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Nutmeg Fortunes Improve........... 1I
Woodroffe Wants "Otber Way"
For Bishop Killers..................5
Appeal Piled in Maurice
Bishop Murder Trial .......... 5
Subversives Using Psychological
Scare Tactic.....:.-- -..........-. 6
Patterson Wants Caribbean
Court Of Appeal................61
Mitchell: Air Grenada Flying
Again Soon.......................... .6
Venezuelan Houses Handed Over... 7
Dont Take Foreign Aid For
Granted Says Williams........... 8
Charles Calls For New Attitudle
To Work Ethic..................... 8
More Pre-Fab Houses From
Venezuela........... ...............
News Shorts.......................-..... 9
NeIws Shrt ---------- --

17Th AUGUST 1973
1+--- AJ 349th Issue


Page 2 Wednesday 31st December 1986 The Grenada Newsletter
A delegation from the Indonesian Nutmeg Exporters Association is expected to visit Grenada in the New
Year to sign a formal Marketing Agreement with the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association
This was disclosed by Mr Robin Renwick. Manager of GCNA, in an interview with NEWSLETTER on

December 31st. I
Indonesia shares the world nutmeg market with Grenada on a 25% / 75% basis in favour of Indonesia, andI
MrRenwick said that, for several years.mGCNA has tried to establish marketing cooperation with producers
that country,
j'Following my visit to Indonesia in 1979, they started efforts to form themselves into an exporters
associationn, he said, "That association was established towards the end of 1985 and has the full support
1of the Indonesian Government for the control of exports."
GCNA was established by law in 1977 and is the statutory body through which all nutmegs and mace must
e exported, and the Association is managed by a Board elected annually by Grenada's nutmeg producers
who are all members of the Association.
Renwick, together with the GCNA Chairman and Vice-Chairman, visited Indonesia in September 1986,
and a "Memorandum of Understanding" was then signed with the Indonesian Nutmeg Exporters
[hat Memorandum sets out terms and conditions of a formal Marketing Agreement, Mr Renwick said.
hose terms and conditions are now being considered in both Indonesia and Grenada and it is hoped an
lIndonesian delegation will visit Grenada in the New Year to finalise the Agreement.
" In the meantime", the Manager said, "there is now the fullest marketing cooperation between us and the
jIndonesian Nutmeg Exporters Association."
Seriously affected by world economic recession GCNA fortunes have waned steadily over the last seven
years. In 1978, the last good year, the approximately 7000 Nutmeg Producers who own and operate
KGCNA, received EC$7,992 898.
this sum included EC$3,992,898 which was advanced to producers during the year as GCNA "purchased"
their produce The balance of EC$4,000,000 represents the profit on trading during the year.
From 1979 to 1984. a worsening market eroded the profit on trading until in 1983 and 1984 there were
losses, respectively, of EC$152,452 and EC$838,756. A slight improvement in 1985 served merely to
reduce the loss to EC$240,990.
In 1978, GCNA assets included EC$7.5 million in fixed deposits and, with an adequate cash flow, there
was no need for Bank overdrafts. However, during the difficult years, reserves were drawn on
Annually to pay
NUTMEG PRODUCERS EARNINGS Producers a "profit on
7 trading at the end of
1975 t980 each 'Nutmeg Year".

EC $10,000,000






I Profit On

1978 1980

I7 1980 I .

The result was that, byl
1984, there had been
serious erosion of the
fixed deposits and
GCNA was operating
on bank overdrafts.
There was some
improvement in 1985.
and 1986 brought
dramatic changes.
Producers are now
reaping more dollars
from te Industry than
ever before since
GCNA was established
nearly 40 years ago.
For the "Nutmeg Year"
ending 30th June 1986
the profit on trading
was EC$5 million.


The Grenada Newsletter Wednesday 31st December 1986 Page 3
'Duruing the year, advances by the Association amounted to EC $8.242 493, making a total return to the
Producers of EC$13,242,493, a figure in excess of the previously record year of 1977
'Two factors are responsible for this favourable result". MrRenwick told NEWSLETTER, .'One is the
world-wide economic recovery and the other is the cooperation we have established with Indonesia".

'Impruted market demand has absorbed all surplus stocks which had accumulated in both in Grenada and
indonesia during the bad years,he said. Production in both countries, which had fallen off because of
Farmer neglect of the fields, though h improving, has not yet picked up sufficiently to meet the current demand.
with the result that there has been a dramatic increase in prices, an increase which both countries have
exploited to their mutual advantage. s
Highhgnting the increase tn market demand. MrRenwick pointed to the fact that, in 1986, totad nutmeg sales
'were 7.5 million pounds as compared to 6.6 million pounds in 1985. Over the last 10 years, the lowest sales
!have been 3.5 million pounds in 1981, and the average sales between 1979 and 1984 were 4.5 million
'pounds per annum.

nutmegs in 1978 was
;EC$2 62 per pound 1981 1986
and according to E t000 000
S CNA statistics, this
-I I
oij-ure declined to ,
S iESL.35 by 19'K. $2,000,000 -toi:- -.|..

SThe average price in
i1986 increased to
:EC$2.23 per pound',
,the Manager said, "and
{since July, with a
strengthening market
oces have gone even
hig hcr than they were in
iJune, the end of our last
trading year".
lIn 1984, in an effort to
recover the United
.States market which
:was lost after the.
burncane of 1955,
:GCNA embarked on a
venture which has not
S been successful.
!In cooperation with the
United States Company
'of V.I.E. Industries,
-:GNA packed nutmegs
into bottes which were
piarketed toU, S. house-
,wives through super-
;market chains.
I"Unfortunateiv. we
have had to consider
that project as ha ing
folded .up", Mr Ren-
wick said, "and it has
, Ibeen closed down.'
Iln spite of a marketing
campaign the expected
sales did not ma-
tenabse. he said but the
,loss in the venture has
been taken by V. I. E.
industries and not

3JG A had no
investment in the

$1000,000 4









project, the Manrger
said, but the Ass-
ociation is owed by the
Comp any for nutmegs
supplied, for labour
costs in packaging and
certain overhead ex-
"These are not alarming
amounts", he said, "and
I am sure we will
recover what is due to
us from the sale of the
Company's assets in
On the brighter sid:. the
Manager said GCNA's
nutmeg oil disitllaion
project is likely to move
forward within the
current Nutmeg Year.

Some two years ago,
GC-NA entered a loint



Profit On



with the
firm of
S. A. for
of nutmeg

Successful trial dis-
tillations have been
made in Belgium and
the plan is for eventual
establishment of a dis-
tillery in Grenada, but
Mr Renwick said there
have been frustrations"
which have delayed
"We are still pursuing
our plans for a
disttiler", he said, "but
these have been blocked
by our failure to raise
the necessary finance."

A loan was available
throuBh the Cirihhbbean



Development Banr
(CDB) he said, but thel
terms were "rather strin-
ge, '.
Additionally, until re-
cently, GCNA was
unsure of the market.!
Now, however, Trac-w
tionel S.A. has suc-1
cessfullv marketed oil
distilled from Grenada;
nutmegs and the
Association has full!
confidence in the
'The- project needs
EC$1.6 million", Nx
Renwick said "and wel
are now talking to the
European Devolopmeni
Bank (EDB). This
prornises a softer loan

throuph One Caribbean



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Page 4 Wednesday 31st December 1986 The Grenada Newsletter
on longer terms than we had from CDB and we are actively planning to launch the project"
Even if the EDB financing does not materialise, he said, GCNA feels its improved financial position will
permit it to undertake the venture from its own resources.


1975 1980

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K^ri y 1 ; iS

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Year End
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SI I I i I I
1975 1977 1979 1981 1983 1985
1976 1978 1980 1982 1984 1986

Judged by the per-i
formance of the first
six months of the
current "'Nutmeg
Year", the GCNA
Manager has an op-
timistic outlook foI
the future and feels
the Industry is now
firmly on its feet.
The demand remain
very strong, he said.
to the extent that both
Grenada and Indo-
nesia are finding it
difficult to meet, anc
with the new co-
operationbetween the
two countries, thel
proposed Marketin'
Agreement will per-
mit prices to be kept
'at a reasonably high
This will pi'oect the
Industry from the
violent' "ups and
downs" to which it
has been subject, Mr
Renwick said and
will create a stable
climate in which it
can flourish. (1329)

I ... .. .





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The Grenada Newsletter Wednesday 3st December1986 Page


His "Grace Sir Cuthbert Woodroffe, retiring.
,Anglican Bishop of the Windward Islands, prays
earnestyi that the 14 persons condemned to death
earlier this month in the Maurice Bishop Murder
S trial may not hang.

,This is disclosed in a pastoral letter written by
S Grenada born Sir Cuthbert and read on Sunday 28th
!December in all Anglican Churches in the Windward

WIwatt- it to be known that I am totally agaist
administration ofh.e death penalty he said and I
(earnestly pray that some other way may be found of
ideasing with those who have so wantonly killed
|others." Cuthbert referred to the "lamentable specter' of
j14 people, one of them a woman and mother of
young children, awaiting death in death row, and
said this is "the sad and net result of political action
which is now washing up its debris on the shores of
the country".

"To kill those who kill that they may learn not to kill
Does not make much sense", he said. For years
jago, when the Albles hanged the war criminals in
'iGermany, I had nightmares for days afte.-wards.
My skin now grows pimples in goose flesh as I
powder the thought of 14 dropping to their deaths
from the gallows in my beloved Grenada."
iSir Cuthbert recently retired as Angli can Arhhbishop
jof the West Indies, and was succeeded by His
KGrace Orland Lindsay Bishop of Antigua.' Sir
Cuthbert's retirement as Bishop of the West Indies
takes effect on January 1st and a new Bishop of the
[Wind9ard Islands'shbuld be enthroned within the
next six months.
The retiring Bishop warned that, in the election of
his successor, the Electoral Assembly should be
careful not to even appear to be guilty of the
#spiritual umidemeanour' committed by the Biblical
igure, Simon, who offered to buy ecclesiastical
preferment (Acts 8:18).

'"To approach the election of a Bishop with
;preconceived ideas as to whether we want this
person or that person or whether we do not want
ktbis person or that person", he said, "is almost to
'descend into the dreadful spiritual misdemeanor of
iSimony, against which all Clergy take a solemn

:Sir Cuthbert asked for prayer "in and out of season"
ifor God's guidance in the election of the new
Bishop of the Windward Islands .

iThe pastoral letter referred also to'events in St
S Vincent and said it is almost incredible that, within
the space of four months. a country could lose, by
death, two Deputy Prime Ministers, even though
one was no longer in office.;
1"In August we mourned the tragic loss of that highly
Respected man, Hudson Tannis, Deputy Prime
iMinister in the former Government", he said. "He
Died in an inexplicable air crash on a brutal and
gusty stormy Sunday evening On 16th
,September .our. equally respected Deputy Prime

Minister. Mr Edie Griffith, literally dropp ed to thel
floor and died just after' deivering a
speech ........

Bishop Woodroffe was born in Grenada on 17th
May 1918 and was Island Scholar in 1936. He
read for Holy Orders at Codrington College,
Barbados and was ordained a priest in 1945. .e
became Bishop .of the Windward Islands in 1969
and-Archbishop of the West Indies in 1979, retiring
from that position > on ,0th September last.

An appeal was lodged on December 12th in the
High Court on behalf of the accused persons in the'
Maurice Bishop. Murder Trial, 14 of whom were;
sentenced to hang for murder and three were given
long prison sentences for manslaughter.
The Appeal was lodged by Jamaican barrister Mr
Maurice Frankson acting on behalf of another
Jamaican barrister, Mr Ian Ramsay, both barristers
having been associated with the accused up to 15thl
April last when they were dismissed by the

At that time. Mr Raiu say led a team of four Jamaicanu
barristers representing 'Bernard and Phyllis Coard.1
while Mr Frankson belonged to a team. of eight
Jamaican baisters led by Mr Howard Hamilton,
representing the other 17 accused. Mr Ratisaywas
coordinating the entire Defence.
The grounds for the Appeal include the argument
that the Grenada Supreme Court is unconstitutional
and illegal, that Chief Justice Dennis Byron had nol
jurisdiction to hear the case as he was not appointed
as is provided for by the Constitution, and that thel
jury was not lawfully summoned and selected,
The Appeal argues also that the jury "was manifesvy;
biased and prejudiced against the accused ", that thel
accused were tortured, that there have been
numerous breaches of the accused constitutional
rights and that the trial was a misca-riage of
justice. (224)

The West Indies Federation formally came into
being on 3rd January 1958,

On that date. the first Governor-General, the Right!
Honourable Lord Hailes was sworn in at Port-of-i
Spain, Trinidad, the Capital of the Federation,
The Federal legislature was inaugurated by
H.R. H.Pri ncess Margaret in the Trinidad & Tobago
Legislative Council Chamber on April 22nd

On May 23rd 1962, the Federation formally came to
the end of its 1600 I-day existence when Her Majesty
the Queen signed the West Indies (Dissolution andl
Interim Commission) Order-in-Council No. 1084.
^ ,""^_ *-*f i


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|Pag 6 Wednesday 31st December 1986 The Grenada Newsletter


Orenada's new Acting Chief Justice, Mr James Patterson. has expressed the opinion that there should be a
jCaribbean Court of Appeal.
in an interview with NEWSLETTERon December 30th, Mr Patterson said he looks forward with interest
o such a Court being established.
'I consider myself a Caribbean Man". he said, "and our jurisprudence is culled from all the different
territories, so it would be most apt to combine the regional brains sitting as a final Court of Appeal, thereby
lispensing with the Privy Council".

iA native of Guyana. Mr Patterson has served as a Puisne Judge in Grenada since April 1983, and his
appointment as Acting Chief Justice dates from 29th December 1986.
Dn tha" date, he took over that post from Mr Justice Dennis Byron who was seconded from the East
raribbean Supreme Court to hear the Maurice Bishop Murder Trial which ended earlier this month.
Mr Patterson told NEWSLETTER there is sufficient legal uniformity in the Caribbean Community
-ountries to have a shared Court of Appeal because these countries all have the same Common Law
'Additionally", he said, "through the Caribbean Justice Improvement Programme (CJIP), the US$8 million
d package given by President Reagan. we are going to harmonise legislation in the Eastern Caribbean

Grenada and St Lucia have the same "peculiar legal legislation", the Acting Chief Justice said, and this will
e one area of interest for CJIP.

tI would like to see a regional C

Subversive elements in Grenada
lare now using psychological
Scare tactics in the hope that
Government will take hasty and
unpopular actions and create
tension in the country.

This was disclosed on December
13th by Commissioner of Police
Russel Toppin in his after-dinner I
speech at the Annual Police
I "n 1971-1972. 1 played a very
prominent role in defeating a left
wing subversive group which
'sought the overthrow of the
lGovernment of Trinidad and
| Tobago by revolution", he said.
j "1 am an old campaigner and I
Know all the dirty tricks they !

jMr Toppin said these elements
fire of guns at night at no one, i
they assault or insult visitors and
spread false rumours or
'The fight to rid Grenada of
subversion is hard, tough and on-
going; he said. It is necessary to
keep a cool head at all times, to
be on guard against these
I provocations and get the public to
cooperate with thePoice.(168)

court of Appeal embracing Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago", he
said, "It would be desirable to include Jamaica, but I have never heart
of any Jamaican interest in this idea. However, judicial minds ir
Barb ados andTrinidad are thinking along those lines'
Mr Patterson said he did not wish to sound too optimistic but he
believed a regional Court of Appeal could be set up within two years.
Grenada's new Acting Chief Justice is 54 years old, was educated in
Guyana and, after working at the Registry in Guyana, read law at the
Middle Temple, London, from 1958, qualifying in 1963.
After working in London with a firm of Solicitors and in Chambers, he
returned to Guyana in 1970 when he "hung out his shingle". In 1972,
he accepted ai appointment in the office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions, returning to private practice before accepting the position
ot Puisne Judge in Grenada. (401)


Dr Keith Mitchell. Minister of Communications in the Grenada
Government disclosed in an interview with NEWSSLETTER on
December 31st that, under management of a new Company, Air
Grenada should be functioning again soon,
Some six weeks ago, less than year after the airline's inaugural direct
fltht from New York on 18th December 1985, Air Grenada, the
National Airline of the State, found itself unable to maintain its
scheduled flights
' We expect that, before the end of January", Dr Mitchell said, "this
situation will be cleared up"
U nder an Agreement between the Grenada Government and the United
States firm of Grou pe Incernationale du Transport et Industrie Petrolier
(GITIP), Air Grenada was part of a US$20 million investment
package which included construction of a 450-bed hotel near Point
Salines International Airport.
Under that Agreement Air Grenada was owned by the Grenada
Government while (GITIP provided the finance arid managed the
airline, Initially, all profits were to go to the Company but there

The Grenada Nevsletter Wednesday 31st December 19

,was provision for a
review of this arrange-

fHowever, apart from
Plans and architectural
drawings, nothing of
.the hotel materialized
land last October. there.
Were signs that the
:Company was in
Dr Mitchell said
Government became
concerned wheninform-
sation was received that
GITIP owed a number
!of persons. This
concern increased when
the Company asked the
1Government owned
Bank for overdraft

The first request in this
'connection was honour-
.d and so was the
,second but, when there
Iwas a third request
according to Dr Mitch-
lell, "et-ebrows were
raised ".

principal iinancter and
President of the Com-
Ipany was Mr L'Emir
;Fayez Chahab and Dr
:Mitchell said Govern-
iment has no information
,and does not infer that.
lMr Chahab has been

'Before we entered this
arrangement with'
IGITIP" .me Minister
said. we made
t horough inquiries
through diplomatic
channels and got a
I'clean bill of healtIt' on
the persons involved,
but it is clear the in-
iirmation given us was
not well founded."

i"To start an airline", he
said. "involves large
frastructural capital
,and we were led to
* believe that the (IT!P
personnel did have the
Necessary available
cash. It now turns out
that Mr Chahab may
'have been borrow- ig
money to fund the

,Mr Chahab has been
:n .President Dr N'htcheli
said and negotiations


new Company but said
both Argentine and
United States interests
are involved

"There will be no
announcement in this
connection until we
have concluded our
investigations of the
persons concerned', he
said, but I can say
that, in addition to
management of Air

86 Page 7

Grenada, the new
Company will under-
Lake construction Of a
hotel as originally
planned and there is
also to be a milk
production venture".

Dr Mitchell expects the
new Company will be
fully operational within
the first quarter of the
New Year.. (708)

*e in process with the
other members of
GITIP for establish-
ment of a new
Company to run the

"The question now",
the Minister said, "is a
new operation. We
will make sure that any
relationship we enter is
airtight, so the people
concerned have to
commit something up-
front to ensure we will
not get into another
embarrassing situation.
The experience with
GITIP has not been

Dr Mitchell said interim
arrangements have been
made with the other
GITIP Directors who.
pending formation of
the new Company. have
agreed to take over the
o. erdraft ,uid the cost of
honourirg Air Grenada
tickets sold on
scheduled flights which
remained pending after
the airline was ground-

There were three such
flights, two out of New
York and one. from
Miami, he said, and the
holders of Air Grenada
tickets have to be
brought to Grenada and
returned by chartered

One flight from New
York, after some
delays, was handled on
December 13th and the
other two flights will be
completed by mid-
January, he said.

'in. terms of money,.
Dr 'litchell said. "Lt'is
episode has not cost the
Gove-rnmem an, tlliina to
date as the new CLom-
pan. will take over all
the known liabilities of
GITIP, but it has cost
us some -mbarr-ssinrly
bad publicity' and, per-
haps, this is worse than
losing a million dol-

The mlirnster declined to
disclose the persons
with whom Govern-
ment is now negotiating
for estuaijsbmerfnt ';. t

Fifty prefabricated houses a gift from the
Venezuelaw Government, were otticdiall handed
over on December 15th to the Government of

kecentlv appointed Ambossador to Grenada, Senor
Alejandro J,.Perera, 38, said in an interview on
December 16th that he is especially pleased to be in
Grenadid at this time when this aspect of Venezuelan
aid is being realized.

"This is one of the demonstrations of our friendship
and cooperation with the Eastern Caribbean
countries", he said, "and espc-chily with

These houses are the remnant of a gift of 100
houses eiven in 1982 by Venezuela to the- Peoples
Revolutionary Government. They were never,
erected and because of bad storage, half of them;
rotted and were lost.

Recently, Venezuela through the Venezuelan
Investment Fund, provided a loan to Grenada tol
erect the houses, and they have now been put up int
two locations.

Ambasv-caor Perera said the finishing touches are)
now being put to the houses and they will be readyi
for occupancy early in the New Year.

Through 'soft ioarn." provided by the Venezuehui
Investment Fund, the Ambassador said, 4001
houses are to be hut in Barbados and 100 ini
Dominica next year.

Venezuela is also asisting Grenada in the field of
fisheries. Senor Perera said.

Filteen days ago", he said, "an Agreement was
signed in Caracas with the Grenada Government forl
financing, through the Venezuelan Investment
Furtn .I the provis-on of refrieerauion faciiities for!
the f.-h indutr'

Additionally, he said. an expert fisherman is already!
in the island in an advisory capacity to the Artisanal
Fisheries Departmetr.

Before his :irp"rintm)ent to Grenada. Ambassador
Perera was stationed in Barbados as Counselor to:
the Vv.-ezuelan Embassy there. He has also been
in charge of the ene7uela-. Embassy in St Lpcial
and has served in the Venezuelan Foreign Service inj
Washington _____31
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iThe Roman Catholic
,Bishop of Grenada,
.Sydney Charles, has
'called for a change of
attitude in Grenada and
an the Caribbean to-
iwards the work ethic.

rhe Bishop was speak-
1ing on December 11th at
ihe "Achievement Day"
Graduation exercises of
,the New Life Organ-
isation (NEWLO), and
he challenged the grad-
juates to "change the
"The challenge which
faces you is to make
sure that you are not
absorbed into the kind
of attitudes which ob-
tain", he said, "the
lackadaisical attitude
and the lack of pro-
fessional pride in the
work that people

,Bishop Charles warned
e graduates they
;iZ no longer enjoy the
creative atmosphere of
ENFWLO. They will
now be exposed to a
world where they will
Shave to teach the
values they have learnt



to the people they meet,
he said.

NEWLO, an ecumenical
venture of the Counci I
of Churches, Grenada,
was established on 30th
July 1984 and is largely
funded by Misereor, a
West German Found-
ation jointly operated by
the West German Gov-
ernment and the Roman
Catholic Church.

Students are accepted
on a co-educational and
mainly live-in basis and
are trained a range of
skills including car-
pentry, woodwork m as-
onry, elctuical, plumb-
ing, agriculture, sewing
and straw-craft.
Additionally, students
receive basic academic
training and are in-
structed in social stud-
ies, self-awareness.
family life and religious

A nominal fee is
accepted from students,
if they are able to pay,
and NEWLO has an 18-
month training pro-

fhe Grenada Government has successfully
negotiated the acquisition of 200 pre-fabricated
houses from Venezuela.

This was disclosed on December 30th by Mr Danny
Wilhams. Minister of Health and Housing in the
Grenada Government as he spoke at the openingi
ceremony of a new Medical Station donated by;
Radda Barnen the Swedish Save the Childrenu

"They will be two-bedroom concrete houses", the|
Minister said, "and the galvanized iron roofs will be
coated with bitumen to ensure long life."

Mr Williams said these houses will be used in a low-
income subsidized housing project. Financing for
the project has already been arranged, he said, and
he expected that, by the first quarter in 1987,
"things should be on the move"

This is the second consignment of pre-fabricated
houses to come to Grenada from Venezuela.

The first consignment of 100 houses, a gift from the
Venezuelan Government, came to Grenada in

gramme which has now
turned out a total of 50
Most of these graduates
have been absorbed by
construction compauiei
and some have launched
out on their own.

Poor storage resulted
in the loss of 50 of
these houses and the
remainder were not
erected until last year.

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IMr Danny Williams, Minister of Health and
.Housing in the Grenada Government, has charged
that too many CGrenadians take foreign aid for
granted and feel donor countries will automatically
continue to offer assistance.
"We cannot expect this (foreign aid) to go on for
lever", he said, 'and, at any rate, it is no ambition
for a country to expect that other people will always
be handing out."

lMr Williams was speaking on December 30th at the
opening of a Medical Station donated by Radda
;Barnen, the Swedish Save The Children Federation
|and he repeated Prime Minister Blaize's statement
that what Grenada wants is not a hand out", but
(aid in the form of a h and up" to put the island on its

1"Grenadians have to be prepared to make a few
More sacrifices and work a little harder so we can
build this country on a firm economic basis', Mr
'Wilhams said.

!"We have to pull up our socks', he said, "people
have come to our aid because we have suffered
Certain traumas and they realise we need it, but they
will look to see what use we are making of what
ey are giving us.

Radda Barnen is a voluntary non-governmental
organisation which has the blessing of the Swedish
Government and, according to Mrs Angela Smith.
Honorary Swedish Consul in Grenada, the Medical
Station project is an indication of Sweden's interest
in Grenada.

"This is an EC$2.2 million project to build 7 new
Medical Stations and repair 13 others", she said.
"All the furniture is made in Grenada and Radda
Barnen is also Supplviig the modern equipment fori
these stations,"

Under the project, four of the Stations have already
been built, 10 have been repaired, and it is expected
that the entire project will be completed by February

In addition to this project, Radda Barnen has:
provided equipment for handicapped children andi
has made available the services of agynaecologist, as
pediatrician and a public health nurse.(342) I

Over 1200 Jamaicans lost their lives on 14th:
January i'1,07 when the city of Kingston was!
destroyed byearthqakea.::! I ire.



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The Grenada Nevsletter Wednesday 31st December 1986 Page 9


I Tve~ty Loau UiiderARCDP

Twenty loans totaling EC$2 16,000 have been made
ato small farmers under the Agricultural
Rehabihtation & Crop Diversification Project

[This was announced in a radio broadcast on
,December 9th by Prime Minister Herbert Blaize.
ARCDP is funded from an EC$2.4 million line of
credit established by the Caribbean Development
Bank and the Grenada Development Bank.

Li=p For varn For Fisheries

tFor the first 10 months of 1986, the total amount
fish caught in the State of Grenada was 2.321,000
This is a 28% increase over the 1985 catch which
iwas 5% bigger than the 1984 catch.
'These figures were given by Prime Minister Herbert
!Blaze in a radio broadcast on December 9th, and
Mr Blaize said the total wholesale market value of
e 1986 catch, so far, is Et_:$5.2 million. The
value of the 1985 catch was EC$4 million.
Through the Fish Marketing Programmne operated
under die Artisanal Fisheries Development Project,
fishermen are provided with a guaranteed market
and the fish is sold through 130 outlets in rural
areas, government institutions, hotels and
Under the Project, for the first 10 months of 1986,
EC$S00,000 was provided in loans to fisherm-n for
the purchase of boats and engines.

[The Prime Minister announced that a loan of 2.1
mdlioU Bolivars (EC$ ) has been obtained from the
Government of Venezuela for provision of a central
freezing and storing facility.

6 Iwse Sb p C'aISs Ot rTse Increase
IThe Government Information Service has
announced that there has been a 14% increase in
cruise ship calls at Grenada from January to
September 1980 as compared with the
corresponding period in 1985.'
In 1985, there were 126 calls with 65,147 cruise
Passengers and, in 1986, this increased to 154 calls
with 77 630 cruise passengers.

n'radian Gets Top A sards

iGrenadian born Mr Garth Otto George was
presented with the C.hares R _Mod:ca Award for
Klutstanding, Clinical Perfoiman:re.,: when he
graduated from the St Georges U(niue -iit School
)f Medicine on December 29th.
Mr George also received the International S-u'lent
,Award for Outstanding Cotributiion to the

International Character of the University.
The graduation ceremony, which involved 361
candidates, took place in the United Nations
building in New York,

Mr George was the recipient of one of the five
annual scholarships awarded to Grenadians by thej
Also graduating on this occasion was Grenadianj
sorn Miss Rosmarie Romain-Tyson. Ten other
Grenadian graduates of the University are doing
postgradutae training.

GSsanfd h//ar MHIi&o Board

Grenada's forests have the potential to produce onel
million .eet of board annually, a third of thel
country's requirements, but are now producing only,
12% of those requirements.
This was disclosed by Prime Minister Herbert
Blaize in a broadcast on December 9th, and thej
Prime Minister said the aim, over the next 5 years,
is to meet 25% of the island's timber requirements[
from local resources.

A fgreeSiot Jog OAS

The Grenada Government and the Organisation ofl
American States (OAS) have signed an Agreement
covering technical cooperation for the execution of
an Integrated Development Project
This Project, to which the OAS is contributing
US$440, 00 and Grenada USS76,000, includes
technical cooperation in five areas relevant to
management of Grenada's natural resources.
The areas are, a development plan for agricultural
lands, m.inagement of Grand Anse Beach in the
tourist development area, establishment of a policy
and system for national parks and protected areas,
assistance in specific natural resource development
and protection projects in Grenada's sister island ofl
Additionally, the Project will provide basic
information, traiuuing and plans useful for activities
of other government agencies.

Grevz& R3/i 3^ 5%

For the II rsi six ,nofith.i of 1%'^c Grenada's Gross
Domestic Product gre'N by 3.2 and the projectionI
for the whole year is 4.
T:,- was disclosed by Prime. Minister Herbert
Blaize in a broadcast on December 9th. and the1
PrIme Minister compared, L.he' figures with ai
negative g,-owth in 1983 1% in 1984 and 3.5% ini

The Ptimne Minister said also that the Retail


Page 10 Wednesday 31st December 1986 The Grenada Newsletter

Price Index had declined by 1.6% in the 12 month
,period ending October 1986 and he compared this
-negativ inflation with 3.7% inflation in 1984,
land 1.8% inflation in 1985

The Caribbean Council For Science & Technology
kCCST) held its 6th Plenary Session in Crenada
From 10th to 12th December.
'Special topic for the Session was "Utilisation of
:Natural Resources for Development" and emphasis
iwas on natural products including agricultural
products and minerals.

aemu To &E SMamS I&ffB

lThe Government of Grenada is to purchase 2
shares in the Internadional ban1- For Reconstructit
Authorisation for this purchase is in Act 46/198
passed by the House of Representatives on 7
november 1986, and assented to by Govern'
general Sir Paul Scoon on December 30th.
The Act, whibh does not state the value of td
shares labels them as "unsubscribed".

Spaef 'talaef 74 App.a- ....0Cart



,two prominent estindian barristers have been
appointed to Grenada's Court of Appeal.
,They are Mr Time Kendall of Antigua and Mr Rex
ilHerbert McKay, Senior Counsel. of Guyana
'Both Messrs Kendall and McKay are in private
practice in their respective countries and their
appointments date from 29th December 1986.

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MdWica&I Sudeat A varded

At a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Decembed
1st. Mr James Gnrffee, a student of the St Georges'
University School of Medicine, was awarded the
Distinguished Service Award by Secretary of thel
United States Army, Mr John 0. Marsh.

The award is in recognition of his assistance to the
armed forces during the United Stated military
intervention in Grenada in October 1983.
According to a press release from the School, after
evacuation of the other students from the School's
True Blue Campus, Mr Griffee remained behind to'
draw a map which directed the military to the
School's other campus at Grand Anse where other
students were waiting to be evacuated.
Mr Griffee also manned an Army communications
centre, relayin messages to the Grand Anse
campus, and from helicopters to the command post
at the Point. Salines runway.

.T&e .61p am t Empyey)J2

The Public Workers Union, the Grenada Union of
Teachers and the Grenada Technical & Allied
Workers Union have approached Radio Grenada for
air time "to give a full account to the nation of the
current negotiations and where the issue has
The "issue' concerns the terms of an Industrial
Agreement covering 1984, 1985 and 1986 which
are still to be settled and, according to a press
release from the Unions. proposals for wage
increases for 1987, 1988 and 1989 were submitted
to Government on December 29th.

,)uztbsa ffXgkW '"

;ember 1986

Printed & Published By The Proprietors
Alister & Cynthia Hughes, Journalists
Of Scott Street, St Georges, Grenada, Westindies
(P.O. Box 65: Phone 1809] 440 2538: Cables, HUSON, Grenada)





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