Caribbean Report 24-04-1992



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:36)
2. Father Gerry Pantin, a Trinidadian Roman Catholic Priest calls on Caribbean governments to present a united plea to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to ease the pain of structural adjustments to its economic reforms. Finance Minister Wendell Mottley also speaks on the issue with correspondent Sandra Baptiste (00:37-03:45)
3. Businessman Sir Douglas Lynch advises that Barbados should pull out of CARICOM unless Caribbean countries move to set up an equivalent to the European Union. Opposition leader Henry Forde responds that while the statement comes out of the frustration which the inertia associated with CARICOM engenders, cessation on the part of Barbados would be a drastic step (03:46-07:55)
4. Former Minister of Education Kenny Anthony forecasts the outcome of St. Lucia’s general elections based on the economic management and leadership of the ruling United Workers Party against the inexperience of the opposition Labour Party (08:04-11:19)
5. Gordon Stewart, one of Jamaica’s leading businessmen deposits one million US dollars a week into the foreign exchange system in a bid to stabilize the Jamaican dollar. Correspondent Gary Allen reports (11:20-13:03)
6. The largest labour union in the United States, AFL-CIO challenges the Bush Administration’s move to tighten the embargo on Cuba contending that it could cost US jobs (13:04-13:32)
7. The governments of Suriname and the Netherlands adopt a joint approach to deal with an upsurge in drug trafficking originating in South America and passing through the Netherlands on to Europe. Correspondent Debbie Ransome reports on Hirsch Ballin, Minister of Justice’s brief in seeking US corporation (13:33-14:47)