Caribbean Report 11-10-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Emma Joseph (00:00 - 00:27)
2. Attempts to avert a fiscal crisis aimed at reducing a public debt of two billion US dollars in the Netherland Antilles have resulted in a government collapse. Prime Minister Susanne Camelia-Römer resigned and dissolved the six party coalition government. The austerity package listing drastic cuts in civil service was rejected by some members of coalition government. Mike Jarvis reports from St. Maarten (00:28 – 04:50)
3. Parliamentarians from 80 sovereign states are in the Bahamas for the 29th session of African Caribbean and Pacific States and European Union joint assembly. Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham Ingram opened the session and underscored the vulnerabilities of small island states including post hurricane reparation and lack of single market economy in the Caribbean region. Debbie Nash reports from Nassau (04:51 – 07:08)
4. Prime Minister of Barbados Sir Owen Arthur is proposing a sub- regional maritime organisation as the first step in increased cooperation among members of the OECS citing among reasons limitation of existing maritime space and lack of security measures in place to protect maritime environment (07:09 – 10:02)
5. Eastern Caribbean Express has been identified as a new airline carrier launched to service the eastern Caribbean. The new airline is a private sponsored venture of Air Jamaica/Sandals owner Butch Stewart. The airline will service Tobago, St. Vincent, Grenada, St. Lucia and Dominica from its main hub in Barbados. Allen Chastanet Air Jamaica Vice President of Marketing and Sales discusses the effects of new airline on other regional airline LIAT Bevan Springer reports (10:03 – 11:58)
6. The Convention for International Trade and Endangered species has instituted an immediate ban on export of Guyana wildlife. Trade must be better regulated. Exporter of wildlife Lawrence van Sertima comments on wildlife trade and industry as providing employment and earning revenue in Guyana. Colin Smith reports from Georgetown (11:59 – 15: 29)