Caribbean Report 01-02-2002



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:27)
2. The two political parties in Trinidad and Tobago are to resume talks although both of them remain poles apart. The CARICOM Commission persuades the two to cooperate to get the parliament established again (00:28-03:12)
3. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global financial watchdog based in Paris, dashes the hopes of several countries pleading to be removed from a blacklist of nineteen countries accused of allowing money laundering (03:13-04:45)
4. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a partner with the FATF in a campaign to clean up illegal financial practices, takes Barbados off its forthcoming list of uncooperative tax havens and Nicholas Bray, head of media relations for the OECD, explains why (04:46-07:45)
5. The countries of the World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva clear the way for the start of talks which will bring poorer countries into the mainstream of world trade negotiations (07:46-08:13)
6. The United States Treasury Department freezes the assets of drug financiers in Mexico and the Caribbean. Washington calls on Saint Kitts and Nevis to extradite one businessman (08:14-10:37)
7. The parties which won seats in the recent Dutch Antilles elections are meeting to form the next coalition and it appears as if Miguel Pourier’s government may end up on the opposition benches (10:38-13:20)
8. The West Indies face an uphill struggle as they enter the third day of their first test match against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. Chris Lawrence reports (13:21-15:27)