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NEWSLETTER
FOUNDED 17TH AUGUST 1973

For The Week Endinq 8th October 1983


th Year of Publication -------291st Issue
Volume 11 Number 12 i,


BISHOP IN HUNGRY


Prime Minister Maurice Bishop flew into Budapest Internation-
al airport on September 28th at the start of an official visit
to Hungary.

This was disclosed on September 29th by the State owned Radio
Free Grenada (RFG) and the Station said Mr Bishop was accom-
panied by Foreign Minister Unison Whiteman and Minister of
Agriculture George Louison who arrived in Hungary before
Mr Bishop's delegation.

RFG did not state the purpose of the visit but said discuss-
ions with Hungarian officials covered the international sit-
uation and the strengthening of ties and cooperation between
Grenada and Hungary,

This was the Prime Minister's fourth trip to a country of
the Soviet block. He visited East Germany and Bulgaria in
June last year and, a month later, he went to Moscow.

On his return from his firs4 trip "behind the iron curtain",
Mr Bishop said development of relations with the Socialist
world is very important and strategic as a matter of prin-
ciple for Grenada.

"We believe this is so", he said, "because as-ai non-aligned
coupitry attempting to build socialism jA our country, de-
veloping relations with the socialist world is a matter of
the first order of importance".

Mr Bishop said that, at a time when the capitalist world,
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engulfed in crisis", it is also impo.rtAnt to' diversify Grenada's trad-
ing relations and seek new trading partners in the socialist world.

The Prime Minister has afso visited Libya,-where he stopped on his
way home from Bulgaria ih June:1982, and he. ent to'North Korea in
in April of this year. Other trips outside. the region include an
official visit to Mexico in September 1981 and the Commonwealth
Prime Ministers' Conference in Australia in the same month.

The Prime Minister padd a "private" visit to the United States last
June.





S1SHOP IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and his delegation now visiting Czecho-
slovakia have had talks with officials of that government relative to,
cooperation with Grenada in various fields including electrical power,
trade and housing.

Announcing this on October 5th, Radio Free Grenada (RFG) said that, as
a part of the programme of his visit, Bishop was taken to a 4,000 acre
agricultural cooperative which.is operated by 1,400 workers. Address-
ing members of the cooperative, the Prime Minister said he had been
struck by the high standard of living of Czech people resident in the
countryside.

"Your accomplishments and achievements", he said, "can help us visual-
ise for our people what the future can be like".

Mr. Bishop also visited a factory which manufactures diesel engines
and which employs 5,000 persons. According to RFG, this is the larg-
est such enterprise in Czechoslovakia and its products are exported to
45 countries.

RFG said the Bishop delegation will conclude discussions with Czech
officials on October 5th and will have a conference with the local
press.

The Prime Minister is accompanied by Foreign Minister Unison Whiteman
and Minister of Agriculture George Louison. The delegation began its
tour of Soviet bloc countries on September 28th with a visit to Bulgar-
ia: the visit to Czechoslovakia began on October 3rd.


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AGREEMENT WITH CZECHOSLOVAKIA

The Peoples Revolutionary Government has signed a Collaboration
Agreement, a Trade Protocol, an Air Traffic Agreement and a Party
to-Party #1reement with the Government and Cdmmunist Party of
Czechoslovakia.

These documents were executed in 'PrAge on October l1th at the end of
a three day official visit of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, and the
state owned and managed Radio Free Grenada (RFG) said these links
with Czechoslovakia will bring Grenada assistance in 1984 and 1985.

According to RFG, this assistance includes material for housing
development programmes, and feasibility studies on establishment of
a pig and pork industry and a ceramics industry.

The station reported that a cultural and educational agreement was
negotiated and will be signed later.

The Prime Minister described his visit to Czechoslovakia as being
"extraordinarily successful", RFG said, and he expressed the opinion
that the Czech assistance will help Grenada to solve many of its
infrastructural problems, will provide more jobs and will save
foreign exchange. This assistance, he said, will also begin the
process of industrialization.

Mr. Bishop, who is accompanied by Foreign Minister Unison Whiteman
and Minister of Agriculture George Louison, left Czechoslovakia on
October 6th and will return to Grenada via Berlin and Havana, Cuba.

The delegation arrived in Prague on October 3rd, having first paid
an official visit to Hungary commencing September 28th.





PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR CONSTITUTION

The Commission appointed by the Peoples Revolutionary Government
(PRG) to prepare a draft Constitution for Grenada has appointed two
days for the first public hearings.

Radio Free Grenada (RFG) announced on October 8th that the Commissionm
will receive written and oral suggestions from the public on 29th
October and llth November

Appointment of this Commission was announced officially on June 4th
last. The Chairman is Mr. Alan Alexander,,a Trinidad barrister,and
4 other persons serve with him on" this body.

They are Jamaica born Richard Hart, Grenada's Attorney General and
Director of Public Prosecutions, Ashley Taylor, Grenadian barrister
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who is legal advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thaddeus McEwen,
acting President of the Grenada Union of Teachers and Merle Collins of
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

RFG said McBwen and Collins were selected, respectively, by the Trade
Union Movement and mass organizations.

The Terms of Reference of the commission call for production of a draft
Constitution within 2 years and, in performing their task, the Commis
sion must stick to certain stated "guiding principles upon which the
Grenada revolution is based"'

These principles, as set out by the PRG, include "national unity" and
"the concept of popular democracy should be reflected in the provisions
of the constitution whereby the structure therein contained shall be
designed to facilitate continuous popular involvement".

"Something more meaningful is required" said the PRG, "than the il-
lusions of popular control by th: right merely to enter a polling
booth once or twice every four or five years".

The draft constitution must provide also for "entrenchment of the prin-
ciples of public accountability including the right of recall".

Grenada's Constitution was suspended by the first law made by the PRG
after the New Jewel Movement revolution of 13th March 1979. Prime
Minister Maurice Bishop said at that time the island would be without
a constitution "for a few months", but 6 months later, deputy Prime
Minister Bernard Coard tied the holding of elections to the establish-
ment of a new Constitution and said the PRG thought there were more
important things to attend to.

'The question of holding free and fair elections is a matter of prin-
ciple as far as we are concerned", he said, "and it is some-
thing we will certainly do. It is one of the principles of the re-
volution but it is not the first order of priority".

The draft constitution now to be prepared will be submitted in a
referendum for approval by the people of Grenada.




COARD WANTS IMF RULES CHANGED

Grenada's Minister of Finance, Bernard Coard, will urge the Common-
wealth Finance Ministers (CFM) to move for a change in the rules of
the compensatory financing facility of the International Monetary Fund
(IMF)A


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Before his departure for Trinidadowhere the CMF meeting started
on September 21st; Coard told Radio Free Grenada that his country
has raised previously, at other international forums, the question
of restructuring the IMF and World Bank, and he feels that persist
-ence is necessary.

"With these international institutions", he said, "you don't win
the first time you raise a question, or even the second or third
time, you have to keep plugging away. You have to keep gently
but persistently persuading more and more countries so that, grad-
ually, you begin to see a ground swell of support for.major initial
-tives for change".

The IMF compensatory financing facility is a scheme under which
countries are given loans to compensate for loss of export earn-
ings, and the Finance Minister said the present 3 to 5 year period.
of repayment of these loans is too short. When natural disaster
wipes out a country's export crops, he said, it takes more than 3
to 5 years' to replace those crops from which earnings must come to
repay the loans.

"That's why", he said, "we have been struggling to get the repay-
ment period, instead of'being 3 to 5 years, make it 8 to 10 years
in the special circumstances that, when y6ur export earnings have
fallen, not because'of a temporary drop in world prices, but be-
cause of being wiped out by a natural disaster".

Grenada raised at the IMF meeting the problems of small island de-
veloping countries, using the report of the recently concluded
conference in Grenada of experts on. this subject.





OAS TOURISM PHYSICAL PLAN

Mr. Ivor Jackson, head of the Organization of American States (OAS)
team which is preparing a physical plan for tourist development
for the southern peninsular of Grenada, said on October 4th, the
plan will be ready for presentation to the Government of Grenada
on December 1st.

Mr. Jackson said the plan will cover an area south of an imaginary
line drawn south-westward from a point just north of St. Georges
on the west coast to a point on the south coast about 10 miles
east of the international airport being constructed at Point Sal-
ine on Grenada's soPthernmost tip.

This area contains more than 90 percent of the island's tourism
facilities, he said, and the Peoples Revolutionary Government(PRG)
which has declared October "Tourism Month", is concerned with the
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orderly development of this part of the island which has been desig-
nated "Zone 1".

"This is one of the most attractive regions of any one of the Carib-
bean islands", Jackson said, "there is a combination of beaches,
good vegetation, slopes, valleys and other features which combine to
make a very important island resources

Included in the considerations of the team will be the recommended
density of development, how many hotel beds per acre, the maximum
height of the buildings and the distance between the buildings and
the high water mark.

The team will also study and make recommendations on the reservation
of certain agricultural land in the zone, the location of industry
and the linkages between agriculture, industry and tourism.

Mr. Jackson said the team has already had discussions with Nr Lyden
Ramdhanny, Minister of Tourism, with heads and officials of various
Government departments, with technicians and with the private sector.
He is pleased with the cooperation and assistance given and the aim
of the team is to have as much involvement in the preparation of the
plan as possible.

"We think that, even if we come up with a good document, which we
hope we do", he said, "and there is not this type of. involvement,
the chances of the implementation of the document would not be that
good".

In addition to Mr. Jackson, the team is comprised of 4 persons from
the OAS and 3 from the Grenada government. These supply expertise
in the fields of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Land Use and Phy-
sical Planning, Surveying and Mapping and Economics.

The team, which began its work on September 21st, presented its find-
ings and recommendations to a group of technicians and professionals
on October 6th and used the feedback from that meeting to prepare
for a meeting on October 7th with the ministers of Tourism and Plan-
ning.

Mr. Jackson said the team expected to have completed most of its
work very shortly. The economists on the team will have further
studies to do on the linkages between Tourism and other sectors of
the economy, he said, draft maps must be drawn and the final docu-
ment will then be prepared for submission to the PRG in December.




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TOURISM WORKSHOP

A Caribbean Hotels Advisory Council (CHAC) one-week workshop is due
to start here on October 15th as a joint effort of the Organization
of American States (OAS), the Ministry of Tourism, The Grenada Hot-
els Association and the Caribbean Hotel Training Institute.

Mr. Norberto Ambros, OAS director in Grenada, said participants
will be drawn from all sections of the local tourist industry. Ex-
perts from a cross section of the tourism sector, worldwide, will
be brought in and the workshop will undertake a review of a number
of aspects cf the tourist industry in Grenada.

These aspects include the tourism product and its distribution, mar-
keting and a marketing plan, tools of advertising, computer and
hotel technology, front and back office computer systems, food and
beverage controls, facilities and energy management and hotel re-
pairs and maintenance.

'Whenever CHAC activities have taken place" the OAS director said,
"one of the things that always happens is a resurgence of interest
of a very wide cross section of interests in the country".

Mr. Ambros said resource persons 'for the CHAC workshop include the
chairman of the Caribbean Hotel Training Institute, 2 presidents
and a senior vice-president of three leading tourism marketing com-
panies based in the United States and Europe, the president of a
Business Systems company and directors of hotel management organ-
isations.

The workshop will be divided into two sections, Mr. Ambros said,
morning sessions being devoted to the hotel sector and afternoon
sessions to tourism generally.





TOURISM OFFICIALS MEET

A two-day meeting of tourism officiadq from the Organization of
East Caribbean States (OECS) opened at the Grenada Beach Hotel on
October 6th.

Tourism officials from St. Kitts, Antigua, Montserrat, Dominica, St.
Lucia and St. Vincent arrived here on October 5th together with re-
presentatives of the Eastern Caribbean Tourism Association.

This meeting, which was opened by Minister of Tourism Lyden Ram-
dhanny, discussed the future of the Eastern Caribbean Tourism As-
sociation and related matters.
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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IDENTIFIED

An Organization of American States team is now working on prepara-
tion of feasibility studies covering 5 "tourism attraction" pro-
jects identified by the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG).

Mr. Norberto Ambros, OAS Director in Grenada, said on October 4th
the team had drawn up a list of several tourism attractions in the
island from which the PRG selected 5 and the feasibility studies
will be used by Government to approach lending agencies for finance
for development.

These ^attractions" are "Leaper's Hill" at the north end of the
island where the Amerindian inhabitants jumped into the sea to
their death in 1651 rather than surrender to the French, the rum
distillery and water wheel at River Antoine Estate, a spectacular
carved boulder at Mount Rich Estate, the Grand Etang Lake at the
centre of the island and an "Interpretation Centre" near to Grand
Etang which will highlight the island's rain forest.

Mr. Ambros said the feasibility studies will be ready for present-
ation to Government by December 1st.





PROJECT FORMULATION & EVALUATION WORKSHOP

Nineteen persons drawn from various Government Ministries and Der
partments are to take part in a 3-week workshop on "project form-
ulation and evaluation" sponsored by the Organisation of American
States (OAS.).

This workshop, which will start on October 18th will be under the
direction of OAS expert Ricardo Garcia, and he will be assisted by
2 other resource persons and the resident OAS staff.

Mr. Garcia said on October 4th the workshop is designed around the
exercise of compiling all the information relative to a project
and making a complete appraisal of it.

"It will be a workshop in the sense that it will have two parts,
in the first of which a general theoretical framework will be
given to the participants", he said, "and then we shall go into
a practical phase in which we intend to take 2 projects and organ-
ise the information related to those projects".

Participants will make an appraisal of this information, he said,
and the projects will be submitted at a high level of analysis
which will enable the Ministry of Planning to make decisions on
them. Mr. Garcia-
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Mr. Garcia said the operation of the workshop will be so organized
as to provide for classes of instruction in the mornings while the
resource persons will act as consultants to the various Government
ministries and departments in the afternoons.





NATIONAL ACCOUNTS SYSTEM

An Organisation of American States (OAS) expert, Nr, Pablo Mandler,
is now in Grenada setting up a system of National Accounts Which
will cover the economic behaviour of the country, permit analysis
of economic development and allow economic policies to be adapted
accordingly.

Speaking at a press conference in St. George's on October 4th Mr.
handler said the system he will introduce will have 4 consolidated
accounts for the economy.

The first will show the production and importation of goods and
services and the way these goods and services are used to satisfy
consumption requements, investment and exports.

A second account will show how incomes are distributed and are used
to finance consumption, while the third account 'will show the in-
vestments made in the economy and the way they are financed. The
fourth' account will cover the economic transactions between Grenada
and the rest of the world and will disclose the countryts balance
of payments position.

Mr. Mandler said the National Accounts will produce a measure of
the contribution of each economic sector to the island's economic
activity, and there will be a special set of accounts to measure
the linkages -between the tourism sector and the rest of the economy.

Four OAS missions of experts are expected to visit Grenada in the
execution of this project and Mr. Mandler expects the island's
National Accounts will be in operation by the end of 19841--,





SCOTIABANK LOAN TO PRG

The Bank of Nova Socita is to lend the Peoples Revolutionary Gov-
ernment (PRG) seventy-one thousand five hundred and ninety pounds
sterling.

This sum is to assist in financing the down-payment on the con-
tract the PRG has with the British firm of Plessey Airports Ltd.
for the supply of goods and equipment for the International
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Airport now being constructed at Point Saline on the southern tip
of the island.

The contract with Plessey for 66.6 million sterling was signed on
6th May 1982, and informed sources say this covers the bulk of the
equipment required for the airport.

According to Peoples Law 25, gazetted on 23rd September, the loan
from the Bank of Nova Scotia is to be drawn by the PRG in one amount
not later than 31st March next year and will be repayable over 6
and a half years. Interest will be at 2 percent higher than the
prevailing European International lending rate.

A three-eighths percent "commitment fee" is to be paid on the un-
drawn amount of the loan up to 31st March 1984 and there is a
"front end fee" of 2 percent payable on the date of signing the
agreement.

The schedule to People's Law 25 indicates that the terms of this
loan were decided on by the PRG and the Bank of Nova Scotia on 17th
November 1982.





GRENADA'S LOAN PROSPECTS "QUITE GOOD"

The People's Revolutionary Government (PRG) expects to spend 278
million East Caribbean (EC) dollars in capital expenditure over the
next 3 years.

Answering questions from state. media employed journalists,. in an. in-
terview programme broadcast over Radio Free Grenada on September
18th, Bernard Coard, Minister of Finance, gave this figure and said
Grenada's prospects over this period for receiving loans and grants
are "quite good".

"On the basis of agreements we have already signed with different
countries and international organizations", he said, "we are ex-
pecting to spend, in the period 1st July 1983 to 30th June 1986,
,27. million BC dollars in our investment programme".

This works out at 93 million BC dollars a year on the capital side
of the budget, and Mr. Coard said this is an extremely high rate of
investment in the infrastructure and productive capacity of the
country.

Listing some of the sources of the money, the Minister said agree-
ments have already been signed with the International Monetary Fund,
the Caribbean Development Bank, the Canadian International Develop-
ment Agency, the European Development Fund, the European Investment

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Bank, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and the
Governments of Algeria, Lybia, East Germany, Russia, Bulgaria,Cuba,
Mexico and Venezuela.

Over the first 3 years and 9 months since the PRG seized power, Mr.
Coard said, 237 million HC dollars were used on capital expenditure
and the target for 1983 was in excess of 100 million dollars. The
revised estimate for this year is 117 million EC dollars, including
expenditure on the International Airport project, and this means
that, to the end of December next, 4 years and 9 months since the
revolution of 13th March 1979, capital expenditure will be some 350
million EC dollars, he said.

This money, Mr. Coard said, has been spent on telephones, electri-
city in Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, roads in Grenada
and Carriacou, expansion of St. George's port, the International
Airport project, health clinics, schools and housing.

"On top of that 350 million, we now have 278 million that is lined
up" the Minister of Finance said. "This is money that is commit-
ted to Grenada from all these countries and institutions I have
mentioned. That means we are talking about some 630 million EC
dollars that will be spent in the first 7 years of the revolution.
A phenomenal achievement".

Based on this situation, Mr. Coard said, the PRG is hopeful about
the prospects of mobilising assistance to maintain the investment
programme and expansion of the productive capacity over the next 3
years. The necessary feasibility studies, project documentation
and planning have already been undertaken relative to a 5-year plan
commencing 1986, he said.

When the preliminary work on this plan has been completed within
the next 6 months, the Minister said, the PRG will begin the work
of mobilising international assistance for the programmes of agri-
cultural and tourism investment, and industrialisation which the
5 year plan will cover.





TWO MILLION DOLLAR SURPLUS

Grenada had a 2 million East Caribbean (BC) dollar surplus on its
current account operations for the first 8 months of this year.

This was disclosed by Minister of Finance Bernard Coard as he ans-
wered questions on September 18th from a pahel of journalists drawn
from the state owned and operated media. The interview was broad-
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Mr. Coard said preliminary figures show that revenue to August 31st
had been 53.3 million BC dollars and expenditure was 51.29 million
dollars (EC).

'tPutting it in a slightly different framework", he said, "from Jan-
uary to August represents two-thirds of the year and that meahs
that 66.7 percent of the year has gone and, in that period, the 53.3
million in revenue collected represents 62 percent of what we hope
to get for the whole year".

When he presented the National Budget in March last, Mr. Coard gave
a total figure of 249.85 million EC dollars. Of this, he said,145
million would be capital expenditure, 81.35 will be recurrent ex-
penditure, 15 million would be spent on state enterprises and 8.5
million would service the national debt.

Details of these figures were not given but the Minister of Fin-
ance said they would be published shortly in a comprehensive docu-
ment for public distribution. This document has not yet been pub-
lished and a source close to the Ministry of Finance said the Gov-
ernment printer has been unable to cope with the volume of work it
faces.

Mr. Coard said in the interview that the usual pattern is that the
rate of revenue collection increases during the last 4 months of
the year and he thought it"more than likely" that the Treasury
would collect the full amount projected.

"Our revenue target, in other words, looks realistic in the context
of the situation in the first two-thirds of the year", he said.

On the expenditure side, the Minister said, at the present rate of
spending, there will be a surplus on the current account of at
least 8 million BC dollars.

"Last year", he said, "we made the highest surplus ever, which was
6 and a half million, so this year will be even better".

Mr. Coard said that whatever surplus is made is combined with the
grants and loans the Peoples Revolutionary -Government bha been
able to secure, and this is used generally to. bilA the prxiluc-tiv
capacity and develop the economy.



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STATE ENTERPRISES BELOW TARGET

Grenada's 45 state operated enterprises dropped 5.4 million East
Caribbean (BC) dollars below the target of 25.4 million EC dollars
production set for the first 6 months of 1983.

Minister of Finance, Trade and Planning, Bernard Coard, disclosed
this in an interview broadcast by Radio Free Grenada on September
18th and the Minister said the state enterprises had also fallen
short of the planned employment target.

The employment target, he said, was 1,528, but actual employment
in the state enterprises this year is 1,378.

"That's-not bad", he said, "because we were planning to increase by
about 350 the number of people employed. Instead, we have in-
creased by only 200, 150 short of the target. So, while we are
not on target, it is not too far off".

The Minister -saidi the most important news of the state enterprises
is that, in the first 6 months of this year, they have, collective-
ly, made a profit of 2.6 million EC dollars when the individual
losses and profits are taken together.

Mr. Coard said he could not be certain but, if the state enterpris-
es continue to perform as they have during the-first half of 1983,
they will end the year with a profit of 5.2 million EC dollars.

"When I presented-the Budget Plan in early March", the Minister
said, "I reported that, last year, we made a profit of 3 million
overall and that our target this year was 5 million. At the pre-
sent time, we are aiming at 5.2 million so that's not too bad".

The Ministry of Planning is analysing the individual performances
of the state enterprises to find out why the gross output has fall-
en below projections, Mr. Coard said, and it appeared that in some
of the "construction projects" the volume of output has not been
as high as was expected.





GES BILLING MACHINES NOT WORKING

The problems of the state owned Grenada Electricity Services (GES)
are being increased by the fact that the company's billing machines
are not working properly.

In an interview with the state owned Radio Free Grenada on Sept-
ember 28th, GES manager Mr. Winston'Bullen said Grenada has over
11,000 electricity consumers and bills for these now have to be
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written by hand. He admitted that, because of mistakes in the hand
billing, some consumers have been disconnected in error for arrears.

"When errors are made", he said, "we apologise to the consumers con-
cerned and we try our best to show them what the situation is".

The Manager said GES has been having problemAs with its billing mach-
ines for over 2.years but two new machines have now been bought. The
degree of mistakes is less than 2 percent, he said, and the company
is how catching up on the billing programmed l

Referring to the daily power outages which have become a feature of
Grenadian life, Mr. Bulien said GES management has studied the econ-
omic viability of hiring generators to correct the situation in the
short term.

"The contract for the rental of two generators is being negotiated
in London at the present time by odr Trade Advisor, Sir Denis Henry"
he said.

Mr. Bullen hopes these generators will arrive in Grenada by the end
of October and the rental period is for 24 weeks, he said.

The rented generators will take care of the short term demands for
electricity, the lhnager said, while 2 generators on order will sat-
isfy the long term needs. These new generators on order are cov-
ered by a contract for delivery at the end of December, he said, and
he expected they will be fully commissioned -by April next.




CAIC "TRAINING OF TRAINERS" SEMINAR

A training seminar under the ausp.tces of the Caribbean Association
of Industry and Commerce (CAIC) opened at the Grenada Beach Hotel
on September 26th.

Called a "Training of Traihers" seminar, this is one of a series
organised throughout the Caribbean Community by CAIC and paid for
under a grant from the United States Agency for International De-
velopment .

Participants receive training in the technology of training, the.
principles and practices of adult learning, training in industry
and commerce and related subjects and, on completion of the semi-
nar, are expected to service their home communities as trainers
in the private sector.

This seminar, which was officially opened by Mr. Charles"Laddie"
McIntyre, Vice President of the Grenada Chamber of Industry and
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Commerce, was under the direction of Dr4 Jeannine Comma, Programme
Manager of CAIC's training department. She was assisted by
Mr. Carlisle Harry, assistant manager of that department, and also
on the seminar team was Mr. Terrance Edwards, senior consultant of
Systems Group of Companies, management training consultants based
in Barbados.

Eight participants drawn from Dominica, Jamaica, St. Kitts, St.
Lucia and Grenada were present at the opening ceremony and three
more arrived later. The seminar ended on September 30th.





CIVIL SERVANTS AHEAD OF INFLATION

Minister of Finance Bernard Coard said in a September 18th Radio
Free Grenada interview that Civil Servants in Grenada have had an
average salary increase of approximately 56.5% over the period 198:
to 1983.

Over that period, he said, according to Government's Statistical
Department, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the
cost of living in Grenada rose by some 25%.

"So you have a situation which is unprecedented in the history of
Grenada and maybe the Caribbean", he said, "where public workers'
salaries have increased at a rate greater than 2 to 1 over infla-
tion".

Mr. Coard said that, in contrast with this, workers "all over the
capitalist and third worlds are chasing behind inflation and never
catching up".





GES TO RENT GENERATORS

The Government owned Grenada Electricity Services (GES) is nego-
tiating with a British firm for the rental of two generators to
relieve the current heavy load-shedding and power outages result-
ing from breakdowns.

Announcing this on September 28th the Government owned and manag-
ed Radio Free Grenada(RFG) said the rental period will be until
April next year when it is expected that GES will have new genera-
tors installed.

Mr. Winston Bullen, GES manager, said in January last that two
generators, each producing 1.5 megawatts, were being purchased
and he expected one of these generators would be installed by
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Purchase of this equipment is being financed by part of a loan of
613 million East Caribbean dollars from the European Investment
Bank (EIB). That loan will pay also for upgrading the transmis-
sion and distribution systems and for a feasibility study of Gre-
nada's hydro-electric potential.

The EIB loan will be repaid over a 20 year period at an interest
rate of 22 percent. There is a grace period of 5 years.




GCNA SEEKS NEW MARKETS

The Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA) is exploring the
possibility of selling its products to countries in Latin America.

Radio Free Grenada (RFG) said on September 28th that Mr. Robin Ren-
wick, GCNA manager, recently returned from visits to Columbia, Vene-
zuela, Argentina and Brazil where he had talks with private import-
ers and Government trade departments.

GCNA, the organisation through which all nutmegs and mace (the lacy,
red spice which covers the shell of the nutmeg), must be exported,
has suffered declining fortunes over the last 4 years.

The world economic.situation has resulted in lowered demand and de-
clining prices and, during the half year ended 31st December last,
the Association lost over half a million dollars (East Caribbean)
on its trading.

RFG said Mr. Renwick reported that "apart from a' problem of shipping
which he was optimistic could be cleared up, the prospects for sale
looked good".




BARBADOS GOVERNMENT BUYS LODGE SCHOOL

The Government of Barbados has purchased the "Lodge" Secondary
School and part of the acreage attached to the Anglican Theolog-
ical College at Codrington, Barbados.

This was disclosed on October 2nd by His Grace the Archbishop of
the Anglican Province of the Westindies, the most Reverend Cuth-
bert Woodroffe, as he wouhd up a week of celebrations in Grenada
of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Province of
the Westindies.

Codrington College was founded as a Grammar School in 1745 by the
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG). It is located
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Christopher Codrington III, and it operated as a Grammar School
until 1830 when it became a Theological College in accordance with
the wishes of Mr. Codrington.

The Grammar School was then transferred to a "Lodge" or residence
on the estates, and it is this school with acreage around it which
has been acquired by the Barbados Government.

The Archbishop said the Codrington Trust, which until recently has
been administered by the SPG ( now United SPG) from London, is now
being administered by the Anglican Province of the Westindies. In
the past, there have been financial difficulties in operating the
College, he said, but he believed the sale of Lodge School has solv
-ed this problem.

"The Government of Barbados has purchased a good portion of land of
the Codrington Estates" Archbishop Woodroffe said, "and that sum of
money should provide us with a reasonable endowment for the College"

With reference to the 100th anniversary celebrations of the estab-
lishment of the province, for which 9 Provincial Bishops visited
Grenada, the Archbishop said the greatest achievement of the century
has been the fact that all 10 Bishops of the Province are now in-
digenous.

"Up to 1969 there was only one Westindian Bishop", he said, "now
there are all Westindian Bishops. This is possibly the most not-
able feature of our performance in the 100 years, the transfer of
the administration of the Church into Caribbean hands".

Archbishop Woodroffe said his hope is that, in the coming years,
the Christian Church will become the instrument for unification of
the Caribbean people. The Anglican Church of the Province of the
Westindies, the Antilles Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops and
the Methodist Conference with headquarters in Antigua, he said,
have shown there can be unity of Caribbean people.

'If our politicians would learn from our Bishops", the Archbishop
said, "they probably would see how the Caribbean, as a political
entity, can come to be one people".

The provincial centenary celebrations began in the Diocese of Bel-
ize in January. They have since been continued in Antigua in Ap-
ril, in Trinidad & Tobago in May, the Bahamas in June, Barbados in
July, in Guyana in August.

The Bishops will convene again in Jamaica on November 20th for the
final week of celebrations.


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The Bishop of Guyana was unable to attend the celebrations in
Grenada due to the death, just before his departure, of his Dean
in an automobile accident.
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Cynthia Hughes
8th October 1983


Printed & Published by the Proprietors
Alister & Cynthia Hughes, Journalists
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