Caribbean Report 14-04-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Keith Stone Greaves (00:30)
2. The World Trade Organization failed to resolve a stalemate today over the selection of a new Director General. WTO Members have not been able to agree on a consensus for a candidate for the post. Two main candidates are former New Zealand Prime Minister Michael Moore who discusses the strength of his nomination and Thailand Deputy Premier Supachai Panitchpakdi. Felipe Noguera, Executive Director of the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce provides feedback on which candidate the Caribbean region should support. Ken Richards analyses on the WTO Leadership issue. Claire Doyle profiles the two candidates (00:30 – 05: 48 )
3. Banana farmers in Saint Lucia are contemplating their next move following the WTO ruling against European protection for Caribbean banana. Pete Ninvalle interviews farmers on the issues of diminishing returns, diversification, and the industry long term future (05: 49 - 08: 39)
4. In Haiti the Provisional Council is preparing to host the country’s next general election. Members of the international community is expected to offer technical and financial help. Professor Michael Dash expert on Haiti comments on the extent of technical and financial support from the international community (08: 40 – 12: 20) Keith Stone Greaves report
5. One of the legacy of the enquiry into the death of black teenager Stephen Lawrence was a pledge from Britain Home Secretary Jack Straw to change the cultural composition of the metropolitan police force. Jack Straw began the campaign by setting targets for recruitment of blacks and Asians on the police force. BBC Simon Cox investigates ethnic minorities response to the recruitment efforts (12 : 21 - 14: 24)
6. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez addresses the nation in the midst of a political crisis in which political opponents view his leadership as changing into a dictatorship (14: 25 - 15: 29)