Caribbean Report 19-02-1990


The program highlights the announcement by the ruling communist party in Cuba to broaden reforms of its political systems and institutions within the framework of communism and a one-party state. Secondly, Juan Bosch leading opposition presidential candidate in the Dominican Republic criticises his government’s handling of the banana war with its Caribbean neighbours. Eugenia Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica, also states that the banana controversy seriously damages relations between the Dominican Republic and Caricom nations. The report indicates that the ACP Secretariat in Brussels is still awaiting a written response from the Dominican Republic concerning its intention to export bananas to Europe. Thirdly, Ramsewak Shankar, President of Suriname, signs a development cooperation agreement with the Netherlands with the hope of restoring financial aid. The main condition of the agreement is a program of economic adjustment for Suriname which could translate to the devaluation of the Surinamese currency and tighter economic measures.


Includes a musical interlude at the beginning of the report.

Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-01:37)
2. Cuba announces plans for broad reforms of its political system. Chris McGril reports from Havana (01:38-04:58)
3. Financial Market. Interview with Pat Thompson, Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (04:59-06:53)
4. Leading opposition presidential candidate in the Dominican Republic criticises his government concerning the banana war. Eugenia Charles, Dominica’s Prime Minister, in an interview with Hugh Crosskill states that the banana controversy has damaged Caricom’s relations with the Dominican Republic. Jean Michel Caroit reports from Santo Domingo (06:54-12:45)
5. Devaluation and tighter economic measures in Suriname are the main conditions for the resumption of Dutch aid. Chandra van Binnendijk reports from Paramaribo (12:46-15:47)