As we celebrate the second anniversary of our glorious
Revolution, I take this opportunity to extend to all Grenadians abroad
fraternal regards and revolutionary greetings.
Over the last two years our revolution has brought
advances for all Grenadians. Many achievements are evident in the
Agriculture, Agro–Industries and Fishers where plans, organisation and
implementation have replaced the dreams and fantasies of the past.
Equally we have made great strides in the fields of
Education and Social Services. We have done much to develop our
and to create new jobs for the people of our nation.
We have made progress in the field of tourism, and here
to you, our nationals overseas, to
assist us at home by not only soon visiting us yourself but also by
others to visit as well.
I can tell you that we at home are working hard to
you will soon be able to fly directly to our international airport at
Salines, a hope that will soon become a reality with the completion of
meters of runway with night landing facilities by the end of this year
Here at home we have designated 1981 the year of
Agro–Industries”, a declaration that reflects our feeling that these
fields are the key to growing more food, laying the basis for
industrialization, building our economy and in so doing building our
Agriculture and Agro–Industrialization will help us to
more jobs for our people while saving much needed foreign exchange
which is now
being used on unnecessary imports.
In this way we as a nation shall become more
self–sufficient, be better able to reduce the effects of imported
in so doing cushion the devastating impact on our economy of the
and recession in the advance industrialized nations of the world.
The agricultural basis of our nation makes this link
it is the revolutionary nature of our country that will ensure that all
people will be involved in this drive for greater agricultural and
Unfortunately, while our nation has made steady
progress in the
past two years, certain elements abroad and home have consistently
turn back our revolution by using the media to spread destabilizing
aimed at discrediting our popular People’s Revolution and undermining
This covert attempt at economic sabotage has recently
more overt with the appearance off our shores of large groups of
clear form of economic piracy.
At the same time serial spy flights over our country
dramatically increased while on neighbouring country, together with
former colonial and neocolonial masters, has been engaging in hostile
manoeuvers off our coasts.
Meanwhile, hostile and aggressive plans aimed at
revolution continue to be drawn by reactionary groups abroad.
All of these developments are clear indications of the
dangerous period in which we are living. In view of these realities, it
imperative that all Grenadians, both at home and abroad, organise
defeat these reactionary plans.
We at home are doing and will continue to do our part
fullest. For us, this means that we will continue to centre our
around our people. Hence, we will continue to mobilise and organise our
to deepen their consciousness, promote their unity and make sure that
involved in a democratic way in the day to day process of building our
At the same time, despite our limited human and natural
resources, we will continue to struggle to bring more and more benefits
people through the provision of more basic needs, a development that
improve the quality of our people’s lives.
We will continue to be vigilant; we ill continue to
capacity to defend what we have fought for. We will continued to defend
vigorously our right to develop our country in our own way, free from
of outside interference, threats and aggressions.
At the same time, we can always be relied upon to meet
internationalist responsibilities. We will always give our fullest
support in a
principled way to all just causes internationally.
We will always support the causes of peace, peaceful
co–existence, disarmament, social programs, independence and national
liberation for all the peoples of the world.
Of course, you know of the difficult world economic
a small nation producing mainly agricultural products, we are ourselves
the effects of this crisis.
Nutmeg sales are a bit slow and cocoa prices are low.
both the incomes of our people and government revenue are suffering at
While we consolidate our revolution at home we look to
overseas nationals to help us abroad. In this regard, we ask you to
destabilizing propaganda wherever you see it or hear it, to join
solidarity committees where they exist and to develop them where there
none, to keep in constant touch with our missions in the countries you
in, and to encourage more and more people to come to Grenada to see for
Naturally, we would also expect you to play your full
helping to develop the economy further. For example, we would certainly
that you would buy Government International Airport bonds and put aside
your money for deposit in the National Commercial Bank at home. You
pleased to know that the National Commercial Bank - our own people’s
bank - has
already grown to become the second largest bank in Grenada.
We have always said that we full recognise the
our brothers and sisters overseas are making in building our process.
continue to appreciate this contribution.
We urge our people overseas and their friends and
continue to prepare for the day when they can once more rejoin us in
continuing efforts to build our fatherland.
In closing I once again send you warm revolutionary
urge you to join with Grenadians at home as we build, promote, and
our glorious people’s revolution.
LONG LIVE THE GRENADA REVOLUTION
FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER