Caribbean Report 22-07-1999 



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Orin Gordon (00:00 - 00:28)
2. Former New Zealand Prime Minister Michael Moore is tipped to head the World Trade Organization and will assume the post of Director General in September 1999. The WTO General Council in Geneva also approved Thailand Deputy Premier Supachai Panitchpakdi as Moore’s successor from 2002. This virtual job share for three years follows a prolonged battle for the leadership position which failed to produce a clear winner. OECS Ambassador to Brussels Edwin Laurent discusses the effects of the protracted battle on the image of WTO and the banana trade dispute. Ken Richards profiles Michael Moore in his new role as Director General (00:29 - 05:51)
3. Agriculture Ministers from the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are meeting in Dominica to discuss problems facing the Windward Islands Banana Developing and Exporting Company (WIBDECO) and finding solutions. During the two day conference WIBDECO is expected to present a report on the state of the industry and delegates will discuss the impact of a recent WTO ruling on European banana regime and the impact of agricultural diversification on trade. Prime Minister of Dominica Edison James expresses concerns on other organization’s attempts to undermine the role of WIBDECO. Matthias Peltier reports from Roseau (05:52 – 07:55)
4. The Human Rights Watch Organization which operates out of Miami Florida is strongly opposed to the common practice by Jamaican police to imprison children in adult prisons. In a recent report the group highlights facts from an investigation which details abuse and long detention of children not yet tried by the courts. Children Advocacy director Joe Becca analyses the report (07:56 – 11:19)
5. Convicted killer Anthony Briggs is scheduled to be hanged in Trinidad following the British Privy Council rejection of his appeal, clearing the way for his judicial execution. Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj discusses the political process of execution. Tony Fraser reports on constitutional appeals lodged by Brigg’s lawyers (11:20 - 12:41)
6. Fair representation in courts based in the Commonwealth is one of the subjects discussed at a meeting of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association in St. Lucia (12:42 - 13:14)
7. The United Nation’s Children’s Agency UNICEF is calling for the cancellation of debts of the world poorer country . UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy discusses the effects on Sub-Saharan Africa. Claire Doyle reports on the debt crisis long-term impact on women and children as government divert resources from health and education to service surmounting debts (13:15 – 15: 20)