Caribbean Report 15-04-1994

Table of Contents
1. Headlines with Yvette Rowe (00:00-00:32)
2. Trade ministers from the European Union reached a last minute compromise as the banana import regime threatened to block today’s final signing of the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Marrakesh. The proposal worked out basically postpones the decision which France feared might jeopardize the controversial banana regime which some EU member states object to. Eugenia Charles fears the Windward Islands banana industry is in jeopardy. Debbie Ransome reports (00:33-05:26)
3. Ralph Maraj discusses what the GATT means for CARICOM and developing countries. According to him developing countries must ensure that they are represented at the highest levels. He discusses whether the GATT will be good for the Caribbean (05:27-08:16)
4. Time has not healed the rift created by the split vote to the OAS Secretary General. Despite an earlier CARICOM decision, some member states gave their vote to the Columbia candidate President Cesar Gaviria. The split vote helped President Gaviria attain victory. Yvette Collymore looks at the rift in the Washington diplomatic community (08:17-11:15)
5. Nearly half of Guyana’s population falls below the international poverty line. World Bank officials have been meeting in Guyana to try to find ways of dealing with the problem. Bank officials claim that despite recent economic gains, Guyana’s problems are still evident. Orin Gordon comments on the outcome of the meeting with the World Bank officials (11:16-14:11)
6. West Indies prospect Cameron Cuffy has been signed by Surrey as the English county’s overseas replacement for the injured English Pakistan Test fast bowler Waqar Younis. Cuffy who captured 24 wickets for the Windward Islands in the Red Stripe Cup, will be on the Oval staff for a year (14:11-14:41) Wrap up & theme music (14:42-1501)
7. Wrap up & theme music (14:42-1501)