Caribbean Report 04-05-1999

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Title: Caribbean Report 04-05-1999
Author: Gordon, Orin (anchor, correspondent); Abbott, Roderick (interviewee); Doyle, Claire (correspondent); Mitchell, James (interviewee); Greaves, Keith Stone (correspondent); James, Edison (interviewee); Peltier, Matthias (correspondent); Marchant, David (interviewee); Suite, Marion (interviewee); Hossain, Anwar (interviewee); Nagamootoo, Moses (interviewee); Smith, Colin (correspondent)
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1. Headlines with anchor Orin Gordon (00: 27)
2. The decision on a candidate for Director General of the World Trading Organization (WTO) is expected soon as reports emerge on the weakening of the candidacy of the Thailand delegate and resurgence of the New Zealand candidate Michael Moore. European Ambassador to WTO Roderick Abbott discusses the two candidates. Claire Doyle reports (00:28 – 03: 08)
3. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister James Mitchell ended a banana lobby visit to Brussels, Zurich and London. His mandate included hosting high level discussions with several European Commissioners on modifying the banana regime to favour banana farmers in the Windward Islands. Keith Stone Greaves reports (03: 09 - 04: 59)
4. In Dominica, leaders come up with a common lobbying strategy on bananas. Prime Minister Edison James ahead of a trip to Spain seeks dialogue with opposition leaders Rosie Douglas and Charles Savarin (Dominica Freedom Party) reiterating the need for a united approach to the problems of the banana industry and the need to engage in dialogue with Latin America. Matthias Peltier reports (04:60 – 06: 26)
5. Grenadian government ordered an investigation into the operations of off-shore bank First International currently involved in a financial scam. Orin Gordon interviews the publisher of the newsletter News Alert David Marchant which profiled the issue. First International Legal Counsel Marion Suite refutes the allegations of impropriety (06: 27 – 10: 25)
6. Public sector workers in Guyana continued strikes and demonstrations for a forty percent increase in pay wages. The government is offering a five percent wage increase. Vice President of the Public Service Union Anwar Hossain comments on the strike action. Orin Gordon interviews Information Minister Moses Nagamotoo. Colin Smith reports on the effects of the strike on wharves, airport, hospital and health centers (10: 26 - 15: 25)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/40182
Date: 1999-05-04


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