Sisters and Brothers,
Patriots of Free Grenada,
On behalf of our Party and Government I
bring you warm,
revolutionary greetings on the first day of 1982, and wish you all
health and success for the New Year.
At the beginning of every year it is
necessary to plan, to make
resolutions, to project our vision and chart the course for the
As we stand shoulder to shoulder on the
threshold of a New Year
let us therefore prepare ourselves for the many challenges that the
construction effort will pose for us.
Let us continue to cultivate more
revolutionary ideas, values and
practices and let us recommit ourselves and our nation to the world
revolutionary process and the international anti-imperialist movement
struggling to being about a more just and happy life for the vast
men, women and children of our globe.
Comrades, it is also important that before
we enter the doorway
of the New Year we should pause to look back at the road we have
the past twelve months, take stock of our successes and setbacks and to
evaluate those efforts, projects and processes which were begun in 1981
which must be continued and strengthened in 1982.
1981 – Year of Agriculture and
In January of last year our People’s
declared 1981 as the “Year of Agriculture and Agro-Industries”.
We did this because we recognised the
urgent necessity to undo
the tremendous destruction wrought on our land by twenty-nine 
Hurricane Gairy and to begin repairing what we have come to call the
our economy, the pillar and bedrock of our entire economic system —
At that time we also understood that the
industrialization which would provide most jobs and income for our
only be possible as an offshoot of a national and productive
Thus Comrades, our Party and Government
clearly recognise the
close inter-relationship between agriculture and agro-industries, hence
declaration for the year 1981 and our progress in these areas last year
fully justified this declaration.
The Revolution was convinced twelve months
ago that we had to
move rapidly to give agriculture a new role in our development as well
bring a new standard of living to the workers and farmers in that
Agriculture – Motor of the Economy
We perceived agriculture to be the main
supplier of food for our
people, as a major earner of foreign exchange, as a weapon against
and as a means for increasing our self-reliance based on the full
of our main natural resource — the land.
In 1981 the Revolution began the serious
task of meeting these
objectives by building state companies for commercial production and
and ensuring that the state sector plays the leasing role in the
commercial agriculture in our country.
In addition, we moved to establish the
Ministry of Agriculture as
a vital force giving material support and advice to small and medium
with problems of production and organization.
Comrades, to give you an indication of the
social and economic
importance of agriculture to our nation consider that 40% of our gross
product and 50% of all foreign exchange earnings come from agriculture.
Almost 7,000 of our countrymen work full
time in this field and
given that the average Grenadian household consists of five  people
that 35,000 sisters and brothers — one third of our total population
directly and solely on the soil for a living.
Therefore, in order to build the Ministry
into an effective tool
capable of planting the seeds of rapid agricultural growth, the
started a large number of new programmes to solve the multitude of
inherited from the Gairy dictatorship.
Between recurrent and capital expenditure
the Revolution is now spending
fiftyfour  times more money than Gairy ever spent on Agriculture.
We are now experimenting with and
introducing new methods, new
crops, new varieties. Pest and diseases are daily fought and destroyed
proper methods of conservation and field sanitation are being employed
we may not lose our precious resources of soil, water and plants.
Our agriculture is gradually becoming
green once more and we must
ensure that in 1982 it will be much greener.
In the coming months, for example, the
Mardigras Soil and Water
Conservation Project which now represents the most impressive
innovation in our country, and possibly in the Eastern Caribbean, will
to bring into full production land that was previously useless scrub
It is important to note here Comrades,
that the agricultural
programmes of the Revolution do not only come under the Ministry of
A big slice of the Budget of the Ministry
of Communications and
Works is earmarked for agricultural development.
For example, the many new feeder roads
under construction and the
massive $10 million Eastern Main Road Project will mean that a vital
for agriculture will materialize in the coming year thus facilitating
cultivation of more land and easy transportation of crops to markets
and to ports.
Increasingly, the application of science
and technology to
agriculture is overcoming old barriers and opening the way for greater
production and full use of all our land.
In this regard, training has become a key
element of our
agriculture. In the early months of the Revolution we reestablished
training school and have now moved from 50 students a year to 150 and
done in spite of a devastating fire which destroyed the Mirabeau
School early last year.
1981 also saw the youths of our country
playing a part in
Before the Revolution, the average age of
a Grenadian Farmer was
62 years but as the recent agricultural census shows the average age of
farmer is now 51 years.
This indicates that more young people from
the ranks of the
unemployed have since become involved in agriculture.
This is undoubtedly a hopeful sign for the
future, and we eagerly
look forward to a significant increase in this youth involvement in
particularly in the agricultural cooperatives which our National
Development Agency (NACDA) will be continuing to establish.
Let us then move rapidly in this New Year
to make a reality out
of the popular slogan “Idle Hands and Idle Lands Equal an End to
With our Revolution now providing
opportunities for our youth as
never before in our history — free secondary education, hundreds of
Scholarships, more training opportunities, more employment — we must
towards ensuring that all of them fully understand the tremendous
that are now available and make the maximum use of them.
The Colonial Legacy
Comrades, part of the colonial legacy from
which our country and
our sister countries in the region still suffer is that we have always
primary producers of raw agricultural products.
Our production of sugar cane made the
imperialist countries of
today strong and powerful and paved the way for their industrial
the 19th century, and after slavery was
abolished we became
exporters of agricultural commodities in our case cocoa, nutmegs and
In turn, we imported and sill import food
and other industrial
products at very high prices from the same countries that our
helped to make wealthy and powerful.
Consequently, this unfair and unjust trade
relationship left us
with little or no industry. In our case, Grenada’s Industrial sector
contributes only 4-5% of our entire domestic products.
Before 1981 our true industrial potential
remained untapped. The
Gairy dictatorship failed to formulate any kind of meaningful
development policy or strategy.
Critical questions such as the kind of
industries we need, their
linkage to other areas of the economy, or an investment criteria were
seriously examined in the past.
Consequently, industrial activities were
disorganized and often
out of tune with the nation’s interest.
However, Comrades, conscious of the need
for structural change in
the economy our Government has been promoting a strong commitment
principle of industrial development comparable with our national
Instead of the dying Industrialization by
our Government advocates a policy of industrialization based on the
of our national and human resources, particularly our agriculture.
This strategy in 1982 and beyond will call
for a vigorous and
leading role for the public sector within the economy, joint ventures
the greater use of our natural and human resources, particularly our
This strategy in 1982 and beyond will call
for a vigorous and
leading role for the public sector within the economy, joint ventures
local and foreign interests and the provision of incentives and
the private sector.
Our Government accepts the principle of a
mixed economy and
invites the participation of local and foreign private and cooperative
To this end a draft investment code
outlining the polities which
will guide the role of the private sector has already been partially
and will soon be circulated to all the mass organizations in our
them to study and comment on.
AgroIndustries and Fisheries
Early last year we established a Ministry
of Agriculture, AgroIndustries
and Fisheries (now called Industrial Development) to deal specifically
promotion, implementation and monitoring of industrial activity.
During the year also we formally opened
our million dollar
AgroIndustrial Plant which at present employs some twentyseven 
full time and seventyone  part time, a Plant which daily produces
thousands of units of Mango Nectar, Tamarind Nectar, Paw Paw Slices,
GuavaBanana Juice, Nutmeg Jelly, Hot Sauce, Chutney and even Guava
And we are happy to say that at the
Bulgarian International Trade
Fair last year our nutmeg Jam won a gold medal for its excellent
After just a few months, our
AgroIndustrial Plant has been able
already to provide some $59,000.00 in revenue to 800 small farmers and
our State Farms.
Spice Isle Coffee now being processed in
our country for the first
time has shown a healthy economic return on investment and we look
its continuing growth this year.
In 1982, our New Ministry of Industrial
Development has plans to
begin the manufacturing of Nutmeg Oil, the processing of spice
products, and largescale
production of highquality ice creams, reconstituted milk products and
The Ministry also intends to formally open
a new sheep and pig
farm which over a period will add to our stock of cheaper and good
and provide us with the capacity to move into the area of ham, bacon
Of course, the AgroIndustrial Factory at
True Blue will also be
expanded during this year to meet the ever-increasing demand for its
Utilising the six modern fishing trawlers
given to us by the
Revolutionary Government and people of Cuba, the National Fisheries
caught over 55,000 pounds of fish in the last six months.
Some of this has been sold fresh on the
market and to selected
institutions and the rest has been smoked, and salted and sold in our
supermarkets and our saltfish is even being exported to neighbouring
We expect that in 1982 the total catch
substantially thereby bringing more proteinfilled food to our people
foreign exchange to our nation.
Our handicraft industry took a giant leap
in 1981 with the
opening of Grencraft, a retail outlet which buys and sells a wide
quality products from our local craftsmen.
Our sugarcane industry also made
significant progress as our
efforts to revive this industry yielded good results in 1981.
As you know, this industry is no longer
owned by the Private
Company of plantocrats. It is very substantially owned by the
the benefit of the workers and last year despite inclement weather the
was able to pay sugar farmers $61.00 a ton for their cane — a record
Objective Economic Difficulties
Comrades, this list of economic successes
and achievements in
1981 is more impressive when looked at in the context of the tremendous
objective difficulties that have confronted the efforts of our
In the two years and nine months of the
Revolution we have had to
contend with natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and a freak
storm, all of which brought considerable destruction to our cocoa,
banana crops and to our roads and bridges.
Years of neglect under Gairyism have
brought serious disease
problems such as Leaf Spot and Moko to our banana cultivation, Witches
Beetles and Thrips to our cocoa fields and Wilt to our nutmeg
fact, Moko disease has meant that this year alone over 1230 acres of
cultivation had to be destroyed.
One of the harsh realities of being tied
in a dependency
relationship to imperialist economies is that when these countries
crises we in Grenada, and indeed much of the Third World, suffer
As we say in the Party, when their
economies sneeze, ours catch
the cold and then their economies have a bad cold, as they do now, we
In fact, the ups and downs of world market
prices provide us with
daily lessons on how imperialism operates.
For example, cocoa and nutmeg prices have
collapsed over the last
two and a half years on the world market and we are literally powerless
anything about the situation. Millions of dollars in vital foreign
have been lost as a result.
The normal yearly production of nutmegs in
Grenada is about 5
million pounds, yet for the last year we have had in storage in
warehouses some 7 million pounds unable to find buyers on the world
And to make matters worse, our farmers as
a result of increased
efforts and the application of new methods of husbandry last year
largest nutmeg crop in our history — some 6 ½ million pounds.
With bananas, we share the same fate as
the other Windward
Islands in the virtual collapse of the industry in recent times.
At present, our banana farmers receive the
abominably low price
of .12¢ per pound from the British Multi-national Company, Van Geest,
price per pound for the box in which the bananas are transported is
the cost of production per pound is estimated at about .18¢
Added to this, the cost of imported
fertilizer to the farmers is
massive and the cost of a cutlass or a hoe or a form keeps going up
moves merrily along buying more new ships from the everincreasing
In the area of tourism, because of the
world capitalist crisis
virtually all Caribbean countries have suffered significant declines in
number of visitors and the amount of money spent by them.
Here too, Grenada has been no exception
and we have had to carry
the additional burden of an orchestrated world-wide propaganda campaign
our Revolution carried out by U.S. imperialism.
Needless to say this campaign did some
damage to our tourism but
because of our fighting response we are optimistic that when the first
our International Airport comes into operation tourism will experience
And we are confident that our hoteliers
and other investors will
commence construction activity in 1982 out of their recognition of the
tremendous future for tourism in our country.
Our People Have Defeated Imperialism
In a sense, Comrades, 1981 can be
described as the year of the
allout assault by imperialism on our people and our nation.
We can recall the endless propaganda
bombardment, the frenetic,
vulgar, aggressive and economic pressures, the sinister and threatening
But for every vile salvo imperialism
launched at our Revolution
our fighting people resisted and responded with greater determination
more creative counter-attacks. And we were victorious.
When imperialism tried to stop different
countries from attending
the European Economic Community Cofinancing Conference to raise money
completion of our new International Airport it failed.
The Conference was a success and we have
been able to raise the
vast majority of the remaining funds.
Our International Airport with all its
facilities including a
large modern Terminal building is being built on schedule and it will
completed in schedule.
When U.S. imperialism attempted to get the
E.E.C. to cut back on
its general economic assistance to our homeland, the E.E.C. in fact
its assistance in all aspects over the next five years — another
When U.S. imperialism sought to block a
$19 million load we had
applied for from the I.M.F. we mounted a massive diplomatic effort
mobilising 90 member countries of the I.M.F.
We ended up getting a loan in the amount
we had applied for and
imperialism got another kick in its pants!
When they tried to pressure the Caribbean
Development Bank to
stop funding various projects in our country, they again failed.
The C.D.B. and our sister CARICOM nations
refused to accept a
U.S. grant that carried terms and conditions that were in conflict with
laws of the C.D.B. Their neo-colonial attempt at divide and rule failed
When U.S. imperialism, using a corrupt and
unpatriotic gang of 26
plantocrats, lawyers, businessmen and saltfish journalists attempted to
the ‘Torchlight’ under the guide of a counterrevolutionary ragsheet
misnamed the ‘Grenadian Voice’, the Revolution moved swiftly to put it
Another setback for imperialism as they
were reminded that our
Revolution is popular and must be respected.
When in September the anti-Grenada
Propagandists in the U.S.
State Department instructed their bell boy lackeys who run the
the region to publish identical front page editorials attacking the
Revolution their own media workers were outraged at this blatant
journalistic ethics and condemned the editorials in the strongest terms.
And then the attempts at economic
strangulation and the
propaganda onslaughts did not being the desired results imperialism in
of desperation began their infamous “Amber and the Amberines”
rehearsals for an
invasion of our beloved homeland.
But even in the face of this most ominous,
intimidating threat, our courageous people and all democraticloving
fhte world found the correct and appropriate response.
In our historical “Heroes of the Homeland”
of ordinary Grenadians demonstrated to Reagan and his warlords that
ready and able to defend this country, and to give their lives if
for the preservation of our glorious Revolution.
And together with the world-wide
condemnation of this vulgar and
cowardly action, imperialist plans to turn back our process were dealt
Imperialism and Reaganism have also failed
in their vulgar diplomatic efforts to isolate us from the international
community, and to prevent us from conducting a principled foreign
on peace, cooperation, mutual respect, non-interference and friendship
other nations and peoples.
The hugely successful International
recently held at the Dome in St. George’s is a brilliant testament to
failure of imperialism’s isolationist policies.
When 107 delegates representing 80
delegations from 40 countries
and all continents of the world said in a clear and resounding voice
that they strongly
support our Revolution and will continue and increase their solidarity
Grenadian people, imperialism received a hard slap in the face.
Comrades, as we stand on the threshold of
a New Year we can state
confidently that no amount of imperialist threats or pressures will
Grenadian people’s uncompromising opposition to all forms of racism,
colonialism, neo-colonialist or imperialism.
We will continue to speak out loudly
against exploitation and
oppression in any part of the world whether it be in El Salvador,
or South Africa or by Zionist forces in the Middle East and we will
committed to the struggle for world pace, disarmament and a new
Economic and Information order.
We will continue in 1982 to play an active
role in the many
international organizations and groupings to which we belong.
And we certainly look forward to and
repeat our consistent calls
for the early convening of a CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting this
As always, our CARICOM partners can be
assured of our deep
commitment to the regional integration process for the benefit of all
Our country will always stand by our
deeply held principles of
mutual respect for sovereignty, noninterference in the internal
other states and friendly co-operation for mutual benefit —
our closest neighbours in CARICOM.
The highly successful Trade Union,
Ecumenical and small states Conference held in Grenada last year, our
successful state visit to Mexico, our diplomatic initiatives at major
international Conferences and forum all indicate that the Grenada
enjoys the respect and admiration of the world community and it shows
imperialism has failed to tarnish our good image abroad.
But, Comrades, let us not get carried away
by our victories. Let
us not fall prey to false illusions of security. Indeed, some battles
won but the war against our implacable imperialist enemy is not over.
continue in 1982 and we must prepare ourselves for the struggles that
Failures and defeats will not stop the
enemy trying again.
As we have said so often, imperialism
never rests and so we must
continue to be on our guard, continue to be vigilant, continue to
strengthen our revolutionary People’s Militia.
We must keep our eyes open for new tricks,
for new variations of
the enemy’s plan, for new devious twists and turns on the propaganda,
the economic and the military fronts.
Benefits of Revolutionary Democracy
Patriots, Friends, Comrades, 1981 has
proved to be a year of a
great explosion of popular democracy in Free and Revolutionary Grenada.
It has been a year of the real fulfillment
of our 1973 Manifesto
pledge when we said, and I quote: “To replace the political system with
democratic and grassroots system in which the people of every village
parish and of the island as a whole will be able to exercise power on
behalf, in their own interests, on order to build a bright future for
Comrades, when we conceived of that future
in 1973, we knew that
we were not just dreaming a crazy or vapid dream.
We had always concretely and genuinely,
built our entire
political process and reality around the participation of our people,
in building the strength and determination to crush the dictatorship,
secondly, one that had been achieved in March 1979, to build real and
structures of democracy that would be the bone marrow of our growth and
Indeed, People’s participation has, is and
always will be the
guarantee of our democratic development, and 1981 has been the year
began to consolidate our people’s power.
Halfway through the year, we took the
virtually unprecedented step
in the English-speaking world of creating a Ministry of National
Many of our people were asking: why, such
a Ministry, and what
was its function?
The answers to these questions have been
spoken time and time
again over the last few months, by every working man and woman who has
a parish, zonal, or workers’ Parish Council and poured out their
suggestions to their Comrades and workmates, in the presence of the
Revolutionary leadership; by every brother and sister, who for the
in their lives, have strode forward from the middle of a public
approached, a microphone, and uttered sentences that have helped in
word, to push our country forward; by every Grenadian who has case
nervousness and timidity forced upon them by colonial and neocolonial
that held their contribution to our national life to be nothing, to be
and worthless; by every grasp of confidence and power that has made our
speak out and speak up, expressing in each statement:
‘I am a Grenadian, and this is the place
where I was born and I
live, this is my country, the country I love and the country I will
along with my sisters and brothers.’
For this is the true meaning of
revolutionary democracy. It is a
growth in confidence in the power of ordinary people to transform their
country, and thus transform themselves.
It is a growth in the appreciation of
deciding, creating together. It is a growth in fraternal love, and this
has been happening in our country in 1981.
Consider again our women and their
National Women's Organization.
From the membership of 1,300 at the
beginning of the year our
women burst forth and have more than quadrupled their membership.
The National Youth Organisation has
visibly been growing more and
more muscle week by week and by the time of its jubilant congress a few
ago had also quadrupled its membership from January 1981.
Comrades, of course we must associate our
young people with growth,
but this year it is as if we have been spectators of the blossoming of
national bloom of youth, with every petal an N.Y.O. member or a Pioneer.
Our democracy is not pampering or fussing
over our children, it
is building their strength, stamina and creativeness.
For this year our children too have become
a vibrant social force in their own right.
And with the strides made by our Pioneer
Movement, our children
are already developing the maturity and creativity that will steam our
forward over the next decade.
Have you heard their choirs, their poets,
their debates and discussions?
Have you viewed their confidence and
organizational ability in
their television programme?
If you have, then you are looking at the
seeds of our future, you
are experiencing the energy that will spark our country, pull it out of
underdevelopment and drive us forward.
And that too, is the result of the
democratic power we have
unleashed this year, for our mass organizations have all taken succor
strength from the motive force of mass mobilization which we have been
generating as a national priority.
For we have always declared that the mass
participation of the
people in all the major decisions that affect their lives, from budget
bananas, from planning to pest control, is the vital component of our
People’s participation is the blood supply
of our Revolution, not
only because it seeks to release our people’s submerged potential,
and genius, but because it is the only viable
way in which our economy can grow.
Our economy can only become strong is our
people’s input into its
organization is equally strong. We can only produce together if we also
together. We can only increase our wealth if we increase our collective
investment in that wealth.
Our soil is rich, but is yield will only
match that richness if
we understand that we must create production targets together,
agree on planning procedures together,
achieve exemplary punctuality together
finally share in
the profits and prosperity of our organization together.
For economic growth is our second pillar
of development and it is
bound absolutely to the ways we find of democratizing our society and
organising its growth.
Every worker has
has creative suggestions, has his portion of genius.
Let us extract it all and put it at the
service of our economic
growth, for with that great flame of workers’ energy and culture to
forward our possibilities are infinite.
This is why we are saying that in 1982 we
must extend our
democracy even further, so that it encompasses every aspect of the work
This means our workers must become more
and more involved in the
participatory reorganization of our Trade Unions, to ensure that any
of the past is stirred into democratic motion.
In doing this, we are asking our workers
to use their own
organizations, their trade unions, to call for production committees at
workplace throughout the country, so that democracy and efficiency can
side by side in our economy, creating a massive increase in production.
And in the same way that our workers must
involved in planning the budget, they must also, through their Trade
Unions, be at the other end of the process, monitoring
and identifying price increases and consumer problems, investigating
unreasonable, inconsistent and profiteering price rises, and calling
own democratic organizations to be vigilant and to speak up for them.
The Manoeuvre Will Never Over [sic]
Our third pillar of development, national defence, also has a vital link
with democracy. For then we
ask of our people to step forward to defend the gains and benefits of
Revolution, we are using no pressure, no compulsion.
We are saying in effect “this is your
Revolution, it is your
democratic right to defend it”!
For as we know, democracy brings responsibilities and
in equal measure, and our people, in their huge and patriotic responses
our People’s Revolutionary Militia and in their understanding of the
impact of our slogan “The manoeuvre will never over” are clearly
They are making the profound and proud
choices of a free people;
to hold fast to what is theirs, and it is theirs because they are involved, brain and muscle, action and
speech, in the building of a new vibrant and loving Grenada.
A Strong Economy Means More Benefits
Since our Revolution, we have seen a
remarkable growth in capital
expenditure on infrastructural developments that have benefited all
but in particular our poor and working people.
This growth has clearly laid the basis for
transformation and diversification in the future.
In the last year of Gairy, the capital
expenditure was $8m.
In 1979, the first year of the Revolution,
we drove it forward to
$15m, in 1980 that more than doubled, to $32m, and in 1981 it doubled
to over $73m.
Every dollar of this rising spiral of
national expansion has
benefited our people, and has formed an integral part of the social wage of our people, which makes
our dollar so much more valuable than just about any other dollar in
Massive infrastructural projects such as
the huge acceleration of
the building of our International Airport, the laying of whole new
pipes for our water, the renovation of our electricity generators, the
establishment of our asphalt plant and new quarry, and the virtual
of the Carriacou road system and the introduction of the first public
system in our sister island.
We shall soon see the beginning stages of
a new telephone system
as well as a new cement plant, new icemaking plant and new warehouses
accommodate our increasing production and expansion.
Our other sister island, Petit Martinique,
will soon have its
first health clinic, with a residential nurse, and already has its own
of the National Marketing and Importing Board.
We shall also be energetically seeking new
markets all over the
world, and further diversifying our crops and produce.
The marketing of egg plants will be
stepped up in the coming
months, and we shall be introducing, in a serious way, the production
In Carriacou, black belly sheep are fast
becoming a common sight
on the potentially rich pasture lands of that sister island.
Our new economic institutions, created by
the Revolution, have
been brining real benefits to our people.
The Marketing and National Importing
Board, which is unique in
Carriacou, has directly brought vital produce to our tables at much
cost, as well as keeping down the prices of staple food commodities
The National Commercial Bank and the
Grenada Development Bank
have continued to expand and make profits for the benefit and
investment of our
masses, providing vital loans to our farmers and fishermen to increase
economic and productive possibilities.
Thus, our social
permanently increasing with the development of our
Institutions and programmes.
Our money is worth more every time we gain
a concrete benefit —
when we build an Eye Clinic, when we institute free secondary
we introduce free public health care, when we open the primary health
programme, when we give out free milk or free school books and
we provide free mass adult education, when we expand our low income
project, when we expand our house repair programme for the poorest
our social wage is a guarantee of an improvement of our quality
of life and social
security, which, in most of the countries of our region,
must be bought
with hardearned dollars.
1982 – “Year of Economic Construction”
As you know, since the Revolution we have
given names to our
years of progress.
1979 was named and correctly named, the
‘Year of National Liberation’.
1980, because of our thrust in those two
areas, became the ‘Year
of Education and Production’ and 1981 was the ‘Year of Agriculture and
We have never viewed these slogans as
ornaments or mere
symbolisms or pretty names. For us, they summarise the thrust
of the particular years, without neglecting or abandoning
all the thousands of other component parts and essential energies that
compose those years.
Of course, every
a year of agriculture, agroindustry, education, production and
But we need to create emphasis
in our process, so that we can give even more to the
direction we are
underlining. So our slogan once it has been chosen becomes the key focus and major priority of the
For these reasons, 1982 has been declared
by the People’s
Revolutionary Government as ‘The Year of Economic Construction’, and
examine this title, we must not see just words, but real and concrete
Economic construction will be the major
area of struggle for all
our people, because of its importance to the future building of our
Thus, together with the continuing move
from strength to strength
of our mass organizations, our organs of popular democracy like our
zonal councils, and our firm and disciplined Militia, we must resolve
carry on the struggle to build the priorities of 1981, our agriculture
These still remain the cornerstone of our
economic advance and
construction, and in no way must we deemphasise their continued and
significance. But, in addition to these we shall also see other vital
The second phase of the Centre for Popular
Education, the adult
literacy programme for the functionally illiterate, will be launched
benefit of the mass of our people, and this must coincide with a
increased momentum in the organization of workers' education classes
all our workplaces, particularly in our rural areas.
This twin thrust of mass education must
lay the base for a hugely
increased raising of consciousness nationally, which in turn will have
effect in a much greater understanding of, and commitment to, the cause
And notice Comrades, that we are talking
about national construction and
reconstruction, for we
are entering a new phase in the development of our country's productive
capacity that has never before
conceived of or approached.
The Worker and Economic Construction
What will the year of economic
construction mean to our workers?
What challenges will it throw out to them? What benefits will it bring
Firstly, we must say that there must be no
those who are involved in the economic construction and what will be
For the construction will be the work of
our people, and will
also be the cause of their progress.
Our people are the constructors, and will
also be the
beneficiaries of what they construct.
This is why we must have more and move
involvement of our workers
in the planning and decisions affecting their work, as well as in the
This is why we need more forums for
discussion, more seminars,
more committees to set targets, more structures of emulation.
For in all this democratic activity we
shall not only be achieving
greater production and output, sharper efficiency, the elimination of
corruption, but also, as a direct consequence, a much improved social
range of national benefits, all coming as a direct result of workers'
participation and democracy.
This is why we need to understand that
people’s democracy is not
just a satisfying and dignifying human activity, it is also the
economic advance and social progress.
Farmers, Businessmen and Economic
So, when we bring more democratic energy
to bear upon our farming
or our tourist industry, we are calling upon our farmers, our
local businessmen and those foreign investors who respect our goals of
development, all to contribute to our year of economic construction.
As our new Airport nears its completion,
and the Terminal
building takes shape with its two storeys stretching across one and a
acres of land, we are creating more avenues for economic construction
duty free stores and terminal shopping facilities that are needed, and
new hotels that must be built, and in the existing ones that must be
so as to accommodate our new tourist arrivals.
Eat What We Grow
And as we expand in the many areas of
economic construction, we
also need to be conscious that we must conserve energy and work hard to
With the unfortunate but unavoidable new
increases in the price
of gasolene and diesel as of today — accompanied by a decrease in the
kerosene — we must be more and more careful not to waste fuel or to use
And together with this we must understand
the need to develop a
new approach to eating habits, which should be, basically, producing to feed ourselves.
We must grow what we eat and eat what we
We shall not be able to afford large
import bills for items we
can produce and eat for ourselves, from our own resources, our own
own work, our own economic construction.
End Corruption, Waste, Abuse and
As you know, today is traditionally a day
for resolutions. Often,
New Year resolutions are seen as a joke, but for us they need to be
Let us resolve that this year, 1982 will
be the year when we
attack any vestiges of corruption at our workplaces and make them a
the past; let us resolve to combat any bureaucratic abuse, any
power by those who use their desks, forms, rubber stamps or positions
barriers against our people’s progress; let us save money at a national
by pooling and coordinating our large scale buying at a department or
ministerial level, to economise in all purchases, from tractors to
let us make war on waste, for everything we save and put back into the
Treasury will eventually come back to us through that same economic
construction and profitsharing.
In short, let us become more economy
We must vigorously resolve to struggle
against all forms of
indiscipline, laziness, inefficiency, clockwatching and unproductivity
bureaucracy and in our workplaces, all of which are cancerous and must
Let Us Make a Start Together
To ensure the fullest implementation of
our plans and aspirations
for 1982, we — all of us — must make an early start. And perhaps the
that we could all make would be to begin immediate discussions in our
organizations, groups, clubs and at our work places aimed at
contribution we can make to building our economy, what contribution we
to the building of the flour pillars of our economy — agriculture,
fisheries and tourism; what contribution we can make towards cutting
indiscipline, corruption inefficiency; what contribution we can make in
area of building democracy and participation at the work place, and to
the need for production committees
that would set production targets, discipline
and grievance committees that would deal with genuine
difficulties and emulation committees
that would on a regular weekly or monthly basis salute, recognise and
the achievements of our outstanding workers.
We of the People’s Revolutionary
Government have already made a
start through the commencement of widespread discussions in the public
and outside of it, around the one year National
Plan which for the first time in our history we intend to
We certainly urge you to invite us, and
Comrades in the Ministry of Planning, to some to your trade union,
organization, group or work places to discuss this National Plan and to
with you our and your ideas on how together we can achieve our goals of
economic development and make this year — 1982 — truly the “Year of
FORWARD TO A PEACEFUL AND PRODUCTIVE 1982!
FORWARD TO THE FULL PARTICIPATION OF ALL
OF OUR PEOPLE IN OUR
YEAR OF ECONOMIC CONSTRUCTION!
LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE OF FREE GRENADA!
LONG LIVE THE GRENADA REVOLUTION!
FORWARD EVER! BACKWARD NEVER!