Caribbean Report 17-10-1991



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1. Headlines (00:00-00:33)
2. Thousands of demonstrators, many of them supporters of Jamaica's opposition Labour Party, staged a five-hour march through the streets of Kingston, today. They are protesting against Prime Minister Michael Manley's economic policies and the failure of his PNP administration to control the slide of the Jamaican dollar. The JLP is calling on the government to respond to the voice of the people. Gary Allen interviews JLP leader, Edward Seaga (00:34-03:49)
3. A Jamaican private sector-led trade mission has just completed a tour of Europe in an effort to sell more Jamaican products and seek joint venture partnerships. The twelve-person mission visited the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium before arriving in Britain, today. Hugh Crosskill spoke with one of the participants, Carl James, President of the Jamaica Exporters' Association who stated contrary to the views of many, the advent of the the single European market does not signal the creation of a European fortress and there are more opportunities for expanding trade (03:50-07:12)
4. Haiti's interim Prime Minister, Jean-Jacques Honorat appointed an 11-member cabinet including himself in the roles of prime minister and foreign minister. The interim government in Haiti is not being recognized by the international community which is demanding the return of ousted President, Jean Bertrand Aristide. Michael Norton reports (07:13-09:38)
5. As doubts continue to grow about the authenticity of the voters list for the upcoming elections in Guyana, yet another organization has come forward to voice its concern. The Independent Electoral Assistance Bureau, one of the groups monitoring preparations for the poll says it too is deeply worried over errors in the list and the apparent slow process to correct those flaws. While the ruling Peoples National Congress and the Elections Commissions maintain that the problems are minor and can be easily corrected, EAB Project Officer, Gordon Fort disputes these claims (09:39-13:14)
6. At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Zimbabwe, the British Prime Minister John Major has announced a substantial program of help for the economies of developing countries. Mr. Major said Britain is prepared to write off more than a thousand million dollars worth of debts owed by some of the world's poorest countries. Guyana was named as one of the countries which would benefit. The BBC's diplomatic correspondent, Mark Brain reports from Harare that Mr. Major was disappointed with the response from the industrialized countries to his initiative put forward in Trinidad, last year (13:15-14:50)