Caribbean Report 25-03-2002



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:30)
2. Two former Trinidad and Tobago Government Ministers, Brian Kuei Tung and Russel Huggins, are on bail in connection with corruption charges arising from the awarding of a contract to the construction firm which built the new Piarco International Airport. Head of the construction firm, Ish Galbaransingh, and three associates are also on corruption charges. Tony Fraser reports (00:31-02:26)
3. (02:27-02:33 – No audio). The Netherlands Antilles hammers out a government agenda that calls for separate status for St. Martin within the Kingdom of the Netherlands ahead of swearing in parliament. Rosie Hayes interviews Vance James, Member of the island’s Council of Saint Martins and a former Senator in the Antillean parliament (02:27-05:46)
4. Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Jozias van Aartsen’s states the Netherlands will allow Suriname use of Dutch archives to negotiate its border dispute with Guyana. However, Opposition Leader Dr. Winston Jessurun is unhappy with government’s handling of the affair and refers to the Chaguaramas Agreement. Suriname’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marie Levens comments (05:47-08:05)
5. Jamaica’s Prime Minister, P. J. Patterson, issues a warning to his cabinet after several revelations of scandals involving the People’s National Party and accusations by the opposition Jamaica Labour Party that the system is full of corruption. Rosie Hayes interviews Trevor Munroe, Professor of Political Science at the West Indies University about Mr. Patterson’s warning (08:06-11:34)
6. In an effort to promote fair competition and combat tax evasion, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announces a new blacklist of offshore tax havens analysists say may mark the end of secrecy in these financial centres. The United States, however, expresses new concerns about the relocation of US Companies to tax havens. Bertram Niles reports (11:35-13:35)
7. Black actors in the Caribbean, Hollywood and beyond are celebrating following the honours bestowed on Halle Berry and Denzel Washington at the Oscars Ceremony. Bahamian born black actor Sidney Poitier receives a lifetime achievement award. Karen Weir reports (13:36-15:28)