Caribbean Report 20-04-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Keith Stone Greaves (00:27)
2. Violent protests in Jamaica continue as a result of the government’s decision to increase fuel prices. Demonstrators put up barricades in some districts and schools and local business places remained closed. Parliament was forced to convene a special meeting to resolve the matter. National Security Minister K.D. Knights warns of the illegality of the road blocks and insists that law and order will prevail. Carol Orr reports from Kingston (00: 28 – 04:17)
3. Authorities in Puerto Rico are assessing why a military exercise went wrong. The exercise killed and injured persons during a practice run of aircrafts deployed in the Balkan conflict. Local news editor comments on the incident and calls for an independent Puerto Rico denouncing the presence of the US navy. Activist Robert Rabin calls for a cessation of bombing activity (04:18 – 07: 50)
4. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Sir James Mitchell discusses the progress of dialog in addressing the US and European Union trade war on banana at the Association of Caribbean States summit in Santo Domingo. Simon Jones-Hendrickson Professor of Economics at the University of the Virgin Islands comments on lobbying efforts of Caribbean leaders. Saint Lucian Prime Minister Kenny Anthony is confident that the banana industry will survive and calls for a renewed focus on marketing bananas to British supermarkets and producing competitive bananas. Keith Stone Greaves and Pete Nimvalle reports (07: 51 – 12: 04)
5. Leaders and officials of four Caribbean and Latin American countries are exploring the issue of government transparency at an upcoming Summit in Atlanta, US. The group is expected to make recommendations for specific anti- corruption practices to improve investor confidence. Dr. Jennifer McCoy comments on the lack of government transparency in the Caribbean (12: 05 -14:39)
6. The International Monetary Fund reports that the Caribbean and Latin America are likely to face failing economic activity this year. This economic downturn reflects the effects of the Brazilian economic crisis (14: 40 – 15: 30)