Caribbean Report 28-01-1994


In this report, the Guyanese govenremnt receives 300 million in foregin aid; the Caribbean Aviation Enterpries(CAE) is seeking compensation after their bid is rejected; A group of Caribbean and North American businessmen have launched a new carrier;independence in the French Caribbean is a non-issue according to Britian's ambassador to France; the Prime Minister of Barbados takes up the tourism portfolio in that country; Cuba's economic problems are high of that government's agent and; six passengers detained who were detained on the Christmas flight from Jamaica have disappeared.


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Headlines read by Carol Orr (00:00-00:29)
The Guyana's government received 300 million in aid after a major conference was held in Georgetown. The money is to be disbursed over a three year period. Correspondent Orin Gordon reports (00:30-3:10)
Caribbean Aviation Enterprise (CAE), the prime bidders in the purchase of the regional airline LIAT, is seeking compensation after the rejection of their proposal. CAAE Chairman Ralph 'Busy' Williams, believes the rejection is due to prejudice not sound economic reasons (03:11-05:50)
A group of Caribbean and North American businessmen have launched a new carrier Atlantic Caribbean International Airline (ACIA) which is to soon start operation scheduled non-stop flights to meet the growing demand for flights to North American, St. Maarten and the Caribbean. Freddie Lamb, the Deputy Chairman of the airline is interviewed(05:50-07:44)
Independence in the French Caribbean is a non-issue according to Britain's ambassador to France. Sir Christopher Mallaby ends a week long fact finding mission to the French departments of Guadeloupe, Guyana and French Guiana, all with the view of establishing closer relations with these territories. Geraldine Cockland reports(7:45-09:59)
Erskine Sandiford, Prime Minister of Barbados has taken up the tourism portfolio. He is the third minister to assume this position in the last five month. The change reflects the Prime Minister's desire to take a more direct interest in tourism as it has been described as a major driver in the government's economic recovery programme (10:00-10:45)
Cuba's Assembly met at the end of December to discuss the critical economic problems facing the nation. Most of the discussion has taken place among the trade unions. The Cuban peso has been losing value and more has to be done to increase the buying power of the of the Cuban worker (10:46-13:04)
Six of the passengers detained the Christmas flight from Jamaica to UK, who were allowed to stay in Britain while their applications were being checked - have disappeared. Paul Robertson, the Jamaican Foreign Affairs minister is interviewed about the matter(13:05-14:27)
Recap of the headline(14:27-14:48)
Theme (14:49-15:02)


Economic assistance -- Guyana, Airlines -- Caribbean area, French overseas deparments, Politics and government -- Barbados, Tourism -- Barbados, Cuba -- Economic conditions, Deportees -- Jamaica