have the "legal responsibility" for Carriacou
Services, Dr Mitchell said, GES is bearing the total
cost of the project and a contract for the ariacou
power station has already been awarded.
New generating sets for both Grenada and
Carriacou have already been ordered, the Ministe

OECS Considers
Abolihing Priy Council

A meeting from 3rd to 4th April of Attorneys
General o the Organisation of East Caribbean States
(0 E'S) is considering the possibility of establishing
an OECS Appeal Court to replace the Privy
Also on the agenda is discussion on the Caribbean
Justice Improvement Project which is funded by the
United States Agency for International
D- Development. -% ;.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Legal
Affairs, Mr Tilman Thomas, is representing
Attorney General. Dr Francis Alexis, at the
According to the Government Inform ation Service,
Mr Thomas will take this opportunity to discuss!
Grenada's re-erntry to the OECS Supreme

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License Coue In Plumbin.
For -Motor Vehicei Rfrigeration Etc For Women

Act No 3 of 1987, passed by the House of
Representatives on 20th February. by the Senate on
11th March, and, assented to by the Governor
General on 26th March, makes the following
changes in yearly licences charged under the Motor
Vehicles & Road Traffic Act:-
Qid New
Motor Cylesx $37.50 $75.00

Private Cats &
Land Rov
-not exceeding 1,800 lbs
-not exceeding 2,800 lbs
-not exceeding 3,800 lbs
-exceeding 3.800 lbs
Cars & Laid L rers
For Hie
-not exceeding 1,800 lbs
-not exceeding 2;800 lbs
-not exceed 3,800 lbs
-exceeding 3,800
Private Cars. Land Rovers.
&& Taxis
-not exceeding 1,800 lbs
-not exceeding 2,800 lbs
-not exceeding 3,800 Ibs
-exceeding 3,800 lbs

Buses etc
-for the first ton weight
-for every edditionalton





zexcludin buhes)
-for the first ton weight ====
-for every additional ton ====
Base -for the first ton weight ====
-for every additional ton =
Tractors for Amricarrlt-ral



Learner's Driving Perimits



A six-week orientation course for women interest
in learning plumbing, refrigeration, electric
installation an small appliance repairs is schedule(
to begin in May.
According to the Government Information Service,
the course is being organized by the Woman's
Affairs Division in conjunction with the Association
of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).
The course, which opens on May 19, will have a
total of 20 participants. Sixteen will be drawn from
Grenada, and 2 each from St Vincent and
From those initially interviewed, 30 will sit a
proficiency test to determine academic levels
Before the course begins, and following another
interview, the final 16 will be selected.

National Isurae Scheme
Has Fourth Annmivwmuv

April 4th marks the fourth anniversary of the
National Insurance Scheme (NIS) which was
launched by the Peoples Revolutionary Government
on 4th April 1983.
According to the Government Information Service
(GIS), up to March 31st this year. 5,782 benefit
payments amounting to EC$1,352,684.05 were
These benefits include sickness and maternity
benefits, age, invalidity, funeral grants and
survivors pensions.

50.00 Mr Leroy Robinson, NIS Director, told GIS that
sickness benefits had claimed the largest amount,
50.00 followed by maternity benefits, age grants, age
25.00 pensions and funeral grants in that order

NIS is now paying benefits to 192 pensioners, Mr
100.00 Robinson toldGIS and monthly payments range
from $20.00 to $431.00.

Individual payments for age grants have been as
high as $4,266.00. Mr Robionson said. For
=invalidity, the highest grant has been $3,483.32,
and for sickness, $3,442.992.

NIS covers employees between the ages of sixteen
30.00 and sixty. To qualify for benefits, 8% of an
employee's salary is paid into the scheme, the
employee and emolover each contributinM 4%.

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