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The Grenada newsletter
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
Creation Date:
February 2, 1980
twenty no. a year
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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Week Ending 2.2 0 : THE, GRENADA .NESLBEBR Page 3

"We want to make known", the Prime Mihister said, "that it is our

\ firm view that, in any. event, this process of external aggression

against the revolution in Afganistan was not a December 1979 phen-

omenon, lut has been going on for all of the 18 months that the

revolution was in power and was greatly stepped up after the revolu-

tion in Iran last year."

Mr. Bishop said the combination of Afganistan and Iran "was just-.

simply too much for imperialism", which had "well made plans of en-

circlement of the Soviet Union, not jt in terms of a passage, not
just in terms of the critical question of energy, but also in terms

of nuclear encirclement and containment." [,

More Difficult

The key, military, bases relative to that region had "collapsed over-

night",;.,h, Prime Minister said, and it meant the end of military

bas. s.,.nd "1the question of. moving troops from America to the Soviet

Union had become that much more difficult".

"This" is 'alo what' explain the stepped' up rapproachaent between

the Americans and the Chinese", he said, "so as to put 1urtihr pre-

ssure on the Soviet .Union from a different border of that country.-
A. A A .. . .

Mr. Bishopisaid also there had been increased military spending

amnog :~AT8 countries before the- Afganistan revolution., -" In Novem-

ber', "and again in December, tNie countries of NATO, responding to

pressure from America, had greatly stepped up their military spend

-ing and to get more nuclear warheads to be-aimed-at the Soviet:

Union", he said. .

He said also that increased military spending in the Middle East

by the' United States had preceded the Afganistan revolution and

that it had already been agreed to. more than double the .military

spending in Israel and to "spend considerable .sume in Egypt, Soma-

lia and Morocco. "What happened after Afganistan", he said, "was

a greater rush to try to find new military bases, again in Somalia,
in Pakistan, in Oman and countries like that."

continued -
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Page 4 THE GRENA Endi .4- 2 .

"This clearly tells us that there has been this contest going

b on for some time" Mr. Bishop said, "This great rush on the part

of imperialism to try to secure the Middle East because of its

energy supplies, because of its strategic location and, critical

-ly, because it forms a natural border, an important border with

;the Soviet Union".

He said this has been going on for some time and "Afganistan

in terms of 1979 is only a ery small part." He thought that
what is more important is "Afganistan in terms of April 1978

land Iran in terms of Early 1979."

Fact Sheet

!A "Fact Sheet on Afganistan" published by the Government Infor-

imation Services on January 7th says 'the United Stat'es Centrl '

i Intelligence Agency (CIA), together with th 'Special Srces

of the British and Chinese, trained, armed and'sent"ltd"Afgan. '

istan "criminal gangs of terrorists, landlords', money-lenders '

San. other, elements. who,% after the Apr.i ;Rv.lutiop, lost the .
A i >-..V fu i ,; : .
Sppssibility ,fe exp:kaping thee Afgan pegol ."

;"At the time of the request for Soviet assistance", the sheet"

i s$y qver .' ,50!;QO counter-revolutionary., insurgents armed with,

heavy weapons had been infiltrated into Afganistan.. Pals have
Sreepeatiedly been; jade to Washington and London to stop sending front

iPakistan iato Afgap4itan military units armed with Western Weap-

Sos,' tehd thus eon i.rterferenoe in,.Afgan affairs and give up the

'plans to stifle the Afgan Revolution."

ITth'-"-'tct Sheet" says that-, if Britain and the United:,States

^oa8 -ideba these esallis, p-"the. Government of the young- idepend-,

'ent republic would not have had: to turn fopr military aid",; and

:'iace "and tranquility wbuld have prevailed .in Afganistan.

:"But this did not happen", the sheet says. "Political bandits

sent by the West, in their frenzy and fury, burned entire vtil-

ages to the ground, massacred whole families, put out eyes and
cut off the hands of patriots of the People's Power without
sparing even old people, women or children. This is well

Week Endng 2.80.. THE GRlt Page 5

known,, 4i Washingtqn and othte Western capital and there is no

question of this."

Accusations .'
Describing the "character of the Hafizullah Amin regime", the sheet

makes several accusation nis. Among these are that the Amii regime

made "contracts with Western countries via the CIA- to purchase

Naplam in Dce~iber 19&9 for use against a tribe in Afganistan. '

The sheet says also that the Abin regime imprisoned and executed

without trial thousands of the intelligentsia, Muslim clergy, peas-

ants and public figures.

The sheet -says that "the US campaign, of, .propaganda" is a maneuver

to take -the eyes of th- world off. the build-up of military strength

in the Indian Odean. Accordi ng t.d tf? sheet, the US also wants

to take the eyes :of the wodrldd' off -the NATO desire to put ,nuclear

weapons 'in West Germany, and enhance President;.Jimmy Carter,"s,

chances of re-election in the coming.,Novembr .1980 presidential

elections. : .

The US campaign is also aimed at the re-arming of Pakistan "to the

tune of $100 million in most modern military weapons including.

missiles', and to pressure other countries .'in the .region tto secure

bases to militarise the Indian Ocean and. oil region.t : '-

S-. (133 words)


SA writ has been filed in the Registry of the Supreme Count of

Trinidad & Tobago by the People's Revolutianary Government (PRG)

against the Trinidad. Publishing Co. Ltd4,, publishers of the "Guard

,-ian" newspaper -

The writ was filed on January 10th by the legal firm of Roberts,

Primus,, Philipps & Co, acting on behalf of the PRG.

i -. .
This action arises from a story published in the "Guardian" on

January 9th under the headline of "Grenada Training Trinidad Guer-

rillas". The story'alleges that more than 200 Trinidadians
.. continued -

"- ^ **" '"

THE GRa_______8_ Weer Si 0 :

being tranlne jn drenaa as guerrifa i-ali%-id w{riteilie

!tRG has bran.dd as "ah outrageous and malicidus I'J ''r

iThe "Gua rdian" story claimed to be reporting information re-

ceived from a senior official of the Trinidad & Tobago Govern-

ment, and a press release issued by the Governmenhf formation

iServices on January 10th said the Grenada Minis try of External

Affairs has contacted its counterpart in Trinidad with a view to

having the statement retracted.

;"-Tt has been further r requested the release said, "that appro-.

fprdate steps be taken.:immediately to ensure that, if a; senior

official of Government did in -.act support such a publication,

th9es4eouMi be cal'led;!updn to publicly withdraw the allegations

whiJh are entirely false,-,top ipub.licly,,apQlogise- to the. Govern-

= 4nt .iG Grenada -and. iif :there was reliance, on any soWyce, e4.q-

;publicly state the source of this information."

STMe; release said that, in ,respect. of. the Caribbean News Agency

(CANA) reprinting the. 'Guardian" article, the PRR3 is$, ntempla-.

tting the type of action to b.. taken,. It advised other media

that "reprinting of libel: is also libel".

S. (265 words)


The Government of Grenada spent a total sum ,f EC$64.6 mi.lion.:

idoQllars in its o.pera'tiont s for the period January 1st.979 to -

IDecember 31st 1979. This is disclosed by People's, Igw Number.,"'.

1100 of 31st December 1979, the "Appropriation Law'1979 which

was gazetted on January 4th 1980.

According to the schedule to this law, the largest xpAenditure

was made by the Ministry of Communications,% Works &"Labour.

This-Ministry spent EC$11.6 million. Th qn t llghest expend-,

iture was EC$10.7 million, made by the Ministry of Education
A co h ued,-

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Week Eding 2.2 .80 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 7
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Social Affairs, Youth -.-velopment & Sport. The sum of EC$10.1

million went to charges on account of the public debt.

The Grenada Military Force, whiCh was-'stablished by the Gairy re-
gime and disbanded on March 13th by;the People's RevolutiQnazy Gov-"
ernment, absorbed EC$18 6,500.00. The sui af- EC$2.7; trillion was
spent on ifs' re placement, the People 's Revolutionary Army. The :
cost of the Police Force was EC$4.7 million. (160 wids)
f, (160 werds)
l Schedule of Appropriat'ion .Law 1979
Vote:. NO. Recurrent. Capital. Total
1. Governor General EC$ 128,400 2100OO 149,700
S2., Parliament 117,700 117, 700
S2A National Secretariat 1771,300 177,300
SSupreme ,Court .248,800 248,800 i
AA Magistracy 231,000 231,000
4 Legal : 130 800 130,800
5,.. Audit 94,300 94,300
4 6 Public Service Commission 95,900 9$,00O
! 10 Prme" Minis ter 1,680,400 228,'500 1,908,00
10A Overseas Representation 947,40000 1,70 965,1 00
11. Police 4,384,200 329,800 4,714,000
11A Grenada Military Force 186,500''b 186T,5b00
12 *Prisons '. 98,400 63,200 641,600
13 Radio Free Grenada 325,800 70,500 396,300
S14 People's Rvoblutionar y -.
Army 2,201,100 519,600 2,720,700
I 20 *Ministry of Finance,Trade
SIndustry & .Planning... 3,557,709. 1,560,000 5,067,700
21 Pensions & Gratuities 'i ,100,000 2,100 .06
S221\ Charges on Account of '
i the Public Debt 10,103,600 10,103,600
S30s Ministry of Communica- 4 )t
Stions, Works & Labour 7,518,100 4,136,800 11,654,900
31 Post Office 499,900 49,066 548,900
40 iitry of Education,., .
Social Affairs Youth
'Dvelopment & SportV 10,712,500' 63,40Q2 10,775,900,
S50 Ministry of Health
: :'& losing 6,901,600 463,400 7,365,0QO
6Q0 K Ministry. of, igrXicul.-. .
t re, Forest4y, Fish-' '." i "
A_ & Tourilo, 3,236,500 978,100 4.214.600
56,157 ,900 8,451,300 64,609,200
The abbe e hose published. It should be note
That, the r capital figures of votes 12 and 20 do not
Balance wisu thtl totts g, res0e4tiv 1r$20 000 and
j" $50,000 more W he totals. This difference is reflected in'
Sthe sum total his table.

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age TAjHE GRJ DA lSW E-R' Vieek EBdirin2-2'- --.

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Informed sources dose to the agricultural sector of the isiUnd

have expressed grave doubt ovet theviability ofGrqnada 's Ban-

ama InlaEdvstzr. Foreign exchange earnings showed an increase of

some : i*%iinqa979.-above the 1978 figure, but it has been pointed,

out .that this is-insufficient to compensate for increased prices

forced on producers by inflation.
,. ."
Together with St. Vincent,.'St. Lucia and Dominica, Grenada sell,
i4 entire ~aaina crop in.Britain through a single buyer, Geest-i.Ji

Indus ries Ltd. F.O.B. prices are calculated on each shipment

based on the "Green Boat Price" in Britain, and these prices are

affected by current freight rates and other factors/-

During last year, the highest rate paid to the Grenada Banana +.

Cooperative Society(GBCS) by Geest was ECC40.013 per pound and

the lowest, EC026,112 per pound. The average over the year

was BCw31.778 per pound and, accedingng' to NEWSLETTER's sources:,

approximately ECO17 per. pound goes to the producer after deduct
-ion of administrative and .other expenses.

"The cost of producing a pound of bananas; in, Grenada is close

to (if it does not exceed) seventeen cents", the sources said,

"and it is essential that careful consideration be given now to

the future of the Banana Industry."

Another concern in the industry isthe weight of bazianas ship-

Sped.annually. In 1977 this weight was 31.9 million pounds

and it fell to 31.3 million 1978. In 1979,- total

, -weight shipped was only 30,.9 million pounds.
Reasons ...
See'ral' reasons are given fork this drop, one factor :being the

difficulty of forecasting the crop in the Windward Islahds ac-

curately. Freight spae i .provided by the buye n'd ech

island is allocated a quota. p. tie. basis of n forecast but,

as ha bhappened when the pr.op xqeeds the &st, reaped
S** *' .- T .. .. :
fruit must remain unshipped.. .. +;
continued -

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Week Bnding ~,2.80' 'THE GRENADA iNWS~ Page 9

Additionally, drought has hampered production ovey'the last four
years. ThitS factor, bver certain periods, has prevented Grenada

from reaching its allowed tuota with a consequent loss in poundage


The forecast for the Industry in 1980 is not encouraging. 'Since

November last, very heavy rains have been experienced and this re-

suited in considerable "leaching", the washing away of fertilizer

from the fields, Fertiliser is being replaced but the crop is ex-

pected to be both delayed and reduced,

Another consequence of the rains is that banana plantations are
now being subjected to disease. Reports from the Windward I.lands

Barana Growers Association (WINBAN) say that, in St. Vincent, St.

Lucia,,Dominica and Grenada there is a greater incidence of "leaf-

spot" disease than usual. The heavy rains have provided ideal

Conditions for development of this disease and have prevented effi.

-cient aerial spraying.

Concerning costs, NEWSLfTTER has been advised that, among other

items, producers will have to ay more for fektiliser And the cart-

dns in -the fruit is packed. The fertilizer increase was

ht quoted but it is said that, while the cost of .the cartons was

Sbud A ed for at BC6.6 per pound in 1979, this figure will rise

to'EC09 in 1980.

Toal foreign exchange earnings by the Banana Industry in the years

1977, 1978 and 1979 were respectively EC$8.5 million, EC$9.4 mill-

ion and EC$9.8 million.

(537 words)


The heavy rains in Grenada since last November have caused estimates

-ed damage of EC$32 million dollars. This figure was given by

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop in a national broadcast on January

14th, and he divided this loss into EC$20 million done to communi-L

cations and works, and EC$12 million to agriculture.
S- continued -

Page 10

Week Ending 2.2.80 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 11

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The Prime Ministe ca1 ed on.Grenadians not to. allow this bl to
,51 on- Gr.* . ,, o. *. b.
deprTss and demoralise them. "The most distinctive quality of a

truly revolutionary people is the abi y to keep fighting-back
,*.. 'f? .-. ,..-,:fighting .ac
against all the odds", -he said. But he warned that "if the truth

is to be told, things could get worse before they become better."

He felt, however that "better they must come once we continue to

move forward as- one united determined and conscious- people" ,
-. . . l , i
POLE TO (451 wo MA


The Royal Grehada Police force is to have a new image according to

a news story in the February 2nd issue of the Government owned

"Free West Indian".

Reporting an interview with recently appointed Deputy Commissioner

of Police lan St. Bernard, the paper said he hoped to educate the

country about the Police Service and the Police Service about the

country. "Both sides will be geared towards building a Police

Service that is not separated from the people", he said.

Deputy Commissioner. of Police St,. Bernard,, who is ;a frmer Captain

in the People's Revolutionary Army, expects to. trin some 3Q police

.-Acers eacti'wVkk fbr the next six months. Training will in-

clude a historical look at the deVtOlopfient of the island's society

and foreign pdlicy.. Classes w.ll, also insider the, question, What

is destabilizAtion? ,

According to Mr. St. Bernard, the Police Service should understand

thy ideals of the revolution, be able to defend the people, be able

to work along wibh other security services for the defence of Gr6-

nada, be totally opposed to violent suppression and oppramaint,

and understand exploitation of working people.

.. .(186.:words)

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Sales of Goverhnment bnds for the Oonstruction of the island s

interriatioial airport passe'rthe quarter million dollar (EC)

mark With the pUrchase by British American Insukance Co. Ltd.of


A release from the G *etnment Infotvmation Service says this was

the biggest individual purchase to January 21st when the Company
handed the money over to the Mihifster of Finance, Mr. Bernard


Another large purchase was made by the Directors of Spice Island

Inn Ltd. That purchase was made On January 10th and the money

I was handed over to Prime Minister Bishop by a delegation from

Sthe Board cf DirectOrs headed by Mr. Peter Otley, Chairman of
i "

Government Airport 'Bonds were put on sale last December 1st and

the sales target for these bonds is $EC30 million. The airport,

which will take about three years to build, is estimated to cost

some EC$60 million, towards which the Cuban Government is giving

I approximately EC$30 milliof'"in equipment, materials and."he ser-
vice 'o 'teChnic"i. ..
( 165 words)

: <*
SThe voluntary school repair programme organised by the Ministry

of Education over the period 4th to 19th January. was an unquali-

fied success. Miss Jacqueline Creft of the Ministry of Educa-

,tion, coordinator of the programme, disclosed this to NEWSLETTER

and said she was very pleased with the tremendousf and impress-

Sive" suipgort the programme had had.

"Over 4 000 'peooile were involved, ih this volunteer effort", she

said, "and the Value of the services they rendered is estimated

at over BC$2 million."

continued -

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Week Ending 2. 2:M 80 rnTH WRENAAWSLETTER Page 15;
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Total ,Paonds
;Shipped to..
1 10,292,476

31,329,521 -
29,805,398 *
27,881,052 +
25,603,992 +
23,814,791 +
21,273,037 +
18,748,730 +
15,369,158 +
12,532,604 +
9,576,104 +
6,769,839 +

* 7.01%

3,711,002 + 44.72%

30,909, 92
25,996 '79i

- 1.34%
- 3.01%
- 6.76%
- 8.03%
- 9.86%
- 7.87%
- 11.73%
- 10.14%
- 11.98%
- 14.07%
- 10.55%

3,374,687 9

Total Dollaxs
Earned to....
1977 ,
6,874 ,142


2 ,530,502

+ 10464%.
+ 13.63%
+ 22.85%
+ 25.86%.
+ 30.85%
+ 34.31%
+ 34.26%
+ 52.03%
+ 50.59%
+ 57.59%
+ 57.57%
+ 89.72%

9,822,400 + 4.
9,274,319 + 3.
8,453,969 .+
7,695,367 +
6,995,465 -
6,301,442 + 1.
5,105,946 4,
4,148,878 "2'.
3,163,850 6.
2,246,667 11,
1,627,932 8.
922.307 4.




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'Page E280*
THE GREN *. 2. BC8

4% ..a NEWS9 SHORTS '^ ^ :'

Goard At WJ~sZaeeting
." sr'" , , 1
Minister of Finance Betnard4bard represents Grenada at the 15th
'inigteriai Meeting of the West'. Indies Asociated Council (WISA)
****: ,t S- * *
wbich- opened in .Ahtigua on January 10th. The meeting was. pre-

sided over by St. Lucia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affais, George Odium.
S .. .. (44 wo ds)

Jacobs Presentis Credentials

GrenAaaa.s A- assador to Cuba, Mr. Richard Jacobs, present -his .

cxedentias.i-..a Ha.Vana on January 21st to Cuban, Vice-President

Carlos Rafael Rodribues'.

; (21 words)

Radi. Takes Up Duties -. : .

t4r. Kendrick Radix, Attorngy General and Minister of aegal Af-

Sfairs., took up :te duties pf thsse office's on January1st. Mr.

Radix is. ajisoAmbassador to the United Nations and,. prior tto

SJanuary ls', ha- bee in- the. United Sttes in hhat connection.

Mrs' Lloyd NoeI,. who has been acting Attorney General and Minister

o e'ga~:.. .fai s, the United,.Kingdbm on a study course.
SMr. Jimmy Erauel, Charge d 'Affaires, now heads the Grenada ..

Permanent ~tssi4n t~o the UN.
S:. (81 wo ds). i

,f I:`. 4: :- S *
GrOnadA .Jins FAD
Gr iwda':s app1cdtion to join the Inteanational Fund for Agri-

cu ..a,: Devew pment (.IFAD) was approved on January 16th. Set

up two years ago by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting.

Countries.-(OPEC) to .assist third world countries, membership of
IRAD is divided into three categories. Category I is for Devel-

oped Countries, Category II .for Aveloping' Oil-producing Countries,

and Category *II ( within which Grenada falls) for Non-oil Pro-
ducing Countries.
(65 words)
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Week, Bndin 2A 8 '' T B,_dA"DA NBWS LETTER Paa geiT

I- .4 .,*1 *- 1." 1 .
Finance Experts Meet t'0ard *"

A team 6f financial expects from the Int national MoIary Fund,'.'
i~he World Bank and 0h vCaribbesn DeveopA nt- Bank held d us a J
on January 25th with Minister of Finance, Mr. Bernard Coard. Dis.- ;'
cussions benteied oh the n6ed for an emergency road repair

gramme following the heavy rain experienced since-"as't November, .

ian agricultural programme including agro-industries, "and a list df'
other -projects for presentation to the World Bank for possible fund

-ing byldoner countries and organizations. .
Sg i(74 words)
Grenada .oins CCA "

Grenada is now a full member of the Caribbean Conservation Associa-

tion (CCA). Thd document required for membership was signed
recently by Minister 'of Agrioulture, Tourism and FisheriS, 'Mr.

Unison Whiteman, and Grenada'sa mwbership has brought'to 8 the

number of. Government CCA members. Otber members a?, Bat bados
the Bri i ir in Islands, .e' French Antilles ,&.Cayenne, Mojitsi .'

rat,,'Guyaha, St. -iCts -Nevis and Venezuela.'-, ,
(64 Words)
Libyans Visit
i' .. ... -: S U '.
A four-man delegation led by Mr. Muftah SIh erif, Director- Geneal I
of. the. Libyan Economic Department held discussions with Prime
SMinister, Maurice Bishop last Decembpr. These discussions, includ-

ed pos sible s&Astance by Libya to construction pf the- ihterna on-
Sal airpQrt. The Team arrived on-December 17th and left non Demem-
ber 19th. .
S< (48 words) ,.

Coconut Indut-ry to be Reorganised .\

According -to a release from the Government I.formation Services,,
5 thousand Malayan' Dwarf Coconut plants were expected from St.
Vincent during Jauary for distribution to'.Grenada's small far~ is.
The Cocohut' Industry is affected by disease and these pantsnt" are"

expected to help to supplement the dwindling crop. The Ministry
l 4 ccontinued -1.
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Page ^8 THE *RIAfSt Week Endojig 2.2.80 *

of Agrcire in process pr orgahg he Pest Control,
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New ade. Links aSo ht .s a .. A ..

Th Gove, ..nment of aoc ata on ..e vice. (GSXSJ. ajthiounced. thost the
!' . ' ; .. : " "
S e Revoluti na ry Gov.err4 o king, for direct: .de
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osi ng 'oe r / .:$92 tS c ri- ti e init Bisa op

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S3tme Gre8t l poduc,.e o nti bu direc.y.. rom Ahe s3 .d...
" For exaiiol" thc P1id eMnister said, pHotlland Un6ught a loot
iof Grenada'l nutae ii and isolds the~tot^he Spvi...Union." He .-

I &bv
g ou t t at^.b'y~i~i~i~i~itheLco~opbund o thetfi~ npra p'o t h i dit
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wer ,ye .clie c'.elocat.d.'ir a t thei cWund of the General Hospital.
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Week Ending 2i.80 THE GRENAIEW Pe 19

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S.For the Week Eniding 2nd' Pebrutary '1980, ;
'.th -Year .of Publication: - 234th Idsue
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Algeria, Lybia and Syria are .to make substantial grants of money to
Grenada. This was disclosed by Prime Minister Maurice Bishop on
January 28th, the day after he returned from a three-week trip to t e
Middle East and Britain.

"We were -ablea to obtain .overall. .Comaittments ,of 10 million American
dollars4', he said,. "which., iin our money, would be -aboaut 27 million
dollars, a very substantial :sum: t!

Mr. Bishop left Grenada on January 4th at the head of an eight-memb r
delegation which included the Minister of Communications, Works & Lb
-our, Mr. Selwyn Strachan, officials of the Ministry of External af
fairs, and economists from the Ministry of Planning.

The visit to the Middle East countries was undertaken following inv-
tations issued to Grenada during the Non-Alligned Conferentc in Cub
last September and, original, Iraq was "included on the itirirary.
According to a release issued by the Government Informai6bn Servic s
however, that country was not visited because it was not possible t
coordinate, the timetable.

The Pime Minister told NEWslTT R that, in addition to the commit o
ments he had received for' monetary grants, the trip to the Middle
East had brought other benefits.
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Sto- a tiate on $.4p matter of soft loans", he
d t cart ghi you th 4 de ia r 4e 4 this
11 ing 1t k

Mr. Bishop adCg jqAint: venture :aghemeps ,n the, areas of fish-

Series, agiqUlure and agrp-oindp t;ies had been.mranged and

there had been the "usual,; of scholarships and training
at all level s.. .iThis includes areas like electricity, refrig-
eration antd-uaeh liken h* said, an, td t again will be very

S(immprtant i teras of- out continuing desperate -need for train-
i*2116f inoic Aftc aOce 'of our people." j

The Prime Minister said there are other areas in which there

might be further assistance rendered by Algeria, Lybia and Sy-
ria,, but he is unable:rti'.loseIetais at this time.

A0ter donmpleting the Middle .Bast section~Er his trip, Pries,

Minister Bishop arrived in London't n Jamnary 23rd. olloa xg
Public meetings and a press interview, the delegation returned

'to Grenada on January 27th.

(349 words)


SAt a Con January.. .28th, Prime Minister Maurice
i Bihqp sid that~ concerning the question of Soviet troops in

S,"fg1istan,. 1hs Government's approach "is not to get so much in-
ij tQ h4 question of invasion versus non-invasion".

His Government's view is that "there is 1'till not inodi i eif-
deanc to ndicate that what tok ..qe in Agganistan can proper-

i y be regarded as an invasion", and "there is enough evidence to
suggest that revolutionary forces in power in Afganistan did make
a request for assistance from the Soviet Union because they were

faced with external aggression and, as a result, the Soviet sent

i t *r* Co. nt ..ued- i
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People's Law number 95 off ee Decebr 21st > fakes k provision for the
fi catiorL of? allprtoperty belodning to Gilry. on the groundsv-

that they were acquired by iry "by means lfA corrTption and the

blatAnt abuse and Jisusea of powers f his' office". In a sched- '

ule pi~lished with that law, the seizure'of 9 pieces of real

estate was announced and a second -sdhqed.le announced seizure of

shared in a'Company he-id by Peter'-Otley for Gairy.

The new confiscation is made under a Statutory Rule & Order

(S R & O ) issued under Peple's Law 95, and also refers to

shares in a company held by Peter Otley for Gairy. The Order, .-

Idated 31st December and gazetted on January 4th coverss saAre,

Held by Peter Otley in Spice Island Inn Limited. Details of

,these shares are not included in the Order.

j .( 167, words)


"Prickly Bay" ( orL'ance atc Epines harbour) has, once nore,

been given the status of a port of entry for pleasure yac .

This has been effected by People's Law Number 2 of 1980 which is

both dated and gazetted 4th January

Prickly Bay which is the site of a marina was first made a -

port of entry for pleasure yachts in 1972. Late in December

11978, the Prickly Bay (Repeal) Act pa passed and i .was report

-ed thOen that the staffing and operation of a branch of the

Customs and IAmigration Departments was croatino -problems for


Aid.s reported that the port of entry status of Prickly Bay was

a great, boon to yachtsmen, and the reinstatement of .this facil-

ity Will be appreciated. .

S' (124 words)

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M-iss Creft said there are 66 primary schools in the State and Govern

-ment provided EC$20,00, of, materials to be used in,:the repair pro-

grae. In addition, the business c.a unity dOnated cash, paint

and building materials. valued. at some. :.$50,000,

(123 words) .


The Government Loan Committee has approved over 40 applications for

loans under the House Repair Programme announced by Minister of Fin-

ance Bernard Coard early last December.

IThis programme is part of an EC$7 million overall scheme to build

and repair houses for several categories of worker, the House Repair

programme being for the benefit of low income rural workers.

A release from the Government Information Service (GIS) on January

15th states that, at that date, two of the approved applicants had

already received material to effect repairs. To qualify for a

loan under this scheme, the applicant must not earn more than

EC$150 p month and loans will not exceed EC$1000. Only two

thirds of the loan is repayable, the other third being treated as

a grant.

The QJS release says "Workers Committees" have been set up at work

places to process loans under this programme. These Committees

estimate the value of the material needed and ensure that appli-

cants repay the loans.

(163 words) ,

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The People's Revolutionary Government has seized morq property be-

longing to deposed Prime Minister Eric Matthew Gairy, this confis-

cation being in addition to property taken last month.
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