Caribbean Report 16-08-1988


This program highlights recent human rights violations in Haiti resulting in the death of four young people. It also reports on the state visit of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister James Mitchell to Zambia, and takes a speculative look at the future of coffee prices in the event of a possible pull out of the USA from the International Coffee Association. Also featured are a reports on an agreement between Cable and Wireless and the Government of Grenada on the formation of a new company; a report on a specially brokered race between Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis, and a report on a visit to Peru by British Minister with responsibility for the Caribbean Timothy Eggar, in an effort to gain insight into the coca industry and its links to transshipment of cocaine via the Caribbean.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines: (00:08-00:27)
2. Pat Whitehorn reports on human rights violations in a small Haitian village, as four youths are shot dead and two others wounded by soldiers and armed civilians after a meeting in a schoolhouse. (00:31-03:40)
3. Report on the state visit of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister James Mitchell to Zambia. (03:41-05:22)
4. Financial Report (Presented by Hugh Crosskill). (05:30-07:01)
5. Pat Whitehorn reports on the grim future of coffee prices in the wake of the International Coffee Organisation's new agreement due from October 1989. Concerns have been expressed regarding the possibility of a pull out by the US and the possible impact this would have on coffee prices. (07:07-09:19)
6. The government of Grenada is seeking to partner with Cable and Wireless to launch a new company to run Grenada’s telephone system. In an interview with the BBC’s Pat Whitehorn, Cable and Wireless’ Regional marketing Manager, Andrew Fife makes brief comments on the plans, noting that the agreement has not yet been fixed. (09:20-11:17)
7. Sports News: Athletics – Canada’s Ben Johnson and the USA’s Carl Lewis to race in Zurich in a specially brokered race, which will receive global coverage. Each athlete is expected to be well compensated for the race. (11:18-13:05)
8. Timothy Eggar, Britain’s minister with responsibility for the Caribbean visits Peru to get an insight into the world’s largest source of coca, the raw ingredient for the manufacturing of cocaine. He speaks to the BBC’s Mike Reid about how the Caribbean region is used as a transshipment point for the illegal drug. (13:06-14:30)