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Alister Hughes
P 0 Box 65

Volume 6 Buober 23
For The Week Ending October 7th 1978
6th Year of Publication - - 187th I'sue


Grenada's new Governor General, Mr Paul Scoon, arrived in n0urnea

on Tuesday (3rd) and was sworn in at a joint meeting of the

Senate and House of Representatives convened on Wednesday (4th).

On arrival at Pearls Airport, Mr Scoon, accompanied by Mre Scoon,

was met by a small welcoming party led by Minister of State

responsible for Hone and Foreign Affairs, Senator Henry Bullen.

there was not the customary Guard of Honour and Prime Minister

Gairy was not present.

The Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office were administered by

Mr Justice Winsey Bruno, and ir George Hosten, Minister of Pinance

proposed a Motion offering parliament's congratulations to His

Excellency. Senator Derek Knight, Leader of Government

Business in the Senate, seconded the motion.

'he Leader of the Opposition, Mr Maurice Bishop, was not scheduled

to speak but accepted an invitation from the Speaker to do so.

Mr Bishop said he hoped Mr Scoon would practice, and insist that

those around him practice, "the noble principles of parliamentary

democracy." "I am pleased", he said, "that when the Governor

General read the Oath of Office, he laid so much stress on the

words 'carry out my duties without fear or favour', and the words
'upholding the Constitution at all times'."

In his welcoming speech, Prime Minister Gairy said he had chosen

Mr Scoon to be Governor General because of Mr Sooon's perfdomonn9R

when he had served as Cabinet Secretary.

Mr Scoon, 43, was born in Grenada and has been resident in the

United Kingdom for the last five years. He entered the 'Grenada

Civil Service in 1953 as a teacher and, in 1967, became Assistant

Secretary in the Ministry of Social 1ffaira. He was later

appointed Chief Mducation Officer and was made Permanent Secretary

Alister Hughes
Page 2
in the office of then premier Gairy.

Between July 1969 and December 1972, he was Cabinet Secretary to
the Grenada Government and, since January 1973, has been seconded
to the post of Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Foundation in

(337 words)


Mr Fabian Alexis Redhead, Grenada's Ambassador to the Organisation
of American States (OAS), is now Chairman of that organisationta

Permanent Council. Under the OAS Charter, the Council
Chairmanship rotates following the alphabetical order (in Spanish)

of member countries, and Mr Redhead succeeds Ambassador Gale W
Mcgee of the United States.

Mr Redhead, 36, hold a Diploma in Education from the University
of the West Indies and has served in the Civil Service and in

various teaching positions. In 1969, he was made Assistant
Secretary in then Premier Gairy's office and was promoted to

Senior Assistant Secretary in 1976.

During the following year, he acted briefly as Permanent Secretary
in the Ministries of External Affairs, Social Affairs and Educ tion.

He has been Grenada's Ambassador to the OAS since July 1977.
(129 words)


A World Bank team is now in Grenada assisting the Government to
prepare for the next Caribbean Group meeting in Washington during

the Spring of 1979.

'The team is strengthened by personnel from the International
Monetary Fund (IMP) and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is

carrying out Project Identification Sector Analysis, and will
prepare documents for feasibility studies.

With assistance from the Training Mission of the Organisation of
American States, the team's activities in urenada are being

coordinated by thu Ministry of Planning and the Ministry of

Alister Hughes
Page 3

The World Bank, established in 1945, is owned by governments of

132 countries. Its capital is subscribed by member governments

and its loans must be for productive purposes and must stimulate

economic growth in the developing countries. Decisions to lend

must be based only on economic.considerations.

According to the Bank's 'Statement of Subscriptions to Capital

Stock & Voting Power', at 30th June 1978 Grenada had 17 shares and

267 votes of a total of 299,597. This represented .01% of

total shares and .09% of total votes. The United States is

the largest shareholder with 67,888 shares and 68,130 votes.

The next largest shareholder is the United Kingdom with 26,000

shares and 26,250 votes. The smallest shareholder is the

Republic of Maldives, a group of 1,087 islands in the Indian

Ocean with an area of 115 square miles or about five square miles

less than the island of Grenada. 'he Maldives have 6 shares

and 256 votes.

The World Bank team, which arrived here on October 2nd, is

expected to leave on October 13th.
(269 words)


A Grenada-Cuba Friendship has been formed in Grenada but is

having difficulty finding a place to meet.

Mr ColvilleMcBornotte, Interim Chairman of the Society, disclosed

this to NEWSLETTER in an exclusive interview today (6th). "We

have had two meetings at the Anglican Church Hall in St.Georhes",

r MceBarnettesaid, "but, after a certain news item was published
in the 'Torchlight' newspaper, we have been refused permission to

use the Church Hall."

The article, in 'Torchlight's'issue of October 1st, said the

Anglican Church Authorities had given the use of the Church Hall

to a group of youths to report on their visit to Cuba, but, when

it became known that the friendship Society was formed, permission

Alister Hughes.
THE GRENADA NEaSLLTTER Week Ending 7.10.78
Page 4
was refused for a subsequent meeting.

Mr :icBarnettetold NEWSLLTTER the Friendship Society had been

formed as a direct result of the visit of a contingent of seven

youths to Cuba. The visit took place from July 28th to

August 9th this year and was for the 11th Wobld Festival of

Youths & Students. He said all members of the contingent

felt something concrete should be done to give other Urenadlana

an opportunity to see Cuba.

"The Grenada-Cuba Friendship Society will provide special low-

cost flights to Cuba", he said, "and these flights are available

through our Society only and are arranged by an organisation in

Cuba called the 'Institute Por Friendship With The Peoples'."

Visitors to Cuba under this plan will travel by CUBANA Airlines

and, in Cuba aceomodation and food will be supplied at what

,;r Maiarntsttja called 'uiniral coat'.

The Interim Chairman of the Society said, however, that his

organisation is concerned with more than merely sending visitors

to Cuba. "he Society, he said, aimed to "counter the kind of
lies that are spread about Cuba".

The Society has not yet been officially launched, but the approved

aims and objects are :-

(1) To foster and promote friendship between the people of

Cuba and the people of Grenada.

(2) To create a better understanding of the achievements

of the Cuban revolution and the struggles of the Cuban

people, its Government and politics.

(3) To create the opportunity, through trips, for Grenadians

to see for themselves the successes of the Cuban people

(4) To create a better opportunity for the understanding of
the history of Grenada and the struggles of its people

for the benefit of all Cubans.

In reply to NEWSLIiTTE's inquiry as to what political ideology

he followed, r ;tcDornette said he did not like to label himself

"I am not a Commuanist or Moscovite", he said, "nor am I a

Alister Hughes,
Page 5
Marxist. I am definitely not a surporter of big-business and

my political stand is to the left of centre."
(444 words)


prime Minister Gairy flew out of Grenada today (6th) for New York

where he will address the 33rd Session of the United Nations

General Assembly.

The theme of Mr Gairy's speech is not known but it is expected

that he will renew the call he made to the UN last year that an

institute be set up for psychic research and that a year be

designated Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) year.
(71 word)


The Grenada Cabinet has appointed a 15-member committee to plan

activities marking observance of the 30th Anniversary of the

Universal Declaration of Human Rights which will be observed in

Grenada on Dece.aber 10th.

Activities will include the issuing of commemorative postage

stamps and special messages by the Head of State and other

prominent persons.

The Government owned newspaper, "The West Indian", in its issue

of October 5th reporting appointment of the Human Rights Day

Committee, says Grenada made history on 18th July 1978 when the

State deposited instruments ratifying the Convention on Human

Rights of the Organisation of American States. At that time,

10 countries had ratified the Convention and Grenada supplied the
one more ratification required to bring the Convention into force.

"Grenada's ratification of this important Convention", says the

'West Indian', "underlines the total commitment of the Prime

Minister,. Dr The Right Honourable Sir Eric Matthew Gairy and his
progressive Government to the concept of human rights."
(151 words)

Alister Hughes
Page 6

Mr R F Burman, Deputy Chairman of the West India Committee, will

visit Grenoda on October 18th.

The West India Committee, whose records date back to 1778, is a

London based organisation concerned with promoting, not only the

interests of British businessmen, but the interests of the

Commonwealth Caribbean in the United Kindgom. The Committee

was granted a Royal Charter in 1904 and its current revenue is

realized from membership subscriptions and grants from some

Westindian Governments, from Barclays Bank Development Fund and

From the United kingdom Department of Trade.

Sir Dennis Henry, Member of the Committee's Executive resident in
Grenada, told NEWSLETTER that Mr Burman is particularly concerned

with enhancement of the Committee's activity in the region. "In

this connection", said Sir Dennis, "he hopes, during his visit,to

bring the services of the West Indies Trade Advisor Group and the

West India Committee to the attention of businessmen."

The visit of this West India Committee official is part of a

wider Caribbean plan. Mr Burman is Leader of a Trade Mission

to Suriman and, during his stay in the Caribbean, he will take

the opportunity to visit as many Westindian territories as possible.
(182 words)


The British Commonwealth Ministers of Finance Committee has decided

to follow a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) idea and appoint an

association of Tax Administrators.

This was disclosed by Mr Eldon Mathurin, Executive Secretary of the

Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA), in an exclusive

interview with NEWSLETTER on October 5th in Barbados. Mr Mathurin

said that, on the initiative of COTA, and with the consent of the
Commonwealth Finance Ministers, a Commonwealth Association of Tax

Administrators was formed recently.

COTA is a governmental body operated under the aegis of the CARICOM

Standing Committee of Ministers of Finance. COTA members are

Alister Hughea
Page 7
senior Tax Administrators of CARICGO member governments shd the

basic aim of the body is to improve tax administration in the


"Our meetings have aroused great interest in the hemisphere",

Mr yMathurin told NLVSLETTER, "and we have had participants from as

far afield as Nigeria. Our meetings are looked forward to by

bodies like the World Bank, the International monetary Fund, the

Commonwealth Secretariat, the united States Internal Revenue

Service and Revenue Canada."

Mr Mathurin said tax administration problems are similar in all

countries and these organizations draw on the experience of COTA

and allow COTA to draw on theirs.

"COTA had worked successfully for CARICO O", the Executive Secretary

said, "and, with the assistance of agencies interested in our work,

we have been able to set up quite a number of training courses for

tax administrators of the region."

.Ir Mathurin said that, although COTA now operates under the
CARICOM Standing Committee of Finance Ministers, it preceded the

existence of CARICOM. "COTA became officially recognized by

Caribbean Heads of Government at the October 1972 Heads of

Government meeting at Chaguaramas, Trinidad", he said, "and GABICOM

didn't come into being until 1973."

St.Lucian born Mr Mathurin is now doing the job of Director of

Services & Administration in the CARICOM Secretariat, but his

substantive post in the Secretariat is that of Tax Administration

Advisor. Before being seconded to the CARICOM Secretariat five

years ago, he was Tax Administration Officer with the St.Lucian

(342 words)


A Media Workshop was conducted in Barbados. between October 4th and

5th by the Women in Development Unit of the Department of Extrv

Mural Studies of the University of the West Indies.

Alister Hughes
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Coordinator of the Unit is Aire Peggy Antrobus, and Mrs Antrobus

told NLrVSLETTER that one of the main objects of the workshop was

to bring CARICOO media representatives up to date on regional

programmes for the integration of women in the process of development.

The Coordinator said also that the workshop was valuable in that

it sought to obtain the views and support of the media for a

Features Service highlighting Caribbean women, and for a proposed

Quarterly Newsletter.

There were 30 invitees to the workshop, 20 of whom were women, and

they were drawn from the field of press and radio extending from

Jamaica to Guyana. Also included in the invitees (among other

agencies interested in the development of women) were representatives

of Christian Action for Development & Education in the Caribbean

(CADEG), the Caribbean Community (CARIGCO) Secretariat, the

Caribbean Women's Association (CAIIWA), the Caribbean Youth

Programme, the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA) and

the Inter-American Commission on Women (CIM).
(200 words)


Westindian women must bear some of the blame for the fact that

their status is not improving more rapidly.

This is the opinion of Mr Eldon Mathurin, Tax Administration

Advisor and Director of Services & Administration in the

Caribbean Community (CAlICUO) Secretariat. Mr rathurin, who

attended the recent 'Media Workshop' in Barbados organized by

the Women in Development Unit of the Extra Mural Department of

the University of the West Indies, told NEWSLETTEA in Barbados

on October 5th that men are not the only ones to be blamed for

"insensitivity towards the problem of the status of women.

"Women who have crossed the barrier of traditional roles think

very much as men do", he said, "and it may be a non-appreciation

on the part of women themselves which hampers their development."

A major subject discussed at the workshop in Barbados was the

establishment of a "Women's Desk" in the OARICOM Secretariat, and

Alister Hughes
THE GRErADA NEWSLETTER WVek. Ending. 7o0,78.
Page 9
Mr Mathurin said the idea of aucb a 'desk: ji not new end did not
originate with the Secretariat,

"Women's organizations up and down the Caribbean have been
clamouring for some time for a CARICOM 'desk' of their own", he

said, "and several resolutions have been addressed to Heads of
Government requesting implementation of this idea."

Mr Mathurin said Westindian women see the functions of a CARICOM
*Women's Desk" as coordinating the work now being done by various
agencies to ensure that women are integrated into the development
of the region. He thought that, since the CARICOM Secietariat

is a 'development institution', created with the primary purpose

of furthering the aims of an Agreement designed to promote the
development of the region, there is clear interest at the
Secretariat in a Woman's Desk.
(286 words)


Commenting on the opinion express in some quarters that the
Caribbeen Community (CARICOM) has failed, Mr Eldon Mathurin,
Director of Services & Administration in the CALRIOO& Secretariat
said this could be the feeling of the "completely uniniated and

uninformed" only.

Mr Mathurin was speaking to NEWSLETTEZ in an exclusive interview
in Barbado, on October 5th.

"A lot of people are still considering CARICOM merely as a
refinement of the Caribbean Free Trade Area (CARIFTA)", he said,

"but CARICOM moves much further into the life of the Caribbean
than CARIFTA ever did or was intended to."

Mr Mathuri pointed out that CARIFTA concerned itself with

freeing trade and removing intra-regional trade barriers, but
CARICOi deals with matters of functional cooperation such as

education, health, meteorology, civil aviation and agriculture,
He felt that examination of continuing progress in thde areas

does not suggest that CAKICOM has fueled.

Alister Hughes
THIE GREADA NEWSLT%' -4 Week Ending 7.10.78
Page 10
"I agree that there are ditficultiea ia trade in the region due

to balance of payments problems", he said, "but I would not

suggest that, if the whole parameters of what CA.IC0Q is supposed

to do were examined, that anyone could suggest that it had been

a failure".
(193 words)


The Organistion of American States (OAS) looks with great interest
on the moves towards independence of the smaller islands of the
Caribbean. Dr Sarah ililner, Director of the OAS office in
Barbados, told NEWBLETTER this in an exclusive interview in
Barbados on October 5th.

"I was very interested to be asked to go to help to train some
of the people who will involved in the new independent Government

of Dominica", she said, "and Premier Patrick John was very
receptive to my coming here and adding what I could to their

training efforts."

Dr Milner said the OAS is also watching developments towards
independence in St.Lucia, St.Vincent and Antigua. The OAS,

she said, would like to see the small Caribbean countries which

are striving for independence, get a fair chance at the kind of

life they can build for themselves with whatever help the OAS
can offer.

Dr Milner hopes to attend the Dominica Independence celebrations

which take place shortly.
(163 words)


'-here was 8/o more East Caribbean currency in circulation at

31st July last than there was five months before that date.
This is disclosed in statements of the East Caribbean Currency

Authority (liCA) published in the Government Gazette of

September 15th.

According to those statements, total notes and coin in circulation

at 31st July was EC478,137,545 as compared with EC072,081,515 at

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NIEWSLETTh Week Ending 7.10.78
Page 11,

28th February last.

This. increase has been almost

entirely in the circulation of notes hich rose from

EC$65,414,850 to 1C$71,283,384.

The increaeB in the

circulation of coin was only 2.8, from ECG6,667,665 to

ECCA Statements published for May, June and July are as



Demand Liabilities
Notes in 1
circulation E0070,089,518 10E69,910,349
Coin in
circulation 6,824,249 6,843,974
Bankers Balances 24,703,620 23,538,457




Cheques 21,822 124,752 42,108
Organizations 611,089 622.384 701,743
C$i102,250,298 .c$I 01,039,916 Ec$107,982,616
Bankers Deposits 78,387,731 79,590,603 71,403,373
General Reserve 8,902,435 8,902,435 8,902,435
Special Reserve 3,093,120 3,093,120 3,093,120
Other Liabilities 4,966.389 5.370.394 6.037.543
L0C197,599,973 104197,996,468 10097,419,087
External' assets
Fixed Deposits
& Money at
call. EC8102,778,894 C0$105,123,261 E0$107,738,806
Securities 58,976,045 56,278,986 51,999,702
Currencies 3,834,934 4,131,317 4,554,618
Balances 1,427,458 2,061,420 2,881,119
0o$167,017,331 a0$167,594,984 4c167,174,245
Internal Assets
Treasury Bills. 26,151,1,3 26,151,303 26,151,303
Other Assets 4,431.339 4,250,181 4,093,539

LC$197,599,973 ~C$197,996,468 10$197,419,087

Alister Hughes
THE GRENaDA NEWLETTER --week Ending 7.10.78
page 12
BfllAdA iH IPdltmS

The S 8 "Geeststar" sailed on October 3rd with $2,470 boxes of

bananas weighing 414,286 lbs. There were 314 boxes of

rejected fruit. The Grenada Banana Cooperative Society

(GBCS) paid producers ECG 14 per pound on the weight of fruit
received at the boxing plants, but this, weight is not yet

The price paid by Geest Industries to GBCS on the shipped weight

is also not yet available.

The price paid by Geest on the "Geesttide" shipment of September
26th was ECg 34.094; the boxing plant weight on this shipment is

not yet available.

In NEWSLETTER for the week ending September 30th, the boxing plant
weight for shipment of September 12th is given as 449,597 Ibs.
NLVSLETTE1 is advised that, because of typographical error, this

is incorrect. The figure should read 499,597 lbs.

Outstanding statistics still to be reported are the boxing plant
weight for September and both the boxing plant weight and the
Geest price for shipment of October 3rd.

The total weight of bananas shipped Xn 1978, to date, is
26,018,278 Ibs.


The last statistics given for cruise liner calls were in

NEqSLkTTER for the week ending September 16th. These

statistics covered the week ending September 9th.

To date, figures for the we=-k ending September 16th are not yet
available, but statistics for weeks ending September 23rd and
30th are as follows :- ) 'b
September 19th "Cunard Countess" 744 passengers ) Week Ending
20th "Angelina Lauro" 537 do. ) September 23rd

September 26th "Cunard Countess" 712 passengers ) Week Ending
27t "A ina Lauro" 622 do. ) September 30th

Alister Hughes
7th October 1978

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