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Page 4 Thursday 31st December 1987 The Grenada Newsletter


panding satisfactorily but, if
Government does not play its part,
the resultvill be disastrous.
This opinion was expressed by Mr Royston
Hopkin, President of the Grenada Hotel
Association (GHA), in an interview with
NEWSLETTER on December 30th, and he
said many people nov investing in the
tourist industry are at risk.
"If Government does not get its act together
very soon", he said, "a lot of these people
who have invested hundreds of thousands of
dollars are going to be burnt."
No tourist destination in the world has been
successful unless Government has played its
part, Mr Hopkin said, and he described
Government's budget for tourist promotion
as being "totally inadequate"
The GHA President was also critical of the
fact that Tourism and Civil Aviation are in
the portfolio of a Minister of Government
who has several other departments to deal
The GHA would like to see a separate
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr
Hopkin said. The Association vould elso
like to see a Statutory Body created to
administer Tourism and Mr Hopkin saiid
this appeared to be coming soon.
"To date", he said, "nothing has been done
but, up to a month ago we got some positive
feedback from the Minister that an
autonomous Tourist Authority would be
The current "Winter" season is the best for
the last few years, the GHA president said,
and he expressed the opinion that 80% of
the hotel guests are from the United
Kingdom and Europe.
Principal markets are Britain, West
Germany, Italy and, to a lesser extent,
Switzerland and Holland, he said, and he
attributed the increased flow of visitors

from those countries to the once-a-veek
British Airvays flight into Point Salines
International Airport, and to the
strengthening of European currencies.

IMr Royston Hopklin

The expanding tourist sector is attracting
investors, Mr Hopkin said, and, during
1987, at least 100 new first class rooms
were added to the tourist plant bringing the
total to about 850, A similar number of
rooms are now imder construction, he said,
and he forecast that, by 1990, Grenada will
have the "magic number" of 1100 rooms,
the figure vhich will attract other airlines
to the island.
"I like to think Government nov recognizes
the importance of tourism", he said, "and I
am optimistic that, vith the proper
administration, over the coming years, ye
can expect stay-over visitor statistics to
increase annually by about 20%"
Grenada is an attractive, veil-known tourist
destination, Mr Hopkin said, and, if a
professional approach is taken to the
industry, there is no reason why this goal
cannot be achieved.
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DeBOURG FromPanm 5

increase employment, include housing,
tourism and igt manufacturing, and GDB
is already looking for about EC$30 to
EC$35 million more for additional lend-
ing" EONble
The Chamber's President said 1987 bas
been a challenging yar for the Private
Sector and there iad been problems with
Government's fiscal policies.
These include the Value Added Tax (VAT)
and the 2.5% Business Levy, he said, and,
while some aspects are still to be resolved,
through a spirit of compromise on the parts
of both Government and the Private Sector,
there have been adjustments "to make things

Those recommendations, Mr DeBourwg d,
vill be submitted to the National ic
Council (NEC) of which Prime ministerr
Herbert Blaize is Chair n In action to
the Chamber, representatives on NEC are
dravn from a vide cross section including
the Commodity Boards, the Trade Union
Council and Permanent Secretaries from
the Ministries.

NEC provides opportunities for open
discussion vith Government, he said, and,
as a result, there has been a marked
improvement in relationships between
Government and the Private Sector.
Mr DeBourg is optimistic about the future
of Grenada's economy but earned that
progress will not be made without planning.

Govern t has Tinvited the Private Sector

Ihiom IM QNW^

to make recommendations for the 1988
Budget, the Chamber President said, and the
Private Sector Economic Affairs Corm-
mittee, of vhich he is Chairman, vill make
suggestions for furt adjustments.
That Committee, launched on the initiative
of the Chamber two months ago, comprises
all the Private Sector organizations
including the Commodity Boards, that is,
the Nutmeg Association, Cocoa Board and
Banana Society, he said, and its Budget
recommendations to Government will in-
clude tax raisimeasures.

"We must have a complete Development
Plan", he said. "All divisions of the Private
Sector Agriculture, Tourism, Manu-
facturing, Trade, must be coordinated.
An inventory must be taken of wbat we can
do for ourselves and vhat we are not so
good at, and invite people into the island to
help us in those areas here we need skills"
Foundations have been laid, Mr DeBourg
said, and intensification of efforts in 1988
will bring lasting rewards to Grenada.
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Among themselves, and vith other English-
speaking Wstidians, Grenadians use a
special vocabulary which reflects the
linguist footprints of the peoples who have
influenced the island's history.
From the Amerindian, they have borrowed
"i-j-p*", the name for a primitive
thatched hut. From these early
inhabitants, also, they have taken the word
"a-bu-y", meaning an evil spirit, and
have applied it to a type of lizard with
bulging, frightening eyes.

Clutching his upper arm, a Grenadian vill
complain, "My hand is hurting Ian",
thereby sig the 18th century meaning of
the word hand, "the whole arm".

The Grenadian meang of the word
foot,"the whole leg", erivs from the
same source. A news storyin the Grewnian
"West Indian" newspaper of 14th February
1963 tells of a man charged in the
Magitrates Court vith shooting a boy "in
the foot abovthe knee".

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The GOreada Nevsletter Thursday 31st December 1987 Pe 7

day r 'BloI


Sved from the deep depression
it suffered during the 1979 to 19S3
years of the regime of the Peoples
Revolutionary Government (PRG), but
appears not to be experiencing increasing
During 1987, the i
island attracted
184,620 visitors. The
low point affected by
the PRG regi" was
1984 vben only
73,623 visitors came
to Grenada, and the
1987 statistic indicates
an upiwng of ovr
250% from that
Between 1986 and-
1987, however, there
has been a very small
increase in stay-over

Of the total number of Mr Paul
visitors in 1987 Minister Of
184,620, about seven
out of every 10 came in 260 cruise liner
calls to spend a few hours while cnly the
remaining three out of every ten were stay-
over tourists. .

That amounted to 57,406 stay-overs vhich
is a mere 98 visitors over the 1986 figure of
$7,308. According to an official of the
Ministry of Tourism, what appears to be an
insignificant increase in 1987 is, in effect, a
ancing out of the abnormal" increase
experienced in 1986 because of the visit of
President Ronald Reagan.
*The President's visit in 1986 pushed our
stay-overWvisitors figure up from the 1985
figure by 5,329 or over 10%*, the official
aid. "In 1987, we have maiainined that
level, but we did not have any event similar
to the President's visit to give us a another

in addition to this explanation, however, the
snti increase in 1987 lends credence to a
repated criticism by the Grenada Hotel
Association (GHA).
Addressing the GfIA 1986 Annual General
Meeting, the then
President of the
Association, Mr
|Anre Cerman,
deplored Govern-
"' iBrnt's lac of sup-
port for and proper
S administrationn of

Sne Andrews
tlet For Tourism

"We are still
extremely concerned
about the lack of
adequate budget for
Tourism", he said.
"The budgetfor 1986
vas only EC$1
million of vhich
approximately 60%
is for administrative
expenses. This has
resulted in virtually

no money for
m1rklu tink advertising and promotion, and
has, in effe-t, caused a loss of revenue for
the country and loss of employment".

This cxirmpsi ar is an echo of Mr Cherman's
.-.r~s a year before, vhenbe addressed the
1H A 1i5 Annual General meeting.

Governments expenditure on Tourism for
that year vas estimated at EC$1.35 million,
he said. and. he described this as "in-
adequa'te, .iven the past budgetary levels
for tt vital industry and also because of
the serious damage done to Tourism in the
"We urge Government to give Tourism the
attention it d-.erves", he said. "A plan must
be developed in consultation vith the
private sector (and) a separate Ministry of
See TOURISM, Pan 8


Pags Thurday 31st December 1987 Tbe Gea Newsleter
TOURISM From Pam 7

Tourism should be
setup ....."


was no
in Mr Cher-

EC$1.1 million as
woefullyy inade-
quate" and said
GHA has made
repeated represent
nation for a separate


SThe analysis shows
clearly that the hard
core tourists from
the USA, Canada

Selected Stay-ver Visitms
1977 1st

20 #
S20. 00n -
18,000 . _- -
14A000- __ I

10,000 FI -

1977 1979 1961 1983 1905 1987
1970 1980 1982 1984 1986

vhen he addressed
the 1987 GHA
Annual General
Meeting. Tourism
vas still sharing one
Minister's portfolio
vith other depart-
ments, GHA's re-
quest for a Statutory
Body to run the day
to day affairs of
Tourism had had no
response, and he
posed the question
to Government as to
vether Govern-
ment is "serious"
about Tourism
"If so, then you
must demonstrate
commitment and
not talk aboutit', he
said. "You. must
spend money on
Tourism develop-
ment if ve are to
expect any returns
and meaningful con-
tribution to the Gre-
nada economy".

Mr Chermmn
described Govern-
ment's 1987 Tour-
ism budget of

Ministry of Tour-
ism and a Tourism
Statutory Body.

The GHA President
drew attention of
numbers of his Ass-
ociation to what he
called "the seri-
ousness of our tour-
ism stagnation" and
said that, vhen Gre-
nadian nationals are
removed from the
statistics, Grenada
attracted less tour-
ists in 1986 than
came to th island in



and the United King-
dom, vho wued to
visit Grenada, hve
been lost over the
years", he said, "and
that e are still,
unbelievable, below
the 1972 levels.

According to Mr
Chrman Grenada
had 37,933 stay-
over visitors in
1972 a figure high-
er tan the 1986
figure if nationals
returning home are

excluded from tht

Figures of the
Ministry of Tour-
ism show that, by
1978, the total of
visitors to the island
stood at 148,667,
but only 32,336 or
22% vere in the
stay-over category
and the remainder,
116,331, visited in
188 cruise linr

After the revolution
of March 1979, stay-
over visitors fell to
the lowest point in
1982 vben the
hotels and guest
houses catered to
only 23,270 guests

The lowest point for
visitors by cruise
liner vas 1984
vhen there ere
only 65 calls
bringing 34,100
passengers. That
year vas also the
bottom of te curve
for the total of all
visitors to the
island. The figure
fell then to 73,623,

Cri* A ~StrrVer Vir

18C uiae

1977 1979 1981 1963 1985 1987
1978 1980 1982 1984 1966

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Th9 Grenda Newsletter Thursday 31st December 1987 Page 9


Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg
Association (GCNA) provided the
best mvs Grenada's 7,000 plus nutmeg
producers have had in the 40-year history
of their organisation.

A Financial Statement for the trading year
ending 30th Jue 1987 shows that producers
benefited by EC$25.7 million, a sum vhich
exceeds by more than 50% the earnings they
have received in any previous trading year.
EC$10.7 million as in advances during the
year, and a further EC$15 million vas
distributed as "surplus" on results of the
year's trading.
The GCNA Board of Manaement Report
Says this favourable outturn is the result of
sharply increased market prices, due mainly
to the Marketing Cooperation Agreement
signd in Grenada vith the Indonesian
Nutmeg Association on 26th March this
Grenada and Indonesia together provide the
world's supply of nutmegs in a ratio of
apprimately 25% to 75% in favour of
donesia. Since 1979, on the initiative of
GCNA, efforts have been made to establish
cooperation between the two countries and
control vorld prices, but there have been
in Grenada, since 1947, GCNA has been
established in lav as the sole exporter of
atrmegs, but, until recently, exports of this
product from Indonesia vere disorganised
and there was no possibility of price con-
Inaninterviev vithNEWSLETTER a year
ao, Mr Robin Renvick, GCNA Manager,
sad this problem had, at last, been over-
"Folloving my visit to Indonesia in 1979",
be said. -they (the nutmeo exporters)

started efforts to form themselves into an
exporters' association. That Association
as established tovards the end of 1985 and
has the full support of the Indonesian
Government for the control of prices"
Details of the Agreement have not been
made public, but Mr Norris James, GCNA
Chairman, disclosed to NEWSLETTER
that, under the Agreement, the Association
has a quota on the vorld market of "2,000
tons plus" of nutmegs and "200 tons plus" of
mace, the lacy, red spice vhich grows over
the outside of the nutmeg shell.
Inthe 1987 trading year, GCNA sold nearly
2,380 tons of nutmegs and, if this figure is
See NUTMEGS Page 10

TOURISM From Pae 8

vhich is to under 50% of the 1978
The current GHA President Mr
Royston Hopkin, has echoed the
complaints of his predecessor, Mr
Cherm and, in a recent interview
vith NEWSLETTER, predicted that, if
Government does not adopt a different
attitude towards Tourism, many pple
nov investing in the industry vill find
themselves in finaial difficulties.
"If Government does not get its act
together very soon, he said, "a lot of
these people vho have invested
hundreds of thousands of dollars are
going to be burnt."
Mr Hopkin is optimistic, however, that
the importance of Tourism is nov
recognized by Government, and he
thinks that, with proper admistration,
Grenada can expect a 20% annual
increase in statistics of sty-over
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Page 10 Thursday31st December 1987 The Grenada Newsletter
NUTMEGS Prom Page 9

close to the quota allowed that period, GCNA shipped via Cuba and the Soviets
by the Agreement, there to Holland an average of made Is of that. Our
could be a cause for concern nearly 28% of the annual shipments to Holland fell
relative to expansion of exports. In 1982 and 1983, off as a result, but they are
exports. In terms of hovever, Holland's pur- back up nov and Russia is
eight, the 1987 figure for chases of Grenada's total agin drawing supplies
nutmeg exports is the lovest exports of nutmegs dropped from Holland"
for the last three years. to only 5.51% and 9.41%

Namea Farmers E;armis
Cash Advamces. Surplus On Trading. Paymaet From Reserves
1977 -- 1987
$30,000,0000- ---T..

$25.000.004j-- ..4

$20.000.000- I

SCash Advances

duStion ioo se eou Cuba also bought spli

ed by favourable prices, It vas in those two years of nutzegs, but tiuse vere
GCNA may find itself vith only that supplies of verysmall, tlhe largmtbeing
stock it is prohibited from nutmeg vere shipped to the in 1983 vhen that country's
marketing. Soviet Union, and a spokes- purchases amounted to 111
man for GCNA pointed out tons or 4.6% of Grenada's
45.0w.000- Cash A~7- !;
lt9~ 1977 19I '1983 1985 198

In th case of mace, the that this a during te total reports

1987 export figure of 221 regime of the Peoples Revo- JJZEfI
tons is the highest for the lutionary Government After Holland, West Ger-
last three ea, and the (PRsO). mny is Grenada's b8ig

ureat. draen supplies of nutmeg percentage of annual ex-
onfrom brokers in Holland ports to botht ountr es
edorth last 0 y prices, It because ie have no direct 20.25. fWest e ny isvere
Gthe a tion of the years ship n connections to also l, the largest buyer of
stock. it is prohibited from nutmegs vere shipped to the in 1983 vhen that country's
marketing. Soviet Union, and a spokes- purchase a Mme to 111
CugrI man for GCNA pointed out tons or 4.6%* of Greas

In c1982 ce of 1983 ace, Holla has Ru he said. during t mace, having rc d,
1987 export figure of 221 regime of the Peoples Revo- Lusai

been i the biggest buyer of the tim of tG PR erm e over tho last 0 years, an
Greada's utthree gs. Over e re shipping con ctiois ea TM Pbige 1
possible risk of a curb on buyer of nutmegs. Over ths
export expansion is not as "The Russians hawv alvays last decade, the average
great. drawm supplies of nutmegs p engage of annual ex-
from brokers in Holland ports to that country vas
For the last 10 years, vith because ve have no direct 20.25%. West ekrmany is
the exception of the years shipping connections to also the largest buyer of
1982 and 1983, Holland has Russia", he said. "During nwrce, hawing purchased,
been the biggest buyer of the tins of the PRG, there Over th last 10 years, an
Grenada's nutmeg. Over vere shipping connections See NUTMEGS !__! "

The Grenad4 Newsletter Thursday 31st December 1987 Page 11

Retail Price index

The interim Retail Price Index for According to the Statistical Department, the
November 1987, published by the November increase over October is as a
Government Statistical Office, shovs an result o. creases in the costs of Alcohol &
increase on 0.2% over the October 1987 Tobaco, Housing, Fuel & Ligt, Furniture
figure. & Applimaces and Miscellanous groups.
As compared with November 1986, the Only Household Supplies registered a
increase in November 1987 is 0.6%. decrease

NUTlh GS From Page 10
nearly 54% of the annual exports. Britain is
the second largest buyer of mace vith
average annual purchases, over the last dec-
ade, of 34.7% of annual exports.
The nutmeg tree, "Myristtica Fragrans,
although incorporated into Greada's
national flag, is nota native of the island but
vas introduced by a curious circumstance.
By the late 1830s, the East Indies had
entered the sugar market on a large scale
but it vas realized that the system of sugar
extraction in that part of the world vas
greatly inferior to the system used in the
West Indies.
To meet this deficiency, Westindian over-
seers were seconded to estates in the East
Indies, mainly Penang, here the nutmeg is
native. Returning to the Westindies on
leave or retirement, these agriculturists
brought nutmeg seeds back vith them and
planted them mar to tbh estate "great
houses" principally, it is said, to have them
conveniently at hand for putting the
finishing touch to rum punches.

But, within a fe years, the nutmeg
assumed greater importance. Disaster, in
the form of a virus or vorm, attacked the
nutmeg plantation of the Far East and,
within a short time, reduced large acreages
to uneconomic garden plots.

This provided a chance for Westindian
planters to take advantage of this situation
and diversify their agriculture but, vhile a
fev nutmeg trees can be found in several
other Westiindian island*, the planters in
Greada seem to have been the only ones
vho seized the oVortuni1

Sometime after 1860, agriculturists in
Grenada started to plant nutmegs seriously
and, the first shipment of 100,00S lbs of
nutmeg and mace vas made in 1881, From
then, there vas steady growth until 1955
vbena hurricane devastated the plantations.
Up to that time, propagation of the nutmg
entailed a vait of seven years before the
tree, planted from a seed, "declared'"
whether it vas a fruit bearing female or
barren male.
Because of this long and, perhaps, dis-
appointing vait, the immediate economic
future for the Nutmeg Industry appeared
dark. However, "marcotting", a nev
propagation method was developed. In
this method, ith the use or hormones,
limbs of an adult tree are made to root and,
when cut off and planted, guarantee
bearing trees within tbxee years.

The 1970s rere good years for the Industry
vhich reached a peak in 1978, but vorld
depression following that year took its toll.
The fortunes of GCNA deteriorated until,
for the first time in its history, the
Association lost money on its trading.

That was in the years 1983, 1984 and 1985
but there was a marked recovery in 1986
and based on the excellent 1987 trading
results, future prospects are good. The
Marketing Cooperation Agreement vith the
Inaonesian Nutm Association places
GCNA in a ew position of advantage, and
indications are that the Nutmeg Industry is
poised to make a considerable contribution
to Grenada's eonoirry.
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Paog 12 ThIurday 31st December 1987 The Grenada N letter

NEWS SHOR TS From Page 11

Motor Vehicle Licence
Payment Stamgered

Effective January 1st 1988, the time for ann-
ual payment of licences of motor vehicles
villa be geared to the licence numbers.

According to the Motor Vehicles & Road
Traffic (Amendment) Act 1987, passed by
the House on 18th December, by the Senate
on 23rd December, and assented to by the
Governor General on 31st December, all
vehicles have been divided into four groups.

Those vith registration numbers 1 to 2500
are required to have their licences paid
between 1st January and 15th February.

Between 16th February and 31st March,
vehicles vith registration numbers 2501 to
5000 must be licenced and, those with reg-
istration numbers between 5001 and 7500
must be licenced between 1st April and 15th

The last group, vehicles vith registration
numbers 7501 and upwards must be
li.enced between l6thMay and 0th Jurne

This arrangement applies to all motor
vehicle licences nov in force and the
licence, when paid, continues in force until
tte day before the anniversary date in the
foloving year.

When a vehicle is registered for the first
time, the licence must be paid on the date of
registration. However, if that date is vith-
in to months of the period in vhch the
next annual licence is due, only 50% of the
annual licence must be paid.

Failure to pay the annual licence within the
prescribed time vill attract a late fee of

Prior to this law, all licences
on January 1st.

vere payable

Cocoa Board Fear
World OeMrpAdction

The Board of Management of the Grenada
Cocoa Association, in its Report to the
Association covering the Cocoa Year
ending 31st July 1987, says low prices
received on the London Terminal Market
are due, in part, to prospects of a third
successive year of vorld production sur-

According to figures quoted by the Board,
in 1984/85, 1985/86 and 1986/87 res-
pectively, vorld production exeeded
world consumption by 111,000 tons,
S118,000 tons and 94,000 tons.

In the year 1987, the Association sold
3,610,434 Ibs of cocoa valued at
EC$10,172 075, made a gross profit of
EC$4,534,093 and a net operating income
of EC$1,879,888.

The previous year, 1986, had a better
result In that year 3,589,060 lbs wvre
sold at a value of EC$i 1,993,167. This
resulted in a gross profit of EC$5,969,909
and a net operating income of

Grenada Breweries Ltd

The decline in sales which this Company has
been experiencing has been halted and sales
have shown a moderate increase during the
first four months of 1987.

This is disclosed in the Report of the
Chairman of the Board, Mr Fred Toppin,
for the trading year ending 30th June 1987.

Profits for

that year amounted to
as compared vith
in 1986.

Alister Hughes 31s December 1987 Cynthia Hughes
Printed & Published By The Proprietors
Alister & Cynthia Hughes, Journalists
Of Sco Street, St Georges,Greanda, Westindies
(P.O.Box 65: Phone [809] 440 2538: Cables HUSON, Grenada

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Page 2 Thursday 31st December 1987 The Greada Nevowetter

P. .

L S cVAN from anuy TS
S.. accounttiu time comes from January 1st .'...

took the opportunity, during his
Christmas TV broadcast on
December to issue a warning to Civil
Servants, i clud the Police.
"There are some among you vho are bent
'on doing the mi'pum possible", he said,
"d if that vas not all, they do not seem to
one bit of hot they do vhat little they

*. Hdr^^ mi
SomtC'ivil Servants, Mr Blaize said, are
exerting alLtheir energies in an attempt to
frustrate Governmnt Civil Servants, he
sai4, are not entitled to earn taxpayers'
money for attempting to undermine the vill
of the majority.
While CivAl Servants are free to support the
political party of their choice, he said, they
|e not free to earn taxpayers' money for
ising nothing and being rude and insulting
, taxpayers.
"I tell you here and nov", the Prime
Minister said, "shape up or ship out".
His Nev National Party Government has
been criticized by Grendiians for retaining
the services of some Civil Servants, Mr

Prttie tMnistr
Herbert A. sliaze
Blaize said. He ibieWes everyone
deserves a second chance but if these Civil
Servants continue to act vith impropriety,
he ill not fail to do his duty.
" Igive yoU fair varig, the Prime
Minister said, accounting tne comes from
January Ist 1988".
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Jn the colonial era, under both the French
and British, Grenada vas governed from
the metropolitan country.
All legislation had to be approved by the
"Mother Country" before becoming lay,
and it vas not until March of 1967 that,
under a ne Constitution as citizen of a
"State in Association vith Britain",
Grenadians vere given full control of their
internal affairs.
With the granting of that Constitution, pro-
4ision vas made, in The West Indies Act
1947, for Grenada to terminate Association
vith Britain and become independent

To do so, however, Grendians first had to
indicate clearly their favour of that move.
There had to be by a two-thirds majority
vote in the House of Representatives, in the
Senate and in a national referendum.
But, Grenadians vere never called upon to
indicate, in the manner set out in the statute,
their vish to move to independence.
At the request of the then Government, and
in the face of considerable public protest
and demonstration, Britain conferred inde-
pendence on Grenada on 7th February
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"Mny concern is not with the past....
G RENADIAN "I expect I vill and Mona, Jamaica "I have
born Dr Rap- contribute to the campuses of the employed fc
bael Fet- political life of University of the past year.
clr 60, confirmed Grenada in at least West Indies. voluntary
in an interview with one significant isation, 'The
NEWSLETTER on way", he said, "and Immediately prior Association'",
December 31st that that is to bring to to his return to said, and
he has been chosen been enga
by Sir Eric Gairy to looking aftf
replace Sir Eric as representing
Political Leader of vantaged secti
the Grenada United the community
Labour Party e o
(GULP) Dr Fltetr

"For the time being
I hold the position
of Deputy Political
Leader", he said,
"and it is planned
that my appoint-
ment as Political
Leader vill be put
to the GULP Con-
vention next April"

At a press con-
ference on De-
cember 19th, Sir
Eric announced his
retirement from
"front line politics"
and said health
reasons had prompt-
ed this move. He did
not, at that time,
name Dr Fletcher as
his successor but the
information vas
"leaked" and Dr
Fletcher has since
appeared on a
GULP public plat-

The designated Po-
litical Leader told
hope is that he can
"build on vhat Sir
Eric has done for
GULP and for

Dr Raphael Fletcher

the political arena a
rigor of invest-
igation into the
needs of the island".

Dr Fletcher, dinner
of an Island Scholar-
ship, obtained his
Masters Degree
from London Uni-
versity and his Doc-
torate in Physics
from Manchester
He is a Fello of the
British based In-
stitute of Physics &
The Physical So-
ciety, and, for
periods of 12 years
and 3 years respect-
ively, has taught
physics at the St
Augustine, Trinidad

Grenada, Dr Flet-
cher vas engaged in
"community work"
in Britain.

by a
id in
ons of

expects Sir Eric
will, indeed, turn
over the leadership
of GULP to him but
pointed out that he
(Fletcher) it a ney-
comer to politics.

"I am avare that I
ill need the guid-
arce of more exper-
ienced hands", he
said, "There is
on moe more exper-
ienced or effective
in that area than Sir
Eric and I shall be
apping him for

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suffered e% to 7%5 d4ect*ia..

L Alm George
M. Presidentof
the Grenada Cham-
ber of Industry &
Commerce, said in
an interview vith
December 31st that
end-of-year busi-
ness has been dis-
"In my discussions
with other business-
men", he said,
"most people have
told me there have
been slight de-
creases and some

major distributors
say their December
business has suf-
fered a 6% to 7%
decline in overall

This decline, Mr
Debourg said, re-
sults probably from
a shift in the spend-
ing pattern gener-
ated by Goern-
ment's ongoing re-
trencnment policy,
in the Civil Service.

This policy, he said,
has created a sese
of caution and the

Mr George DeBourg

decline in money
being spent may be
balanced by increas-
ed savings.

retrain themselves
to take advantage of
existing opport-

Mr Debourg snid "The Grenada De-
the Chamber is velopment Bank
concerned over this (GDB) says some
"negative" attitude. EC$IO million have
SEven if Govern- been allocated to
ment is unable to projects which will
provide employ- corre on stream
ment for some early in 1988", he
people. be said, the said. "These
emphasis of these projects, vhich will
people should be BtoUR
See DeBOURG Pane 6

FLETCHER Prom Page 3
guidance and direction".

With reference to Sir Eric's
unfavorable image arising
from Reports of more than
one Commission of Inquiry,
Dr Fletcher said he does not
see this as something which
has to be fought.
If there is any need, he said,
it is one of explanation be-
cause, in politics, "percep-
tion is often more important
to responses of people than
knowledge of the truth

There is no doubt in his
mind that thre are
"perceptions" vhich tarnish
Sir Eric's reputation, he
said, but, as to whether
those "perceptions" are
completely true, is another


These "perceptions", he
said, include findings of the
Duffus Commission of
Inquiry. That Commission
looked into thq breakdown
of Law & Order in Grenada
and Police Brutality, and
one of its findings is that Sir
Eric personally recruited a
gang of criminals which
"inflicted unspeakable
atrocities" on Grenadiarjc.
That "perception", Dr
Fletcher said, had been
created by a section of the

"My concern is not Vitb the
past", Dr Fletcher told
NEWSLETTER, "my con-
cern is with the future. As
far as the past is concerned,

we are to learn its lessons
and one lesson is the nee
to move avay from the
polar-isations and anta-
gonismra which have
arisen within the
Greradian society".
Looking into the future,
Dr Fletcher -sees the
removal within five
years, of "the heritage" of
the revolutionary years of
the New Javel Movement.

Within eighteen months,
he said, the upward
momentum vili develop
and Grenadians vill
understand that GULP
does not stand for
violence, coercion or
polititisation of the Civil
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