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Volume 6 Number 18
For The.Week.Ending August 26th 1978
6th Year Of Publication - 182nd Issue

The Grenada Agricultural & Industrial Development Corporation

(GAIDC) has. outlived its usefulness and the Act creating it should

be repealed.

This opinion was expressed by prominent Grenada buisnessman,

Mr D M B Cromwell, in an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER

today (24th). Mr Cromwell said "recent events" had brought

him to this conclusion and, with effect from August 19th, he had

resigned from the Board of Directors of GAIDC.

The "recent events" referred to by Mr Cromwell began at a meeting

of some 50 businessmen with Prime Minister GaFry at Holiday Inn

on Friday August 18th. At that meeting, Mr Gairy outlined

a plan he called "Project Industrialisation & Employment

Bootstring" which he said was designed to lift Grenada'e economy

to a level of self-sufficiency and provide employment for :'. -,- v

thousands of young people.

Mr Gairy told the meeting that, in furthering this plan,

Government is prepared to protect local manufacturers with tariffs

and quantitative restrictions. He said also that Government

would take shares in any industry up to a level of 49%, these

shares taking the form of provision of the factory site, factory

shell or management expertise.
No Overseas Aid
The meeting was presented with a list of several possible

industries including Animal Feed, Black Coral, Glass, Engraving

& Printing, Fish Processing, Hydro-Electricity, Rope from sisal

and Dried Fruit. These industries, the Prime Minister said,

should be financed with local capital and no overseas aid will be

sought. "V

After dsi'usaion. -b e'ma elFM elected a committee of nine to

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make recommendations to Government for implementing the

industrialization of the island, and Mr Fred Toppin, Managing

Director of Jonas browne & Hubbard Ltd, was made Chairman.

Other members of the Committee are Sir Dennis Henry, Mesars

Ben Davis, L A Purcell, Coswin Cortnby, Bill Renwick, Douglas

Stone, Richard Grey and B Wilcox.

This Committee is to present its recommendations to a much

larger meeting to be held on Friday (25th) and invitations have

been sent to over 500 people. These invitations said Mr Gairy

would put forward proposals for "a programme designed to channel

local resources, finance and materials, into some 25 industries

and so create jobs for over two thousand unemployed persons."

ir Cromwell was nominated to serve on GAIDC by the Chamber of

Commerce, and his view is shared by some Chamber circles who see

ar Gairy's move as by-passing the CAIDO which was created by Act

11 of 1976. Under that Act, the Corporation is authorised

to "assist persons in establishing, carrying on or expanding

development enterprises by participating in share capital,

granting loans and providing other forms of financial assistance

to such persona."

GAIDO's duty is to "foster the development of money and capital

markets in "renada", and to "mobilize and co-ordinate valuable

resources to be utilised in financing industrial and agricultural

projects in Grenada."
There have been reports that members of GAIDC have been

concerned that negotiations for development projects have not

been channeled through the Corporation and, in his interview

with NEWSLETTER, Mr Cromwell said he had been put out by the

fact that Government had not permitted GAIDC to operate as it


He said that, during his term of office on the GAIDC Board of

Directors, the Corporation had not been allowed to promote the

industrialization of the State effectively, and the Board had

"'set about to bring to the notice of Government that we were

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just playing about like little children". '"AIDC never did
perform its function", he said, "and members were now insisting-

that the operation of the Corporation be made effective."

"We, the members of the Board of Directors of the (renada

Agricultural and Industrial Corporation were kept in the dark",

he said, "and we had to hear it 6vEr Radio Grenada that a flour

mill is to be set up in Grenada and that negotiations are in

progress for a cement factory and other development enterprises

to come to the island."

Mr Cromwell said he was not prepared to disclose the contents of

a letter sent recently by the GAIDC Board of Directors to the

Minister of Finance, nor would he say that this letter had
anything to do with the fact that the Prime Minister is holding

meetings now with businessmen on industrialisation. He did feel,

however, that, no matter what had been tolerated for a while, the

time must come when "fundamentals have to be cleared up."
No Conflict
NEWSLETTER spoke today (24th) with Mr Pred Toppin, Chairman of the

Committee appointed to make recommendations on industrialisation.

Mr Toppin said he did not know that Mr Cromwell had resigned from

GAIDC and he did not see that his Committee conflicted with the


"My Committee has been appointed merely to examine a list of

industries and to make recommendations on priorities to a meeting

to be held tomorrow", he said, "and after those recommendations

have been made, my Committee will die." Mr Toppin said he

did not know what the functions of tomorrow's meeting will be and

whether they will conflict with GAIDC, but he pointed out that

the Chairman of GAIDC, Mr Ben Davis, is a member of his committee.

NEWHLETTER spoke also with Mr Geoffrey Thompson, President of the

Chamber, who said the Chamber had received a letter from

Mr Cromwell advising that he had resigned from GAIDC. The
Chamber President said he had had a brief discussion on the matter

with Mr Cromwell but, while Mr Cromwell haS said there was

dissatisfaction n with the way the Corporation was being run, the

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Chamber did not have full details of the reason for Mr Conmwell's


MiThOanson said his Committee of Management met on Wednesday

(23rd) and had appointed him to replace Mr Cromwell on' GAIDC.
"I have not yet officially accepted this appointment", he said,
"because, among other things, I dent know'whether there will be

a conflict of interest between my membership of the Corporation

and being President of the Chamber".

Mr Thompson said Mr Cromwell had promised to give him details

of the reasons for his resignation and, when the Chamber had

these details, he would be in a position to make a statement.
(1013 word)


Prime Minister Gairy returned from his trip to the Par East on
August 12th. "his trip, which took in Barbados, New York, London,

New Delhi, Hong Kong and Taiwan where one week was spent. The
visit to Taiwan has been described as a "State Visit" and, on the

return journey, asops were made at Hong Kong, Bombay, London and

New York before arrival at Grenada.

The Government owned newspaper, "West Indian", reports that the

Taiwan Government has agreed to send a mission to Grenada to examine

areas in which Taiwan can offer economic, technical and training

assistance. The paper also defends Mr Gairy's trips abroad.

"Although there are a few who unthinkingly criticise the trips made

abroad by the Prime Minister", it says, "it must be pointed out that,

in his efforts to eradicate the bad name given to Grenada and our dear

people by the unpatriotic JEWEL (the main Opposition Party Editor
NEWiSLTER) and their kind, it is necessary, from time to time, for

our Prime Minister to travel abroad to project Grenada as a place rich
in potential industrial, touristic and otherwise and its people

hard working, friendly and hospitable."

The "West Indian" continues, "It is high time that Grenadians

become conscious of the fact that it is in our beat interests

t-t establish close relationships with wealthy countries which
(contS ~ued)

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accept and subscribe to the principles of democracy and human

(236 words)


The Grenada Police Training School reopened on Monday (21st) with

46 recruits. Started in 1945 by two Nigerian Police Officers
seconded to Grenada for a two-year term, the School has not

operated since the unexplained departure of these Police Officers

one year ahead of schedule.
(46 words)


An informed source has advised NWWSLETTER that a group of

Iranian businessmen is negotiating for the purchase of a large

tract of land at Point Saline on Grenada's southern peninsular.

The land is the property of Julien Finance Co Ltd of which Mrs
Ena Julien is Managing Director, and it is reported that the deal

involves 116 acres for the price of 820,500.

Mrs Julien, who was in Grenada recently, is reported to be
unwilling to give information about the transaction, but 1- 1 li,-
NEWSLETTER's source says the Iranian businessmen are oil magnates.

Prime Minister Gairy recently purchased a five acre lot at Point

Saline from the Julien Finance Co Ltd for EC$200,000.
(111 words)


A new Grenada newspaper, the "Weatindian Crusader", had its first

publication on Tuesday August ist. A weekly, the "Crusader"

is to be published every Friday under the editorship of a

Grenadian, Mr Eslee Carberry.

In its first editorial, the "Crusader" answers the question, "Why

another paper ?", and says "there is always room for another, for

another opinion, for another reflection of the issues around us,

for another voice in the community." It is the "Crusader's"
intention, it says, "to be a sane, responsible paper, worthy of

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community support.

The first issue of the "Crusader" was printed by Grenada

.Publishers Ltd, publishers of the "Torchlight" newspaper.
Subsequent issues of the "Crusader" have been printed by
Horizon printers Ltd, a company owned by Prime Minister

Gairy's Grenada United Labour Party. '
(1.25 words)


The total assets of the East Caribbean Currency Authority (ECCA)

at 30th April were EC$192.3 million. Of this, EC0161.6
million were in external assets and ECCA held EC$26.1 million
in securities of participating Governments.

The full ECCA statement of assets and liabilities at 30th

April 1978, published in the Grenada Government Gazette of
August 18th, is as follows :-

Demand Liabilities
Notes in circulation
Coin in circulation
Bankers' Balances
Unpresented cheques
International Organisations
Bankers' Deposits
General Reserve
Special Reserve
Other liabilities

673.416 95,597,633

External Assets
Fixed Deposits & money at call EC$109,887,430
Securities 47,768,998
Regional Securities 2,959,144
Bankers Balances 1.050.489 161,666,061
Internal Assets
participatingg Governments Seourities
including Treasury Bills 26,151,303
Other Assets 4,540,319




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Dr Everard Hosein, 33, until recently Acting Director of the
Institute of Mass Communications at the Mona campus of the

University of the West Indies, visited Grenada .this week on

behalf of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

After a four year period of service with the Institute, Dr Hosein
took up an appointment on July is$ as Communications Consultant

with IPPF, and is now stationed in New York. His current

assignment started on August 9th when he visited Jamaica, and he

called at St.Thomas, UBVI; before arriving in Grenada on Monday


In an exclusive interview with NEWVSLETTER on Tuesday (22nd),

Dr Hosein said the main objective of his visit to Grenada was

to explore the feasibility of a survey on adolescent sexuality

and pregnancy. "We want to find out why so many teenagers are
getting pregnant when the facilities and advice of family

planning clinics are available to them", he said.

Dr Hosein said that in order to plan programmes it is necessary

to have information and, to this end, IPPF will arrange and pay
for a survey in Grenada and one in Panama. He thought the

field work on the rrenada survey would take about two months and

that some 1,000 interviews would have to be done on a random

sample basis. Twenty field workers would be needed for the

"We're trying to make this a practical study", Dr Hosein said,

"because we don't want it to be just another document lying on the

desk. We want it to Provide the sort of information that will

help Family Planning Associations and other organisation that
want to plan programmes of activities involving teenagers."

Dr Hoaein left for Trinidad yesterday (24th) and will return to

New York on August 27th.
(293 words)

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Teachers at the Presbyterian Church McDonald College appealed
to parents today (24th) to back their demands that the

Administrative Committee of the College get money immediately
to pay teachers' salaries.

In a press release issued today, the teachers said they were

to',receive holiday pay for July and August by the second week

in July "as is the custom", and they had a written promise

that back-pay for January to April would be given no later

than July 31st.

The release said tha&, to date (24th), the teachers had not
received holiday pay, back pay or their salaries for July, and

they had had no explanation from the School Authorities as to

why they had not been paid. "When contacted by the staff",
the release said, "the Chairman of the Administrative

Committee, Mr Roy Williams, stated that the College cannot pay

teachers because it has not been able to obtain a bank loan with

which to do so."

The teachers express the opinion that this is "gross incompetence

and lack of consideration for the staff", and an appeal is

made to parents to join the demand that money be obtained for
the immediate payment of salaries.

When NEWSLETTER spoke with Mr Roy Williams today(24th), he

confirmed that salaries for July have not yet been paid but

he denied that a written promise had been given to give the

back-pay by July 31st. "What we said in our letter to the

teachers is that we would endeavour to pay them by July 31st",

he said, "and we never made a definite promise to pay them by
any date."

Mr Williams said efforts are still being made to get a loan to

pay salaries and back-pay but these efforts have not yet been
successful. "The College is in a bad way financially",

Mr Williams said, "and we have been begging money from abroad
to keep going, but what we have got is not enough to meet our

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Mr Williams said that, since 1974, McDonald College ha. not beea

Government grant aided but that, from next month, the College will

receive a Government grant. "1his will put-us in a position to

take care of our commitments", he said, "and, in the mean time,

we await replies to requests we have made abroad for financial


A source close to the teachers told hEWSLETTER that the College

will need about EC#47,000 to meet salaries to date and back pay

from January.

The problem at McDonald College is related to that which faced 7

other secondary schools earlier this year. These are

Government grant-aided schools and the School Board said they were

unable to meet teachers' demands for higher salaries unless they

were allowed to raise school fees (frozen at EC$30 per term by

Government) or Government increased the grant.

The teachers organised a "sick-out" and then Government intervened,

giving grants which allowed the Boards to pay the increased

salaries to August with back pay from January. Government

said it would give further grants from September after the

accounts df the schools had been examined.

It is expected, however, that when the schools reopen in September,

the confrontation between the teachers and the School Boards will

reappear. The teachers' demands were that they should be

treated equally with teachers at the Government owned Grenada

Boys' Secondary School who received higher salaries with effect

from January let 1975. The grants given by Government this

year allowed for payment of back pay from January 1st 1978 only,

and it is expected that, when the schools reopen, the matter will

be taken up by the teachers again.
(599 words)

Alister Hughes
THE uRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 26.8.78
Page 10


Six hundred students are now enrolled at the St.Georgea

University School of Medicine which opened its fourth

semester on Monday (21st). Among these are 185 freshmen

and the School now has students from Canada, Czechoslovakia,

Greece, Guyana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Indla, Iran, Jamaica,

Nigeria, Pakistan, Rhodesia, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand,

Trinidad and the USA.

The School of Medicine opened on January 17th last year with

an enrollment of 195. According to a "Foreign Student

Bulletin" put out by the School, the institution is recognized

by the United States Department of Health and Welfare and by
the World Health Organisation.

Tuition fee per semester is U8$2,250 and dormitory fee per

semester is US$400. Many students, however, do not live-in

and it is reported that their competition for housing has

pushed rentals up considerably.

The School's curriculum is comprised of nine semesters to be

completed in 4' years. At the end of that period, the

degree of Doctor of Medicine will be awarded since, says the

Bulletin, "no further internship or social service is required."

The fourth semester, now commencing, will cover Pharmacology,

Haematological Studies, Microbiology and the first part of


The School is expected to graduate its first doctors at the end

of the semester which starts in January 1981.
(21.2 words)


Dr Ethelstan Friday, Consultant Surgeon at Urenada's General

Hospital, has been appointed professor of Surgery at the

St.Georges University School of Medicine.

? Friday's appointment took effect from Monday (21st) when


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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week landing 26.8.78
Page 11
the School's semester began and, with effect from the same date,

Dr Friday will also be Associate Dean of Clinical Studies at the


Dr Friday joined the staff of the University last year and
assisted with clinical work. NLWSLETTER understands that he

will maintain his post at the Genefeal Hospital and continue to

run his private clinic. Dr Friday is away from the State now.
(98 words)


Mr Jerome McBarnette of the Education Department left Urenada on

Tuesday (22nd) for the United States where he will study

Curriculum Planning at Louisville University in Kentucky.

Mr McBarnette will persue these studies on one of two fellowships

granted by the Organisation of American States (OAS). The
other fellowship has betn awarded to Mr John Wright, also of the

Education Department.

Mr Wright, who left 7renada on August 15th, is attending courses
in the field of Education at Temple University in Philadelphia,

(79 words)


T'he football seminar, now being conducted in Grenada by a four-

man team from the International Football Federation (Federation
International de Football Association FIFA), is the 78th such

seminar organized by FIFA on a world wide basis in cooperation

with the Coca-Cola Company.

This was disclosed by Mr Heinz Marotzke, leader of the FIbA team,

in an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER before the seminar
opened on Monday (21st). "These seminars all cover the fields

of Administration, Coaching, Refereeing and Sports Medicine",
Mr Marotake said, "because we feel that the development of locker

depends on those four sources."

Mr Marotzke, who is in charge of Coaching, said the more

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developed football countries provide the experts who conduct

the seminars in the less developed countries. In this

connection, the British Football Association supplied Mr Stanley

Lover and Dr David Muckle who cover Refereeing and Sports

Medicine respectively, and Mr VojislaV Bizic of Yugoslavia

deals with Sports Administration. Mr Marotake is from


"I hope that Grenada, being a new member of the World Football

Association, will take this seminar as a first step on the

international stage", Mr Marotzke said, "and then develop

football in order to be able to compete on equal terms with

her neighbour countries."

Mr Marptzke said FIFA is divided into 6 sections of the world

and there are now 146 members. Grenada falls into the

North American, Central American and Caribaban section

(Confederacion Norte-Centroamericana Y Del Caribe Futbol -

CONCACAF) in which there are 23 members. The Asia section

has 35 members, Europe 34, Oceana 4, South America 10 and

Africa 40.

The seminar in Grenada ends on Saturday (26th) and the FIFA

tean flies out the next day.
(278 words)
********* *


Mr Curtis Stewart, President of the Grenada Technical & Allied

Workers Union (TAWU) and coordinator of regional training

programmes for the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) and the

Americal Institute for Free Labour Development (AIFLD),

returned to the island on Monday (21st).

Mr Stewart was Resident Coordinator for a 5-week AIPLD course

which began in Washington on Jun. 20th and which was attended

by 18 Caribbean tradeunion students drawn from Antigua,

Barbados, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St.Kitts,

St.Lucia, St.Martin, St.Vincent, Surinam and Trinidad & Tobago.


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The theme of the course was "New Conoepts In Labour Relations"
and Mr Stewart told NEWSLETTER that it had been a successful
undertaking. The closing ceremony on August 3rd was attended
by the Directors of AIFLD. Mr Burns Bonadie, OCL Secretary,
delivered the feature address.
(122 words)
stum tstm

The Grenada Banana Cooperative Society will stage a competition

next February among banana producers. This competition will be
similar to one held recently in St.Lucia and it is likely that
such competitions will be held also in St.Vincent and Dominica.

According to a release from the Windward Islands Banana
Association (WINBAN), the St.Lucia competition was organised with
competitors divided into 6 groups depending on their banana sales

in 1977 to the St.Lucia Banana Growers Association. Judging
was carried out over a week by members of the Banana Development
Plan Extension staff, and ]pgck. were awarded on such points as
plant vigour, field sanitation, weed control, drainage and general
field appearance.

It took another week to screen the top scoring competitors to a
field of 18 finalists who will share some EC010,000 worth of
(140 words)


Total weight shipped in 1977 31,956,783 1bs
Total weight shipped to date, 1978. 23,349,431 Ibs
1978 shipments to date as %6 of
total 1977 shipments 71.753223%
Shipments January to June 1977 16,434,752 Ibs
Shipments January to June 1978 18,748,730 Ibs
Weight Increase 2,313,978 Ibs
Percentage increase 14.10 %


The S S "Geestorest" sailed on August 22nd with 12037 boxes of

bananas weighing 419,407 lbs. There were 297 boxes of rejected
fruit. The Grenada Banana Cooperative Society (03CS) paid

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producers EC0 14 on the weight of fruit received at the boxing

plants, but that weight is not yet available.

The price paid by Geest Industries to the Society on this

shipment is not yet available but, on the shipment on August

15th, Geest paid ECO 35.190 per pond. The boxing plant
weight on the shipment on 15th was 600,992 lbs.
(90 words)


NEWSLETTER regrets that the Totrist Bureau was unable to give

statistics covering cruise liner calls during the week ending
August 19th. It is hoped that these figures will be ready

in time for next week's publication.




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