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A. & C. Hughes
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S rActqn Prime Min-
ister amnd Miniser/
Jfor in,
1 -the Grenad.a Government, said at ;...
a press conference on October 26th
that opposition to Goem nt'3s dec ion

Ito pnrvatse the ,Greada Electricity Com-
pany (GRENLECL ) has been either ideo-
logical or political

IThe political opposition, he said, comes
ftom people who ,ill always take a
different view fromthat of the Government.

vThe other type of opposition copies from a
person on the Grenada Trade Union Council
ied Committee on Privatisation who, ha
stated his objection, on "ideolo--cal_
grounds" to the sale of GRENLEC.

j'Su-ch a statement must be interpreted
!as support for nationalisation as espoused
. by Eastern European countries and the
Soviet Union," he said- "and such a
person is either blind or stupid-'

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of th-e ttifogging, bickering nd apport-
i omrng of blame."

Te greatest tribute Grenadians can pay
ti th, "nineteen honouied dead is tso
i rmdouble efforts and stop dissipatirng
r energy in foolishness, Sir Paul said, and

uty .and responsibility with a vision that
I democacy musit 'Rmain in their land,
Growing from strength to strength as an
anmple to the mest of the world.

Page 5

isin it forZ 72 MR GEORGE BRIZAN
years, the masters of the doctrine of
nationalisation have iB mjec ed it, Mr Brizan
said, and it. can.o, now be presented to
Grenadians a a viable way of rnimng an

The Acting Fmirne Ministersaid privatization
in Grenada is nothing new. He pointed out
that in 1985, Government had privatised all
the hotels and properties which vere part of
the State-run Gm nada Resorts Coo-ration.
A Major Divesture
At that time also. he s6aid, there. was a major
divesttue of lands vhich vere a part. of the
S tate-mn Famrs Cor oration, an organisation
set up by the Peoples Revolutionary Gov-

Mr Brizan said, i 1988/89, 49% of the
shai0s of the -holly Government o-ned
Grenada Telephone C-ompany ere sold to
Cab e &. W reless (C &W and subsequently
a further 2 1% of the shares were sold to
C& W, educin Government's owners!hiv to
apprKimatel.y 30%

"The privatization of GRENLEC follows
logically from what vent on before"., he

The present Government discovered the
State was in control of a number of
enteroinses. the vast. majonty of which had
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ieest i-s rcntommlrninq a new Compamy be format
i-nmendately with a mandate to ensumr an of e cti-e
basis for procurement, fruit nwaqerncmnt
autd Extension s-rvwes

"KflT R DAVID SUGDEN, arYd see -his happen, he said.-
j f Cthief Em-uive Officer
(C EO) of the Britis.h fi of Geepst is the sole buyer of and Marketing
Sees t LC, said at. a press Agent for all Windwards bananas, and
conference in St. Lucia, on October 20th among the unfavourable factors listed
that a number of factors have brought the b. b tfhe C EO are what he called the
Banana Associate of Grerada, St.
Banana -ss..... A -r ... :",,failure of some Banana Ass-
Viment- St Luc-ia a Dom -, ...- .t ociations to introduce cost
to the point of financial col- ng masurs. ard their
cutting measu- s, and their
lapse and placed the N -ind- ;
lpee failure to plan long term
,a _ts Bar .on m , -I
"ads'. Banana. indu'r \ -actions required to position
Jeopardy p- \ t Waid wr anann In-

"I and many other people in Geest, \'.\ "
and I know the vast majority of banana \
growers in the Windvard Islands have
labouned too hard and too long to stand by

c\ > dusty to, be competitive in the
.Z European Single Market (ESM).

Bananas are an important element in the
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OREHNLEC From Page 5
been acquired ypJrsvious mgies, he said,
and decided some of thesz enteprise, weq
better off in the3 hands of the private sector.

In was in this light, having put together .se.
Struenural Adiustm ent progni rne, the
Acting Prin'- Minis tr said., that, in the 1992
BEudget it was armounc ed that the1 National
Commercial Bank, the Cential Garage and.
GRENLEC vere to be privatised.

PIE sent at the press conference, 'Ms Joan
Puicell, Minister for Public Utilities, said
Government has recei-ed bids for
GRENLEC shares from seven "strategic

Explaianig, she said a "strategic investor' is
a "loint partner. experienced in electricity
generation, transr-ision and distribution,
1., c an bring an injec tion of much needed
capital to the companyy.

GRENLEC has functioned well, she said,
but the statement that the company is
"profitable" must be examined against the
background. of the major constraints it

One constraint, she said, is the need for large
amounts of capital which, over a three to
five year penod from 1992 is estimated to
Please See GRENLEC Page 7

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BANANAS From Page 6
economy of the Wir'waid Islands and,
traditionally, this crop has enjoyed a
protected market in Britain, a protection nov
threatened with the advent of the ESM.
Prior to July 1st 1993, British banana
importers were requiid to get permission
to ii-port the cheaper "dollar" banan-as"
fmrom Latin America but, since that date, a
system of licenses was introduced.

Under that system, Wind aids fruit (together
vith ftut from all other Ahican, Caribbean
and Pacific countries of the Lome Con-
vention) remains duty nee ami, up to the
highest tormage shipped over the last six
years, without qualitative limit thrz' ughout
the ESM.

"Dolla'I bananas have been given a limited




GRENLEC From Page 6 R
be EC$30 n million. Neither Govern-
mernt nor the company can provide this
i investment, she said.

A, Anoth-er ajor constraint, she explained,
t the need fbr greater gene mting capacity,
the cormpa y havig an installed capacity
j of 18.4.6 mgawatts while there is a peak
demand of some 11 -4 meBaqats.

S"AlZ our engines, however, are old."
Mrs Purcell said, "theyrange from four
to thirtee years with an average of
seven years, and the nevest and largest
j generator, the live megawatt, on which
il we most depend, is a recomdiiioned
| engine which gives the most head-
aches 2%

I The com.pan- also has a fiel leakage
| problLem h:ich poses an eniuronmerntal
Shazaz. she s-aid and it l-s been esti ated
that connection of this will cost EC$3

STtrough pnvatisation Mirs Puarell said.

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licence of two million tons annually on
which a duty of about US$100.00 per ton
must be paid. That licence limit may be
exceeded, but. duty must then be paid at
nearly US $900.00 per ton on the exess.

These regulations should be in effect until
the year 2003 but "dollar' banana
producers are dissatisfied vith them and
have challenged their validity under the
General Agreerent on Trade & Tariffh

Mr Sugden told the press conference the
Ssate of that challenge s still uncertain
and efforts should be made to have
Windvards bananas, within five years,
able to compete min the ESM on the basis
only of tariff protection and, perhaps,
tariff protection of only 20%.

Long be fore introduction of the nlew egirre
on July Ist, the C EC said, Iis C company had
worked to put itself in a competitive position
in the ESM, thereby providing better service
,to the Windvad qs Banana Industry.

The marketing network has been extended
to cow-r the entire ESM, he said, and an
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BANANAS From Page 7

investment has been made in banana
plantations in Costa Rica to ensure the size
tonnage of fruit now -required.

That investment in Costa Rica has been
criticized as indicating Geest is now
providing itself vith a "back-door'
through which to quit the Windward
Islands, and Mr Sugden explained why
that investment had been necessary.,

The banana trade demands
that it be serviced at least
once per week, he .,
said, and ith the
outlets now hand-
led in Britain and -
Europe, a weekly volume
m excess of 400,000
tors is required. -

That scale of expan-
sion is not a practical ".
venthm. in the -, '
C EO said, and
any suggestion
that the Costa Rican ""
investment "is a means of
us running away fcm the
Windvard Islands or competing
with the Windardo i islands is nonsense "

Mr Sugden said he had scheduled meetings
rith Ban-ana Officials at which his Company
would offer a package of assistance to the
Industry, that package including a loan, for
a period of three to six months, for purchase
of essential inputs.

Geest vill also supply, free of charge,
inputs for successful implementation of a
management system to improve fore-
casting in the industry, and vill fund
recruitment of key personnel to work
I closely vith the Associatons_

ensure that pmxcurement fruit management
and extension services ... are handled on a
more effective and commercial basis," Mr
Sugden said, "(and) recommending that
management of the industry be restructured
to restrict the substantial and damaging effect
politics is having upon efficient manage-

With reference to recent attacks on his
Company, the C EO said Geest
had no direct complaints
from the Associations. And
'- he is not worried,
.7e ~said, over crifi-
Ms of Geest
Swvhich have app-
eared in "scurrilous" press
%. articles which appear,
/ ,---y coincidence,
4 '$h2en there is a
major crisis in the1
I Industry often associated vith
poor market
p ,prices.

What he is con-
cerned with, he said, is the
:. condition the Indusrv. now
finds itself, particularly vith
the Associations coming into financial
crisis. If, because of financial
problems, they cannot purchase vital
inputs, Mr Su.dsen said, production and
quality will be impaind and the image
of the Windvand Island banana vill be

"I am very worried about the state of
the Banana Industry in the Windvard
Islands", he said, "and I would like
Geest to do all it can to put it right
and put it right quickly."

gM V

I"Ceest is recomrrendig a rne Comn4pany
be formed immediately vith a imndate to

The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 6th November 1993 Page 9


IMF Satisfied With Economy

According to the Government Inform-
ation Service (GIS), Dr Carlyle Mithell,
Permamrent Secmtary in the Ministry of
Finance and Director General of Fin-
ance, has said the International Monetary
lFund (lMF) is satisfied with the per-
ifonmance of Grenada's economy-

GIS said Dr Mitchell's comments came
at, the end of a two week visit of the
IMF during which period, an assessment
was made of the fiscal and economic
perfom--ance of the island.

SThe Director of Finance told GIS the
IMF Mission had commended the Gov-
emiment. on its improved fiscal man-
agernment vwich had. rested in real-
isation of an overall surplus of approx-
imately EC $8 million on recurrent
This surplus, he said, vas a significant
improvement over the 1992 perfor-
Imance. It had been achieved mainly
through efficiency of revenue collection,
land the Mission had been impressed by

t"We think ve will exceed the revenue
predictions made -by tl-he 1MF the
Director Genr l for Fitar:e said, and
that our surplus on current account vill
be a bit larger than they have indicated."

Dr Mitc hell sai the IMF Mission had
Canvassed a large cross-section of the
country in older to acquire first hand.
inrfournation on developments in the

IAmong .gmups canvassed were the com-
Inmertial banks, business fins and tbh
Taxi Association.

Treaty Of Maastricht
Comes Into Force

The Treaty of European Union, signed at
Maastricht, Holland on 7th February 1992,
came into force on November 1st 1993.

This treaty re-de fines and extends the
competence of the European Community
in a number of areas including development
co-operation and is, according to a release
fnom the Barbados-based British High Com-
numission, of great importance to Caribbean

The sigficance of this event to the C aribbean,
the release says, lies in the fact that a united,
coherent and. stable Eur-p.ean Community
is fundamental to the future of co-operation
between the European Economic Cornm-,
munity and the African, Caribbean and.
Pacific counties of the Lome Convention.

In their declaration of 18th November 1992
on development co-operation policy in the
run-up to the year 2000, the release says,
the European Council and representatives of
the Member States underlined the need for
the C orrnminity and the Member States to
pursue complemrntar developmentpolicles,3
and development co-operation objectives
will be attained more effectively by closer I
co-ordination at. policy formulation and |
operational levels.

Grenada Has New War

A new War Memorial commemorating those
Grenadian~s rho died in tvwo World Wars,
has been erected in the grounds of the
Botanical Gardens on the outskirts of St

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This memorial replaces one which was
located in the St George's market place, a
site which was thought to be unsuitable.

The new aernorial was designed, free of
cost, by the local finn of architects, Tomlin
Voss Associates, and the project was co-
financed by the British High Cormmission
in Grenada and the. Royal Canadian Legion
based in Ottawva

The annual Renermbrance Day Service and
march past will be held on November 14th,
for the first time, at the new var mernrial.

from the St George's area, while a third
workshop was held at the YWCA building
in Grenville for food vendors in that area.

Funding for this project was provided by
the Pan American Health Organisation and
the Worlid Health Organisation.

Structural Adjustment
Programme Going Well

According to the Govermnarent Information
Service, Mr Anthony Boatsvain, Deputy

Workshops For Food Handlers

Two two-day workshop for food handle is
were held at the Hospitality Aits Division
of the Grenada National College during

Participants vere street and itinerant vendors,
and subjects studied included personal
hygiene, housekeeping, food borne illnesses
and food handling.

These workshops catered to participants

Director General in the Policy And Planning
Division, has said Government's three-year
Stuctural Adjustment Programme, intro-
duced in 1991, is processing "very wvel".

During the past two years, he said, as a result
of efficiency of revenue collection methods
implemented, revenue yields had improved

The staff reduction programme is also on
target, Mr Boatswain said, and he is
confident the programre vill achieve its
objectives on completion in 1994.

/ Aster Hughes
6th November 1993

Priled & Published By The Proprietor,
Alister Hughes, Journalst,
Of Scott Street, St.GCorge's Grenada, Westi mies
(P.O.Box 65: Phone [8091 440 2538: Cables IMJSN, Grenada

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odi senrt many nations
soligers to Jic
not comei he sends".

STit traditional Gre-
nadian saying gvas quoted on October 24thi
by Mosignor C." Lamniontagne of thae
T", m .-7ni 4r n." 4-

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s an ai L9r armqW of
#ist our causg
"Gun and bombs amnd other destructive|
weapons had become conmio.nplace", he
continued. "and wlhat as. perhaps, far- orse
vr er the rie stst iand attitude of hostihty l
Which had taken overr"

sennon at an ecuneni-ca thanxrsivtng
service con-moratghe 1 o mivear
Sof the Unitebd States ar-d C -,bbea F-orces
I m lita intervenitiontn o ,-Octber 25th 198".

4 God sent many nations a d a, lar-e a" of
.soldiers to fight our cause", he said.

SThe n.scuIe "mision-, carn be loo -ed at alsoC
th Monsignor said, as G od corning in the
guise ofthe U.S. and Caribbean s oiep ho
saw G-rernada's plight and took the cause in
hand, risking their hr's and -.utations to
mrstor- la' and order in country which
had failed.
SOnce Faun-Loving
jTen years ago, he said, Grenada's political
system had broken d own -and humans had
turm ed agai;nt each other in a "mad tussl
fobr power A once ftim-loving people had
, !. rown ---- anu -f-e

said, rewas far and helplessness. Cenadians
had lost the essence of life n q living ail a
great part of their htmranity
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Gr.anada Celebrates 10th
Missio...---------------....------------. 1
*Tvo Presidents Send Messages
To Grerwdians -2 2
-Much Room For improvement
Says Former Governor-
General .............................. j
WhAy Gornment Must
Privatiase GRENLEC 5
Geest Offers Banana industry
HNelp ..........
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We, aire ploudc u4 our
ruie in FwLdn.nru

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ts 10 Fui

sent .a special message to Gim-
.naia-ns on Octo br 25th, the 10th
anniversary of thle United States
led military intervention in Grenada.

The message was read by United States

of neead


Chaig6 Ollia Anderson at a ceremony at the
St.Georges University School of Medicine,
at the foot of a monurcment theie honouring
ti-e seventeen U S servicemen who died in
the intervention.
Please See PRSIDENTS Page 3

Nevertheless, God was in the midst of -re-
nada's struggles and confusion, he said, and
He 7,as theie to rescue, save and bring back
peace, love, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Greadians give thanks today that they can
give thanks for what God has dons for them
when thevy could not do rnuchr orthremselves,
he said. At that time, he continued,
Grenadians were paralysd with fear and.
axi.etv because there vas a force tring to
suppress the ieign of God in their land and
set. up a reign of tem:rr.

Grenadians tha k God that, today, ,with His
grace and. the help of the American and. other
Westirdian people who fought, worked and.
prayed for them, they are free.

Recollection of the events which led to the
cJL..- *.i._.- iinie rnton, mis t be free from
bitteress, Monsignor Lam- ntagrie said, and
iMe :nrom placing of blame on "the mis-
guided spirit which piu-nged us into the
quamre ..."

Those events must be regarded as rituals
and initiation ceremonies which have made
Grenadias w hat tey are or should be today,1
he said, a people whose attitude is one of!
forgiveness and. reconciliation.

The thanksgiving sere7r:, vhich -as helda
at St (eorge's Angiican Church. was
attended by Go-vemo-atrGeneral Sir ReginaldI
Palmer. Mr George 5rizan Acting Prime-
Minister, Membeis of parliament the
Diplomatic Corps and the general public.

Also in attendance were detachments from
the Royal Grenada Police Force, Coasti
Guard, St John Ambulance Brigade and the
US_ "Aubreyv Fit.h", then in Grenada fori
the celebrations.

Monday v October 25th, the actual date of the
anniversary of the start of the rescue mission
wa. Thanksgiving Day", a public holiday.


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IWKN I D) : 'io ,, is'-

If I w'crE a tacwhr 1 woutd crtaint-e not qre n A-
plus for alf the acvetvnts We. havr mdute

United States led ilitarinterenonh Courts are plae, he said,
tJhile GLnada has maCe strides on Grenada has a press vhich is,
sevei fronts, tere is much roo perhaps t freest the free
for iprome orid, and Grenadians nov
i|^ r enjoy, among otter freedoms,
Sir .auis conjeints vers made fredom of spech, freedom to on
on October 25, the J1T- a rnd freedom to worship, thanks i
anversary of the mteLrent- to "the gallant efforts of these
_3ion. I.,- rThe Z,,. brafe men whIno can- her e"
i -Speajng at. a ceIs ony at ti e -St Geoe's "The Gratet tribute e can pa to them is,
Uiverity School of Medicie h during t make ur m'tas c fr.eSirt il sa frid,ee
|thse US sericmen -h, died dhing- the L Plnse ee SOON PaXe 4

"We are prl o-f ur rod in helping
Grenada in its hour of nEed' the Presi-
dent said, "ve are prgol to have built a
close friendship with the people and
GoveWrnment f Grenada, and tie Uaited
States looks forward toeven stronger links
as ve forge ahead in a nev democratic

That frontier, he said, promises truly open
markets and challenges te ingenuit-y ofy
pnvate enteTrpnse.

jPresident Clinton said the United States
Ishamet- -ith re-nada a solid cCin--,tM-ES" to
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"(but) if I vere a teacher I would certainly
not give an A-plus for all the achievements
we have made.'

Gre adians have done fairly well, he said,
but there is much room for impropverent
and democracy can vork only if Grenadians
are prepared to make it vork.
Is Not That Easy
There are calls for forgiveness and. "recon-
ciliation", Sir Paul Said, but "forgiveness is
not that easy", because in forgiveness, the

a secure, prosperous Caribbean, free from
threats of conflict and poverty, and the
US joins with Granada in co-operative
effort to counter t e rrenace of ilheit
narcotics and, to promote trade.

A message vas received also fiom
President Ronald Reagan who vas the
V,'/te House incumbent in 1983, and who
bad responded to Grenada's call for
military assistance at that time.

That message was read by Dr Keith
Taylor. Vice-C hancelorof the U diversity,
and in it, President Reagan said it is
difficult to believe ten years have passed
sin;se the island was thl_.atened by the
spectre of Communist domination.
However the spirit of the free people of
Grenada would not be etingirashed, he
continued, and the light of liberty was
e rstored.-

Today let us not dwell on what has
occired m the past", the President said,
"instead, let us refocus on what is truly
important, keeping Grenada free and

Pmrsident Reagan said he has no doubt
that. Grenada's future is bright and will
continue to serve as a reminder of the
Triumph of freedom and liberty over
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forgiver as vell as the forgiven must comeI
into play.

"It seems to me that the forgiven must
empty himself or herself of all the
unpleasantness, greed, hypocrisy and all
those things vhich brought about the state
Grenada found herself in by October
1983," he said.

Sir Paul, who vas Governor-General when
the intervention took place, said he supports
forgiveness. but Grenadians have to be very
vigilant if democracy is to grov in their

Concerning reconciliation, the leaders of
the country and those who aspire to!
leadership must set the example and1
become reconciled to one another, he said,
because it is by example that the ordinary
man and voman vill feel free to ercise
the democratic rights which include the
eerdse of duties and responsibilities-

"It is about time we emphasise duties and
responsibilities more than rights in our
country', Sir Paul said, "it is about time
we all put our shoulders to the wheel as
one united force if ve want to support
our democratic institutions, if we want
our country to grove economically and if
Ve vant to improve Grenada's social

The nineteen U.S Servicemen who lost their
lives and the comrades who came with them
in the intervention did their best, he said.
They came in the cause of freedom, he
continued, and it is now left to Grenadians
to make the freedom work and turn it into
effective democracy and into a united
country based on love, truth and justice

The ball is now in the court of all Gmrad-
ians, he said, and he exhorted all Grenadians
to get down to serious business and "get rid
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