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The Grenada newsletter
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A. & C. Hughes
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Volume 7 Number 20
For The Week Ending June 16th 1979
7th Year Of Publication - - 218th Issue


Mr George Hosten, Minister of Finance in the Government of deposed
Prime Minister Eric Gairy, is now a Director of the Grenada firm
of Messrs Maria Scott & Co Ltd.

Sources close to the Company told NEWSLETTER today (16th) that
Mr Hosten's appointment has effect from June 1st and the plan is
that, on retirement of the present Managing Director, Mr D M B
Cromwell, he will assume management of the firm.

Mr Hosten was a Civil Servant and Principal Secretary to then Chief
of Finance
Minister and Minister/Eric Gairy in 1961 when the Field Commission
of Inquiry looked into the control of public expenditure in
Grenada. At that time, Grenada was a colony and the Field
Report was presented to the British Parliament in May 1962.

That Report found that, as Minister of Finance, Mr Gairy was
"apparently bent on error" and had made it clear to the then
Administrator, Mr James Monteith Lloyd, that he would "neither
welcome nor consider any advice which would have the effect of
delaying expenditure until it had been properly examined and

The Commissioners found that Mr Gairy took no steps to obtain
proper advice but, instead, "relied for such financial advice as

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|he thought he might need, on a Principal Secretary, Mr George Hosten,

twho, on his own evidence, had no understanding of the laws and

!regulations governing expenditure and who, by his demeanour under

!examination, convened a regrettable impression that such matters

were of no account."

As a result of the Inquiry, Grenada's Constitution was suspended and,

shortly after the Commission reported, Mr Hosten left Grenada and took

|sp residence in Canada. He returned from that country in 1967 to

join Mr Gairy's Grenada United Labour Party and contest successfully
the St.Georges North-East seat in the General Elections of that year.

He was successful also in the same Constituency in the General

Elections of 1972 and 1976, his tenure of office as a member of the

House of Representatives coming to an end on March 13th last when,

following the revolution, he was taken into preventive detention by

the People's Revolutionary Government. Shortly after his arrest,

he fell ill and was confined to the General Hospital, his order of

Release becoming effective on April 24th when he was released from


NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that Mr Hosten will represent Maria

Scott & Co Ltd in the Grenada Chamber of Commerce.
(406 words)


The revolution of March 13th has had no effect on the plan to erect

a cement factory in Grenada and plans are going ahead for the ground

Breaking ceremony to take place in October. Production is

iex.ected to start some 14 months later.

jThis was disclosed to NEWSLETTER today (16th) by Mr B N Davis,
Managing Director of Grenada Cement Co Ltd who said he had held

discussions with the People's Revolutionary Government (PRG) on his

project. "I spoke with the Minister of Finance, Mr Bernard

.oard, two weeks after the revolution", he said, "and the project

his blessing."



IGrenada Cement CQo ttd was incorporated on September 15th 1978 with

an authorised capital of BC$20 million. There are 200,000 shares

of EC$100 each but, according to documents filed at the Registry,

only two shares have been issued. These are to Mr Davis who is

Managing Director "until he dies or resigns", and to his wife,

Dr Trimmingham-Davis.
CDB Loan
Mr Davis described as "satisfactory" discussions he held in Grenada

this week with officials of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)

relative to a loan to finance the project. He declined to

disclose the size of the loan required but said the matter is "in

the pipeline" and is expected to go before the CDB Board of Directors

this month.

An Austrian firm of engineers, Messrs Voest Albino, has been given

the contract to erect the EC$6.6 million plant which will be located

on a three-acre lot in the Grand Anse area near the entrance to and

on the opposite side of the road from the True Blue Development.

The factory will supply, not only Grenada's needs, but an export

programme is being arranged and some 30 persons will be employed.

Managing Director Davis said he had been able to assure the PRGthat

the plant will do no damage to the ecology of the area in which it

will be located. "The Minister of Finance showed some concern

over the possibility of damage to the ecology of the area,, he said,

"but we had our people give a scientific report which cleared up

all doubt."
The raw material ("clinker and gypsum), Mr Davis said, goes into

the plant at one end and, from that point, the entire process is

enclosed and no particle of dust is allowed to escape. At the

other end of the plant is the storage silofrom which the bagging

process, also completely enclosed, takes place. For bagging,

cement is drawn by vaccum from the silo through tubes to the bags

which are sewn automatically when they have been filled with a

certain weight of cement.

The Managing Director said the Company is now a private one in

whichh there is local participation only. Plans are, however,

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iGovernment permitting, to make it into a public Company eventually
in which Grenadians will have an opportunity to buy shares.

"People are more attracted to a going concern", Mr Davis said, "and

when we get the project going, my plans are to make it into a public

company and to offer shares."
(521 words)


Grenada's 1979 sugar crop is over 13% down from the 1978 crop, and

the ratio of tons of cane ground to tons of sugar produced is only

:marginally better.

In 1978, 583 tons of sugar were made from 11,283 tons of cane,

resulting in a ratio of 19.353 tons of cane to one ton of sugar.

!Production in 1979 dropped to 524 tons of sugar from 9,799 tons of

-ane, a ratio of 18.7 to 1. NEWSLETTER is advised that, in other
s'lgar producing Caribbean countries, ratios above 10 to 1 are

considered uneconomical.

'Well informed sources advise that a considerable portion of the

1979 crop was not reaped for the reason of a shortage of trucking

facilities. These sources say that an offer by the Grenada Sugar

IFactory to purchase four trucks to transport farmers' canes was

turned down by Government on the advice of the Cane Farmers

,association. The Factory is said to have been prepared to

.nivest some EC$60 thousand in the trucks, provided Governments,

Would waive import duty and consumption tax.

hbe Sugar Factory grinds canes of farmers who belong to the Grenada

Cane Farmers Association and, since 1977, a special arrangement has

ien in effect. The Factory buys the farmers' canes at EC$40 per

on and, at the end of the crop, 60% of the net profits goes to the

farmers in the form of a "bonus" after 10% has been taken out for the
company's shareholders.

!In 1977, under this arrangement, the bonus was EC$8.63 per ton, but a

-spute arose in 1978 because the bonus figure fell to BC$3.77.

'4ter Government intervention, tle..Company's'Auditors, Messrs Peat,

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Marwick, Mitchell & Company,are reported to have recommended an ex

grktia payment of EC$62,509.00 to the cane farmers, which payment

brought the bonus figure up to EC$9.31 per ton. The Company's

Directors are said to have accepted this recommendation in order to

avoid "political repercussions".

The bonus for the 1979 crop will not be known until September after

the Company's books have been audited. Pannell Fitzpatrick & Co

are now Auditors to the Company.

Grenada Sugar


(Tons 1

Factory Statistics
Sugar Tons Cane
Produced To I Ton
(Tons) Sugar
2,758 12.030
2,107 10.684
2,515 9.866
2,062 10.642
824 11.203
1,773 10.677

1972 9,323 595 15.609
1977 9,080 513 17.700
1978 11,283 583 19.353
1979 9,799 524 18.700

(337 words)


Mr Jones Madeira, Communications Consultant to the Caribbean

Communi y (CARICOM), visited Grenada this week as part of a regional

tour in preparation for Caricom Day which is to be celebrated on

July 2nd.

Mr Madeira told NEWSLETTER that, before coming to Grenada, he had

been to Barbados, Jamaica, Belize, Antigua and St.Lucia, and he 4

would be proceeding to Trinidad before returning to Guyana.

"For the Caricom Day celebrations we usually focus a lot of

attention on the Secretary-General who reviews the integration

movement over the last year", Mr I4adeira said, "and, this year, the

review will be done by Dr Kurleigh King from a studio in, Georgetown

linked by radio with three or fotr radio stations in the region."

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The plan is, Mr Madeira said, that, at each of these radio stations

will be a leading Westindian journalist who will question Dr King and,

in effect, there will be an hour long regional press conference.

Plans are not yet complete, he said, but it is hoped that the link-

up will include Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. It is

his hope to include one of the smaller Eastern Caribbean islands in

the plan, but he thought available facilities and personnel may make

this difficult.

While in Grenada, Mr Madeira interviewed Prime Minister Maurice

Bishop and, together with interviews with other Caricom leaders,

this interview will be broadcast as part of the programme for Caricom

(234 words)'


The Bank & General.Workers Union (BGWU) has submitted a draft

Industrial Agreement to. Barclays Bank for study, and it is expected

that negotiations will begin in about two weeks.

Mr Vincent Noel, BGWU President, told NEWSLETTER today (16th) that

the draft Agreement was handed to Barclays on Wednesday (13th) and

he expected that, in about 10 days time, the Bank will get in touch

with him to make arrangements to discuss the wage proposals and other

matters in the Agreement.

Since October last, BGWU has been trying to get recognition rom

Barclays as the bargaining agent for the Bank's employees, but,

until recently, in spite of sick-outs and picketing, these efforts

have been unsuccessful. The main source of disagreement was that

She Bank was willing to discuss a "Recognition Agreement" with the

Union, which Agreement would limit the areas in which the Union

could represent and negotiate on behalf of employees. On the

other hand, BGWU wanted outright recognition without limits.

I"Two days after the revolution", Mr Noel told NEWSLETTER, '"Barclays

.ent BOWU a letter restating that :hey were willing to discuss a

I1X"cognition Agreement with us, and then, on the following day,

Week BE~ng 16.6.79 THE GRBNADA NEWSLETTER Page 7:

March 16th, before we had had time to reply to their first letter,

they sent us another in which they advised that they gave their

unconditional recognition to the Union."

Mr Noel said there is the matter of the dismissal of Mr Carl Griffith

which still has to be settled. Mr Griffith, said to have been

employed by the Bank for 31 years, was dismissed on November 23rd

last year, reportedly for "incompetence". The Union alleges that

the dismissal was victimisation because of Mr Griffith's trade union

activities, and the matter was taken to Court. Hearings began

last year and are due to be continued on June 19th.
(291 words)


The Grenada Seamen & Wa'terfront Workers Union (SWWU) and Grenada

Shipping Agents (GSA) are to meet on Monday (18th) to discuss an

Industrial Agreement in connection with which SWWU says GSA is

dragging its feet.

On June 9th, SWWU wrote GSA threatening to take "necessary and

expedient" action if the Industrial Agreement was not ready for

signature within 14 days. According to the Union, negotiations

relative to the Agreement were concluded on July 3rd 1978 but, in

spite of "many reminders and prodding" to have it signed, there has

been "no positive attempt" by GSA to have this done.

Sources Close to GSA deny this, however, and say that, as late as

April 27th last, SWWU and GSA had discussions and GSA agreed "to

look at it (the Agreement) again and get back to them."

Mr Eric Pierre, SWWU Secretary, told NEWSLETTER today (16th) that

his Union has received a letter from GSA, and the two Bodies will

meet on Monday (18th) to "sort out the situation".
(168 words)



Junior Ministers Appointed

People's Law Number 35 of May 31st appoints Mr Gellineau James to


be Secretary for Agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture,
Tourism & Fisheries. The same law appoints Miss Caludette Pitt
to be Secretary for Social Affairs in the Ministry of Education,
Youth and Social Affairs (Community Development, Cooperatives &
Sport). (47 words)

Caribbean Lawyers Investigating.
Two barristers-at-law from Guyana and one from Barbados are now in
Grenada carrying out special legal investigations on behalf of the
People's Revolutionary Government. They are Messrs Miles Fitzpatrick
and Roy Fairclough of Guyana, and Mr Bobby Clarke of Barbados.

A Notice in the Government Gazette of June 8th says these barristers
are attached to the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Attorney General's
Chambers, and asks that, if approached, the general public give
these investigators assistance and cooperation. (79 words)

Christian Has Two-Year Contract.
Government Gazette of June 8th announces that Mr Desmond Christian
has been appointed Director of Public Prosecutions on contract for
two years with effect from May 1st.

,Mr Christian, who was then the island's Attorney General and
'Director of Public Prosecutions, was deported from Grenada by the
:Gairy Government on August 3rd 1976. (51 words)

Treasury Bills Offered
Offer of the 25th issue of Treasury Bills closed on Jane 12th.
This offer is for the amount of EC$2 million and will be redeemed

on 16th September next. (30 words)

No Carnival In 1979
Because Carnival celebrations (Monday and Tuesday before Ash
Wednesday) clashed with Independence Celebrations (February 7th)
in 1978, Carnival was celebrated last year on the last Monday and
tuesday in May, 29th and 30th.

i:t was expected that Carnival celebrations would be on the last
aday and Tuesday in May, 28th and 29tl but, following the
Ic jdner

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Week *dinq 16.6.79 THE GRUNADA NEWSLETTER Page 9

revolution of March 13th, there was no announcement in this

connection, and the dates have passed without celebration.

(69 words)

Venezuela Gives Oil

NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that the Government of

Venezuela is to make a gift of a large quantity of oil to

relieve the present shortage at Grenada Electricity Services.

This shortage is as a result of a cut-back on deliveries by

the Esso Company. (46 words)

Radix Returns

Mr Kendrick Radix, Grenada's Ambassador to the United Nations,

returned to the island on Thursday (14th) for the first time

since the revolution'of March 13th. Mr Radix was one of

the New Jewel Movement leaders who had their homes searched

by the Police on March 10th, and who went into hiding on that

day. He left the island before the coup.. (60 words),



There is a market in the United Kingdom for "exotic" fruit produced

in the Windward Islands and the necessary transport facilities

already exist through the British buyers of Windward Islands bananas

Geest Industries Ltd.

This is the opinion of Dr Morgan-Reese, Head of the Marketing &

Economics Department of the UK based Tropical Products Institute

(TPI), and Dr Morgan-Reese said that, with suitable ecological

conditions to grow this fruit existing in the Windward Islands, and

with the growing demand in the UK, fullest advantage should be taken

of the opportunity to diversify agriculture.

The TPI official, who visited St.Lucia from May30th to June 1st,

expressed the view that the Windward Islands Banana Association

(WINBAN) can play an important role in developing the techniques of

selection, chemical treatment for control of disease, determination

of correct shipping temperatures and proper packing and presentationI
_; (continued)

Dr Morgan-Reese held discussions on this matter with Mr D A Perryman,
iWINBAN Managing Director, and Dr B Edmunds, Director of WINBAN

Research, and these two officials agreed that WINBAN could play an

Important role in the development of an export market for exotic fruit.

It was felt, however, that there would have to be the fullest

.cooperation of all concerned, and that there must be adherence to a

definite policy.
(218 words)


Mr Ivo Sinson, President of the Windward Islands Banana Association

(WINBAN), represented the Association at the meeting of the

Association For Cooperation In Banana Research In The Caribbean

& Latin America (ACORBAT) held in Panama from May 20th to 25th


;Mjor feature of the meeting, which was attended by some 200

!delegates from 15 countries, was a symposia on the banana disease,

eaaf Spot. Leading world scientists were present and discussed

'research information in this field, development of resistant strains
and methods of control.

':his is ACORBAT's fourth meeting singe the Association was founded

'.n St.Lucia nine years ago. Founder members include WINBAN,

IIRFA (Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guyana), Jamaica Banana

3oard, University of Puerto Rico, University of the West Indies,

and the Governments of Surinam and Trinidad & Tobago.

IACORBAT is registered in Martinique as a non-profit organisation.
(144 words)

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