Caribbean Report 21-06-1993



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:40)
2. At an informal CARICOM gathering, a number of CARICOM leaders agreed on the need for a uniform cruise passenger tax for the region. However, Barbados hotelier and former Tourism Minister, Peter Morgan says the cruise tax should be reviewed like any other domestic source of income and should be country specific. Michele Paige of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) says that dialogue is required by member states and the Association. The FCCA represents fourteen cruise ship companies (00:41-06:06)
3. The Jamaica dollar suffered a twelve percent devaluation. This comes less than a week after the presentation of the budget. One of the stated aims of the budget was to stabilize the exchange rate. Gary Allen reports (06:07-08:30)
4. In the US, an investment fund is being launched to seek capital for private sector power projects in the Caribbean and Latin America. The fund was created because increasingly governments are turning to the private sector to improve generating capacity. A target of $500 million dollars has been set. Interview with Lincoln Rafmon, Director at Skeddes Stevens Clarke, the Boston based company managing the project (8:31-12:05)
5. The British government has launched a campaign warning travelers of the risk of catching AIDS when holidaying abroad. Over 200,000 pounds is spent on the government’s guide for travelers on how to avoid catching the HIV virus. Holiday makers are told to avoid unnecessary medical treatment and practice safe sex (12:06-12:30)
6. Franklin White, Head of the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) has warned Caribbean governments to take the AIDS epidemic more seriously. Dr. White says plans by governments to publicize recent figures by those affected by the HIV virus and AIDS are undermine by what he sees as the lack of concrete action (12:31-14:26)
7. Recap of the Report (14:27-14:55)