Caribbean Report 06-05-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Orin Gordon (00: 26)
2. Civil servants and other public workers in Guyana continue to protest for higher wages. The government proposed re-opening talks with the workers’ union but these talks were jeopardised after police charged the top three executives of the Public Service Union. Trade Union Congress President Patrick Yard comments on the impasse. Colin Smith reports from Georgetown Guyana (00:27 – 02:44)
3. Officials from the Commonwealth continued talks in Trinidad on how to stop corruption in member states. Officials are working on a draft document to outline principles and policies. Jamaica Solicitor General Kenneth Rattray discusses the scale of problems and proposes solutions. Orin Gordon and Ken Richards report (02: 45 - 06: 05)
4. The World Trade Organization (WTO) formally adopted a report by its arbitration panel condemning the European Union banana import regime citing this regime as breaching WTO rules. WTO member states adopted the report urging the EU to reform its import system (06: 06 - 06: 36)
5. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is no closer to selecting a new Director General as deliberations ended in a deadlock. The candidate from New Zealand former Prime Minister Michael Moore holds a slim lead over Thai candidate Supachai Panitchpakdi. Panitchpakdi and Moore comment on the elections. Keith Stone Greaves examines the prolonged race and profiles Thai candidate Panitchpakdi. Claire Doyle reports on attempts for consensus on the candidates (06: 37 – 10: 42)
6. Voters in Curacao, Saba and Sint Eustatius go to the polls to elect a local government to serve for next four years. Mike Jarvis reports on the election in Curacao (10: 43 – 12: 55)
7. In the United Kingdom the devolution and transfer of laws from the central government to new parliaments in Scotland and new assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland are about to become reality. Emma Joseph reports (12: 56 – 15: 26)