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Urnted States over the period 1984 to 1989
when the Prime Minister dismissed Dr
Mitchell from his Cabinet.
iThe NNP Leader said, :if the Gienadian
jAdministration understood the Americans
better, a lot more aid would have been
extracted. He had requested the Prime
Minister, he said, to permit him to go to
Washington to do field work showing k ey
People what Grenada needed.
Was Not C onvinced
iHe tried to explain to Mr Blaiae, he said,
that Washington is a place where it is
necessaryto lobbyand a suitable lobbyist
!should be employed, but the Prime
Minister was not convicted.
Dr Mitchell said the United States gave
jiconsideiable financial assistance in comn-
pleting Point Salines Intemational Airport.,
in balance of payment support an-d with
roads and. water infra=strtute.
Hov-ivenr hB said, Grenada lost considerable
isus in 1987 wh-en -he U.S. advice to
istructurne the civil service was not followed.
IW-ington undr.etook to pay the cost of
SGRENLEC from Pan 6
j One 10i, which also originated in the_
SUnited States, ciam- jointly from tvwo
or'ganisations, Pow-er Systen Invstors
Gjoup i c. and NRECA Int'mrational Ltd..
Address e given air Metaieie, Louisana;
!Norcross, Georgia and Washimr on, D.C.
The tee other bids were subnittzed bV
SAlgonqu in' Po, Corp. Inc. of Ontao,
Canaa, Commonrr:-ea-lth Development
jCorp. of London, England and IVO
4Inteational Ltd of Finland.
iAccording to the ie t ase, fioBloing
Evaluation of the bids., (overnmIent vill
Negotiate with the top bidders) to ensure
the best possible results for GRENL EC
Ij and the people of Grenada.
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the exercise, he said, providing cash
payments for those who were retrenched,
but Govenment "played politics" with the
issue arnd a proper restructuring with re-
duction of staff vas not done.
"Had ve implemented the programne,"
Dr Mitchell said, "ve vould have been in
a far better position now and would not
be in the fiscal mess we are in today."
The NNP Le.ader iferred also to tax reform
advice given Pnmr Minister Blaize by tax
experts paid for by the United States Agency
for International Developrient.
This aU vice included abolition of income tax
andi several other taxes in the 1986 budget,
and introduction of new taxes, chief of which
was a "Value Added Tax" (VAT).
As Much The Fault
VAT did not operate satisfactorily .and Dr
Mitchell said, in retrospect, the advice of
"the U.S. experts had not been foolproof
However, he feels failure of t tax reforxms
was as much the fault of the Grenada Gov-
ernment as the U S advisers.
"If a man gives you advice about a system
you should implement, he said, "you
must make sure you hav the staffing i
place to implement it-
As a result of the failure of VAT to opemte
sucessf,A he said, G17overnrent found itself
very short of -cah and had to bonrrw heavily
frzm the Nation. Insurance Scheme.
Tere had been a statement by ashin-gton
that the U S 7ould make up the deficit while
VAT got into side, hbe said, but that state-
ment. ,-as not a commitment in writing and.
it had not been honoured.
A view from the Private Sector, expressed
in an interview with NEWSLETTER on
October 22nd by Mr Aa-ron Moses, Preside nt
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of the Grenada Chamber of Industry and
Cornmerce, is that the United States could
have done a great deal rrre for Grenada
after the intervention.
"I don't vant to call the Americans crisis
managers, he said, "but their foreign
policy is such that they go into a country,
get rid of one problem and, instead of
staying to ensure the economy is on a
sound footing, they disappear to some
other point of interest"
The Chamber President said there were
errors made by Grenada in that the Gc(v-
ernment's ranageral capacity and the ability
to absorb available aid was lacking.
island become a State of the U.S. and there
was a petition to Washington that Grenada
should be "taken over and gi'venthe status
enjoyed by the U S Virgin Islands.
Avakened To Reality
"There has been no dramatic swing away
from the high irgard in which Americans
were held by most Grenadians at the tije
of the intervention," Mr Moses said, therei
is no anti-American sentiment, but people'
have awakened to reality and a better'
understandings of superpower policy".
The importance of Greniada, the Caribbean
and Latin Amenica now, he said, is the fact
that the re ion is a large market for North
Armercan private enteror se.
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Mr Moses said Grenada received some
US$100 million in the years imanediately
following the intervention, but that money
may not have been properly utilised, there
has been a dranatc change in vorid
economy and resources are now no longer
As far as the promise to have Puerto Rican
industries establish plants in G3rnada, Mr
Moses said on2 or -to plants had been set
up but they vere the result of a "mlrm
political gesture" and did not represent any
measurable economic gain to the island.
The Real Question
The real question, he said, is whether Grm-
rada can attract investment capital in
competition with the low ages paid in
Haiti, Santo Domingo and Mexico.
Mr Moses and Dr Mitchell share the vie
that, following the nterweation, expectat-
ions of Grenadians were unrealistic.
in some quarters, those e:xectatiors reached
te point where there_ as a vish that the
But the mainter-iance of that importance rnust
be the concern of the region, the Chamber
President said, and the region must ensure
thaat, whateverfor the North American Free
Trade Area (NAFTA) takes, there are bene-
fits for the region.
As far as Grenada's economy is con-
cerned, Tourism is nov the mainstay, the
industryis continuingits lusty growth and
prospects are bright
This opinion was expressed in an intervie-
with NEWSLETTER on October 22nd by
Mr Gus Cruickshank, President of the
Grenada Hotel Association (GHA), and be
said growth has averaged some 15% per
annumn for the past few year.
"We expect things to get even betterbecause,
in December, tvo new hotels, "The Gre-
nadian" with 212 rooms and. "La Source"
with 125 ronms, vill open," he said, "and.
hotel bookir s are heavy as a result of a
weekly charter every veek out of Britain
beginning in December."
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The GHA President said, over the last
decade, there have notbeein any new hotels
but several old ones have up-grd.ed and
These expansions pushed the hotel room
count up from about 800 to some 1100, Mr
Cruickshank said, and with the new hotels
since opened and to open, the figure is now
Traditional, Agriculture has -5
,been the backbone of the Gre- ;
nadian economy but, on the
overall, the three major crops,.
bananas, cocoa, and nutegs have
Inot doe vell over the past
fell to its lowest level in20 yea s. However,
world stocks are dropping and thee is
expectation that prices will be rmon
favourable next year.
The nutme g industry received a tremendous
boost in 1987 when the Grenada Co-
operative Nutmeg Association entered into
a Marketing Agreement with ,nutmeg
exporters in Indonesia.
That Agreement continued in effect
until 1989 with great benefit to
SGrenada's nutmeg paoduceis. In
that year, however, it was dissolved,
report-edly at the instance of the
Inteirradional Moretay Funmd (IMF)
1v'hich made its dissolution a
ondrAitionof a loan to Indonesia.
With establishment of the Euro- Completely Used Up
pean Single Market the protection .- Since then, Grenada's nutmeg
enjoyed by bananas on the British Market industry as languished to the extent
was threatened. A protocol was . tlit, last year, its financial re-
recently established which gives MR sus CRUICKSHANK seies had been completely used
limited protection until the year 2000, but up and Government had to come to its
the future of the industry after that date is assistance.
SHave Been Ravaged
Additionally, Grenad.a's banana plantations
have been ravaged by moko disease,
production has been declining and the
quality of fruit has been the subject of
complaint for some tinm. An Agricultural
IMission from the Republic of China onM
STaiwan has instituted procedures for
combating these handicaps but results of
these efforts have not yet become evident.
For some years, Grenada's cocoa crop has
been declining anl only recently has this
trend been reversed. Some 2.9 million
pounds were produced in 1992 and, in 1993,
this figure vent up to 3.5 million pounds,
but production is still far fm the 5 million
pounds which used to be produced annually
over a decade ago.
Additionally, world market prices have been
Iunfavourable arMd. in 1992 the. orce of cocoa
During the mid-1980s, annual growth of the
Gross National Product (GNP) vas reported
to average about 6%, this figure falling off
slightly in the late 1980s and eariy 1990s.
Mr Aaron Moses, Chamber President, said
figures reaching him show that, for the fist
six months of 1993, GNP growth had been
The economic future of Grenada is
uncertain but, while there is a feeling of
dissatisfaction, there is ot a sense of
despondency on the island.
This, however, may not be a positive
indication of a vill to banish dissatis-
faction by owvrcoming difficulties vhich
must be faced, but a negative sign of
faiure to understand the responsibilities
vhich independence lays on a people.
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Not only must iev improve our sites and attractions
for the visitors, but we must
also in-prve the ser ices we offer
R G-R E.'MARIO" BUL-
len. GIenada's Acting-Direc-
tor of Touinsm, said on
October 11th that, if Gre-
*nada is to reap the axrnimum benefit
from Tourism, the overall quality of the
island's tourism product, that is, the sum
total of the visitorfs experiences. must be
r&ir nw"r t&Av4 mi only mast w
~mpvw our si" aBf ad ractiK&w fr
te rikftats M &s- rk, W6rl We s7f a&AV
iapynP ti e m-rwar rw oAr ff
Mr Bullen's remarks vere rade at. the
opening ceremony of a five-day training
seminar organised for operators in the hotel
and restaurant sectors of the trade, and for
personnel from the Immigration and Cus-
Will Be Judged
The importance of training carmot be over
emphasized if Grenada is to deliver quality
goods and services, he said, and in the
competitive situation of today, it is by its
goods and services that the island vill be
Over the last three years, the Director said,
the Board of Tourism has concentrated a lot
of effort and money on training tourism
guides and taxi drivers but mor needs to be
done. It is not enough to train the guides
and taxi drivers, he continued, training must
be provided also for people at every level of
The seminar, which was entitled "Service
Ambassador" vas conducted by the
Bahamas-bas-ed Managerrent Development
SResources, and vas 80% financed by the
United States Agency for International
Development (US AID) working though the
Organisation of University Services (OUS)
of the University of the West Indies.
Other financing vas from the Government
of Grenada and seminar fees charged to the
The Fourth Time
Mrs Viienne Roberts, Barbados-based
USAID Development Training Prject Co-
ordinator, speaking atthe opening ceremony,
said the USA ID/OUS Development Training
Project has been in effect since 1991. There
have been considerable regional training
activities, she said, and the current seminar
represents the fourth time in-country training
has been organised in Grenada.
"We have worked vith the Ministry of
Health to do a family planning up-date,"
Mrs Roberts said, "we'e worked with
the Grenada National College to do
training m agnbusiness and, recently, ve
have worked vith the National Devel-
opment Foundation todo traininin small
These broad areas of training indicate the
Project is designed to achieve broad object-
ives in economic and social development
she said, and the present mandate is to assist
in natural resource management and in trade.
Mr Roosevelt Finlayson, President of
Management Development Resources, said
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AKDJS PLMB LLM WHILL
Fhat we are d ting with today is only a very sna
problem compared to the size of th problem
we wdil e Jaoing
R FRANKLIN WHITE, DIR- small problem compared to the size of the
sector of the Trimdad-based problem ve will be facing, even by the end
SCaribbean Epidemiology Centre of this decade."
t""T (CAREC), said in Grenada on
October 20th that reseac h projections of his
organisation indicate the impact of Acquired
Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) will
increase vell beyond the year 2000.
"Whether we like it or not", he said, "vhat
ve are dealing with today is only a very
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in an interview with NEWSLETTER
after the opening ceremony that his is a
family orgaisation which has beenin the
business of training for the last six years.
"Because tourism is the majorindustry in
the Bahamas", he said, "most of ourwork
is in that field, but we operate also in
other sectors including the Bahamas
Government, telephone company, some of
the oil companies and retail establish-
Mr Finlayson said the focus of the seminar
was to improve the level of service the
staff delivers to guests but, before this can
be done, there must be attention to how
managerrent can become more effective
at managing their staff.
This, he said, will include conmumuic action,
the building of a team spint, building the
level of trust, developing mutual respect
and the delegation of the power to make
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Dr White's prediction came in his address
at the opening ceremony of a three-day
seminarfunded by the United States Agency
For International Development (USAID) and
dedicated to considering problems and
constraints in management of national AIDS
The CAR EC Director said, in the time
allocated forthe seminar, itwas anambitious
project to deal vith the issues outlined in
the agenda which covered a vide range from-
the technical to the ethical.
Can Defy Science And Logi
However, participants should remember the
primray focus of the seminar which was the
managermrnt of AIDS programmes, he said,
and in doing this, he asked that it be
remembered that AIDS and sexually trans-
mitted diseases relate to the human condition
and can defy science and logic.
It has become clear that any approach to
AIDS; which does not simultaneously
approach sexually transmitted diseases will
be inadequate, Dr White said, as inter-
national studies indicate the presence of an
ulcer will increase by as much as.50 to 100
times the likelihood of transmission of H IV.
"It should be very obvious, therefore", he
said, that we must programme AIDS within
the context of comprehensive Sexually
Transmitted Disease (STD) programmes" .
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The CAREC Director said, since AIDS "Unfortanately,thisisievitable,")esaid,
prevention programmes were undertaken in "and therefore we will be able to respond
the Caribbean, there has been some success successfullyonlybyi-creasigyinulving
but, inevitably, the case-load has grovn and non-governmental organizations "
vill continue to grow.
Nineteen English-speaking Caribbean
The priority needs to be upgraded fordevel- countries were represented at the seminar.
oping capacity for improved clinical They included all Members of the Caribbean
diagnoses and management because the Community (CARICOM), the Cayman
Caribbeanis behind schedule in these areas,. Islands, the Turks & Caicos Islands, British
he said, and counselling skills should be Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Bermuda.
developed byinvolvingall who have "people
contact'. Other speakers at the opening ceremony
were Ms. Jacqueline Joseph of the CARI-
Most important of all, he said, is the critical COM Secretariat, Mrs Roslyn Saint-Victor,
need progressively to involve non-govern- Panamerican Health Organisation AIDS
ment organizations. This is essential, the Coordinator and Mr Phinsley St Louis,
CAREC Director explained, because within Grenada's Health Minister.
a fairly short period of time, the impact of
AIDS vill outstrip the capacity of Health I;sd----- -.
Ministries and formal Health Services.
Autralian High Commisoner British Aid For Blind
Says Farewell Resource Centre
Mr Peter Rogers, Australian High Corn- The British High Commission, under the
missioner to Grenada, resident in Jamaica, Heads of Mission Gift Scheme, has donated
Don't write "West Indies" with a space,
That space divides, it's out of place.
Let's write "Westindies" as we should,
Proud symbol of our nationhood.
has retired from the post and pad a fre ell equipment the Blind Resource Centre
visit to Grenada on October 22nd. vhich has enabled the Cenre to expand its
Mr Rogers has represented his country in That equipment includes cassette players,
Grenada since April 16th 1991. large.rint typevrites and a hi-fi system.
23ri ber 1993
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TheFry he qgune to the stars andt wilM
Jorwver skine il glory
Fort George in the heart of St
George's, a plaquevas dedicated
0"in everlasting remory" of
Prime Mnister Maurice Bishop and 15 other
people 'ho died 10 years ago in thue killings
hic-h -sulted from
the pover stmug-
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MAURICE BISiSHOP KeF,9xl Panmer
Acting. Prime Mi st r .eor zapi-,t
members of Parliament~ members of the
Diplomatic Cons and some 30 or 40
members of the General Public.
Since 1988, the holding of this service on
the anniversary of the tragic events of
19th October 1983 has become a Gre-j
nadian tradition, but its focus hasi
Organised by the Go-vernirint. the service
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October 19th Commemoration
Changes Focus~ ..............
Workers Will Strike Until
Agreement Signed..........-. 3
Seven Bids Submitted for
Ten Years te The
Tourism Operators Get Training10
() AIDS Problem Will Outstrip
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vas held, originally, on the outer parade
square of the Fort where the People's
Revolutionary Army had gud dognedd n many
people arid from wheir rany had jumped to
their deaths from the mla-arts of the Fort..
The form in the years 988, 1989 and 1990
was that prayers vere said by Clergy of the
Conference of C huihes, Greada (CC G),
for "all who died" on that day and a wreath
was laid by the Governor-General.
In 1991, confrontation arose. Both
Government an TheMaurice Bishop and
October 19th Martyrs Foundation organ-
ised services to be held a Fort George.
But, behind the scenes, there had been
friction. The Foundation's vish to erect
a plaque did not have Government's
approval. It. was reported that it was
Government's viev that any plaque erected
at the Fort should coniremorate "all who
died" but the Foundation fished something
which extolled Bishop.
This year, that difference has been
ironed out and the focus of the
ceremony has switched from a com-
memoration of "all who died" on that
day to commemoration of Bishop and
his colleagues and friends-
The changig nocus o the ceremony
This vas the first time The piaque states it
the Foundation arranged has been erected by
for a service at the Fort m the Foundation "vith
and it as held, not on the outer parade the co-operation of the Government of
square, but on the inner square here Grenada" and bears Bishop's name
Bishop and his colleagues had been and the names of the seven vho vere
executed. executed vith him on the inner parade
I Thatyear, also for the first time, Gov.ernrent
arranged for its service to be held, not on
the outer square where an estimated 100 plus
Grenadians died, but on the inner square
where Bishop and his friends were executed.
The Foundation held its service first arnd
speakers wvee bitter when invite repre-
sentatives of the CCG. who later conducted
lsthe Covemment's series; filed to ttum up.
Last year, t-he service was on the inrmersquare
and was a joint, endeavour of Govermnent
and the Foundation. And, at this service,
the changing fbcus of the ceremony becarre
evidentvher, speaking onthis occasion, Mrs
Mai~Z e. t Neckles, President of the Senate,
highlighted the purpose of the occasion.
_UA the n ff im Isow haw swthwd
haee as a& & s A2 to jtAC w& Aifl B t&i
z Se..._" she said. "..r are a Ao
i a w firf Arft Mazr*a ce jB &op"
Aw VUU .
Then, divided from those-names by a
horizontal line, are the names of eight
other persons, presumably members of
Bishop's New Jewel Movement, who
vere killed that day at other locations
on the Fort.
In bold type, the plaque says, "They
have gone to the stars and viU forever
shine in glory
One clergyman n taking an official part in the_
ceremony ,as Pastor Terrence Baptiste.
billed on the progrTmmne as being of the
Maurice Bishop & October 19th Martyrs
Foundation: the prog-rane does notindicate
that the CCG v as officially represented.
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The whoLe purpose O tie Strikg wiU be Lost;
HE STRIKING EMPLOY-
1ees of the Grenada Renaissance
Hotel vill not return to worTk
unirtil the disputed Indlusitrial
to cover the
terrns were p
Agreement has been signed by the before the
-I.tel owners. .. sign
iMVr Derek Allard, e.sient of the ch
trade union involved, the Gre-.0. .- Re;
nada Bank & General Wikmts mej
Union (BGW ), imde this am- "
hatic state ai a pess con-
frence Oct ober 15th, anI he h
saio. ,h-e !ade Union L Couuril .
|is fulty behind the workers l
"The strike was called for 4
the purpose of getting the'
Agre t sined" R ~'R DEIEK LLARD
saidand, if the workers cideee "1ith
Inov to return to york before the Agree- collective ag
meant is sizned, the vhwie purpose of the
strike vil be lost" However, th
Had Been Settled
Grenada Renaissance Hotel is the biggest ? /
hot-l on the island and. some 100 employes
of the hotel have been onstnke since NEl
September '2th. Accoiring to the Unon, Found
tus industrial acti-n was taken fC:lowing
failuree of t*-jf hotel owners, Issa Nicholas co:
(Grenada) Linited (NGL) to sign as n irs
Industrial Agreement, the terms of which
had. been etted. tage
IINcL is owned "by nnridadian entrmp-
Renaissance Reaso .rHter.an was managed
for L by Ramada Intenational Lirrited
last. year RIL and BGWL
negotiations for an A.jgrement
period 1992 to 1995. Its
ut into effect in November but,
SAReerr.nt could be formally
ed., th.e U Jon ias advised that
nars of the hotel had been
ngod to "Geriada Renaissance
sort Hotel" ard that manage-
nt was im the hands of INGL.
Wrote The Union
L.Confirnmng this change,
7 INGL wrote the Union arnd
advised that, as, far as the
jIdustrial Agfement was
concerned, RIL had been
the Company's agent "s ub-
jet to written notification
and approval" by INGL
es pect to industrial and
e Union wv as sued INGL
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led 17th August 1973
C0SRS x CABOT aARD 19"4
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payable I Advar e
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lam IPot In Grenada)
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WORKERS from Page 3
vould not "back away from any terrs and
conditions of the workers ..... whichhad been
Ar &sr as -e Vflha vars cawmmed
Mwsvere adli nMYa"a dcoisiinsAdkes
faa A&f Mfr Afanx said m an
itewelv m~ NEWSLETTER on
cS er.ft &Vsit isarguamits t~saar e
tefact tIat theA4jeZnS NsUreIV COG
to 19 1and Merm ofs"& ryam&res3 A c~k-
pa&ad &wwRms had en e Ptame&i
There were some delays but-, following a
meeting with Mr Nicholas' representative-
in the office of Mr Edzel Thomas, the
Labour Minister, it was agreed the signinR
should take place on March 2nd. This
did not take place, there were further
meetings with the Minister, INGLexpsessed
a v ish to renew negot iatiors with the Union
and B GWU finally withdrew labour on
Certain Minor Matters
At the press conference on October 15th,
Mr Allard said the Union rwas advised by a
spokesman for INGL that Mr Nicholas
would be coming to Grenada on October
12th. Mr Nicholas wisrhd to meet the
Union to settle certain minor matters, the
spokesi xan is reported as saying, ard he wasi
prepared to sign the Ag.rement.
Mr Allard said, Mr Nicholas -was seen to
arrive at the hotel on October 12th but the.
meeting with B GWJ did not take place
Fl r~~dsmat fiat MrNckltksr zstds
aFnatn. g w & ap, hmFtdhe.lPn,
MtBkder and Me AMin&str of LaA1 nr he
said3, aad test he kit Lt e cozwbr.
Following this, on the same day, BGWUJ
was called to a meeting with the Minister of
Labour The Minister, Mr Allai. said,
tired to get the strike called o-ff a aa prelude
to opening discussions with Mr Nichols.
This did not find. agreement and the Union
was called to another meeting that day, the
BGWU President said, this time vith Prime
Minister Nicholas Brathwaite and repre-
sentatives of INGL.
According to Mr Allard, Mr Bxathwaite
made a two-pronged proposal toresolve the
impasse. First, the strike should be
"suspended" with a return to work on
October 20th and. secondly, the matter of
signing the Agreement should be reened to
the Ministry of Labour for "conciliation".
In reply to an inquiry by the Prime Minister,
Mr Allanr said, the INGL representatives
said they agreed with this proposal, but the
BG-WU President said Mr Brathwaite never
asked the Union representatives what their
InA Jovial Manner
"He (Brathaite) ended the meeting m a
jovial nmnner without asking us whether
we agreed or disagreed," Mr Allard said
"Started shaking everybody's hands and
said to us, 'Go now boys and get the
people back to work' and so forth".
Mr Allard said this was unsatisfactory to
the Union and a further meeting with the
Prime Minister was requested and was had
the following day (13th).
At that meeting, the Ul on epessed their
concerns that there was no guarantee that-
"att, te end of the day" there would be a
signed Agreement, Mr Allard said, but Mr
Brath-vaite said he could not discuss that
matter in the absence of the INGL represent-
On the suges tion of the Union that those
representatives could be called to a meeting
to get this point settled, the BGWU President
said, the Prirne Minister said doing that
vould embarrasss" him.
The Prime M iirster was told the strike would
Please See WORKERS Page 5
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0)2D GIRKLEC HAgME -
meant has received seven
bids for the purchase Sf tW
"a significant share" in
the Government owned Grend.a
Electricity Services Ltd.
Led by the Grenada Trades Union
Council (TUC), the National Joint
Co-operation Committee on
Privatization (NJCCP), a con-
glomrerate of 17 organizations
inludinr all TUC affiliates and all
The closing date for receipt of bids oposition political parties, has been
was October 15th and .an official lou in pr;eststaait pnvatis-
release says receipt of these bids action of GRENLEC
Sharks culmination cf'a two month
marketing pcess aitied at NJCCP has stated it is not
identifying investors vith the SEN. CHESTER HUMPHREY against pivatsatiaon parse but
financial strength and. operating expertise opposed to divesirent of state-owned
needed to rnod rnise GRENLEC and enterprises which are rnoney-makers.
impirve the quality of the company's
WORKERS Fsan Page 4
continue, Mr Allard said, and since then,
BGWU had. been sunir-roned to a Meeting
at the Ministry of Labour on the following
Tuesday (19th). The BGOTvW President
expressed the hope that that rreting vould
be more fruitful.
A spokesman for the Grenada Employers
Fedemtfion (GEF) confirmed to NEWS-
LETTER a statement by the BGWUj
President that INGL had informed GEF
that they needed, no help as "they had the
matter in hand.
President of the Grenada Hotel association
(i GHA, Mr Gizs C rckshank, conrfim ed
to NEWSLETTER that GHA had been
fully briefed on the Union's side of the
dispute but, despite requests, INGL had
not informed GHA of their side.
Unsuccessful efforts have been made to
reach Mr Joe Sanchez, the hotel rmnager,
In this connection, the Committee has
publicised figures produced by the
International Monetary Fund (IMF]
relative to GRENLEC Those figures
shov the Company had deficits in 1987
and 1989 due to several capital projects
including a major rural electrification
programme- However, there vere
surpluses in the years fooving, including
a surplus in 1992 of about 1% of Gre-
nada's Gross National Product
Senator C hester Humphrey, prominent TUC
member, said last April that GRENLEC's
performance caot be compared to
performance of a regular business in that
GRENLEC has a "social component
"GRENLEC is asked by Govenment to
undertake rural electrification in areas
which are iumipmfilab.le," be said, "therefore,
you cannot expect GRENLEC to rngister
levels of profitability vhich private sector
Nevertheless, he said, according tf audited
Plaael See GRENLEC Pate 6
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renauta couLd awe kl tL gCreater financial
support from dthe Uuirted States.
litical Leader of the Nev Nat-
ional Party (NNP) and prominent
member of Grenada's House of
Representatives, said in an intervev vith
NEWSLETTER on October 22nd that, over
the last 10 years since the United States and
Caribbean Forces military intervention,
Grenada could have ,had greater financial
support from the United States.
GRENLEC from Page 5
accounts for 1991, GRENLEC had total
revenue of over EC $28 million from which
more than EC $2 million vas due to be paid
to Govemment in Business Levy Tax, and
there vws still a net profit of over EC$5.3
Dr Keith Mitchell, Political Leader of the
opposition New National Party (NNP), a
member of NJCCP and a member of
Parliament, has been publicly critical of
Government's claim that public assets m-us t
be privatized to produce counterpartt funds"
to attract nev capital projec ts the island.
Reply To Ouestions
Highlighting his criticism, the NNP Politic.
Leader refered tpo answers givenby Minister
of Finance, Prirr Minister Nicholas Brath-
Waite, in reply to questions posed by him
(Mitchell) at a recent meeting of the House
The reply disclosed that moneyrealised from
the controversial privatization of another
national asset the National Commercial
Bank, was used, not as counterpart funds,
but. to buy television equipment and "prepare
to renovate" the burnt out Financial Com-
"If the Americans had had to deal with a
more enlighened Grenadian leadership
and someone who under-
stood them better", he
said, "they vod ha
had to yield a lot
Dr Mitchell, as Minister
of Works and Cormmuni-
cations in the then NNP
government of the late .
Prime Minister Herbert
Blaize, had a ring- .
side seat in develop- DR KEITH MITCHELL
ment of relations between Grenada and the
Please See DECADE Page 7
Dr Mitchell has expressed concern that,
because it is unlikely any local group has
resources of EC $30 million plus, the
estimated 50% value of GRENLEC, "foreign
interests" will acquire controlling interests
in the company.
"No matter vhat commitment is made to
youat the point of buying" hesaid, "vhen
these foreign interest groups take control
of your local company, and it is a
monopoly company, they can find all sorts
of vays of getting more money from the
Three of the bids submitted for purchase of
GRENLEC shares originate from individual
companies in the United States. They are
Samsung/WSC of Washington, D.C.,
Synergic Energy Development ofAnnapolis,
Maryland and WRB Enterprises Inc. of
Pleae See GRENLEC Page 7
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