Caribbean Report 12-04-1994



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with Debbie Ransome (00:00-00:39)
2. Former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley says the general elections in South African needs to go ahead, although it would be regrettable if the Inkatha Freedom party does not take part. Mr. Manley is to head the Commonwealth Observer team which is one of several groups to monitor South Africa’s non-racial election. Michael Manley is interviewed by BBC Caribbean and discusses his hope that the Inkatha Freedom Party will be included in the political process (00:39-05:38)
3. Trade ministers from 125 countries began a four-day meeting in the Moroccan City of Marrakesh to cement the final negotiations surrounding the world trade accord. Once signed, the deal will create a new world trade organization setting the international trade agenda for the next century. Carol Orr reports on a debate taking place at the conference in London which argues whether the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) agreement will help or hinder the markets of ACP nations (05:39-6:28)
4. The central questions asked at the conference are whether or not the GATT agreement will help developing countries and how it helps African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Countries (ACP) countries. Barbados Ambassador Orlando Marville to the European Union and Belgium comments on the issues. Proponents of the GATT say the removal of all trade barriers will increase the annual global income by more than two million US dollars from 2002. Free trade will maximize the competition advantage of countries. Kevin Watkins, Senior Policy Advisor for the International Charity, OXFAM argues that all the negotiations reading the GATT deal has generally been behind closed doors (7:01-11:30)
5. Randall Robinson the Executive Director of US based lobby group, Trans-Africa, launched his hunger strike which is in protest of US policy on Haitian refuges. He announced he would not be changing his stance until a change is made. Yvette Collymore looks at how much Randall Robinson can help to achieve (11:31-14:19)
6. In the Dominican Republic, the army has been order to increase surveillance at the border shared with Haiti (14:20 -14:39)
7. Wrap up & theme music (14:40-14:57)