Caribbean Report 19-05-1992

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Title: Caribbean Report 19-05-1992
Author: Crosskill, Hugh (anchor ; interviewer); Fraser, Tony (correspondent); Ellis, David (correspondent); Khan, Sharief (correspondent); Panday, Basdeo (interviewee); Singh, Rickey (correspondent); Brown, G. Arthur (interviewee)
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1. This edition of Caribbean Report further explores the regional implications of the proposed economic union between Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana referred to as the Manning initiative (00:00-00:44)
2. Prime Minister Patrick Manning explains his rationale for the proposed economic union as a means of pushing forward the slow moving integration process with CARICOM (00:47-01:29)
3. Correspondent Tony Fraser reports out of Port of Spain that there is little or no reaction to the idea of the economic union among the three countries. He looks at the social and political conditions that will directly impact on the success of uniting this sub grouping within CARICOM (01:30-03:35)
4. Correspondent David Ellis reports that in Barbados the only reaction to the Manning initiative is an editorial in the national newspaper that says although the union is desirable there are doubts as to when it will happen. He goes on to speculate that the reaction to the proposal by Prime Minister Manning is so limited because public debate is dominated by other issues at the moment (03:36-04:21)
5. In Guyana, the Manning initiative has not generated much discussion probably due to the widespread concern about free and fair elections. Correspondent Sharief Khan reports that the only official reaction so far has been a statement of “No comment” from an aide to President Desmond Hoyte (04:22-05:29)
6. Leader of the Opposition in Trinidad and Tobago, Basdeo Panday questions the usefulness of the Manning initiative as he sees no reason why it should succeed where CARICOM has failed (05:30-07:22)
7. Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford of Barbados and current CARICOM Chairman Dr. Kennedy Simmonds of St. Kitts / Nevis comment on the proposed economic union. correspondent Rikki Singh reports (07:23-10:18)
8. Governor of the Central Bank in Jamaica says the idea of separate groupings within CARICOM could help to clear the log jam in the regional decision making process (10:19-12:53)
9. Concern about the possibility of CARICOM fragmentation was raised three weeks ago at a conference in London by Dr. Anthony Payne of Sheffield University. He thinks the Caribbean is being reshaped by international politics (12:54-14:40)
10. Anchor, Hugh Crosskill summarizes that the Manning initiative hinges to a large degree on the conduct of Guyana’s long awaited general elections and that any repeat of electoral malpractice could jeopardize the success of the proposal (13:52-14:40)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/39448
Date: 1992-05-19


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