2. Reynolds metals signed on February 16 a 25-year contract with the
government. It will double production to 600,000 tons annually and
Reynolds has paid $500,000 in advance income taxes. Total taxation
bauxite industry will be 50% of profits this year according to D'Aguiar.
3. Rice is still our number one problem. An American rice broker arrives
in British Guiana February 22 to try to arrange a sale with Peru but the
Rice Market Board may not do business since it seems to insist on a
premium price. Puerto Rico's Governor is seeking ways to help out also.
An American rice growing specialist will go to British Guiana in
5. In response to a request from D'Aguiar for financial advice we indicated we could send
on a short visit an FSR and a FSO who might be helpful.
6. HMG is not amused by public reference to JOHN Carter as next BG Ambassador to the U.S. and asks us to discourage
7. To get the AID program going we need
to buy road machinery in a hurry. Gordon
Chase is checking with Defense to see if they have stocks
which we might tap (the Navy Department told us it does not have) and
AID has been asked to assemble the
machinery and trucks as quickly as possible but it looks as if we will
have a 90-day delay which isn't good.
8. 100,000 pounds of dried milk was shipped from Panama in early February
and this should keep the glasses filled until the shipment from New
Orleans arrives. Carlson has
asked for a PL–480 adviser since the BG Red Cross wants to get out of the milk business July 1.
The specialist who recently worked out a program for Jamaica will be
available to go down in late March or early April.
9. At the Canadians' request Harry Yoe is going to Ottawa to coordinate
assistance planning for BG. I advised the
1 Source: Department of State,
INR/IL Historical Files,
British Guiana White House Meetings. Secret.
2 In telegram 290 from
Georgetown, February 15, Carlson reported a discussion with Greenwood, who agreed that Burnham had done well but thought
that ℌsooner or later Cheddi
would win an election.ℍ Greenwood said, ℌI don't subscribe to the view, you
know, that Cheddi is a
Communist,ℍ he was ℌin his way brilliant although rather
incompetent. He then remarked: ‘On the other hand, here is this
other man who knows so quickly relationships, where British Guiana
fits in the wider scheme of things, procedures, etc., whereas
Cheddi just does not
grasp those things.’ℍ (National Archives and Records Administration,
RG 59, Central Files 1964–66, POL 15 BR GU)
3 Telegram 156 to Georgetown, February 12. (Ibid., POL 23–8 BR
4 In telegram 305 from Georgetown, February 24,
Carlson agreed but added
that the situation was ℌso different from that elsewhereℍ that it
merited special consideration and suggested supplying the police
with vehicles and motorcycles after obtaining U.K. approval. (Ibid.,
AID (US) BR GU)