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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 18th December 1993 Page2


GRE AD_

ACP '?~


frP


STh Srouap has idGentiied six critical arems
which wiLt hae piriorit


R G EORG BREIAN,
SGrernda' s ABgiculture Min-
|i j sister andi t she islai's eores-
Sse native o the Lomr_ Co n-.
t vention Gmup of, rcan, Caribbe an an..
Pacific (ACP) countries, il address the
Joint Assembly of t uropean Eb onorcn
SCommittee (EEC) and AC' Co Iue il
Iof Mirnister: when that Council
reets in Gabon next Feb-
; -
I C arX71


On that occasion, Mr
Brizan vill speak on
behalfofthe 7CACP
countries, the recent
57th session of the
Group, held in Brus-
sels, having made
Grenada Chairman of
the Group for the per-
i od November 27th 1993
31st May 1994


"This is at a most cniial juncture f- R GEORG
in the life of Lom IV," Mr man told ti
Media n December 2nd "'as this pe rd will
fitness t1he beg ingof th -d-te- m i -1i,
of .rLo IV, during which r.esoues ill be
pledged for all A-C countries afir the yean
1i996 to 20U0."
Will Have Priority
SThe ACP Chair.ani said the Grouip has
Iidentified six critical areas which will have
Priority in the Group's appiach to dis-
cussions and negotiations with the EEC in
'the mid-tern lBvie -.

'The genei headings of these areas a
rcommodijties, ACFEEC t-ae, accelemted
Simplemerntation or Eur-peani De veiopment
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Fund financed projects, financial and tech-


nical co-operation S TABE< (the special
fund to offset agricultural foreign exchange


Mr Brizansd te AC P countries har been
infbmed that, for 199, the total sum
available under STABEX is
EC$$1,169 million. Of this s tn
he said, Grenada's share is
EC $8.42 million.
LandA Use Plannipg
'fThe Minister attended

Food & ZA;6gneuitur 1ei
rc anitiio FAO)
v.ich t,.ok pace timi
Rome :m N ,TvembeP r
~ ad he tdI".4 p'.ss
Siad ha-d disc-ussions
With FAO officials with 1
I T e Ece Vi establis u yr.
of a land use planning" andi
n _manaEe ir1e nt. system in Grenada.
E BRIZAN
The commencement date fr estab-
ishnent of this systm is Jsanuary!
February 1994, he said and it viii have
special reference to development and
conservation of forest lans which has,
implications for water supply.

"The project has received preliminary'
approval," Mr Brizan said. "It is ai
technical co-operation project and will
command resources in exess of
EC $829,000
The Minister hd discussions also T'ith FAO

officials with reafEce to a isquest LLade
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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 18th December 1993 Page 10


PUB.I IACHION

INFORMATION
The next issue of NEWSLETTER will be the


end-of-uear issue for Fridau 31st December


and will report the annual review-of-the-year
for 1993


MNIB From Page 9
As compared with the previous year, the
volume of mangoes exported increased by
S 146% and the value of this crop
vwas up by 19 3%, the Minister
said, making margoes the major
item vith 49/% of total exports.

Golden apples (,spc r scfl4mie) ree next
at 30%, vhile other significant items ex-
ported vere hot peppers, sour sop (&_~f.lA
mznjak ) and bmradfrit.-

The Minister said, because of the high cost
of airfright, there was a decrease in exports
of bluggoe (cooking baanan), ginger, rock
figs (type of banana) and pumpkins.

The United States absorbed 58% of all the
Board's exports, 305% went t tthe United
Kingdom, 7% to Hollanrd and 6% to Canada,
and these exports cost EC $1,048,361 in air
freight.


Mr Fitzroy Jarnes, the new Manager, told
the press that, seekingto reduce freightcosts,
the Boaid, with the assistance of the
Regional Agriculti al Diversification Pro-
ject, had rade two trial shipments of
mangoes by sea to the United States.

"Those trials vere extremely success-
ful, he said, "and, vhen the season starts
this year, we plan to do at last four more
trials before ve go at it in a commercial
vay.

Mr Brizain said there is a lot of money to be
made catering to tohe growing
needs of the hotels on the island. I
During the comig yea, he said,
in co-operation with the Min-
istry of Agriculture, the MNIB vill make a
drive to capture as much of this business as
possible.
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The Grenada Nesletter Saturday 18th December 1993 Page 11


Thiru Is now a Largq amu
taktini
ALES DURING LAST
year's Chnstmas season Sere
averageg" and indications am the
current season vill probably be brihter
than that.

Mr Fred Toppin, Managing Drectorof Jonas
Browns & Hubbard Ltd, one of Grenada's
largest and most diveS-
ified companies, ex- ti
pressed this opinion in
Ean interview with N -S- .--
LETTER on December '
17th..

"The buiding trade is
always an economic bar- a .--
ometer as to vhat s
happening the
country, he said, "and
there is nov a large
amount of building act-. ?R FRE
ivity taking place-" FREI
Much of this activity is in the south end of
the island, providing a sign-ificant amount
of employnret, Mr Toppin said, and the
country districts may not be benefiting to
the same extent. In the south, however,
thingsg are fairly lively".
Statistics show the strength of the shot to
the economy which is coming from Gre-
nadians abroad. remitting money to build
houses, he said, fiom non-Grenadians
building residences and from tourism.
"You just have to look at the banking
figures to see the banks are overflowing
vith money Mr Toppin said, "and,
because of their liuidity they are anxious
to lend it out."

The Managing Director said the island's


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unt of butMing activity

agriculture sector is not contributing much
to the economy nov, but there is "pro-
duction of beaches, sunshine .and tourists",
and, at present, this is worth a great deal
more then cocoa, nutmegs and bananas.

Another bright spt in the economy, he said,
is development of exports of non-traditional
i BBi i items whichare becoming
more important in the
H -, :lives of Grenadians.
E f Lazge quantities of fruit
S and vegetables are being
air-freighted to the North
Aerican market, Mr
Toppin said, and there has
been a tremendous devel-
opment in the export of
fish.
"As it has over the last
So years", he said, "the
TOPPI N economy ill continue to
stumble abng until the middle to
end of next yar, and then, in common
ith the other economies of the vorld, it
vill pick up and start to go again

The Managing Director said e looks to the
futtue Vith confidence. Baring any local
situation which could affect Grnada, he
said, 1994 will be a fairlyy level" year, and,
in 1995, there will be a definite pick-up in
the economy.

Jonas Browne &s H ubbald Ltd is a public
company vith interests in supermarkets, a
gift shop, automobile sales. ard service, an
agency department, hardware, office sup-
plies and equipment furniture. and appli-
ances, building supplies, insurance and
shipping


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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 18th December 193 Page 12

aEWS SHORTS


Anniversary Of First Nutmeg
Tree Planted

The nutmeg was introduced to Grenada by
sugar plantation overseers returning from
secondment to sugar plantations in the Far
East, and a rlea'.from the Government
Information Service (GIS) says 1993 marks
the 150th anniversary of the first planting of
a nutmeg tree in the island


To celebrate the occasion, the GrenadaBoard
of Tourism has invited entries from all over
the United States of America for the best
cake recipe vith nutmeg as an ingredient.

Entries close on February 15th, and the
Grand Prize is seven days and six nights for
two at the new Rex Grenadian Hotel. Next
is the First Prize which is double accom-
odation for four days and three nights at the
new all-inclusive La Sounce Resort.


Worksop On The
Environment


Conducted by the Natural Resource Man-1
agement of the Organisation of East
Caribbean States (OECS), a one week
workshop on the environment vas held
in Grenada early this !month.

Objective of the workshop was to introduce


Indies" with a space,
it's out of place.
dies" as we should,
ir nationhood


participants to the methods and tech-
niques in environmental impact assess-
- ments with specific reference to agri-
culture, forestry and development pro-
jects.

Seventeen participants took part in the
workshop and were drawn from the
OECS, the University of the West Indies,
Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands,
Surinam and Belize.


Additionally, thirty-five other prizes will be
awarded.


SAister Hugles
18th December 1993


Printed & Publishe By The Proprietor,
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Of Scott Street, St-Gearge' Grenada, Westindies
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NEWSLETTER

olulne 21 Saturday 18th December 199^3 -1L\ Number 19


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Grenada Nov Heads APC Group...2
Nutmeg Farmers Get income...- 3
Support" From EEC
) Disappomtig Year For Breveries..5
BGIWUI hotel Dispute Ends.........7
Marketing Board Does Wenl..........
SToppin Optimistic Over The- ........11
SFuture
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The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday 18th December 1993 Page 3

4PPOM TFPMOWT IOOd







*hat wei are talking about is incomen
support', we wilt not be able to Lk about
bonus Jor Yefars ant years to come


RENADA'S 6,000 PLUS
nutmeg farmes n are. to receive a
payment of EC$2.65 million
Or through the generosity of the
European E: onomic Commr nity (EEC).

At a press conference on December 7th,
Prine Minister Nicholas Bmthwaite said this
rp resents a "break-through" achieved by his
Government. This money r-ill be dravn
ifrm t Ee EECs STA BE fund, he said, a

SAPC From Pse- 22-
i by Grenaa d st year for 600 to ofr
j fertilizer as part of a soil and pianti
nrutrtion project.

i This request is against the background. that
FAOv no longr has a fertilizer sclheri., he
said, but he underslandas that, in -JanuaryI
Februai, donors Vwill be appiached.
concerning G-rnada's request.

M r Brizsan said he is one of the persons
vho have been argirng that FAO should
t have a fertilizer scheme to assist countries
which suffer ver- severely as a result of
depressed prices for their commodities.


received FAO approval is the- use of sugar
cane by-products in development of a cattle
feed, the Minister said. This is a technical
co-operation project he explained, to.
Which some EC$200,000 has been allo-
I cated.
I!} Iggag^^afaissai"


fund which is never used for this purpose,
anc. the money, which is to bp
paid before C-hnstras. is not
yet due to the island. Y

"Letme make itclearv ;hat -
we are talking about is .
'income support', "he '\
said. We cannot talk' ,
about 'bonus' .... we -:11.
;nt. be able to talk about -:
t(bos) for yeats and
e-ars t, come, because -
TU.onhs' 1eii.tes to /
saying' of profits frm I
trading, but no PRIME MINISTER
profit has been NICHOLAS BRATHWAITE
made on nutmeg for the past thee ears or
Please See NUTMEGS Page 4
Ir- -I


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NEWSLETTER
Founded 17th August 1973
488th Issue
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MAIA MOORN CABOT AVARD 19S4
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Payable In Advance
Postage Paid By Second Class Airmail
(Inla i Post In Grenada)


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$1461n0
Amnnaily


ECs
10 Ismes $115Oa

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40 Ises $390.00
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The Grenada Nesletter Saturday 18th December 1993 Page 4
NHTMEGS Froan Page 3


The Prime Ministefr's rearkksighligiht the
iunfavourable econoi aic situation in whch
the island's Nutmeg IndustL hIas fourd itself
in since 1990 jN whn -ia a Marketing Agreemrent.
between the -'-renada C o-opertive Nut-ing


The result was that, by the end of the trading
year ending 30th June 1991 GCNA as
losing money, and there was further
deterioration in1992 and 1993


Association -(GCNA and I ndonesian nutmeg Present at the press conference on December
exporters came to an ecd. 7th, Mr B3izan said, in Jhanma~ y of this year,
Government hadd h. to come to the aid of
Indonesia and Grenada ar the. only GCN A in order to save the organisation from
suppliers of nutmeg to the world. financial collapse. GC-NA "'soeiency" had
marketproducingmspectiely7% b aced by September last, he said,
and 25% of the demand, and, iwe. n and. he itemised project. which provide
the Marketing Agrernn.t came Q rr lop r a retur
into operation hn 198N it to
boosted GCNA Ci-.rofi-S,
and. so the arfu-kd
"bonus",
I I I Ik i .
w F 84111


significantly


With introduction of the Agrement, the
annual surpbus on trading ("bonus))
movd from an average of apprimaaey
EC 2 to EC$4 million good years, to
some EC $ 0 to EC $15 million.


Accoqiirg to Mr George ran
SMinister -fr Agriu.u t-
SAgreement cras hed i then indo
ed on a structural ad-ust-ier
financed by the itfi3ational c.i


That organisatio, the M
had isisted that one coid
programme to come. int
i vas that the ntmeg mar
vith Grenada and ir
dmjngj, once more, m
vith each other.
!


an, Grenada's
ie Marketing
nesia embark-
it programmer?
monetary FurA


mister said,
ition for the
o operation
ket be freed
donesia be-
competition


One proje ct, the Minister said, is the GC NA
nutmeg oil distillation plant which should
come on stream shortly a-nd provide added
value t the conmmodity. He pointed out
also that Government has allocated some
EC$500,900 to the Minor Spices Co-
operative (MS C) to set up a plant to grind,
blend and package spices for end users.

"The importance of this is that it ill
provide an additional outlet to GCNA,"
Mr Brizan said, "as MSC vwi be
purchasing a certain volume of nutmeg
from the Assoiation.

The Ministesr referd also to a feasibility
study on e-xtzwtion of the chemical com-
pound, tirnyristicin, from the nutmeg. This
compound, he said, is low in volume but
high in value, and the stuJdy, vhich is being
done by a Grenadian scientist rsident in
the United States, is being sponsored by the
Food & Agricult-i Organisation (FAO)
Plese See NUTMEGS Pae 5







The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 18th December 1993 Page 5
I :-~-' .


WYE A1R
PNL T,-D-


LDi 1E1C40 fPPOII TINN,
D A 1 B71R, 5) EKL K


Operations at the ,Srowqy
ual-t bnY crippling
"R FRED TOPPING,
M /an Dgingu Director of GIe-
nada Breeries Lt, has
S, expressed izsap-
Spointmernt a~id. tr ,ationover
the Comprany's financial year
jvhich ended on 30th Jiune
last, and particI l iariy ith
reference to the lat. six.
rn months =:f th-t vyar -


were brouqat almost to a
trater s Fortqges
"Our unaudited accounts at 31st Decem-
ber 1992, for the first half ofthe financial
shoed a pre-tax profit of EC $1.6
million, just slightly more than our
projections the Chairman
said- "Hoveer, disaster
Sstruik in the second half of the
year vhen operations at the
Brewery vere brought almost


--. t-- .a ar uy cinppyng wvatr
shortages .
In a statement te shaw-
t-olders, he reided tliP lr Toppin said, in previous years,
that, last ear he had -aied that J th Bmery had suffered mnior
ecoin ard social climate water shorages dunrg April and
iGnrenad a could advrelyafctthe MR FRE POPPiNMay, but the 1992 shoitag-es began in
re-ery's opematons, anrd -this iad Janarry viti the result that instead of a
proved truePlease See BREWERY Pa 6

INUTMEGS From Pae 4


Also, he said, early in 1994, Grenada's
lProduce Chemist Laboratory is to ex-
iamine feasibility of oleo-resin extraction
from the nutmeg. This substance is used
extensively in the cosmetic trade, Mr
Brizan sail, and its extraction locally vill
giwe Grenada an opportunity to add value
and mowe i the market from the rav
material to an intermediate stage..

Thise activity ies contribute to a structural
tr-ansfornation of the Nutmeg Industry, he
said, which vill rake the Industry more
resilient to the violent prce fluctuations of
Iraw material.

The Minister refeird also to new marketing
iarragenents set up by GCNA vith the
jBrJussels based company, J H B international,
.and said these aniraements are "beginning
Sto bite".


Based on market trends and the 1993
performance of I H B International, he said,
,Government is assured GCNA should
achieve sales of 2,000 tons of nutme..s in
S.and a ".bonus" t fCarLleIs 1wil cornie
from intemally seif-gnerated GCNA funds.

Tota sales on nutmegs in lX19 were 3,362
tons. in the year i987 to 199, tors of
nutmegs sold were, respectively, 2,334,
2,150, 1,768, 1,900, 1,246, and 1012.

In the years 1986 to 1992, in millions of EC
dollars, the total value of sales nutmegs.-and
mace) was EC$20.7, EC$38.6, EC$42.8,
EEC$3327, EC$29.4EC12.7 and EC$9.0.


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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 18th December 1993 Page 6
BREWERY From Pae 5 a


profit of over EC $1 million for the&'
second half-vear, there vas a loss of
approximately EC $494,000.

To minimise the loss, the Chairman
said, the Bievery, Gith Gov-
ernmient's appIroval, irporte d both
Canib beer and Guiness tout from
Triidad. Profit on these items,
whlie assisting, could not cover
the Breveyr's running expenses,
he said, and, additionally, custo-
rner resistance to these im-.ports 4
made them difficult to market. P

This situation led to importation
of other brands of beer, malt
and stout vhich, because of their
packing in non-returnable con-
tainers, have proved pop ular, .
1he explained, and these in)--, '
portations haw continmud to> .
afMict the Brevers sales evn -
after the end of the vater criss.

JMr Toppin said, early in
11992, the National Water &
Severage Authority had
giw~ n assurances that, early
n 19~93, the water problem
vould ha ~
been solv d/G V ie s
tith coming, -ljl \
nto operat- 0ou

s!lxenum to tap Cthe.
waters of the ui
Etang, but 'hse a~s-
uranc~s hav not been
fu Bfil ,d"
i e Br.-ey Vt -d post-
i rned sinking a rell
and. installation of 'aI


ari prionty vill nor i
be given to this project


:PSI
WAv~


completed by the end of 1993.

"The estimated cost is EC$S00,000"
the Chairman said, "but ve expect.
savings on public vaterus age ill pay
for this project over a five-year
period."

Mr Toppin toll the shareholders
the Breery's two major share-
holders, the Grenada Govwrn-
nment and Guiness PLC, hawv
discussed a bid by Guiness to
purchase shares vhich voul
give Gu ies majority share-
holding.

-He is not a party to those negot-
iations, he said, he understands
agreement has been reached in
" principle, but the transaction
.f wil not be completed until
certain outstanding nnmatters have
been finalized.

The audited financial state-I
ments fr the year ending 30th
June 1993 shove a gross profit
of EC $2 88 million and a net
profit of EC $1159 million.
Dividends of
10% Vere
arib p both i
C-; -.0 on
_ ; R E- B0 r d inary
wpam and Prefer-
Sence shares-

nGrn-ada B -enies Ltd
are produce ers of Caib
and. Satzenbraz beers,
.2Guine.ss stout, VitaMallt-
ard soft drinks, Pepsi
Coa, Seven-up and
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The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday l8th Dieembwr 1993 Page 7


DD Wu*Oj IV 's U LL


1.NL sind thu Aqreenw-t but
refused to allow 16 of the workers to go
bacck. on the job


. dismissed b
lhe-arin".


R DEREK ALLARD, PRESIDENT OF THE -.t
Bank &. General .Wo-em s Umon iBGWU), at
vress confrerne on December 1st, ref ised to zay;
.bhat action his Union nou1,3 take if 1.6 orker :
did_ U0 oe. a. U- M DEE .ALAK


y Grenada Renaissance Hotel,


This. situation arose .in the afn-te ath of a


Bone o contention -as an Indusaa


International Ltd (RIL) ho had been m2n-
ii the hiote or the owner, Trnidad
entrersu r Issa Nichols, taking as
issa Nicholas Gmnada Ltd (INGL)
Wishd ToReo- e
i before the A-gieirmnt could be signed INL
Stook over management of te hotel and'
.ad ised BGU. that, as far ? :as industrial
agreements were concerned, Ram a had
bee-n te. Copy's gnrt "sub ject t.1

a o 1Uf a' id IN L wished
rt, m1op1en ngoita-dorr
tw, t the Union_

dBGWU did aot accept
1thi and a strike was
^called wilief lasted unti!
i.-- October 22Id.f With
some difficulty, Mn-
IMR EDZEL TdOMA'Slister of Labour, Mr
Edzel Thomas got the parties back to the
bargaining table and after some minor
changes, INL signd the Agreenent, but
refused to allov 16 of the workers to go
Back on the job
L


did not getl a "rair MR DEREK ALLARD

"The hotel claimed those 16 workers
committed ct of misco duct vhich violate
e Industrial Agree.ment" Mr Alaid said,
"and it was agreed a three-man comm-ittee
be set up to investigate the .charges.
'l 10 iL ri ec H t l g r-ei
The Union and the Hotel signed an Agree- i
et settir out the tenrs and conditions of
the ir: etgafig co ittee one condition
being t -here wouv be one representativee ea ch
frrm the two parUes with a chairman
appointed by t Minister 0o .a:bour

As its lEpresentative, te Uion appointed

student at the University of the West Indies, I
the hotel appointed Mr Eme DeLaEda
Personal Re- resen ativ of Mr Issa pNichola
and. as hairn, t Mister appointed
Mrs Angela Smith, E -ecutive Du sector .f
the Grenada Eploymei Federtion.-
Well Repected Person
Mr Allard said, although the 1 itel i
-::mber of the Fedetionri, the Uion had
no objection ti Mrs Smith as chairman as
she is a well respected person of inriegit
who "tould not play games with workeIs
welfare"

However, the Hotel objected to, Mrs Smith's
appointment d .l ending tat no eison
associated with indistrral relations should
Please DSee T E Paat1








The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday 18th December 1993 Page 8
DISPUTE From Pae 7


be thet chairman. According t to the terns
of the committee, the Minister had the right
to appoint the chairman of his choice, but
Mr Thomas acceded to the Hotel's derrnd
and replaced Mrs Smith with Mr Otto
Geore, a retired civil servant.
H ad Been A Development
After some delays, the Hotel submitted
written charges .against the 16 worked, and
a meeting of the committee vas scheduled
for December 2nd.. But Mr Alad tld the
press there had been a development which
thhen putthe holding of that-mee tinmII .
in doubt.

"In a phone conversation
on November 24th vith
the BGWU General Sec-i ll
retary, Mr J.tin -.
Campbell", Mr Allardi
said, "Mr DeLaGrenad ||
made it clear he vouldlii l
see to it that the Hoteil S
does not reemploy the 16 iiiiiii
workers under investi- II
gation"

Mr Allard said on the basis of l:iii
morality, justice, integrity and 'u:PlVs5--
MRS ANGELA
fair play, i.t .was impossible to S ANGE
consider Mr De LaG-rnrad.a a fit person to
sit on the committee, and a letter had been
sent to Mr DeLaGenade callmg on him to
honourablyy disqualify him-rrself
Had BeenAdvised
Minister of Labozur Mr Edzei Thoras had
.also been written to requesting an urgentt
meeting of the Urmon and the Hotel to
resolve the present crisis" the B GWU-
President said. No reply had been
received, and. Mr Allanr had been advised
that Mr Thomas was iR Barbados for medical
tiatment. The BGWU President ,however,
bad been in touchh it the Pe-ranent
Secretary .

'"4We do not want to hold up thei work of the
committee," the B GWU Piesident said. "All
we ae asking now is that Mr DeLaGr:nada


be removed from the committee. This is the
Christmas Season zand we are anxious to
have these vwoiers cleared and back on the
job as soon as possible"

A source close to the investigating corn-
mittee told NEWSLETTER that, when the
commirittee met. n Dece rrier2nd, and before
the Union made any objections against Mr
DeLaGrenade as a member of the
commirnttee, he (DeLaGIenade) announced.
that consideration was being given to
:.... rinstating 10 of the 16 workers
: aii rged vith misconduct.
J ii! Would Be Remstated
At Mr, DeLaGrenade's
lll request, the source said, a
A:bref adjounnent was
taken while Mr
BDeLaGrenada ard Mr
Ai anIt conferred. ith Mr
Robert Robintson, Govem-
aent's Labour Consultant.
Following this, Mr
SDeLaGmnade announced o tohe
r -cornvened committee that the
10 workers would be reinstated.

i. :: The Hotel was giving further con-
sideration to the rerainirig 6 workers,
Mr DeLaGrenada told the corrmmittee, and-,
depe dirng on what was decided, the com-
mittee would orvould not haveits scheduled
meeting on December 9th.

On December 4th, the committee chair-
man vas advised by the Hotel that it had!
been decided to dispense vith the services
of the 6, giving them severance pay.
H however, if the 6vere not willing to leave
and accept severance pay, the Hotel said,
then the committee vould have to con-i
sider the charges of misconduct against
all 16 vorkers-

Mr DeLaGrenade was reminded that what
the Hotel was proposing was not in
agreement with what he had stated to the
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14th there is no doubt the Marketing &t


- National Importing Bo-aid (MN B) is now
in the hands of good management.

The Boaird has beenn rdernev management
since 1992, and the Minister described the
organrisation as being ""t lativsely successfulf1
nov as compared witi the last five years.

Improwement in the overall operations.
of the Board for the 1992 93 accounting
year moved from a loss of EC $851,000
under the last Manger to a profit of
EC$184,270", he said, "so the overall
improvement is ome EC$1,036,174".

The Minister said.. as a result of these
favor durable results, th MNIB vill pay a
bonusns of EC $14 5,000 to the
4, GO farmers i-o did business
Iith the Board over the 1992/
1993 tamding year


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I investigating coC. mittee, anrid Mr
j LDeLaGrtenade said the c1haim;tan r W ould be
advised when further consideratior had.
been .given.

The matter was finally closed on Decem-
ber 7th when the chairman received a
letter frm the Ho te i advisig that. charges
a 1 gast all 16 workers had been dropped.
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MR GEORGE BRIZAN

Mr Aaron Moses, Chairman of r
the Board, present at the press
conference, said the Board had
found. significant v eakresses in
all areas under the last Manager. These
weaknesses, he said, were in the planningi-
process, in ability to motivate and lead the
organisation toardts its objectives and, most
importantly, in instituting proper controls.

Given these bro.adbased problems, Mr Moses
said, it was necessary to do ni.oe than just
changee tie Manager, ar significant
rrianae nt nt c-anges also verT -imple-
mented.
Price To Farmers Was Up
Mr Brizan said, during- tlhe last trading
year, 192 93, the Bo ardlnpumased2,7 10,000
Ibs of fruit and vegetables farmers,
produce which valued at EC $1,375,933.
The weight of produce po rchased -:was thbe
san-e as in the previous year, he said, but
the pnce to faire r as up by 121%.

The Board exported 1,258,984 lbs (46%)
of the produce purchased, he said, and
this earned EC$1_5 million On total
sales, both exports and domestic, there
vas a 3% increase in value owr the
previous year.

Mr Bfnzan said also as a estilt of the tact
that a larger volume of higher valued I
produce was exported, the avenge pnce I
received on the export market increased by
6% over the last ear e M
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