Caribbean Report 29-10-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00:00 - 00:25)
2. CARICOM leaders agree at the end of the just concluded Summit to transform the regional cooperative into the 21st century. Plans include restructuring of CARICOM Secretariat, assignment of specific portfolio to individual regional leaders, and creation of a single market economy. Prime Minister Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts/Nevis discusses the restructuring process (00:26 – 03:54)
3. The prospects of a scheduled meeting between opposing Guyana political parties remains remote despite CARICOM support for such a move. Opposition leader Desmond Hoyte discusses the impending meeting with President Bharath Jagdeo. Colin Smith reports on the inability of both parties to reach consensus and continuous dialogue (03:55 – 05:54)
4. A proposal to extend trade privileges to African, Caribbean and Pacific States failed to pass in the US Senate. The Caribbean and Central American Relief and Stabilization Bill if passed will reduce duties on range of goods. Democratic senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan discusses the importance of the initiative Leslie Garth reports (05:55 – 07:53)
5. The Commonwealth team convened to press for timetable for democracy in Pakistan was unsuccessful. European Union spokesperson discusses the attempts at restoration of democracy. Orin Gordon reports (07:54 – 10:31)
6. Officials in St. Kitts Nevis urged Caribbean neighbors to adopt a holistic approach to tourism development. Minister of Tourism Environment and Culture, honorable Dwyer Astaphan stresses need to develop policies aimed at improving natural and human resources. Bevan Springer reports on Tourism Week in St. Kitts-Nevis (10:32 – 13:00)
7. Dominica Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence extends well wishes across the region as the island celebrates Creole Day or celebration of “all things Dominican” (language, music, culture). Ken Richards reports (13:01 – 15:30)