Caribbean Report 14-01-1998

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Europe appears set to exchange trade for aid in its effort to overhaul the banana regime to become WTO-compliant. The current import licenses will be abolished and funding will be made available over a ten year period. Guyana prepares to receive a team of Caribbean statesmen sent to diffuse the political crisis. People's National Congress' Secretary General states what his party would like to see happen. In the British Parliament, Jamaica's penal system has once again come into focus. Labor MP Gerald Kaufman called on the government to withhold trade and aid packages to the Caribbean countries depending on their human rights record. Meanwhile, the British government has approved of half a million pounds more to upgrade the hospital in Montserrat. The Antiguan government is denying reports that the recreation ground would not be ready for the fifth test of the England tour. The West Indies Cricket Board comments on this issue.
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1. The European Commission to abolish its import licensing arrangement with ACP countries in a bid to become WTO compliant (00:00-02:05)
2. Guyana to receive a team of Caribbean statesmen to help diffuse the political crisis (02:06-05:26)
3. Jamaica's penal system comes under fire in the British Parliament (05:27-06:51)
4. The British government approves additional funding to upgrade the hospital in Monsterrat (06:52-11:40)
5. The Antiguan government denies reports that the recreation ground would not be ready for the England tour (11:41-14:50)
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