Caribbean Report 19-03-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Debbie Ransome (00:27)
2. Caribbean and Central American officials hope to make a diplomatic breakthrough in the stalemate in the banana trade dispute when they attend a meeting of Foreign Trade Ministers in Georgetown. Agenda items and areas of cooperation for countries involved in the discussion include preservation of the environment, protection of the Caribbean Sea, coordination of strategies in international trade, economic policies and promotion of private sector collaboration. Colin Smith reports (00:28 – 02:18)
3. BBC Correspondent for Latin America Neil Rosser reports on Latin America banana producers support for the European Union and US in the current banana trade war. Cristian Espinosa Ecuador spokesman comments on the wider issues and solutions to be addressed by Latin America. Colombia Association of Banana Exporters spokesman Orlando Davis speaks out on reaching a diplomatic solution to the row (02:19 - 05:53)
4. The future of Caribbean rum on the European market is in the spotlight due to the present banana trade war between the US and the European Union. Chairman of the West Indies Rum and Spirit Association Patrick Mayers provides an update on the future of the rum industry. Debbie Ransome reports (05:54- 09:43)
5. The final of the Caribbean premier cricket tournament the Busta Cup will be played at Kensington Oval in Barbados against rivals Trinidad and Tobago. Cricket commentators Ruskin Mark and Terry Mayers discusses the outcome of the match. Keith Stone Greaves reports ( 09:44 - 11:42)
6. The island of Montserrat hosted a concert with celebrity performers. Doug Darby reviews the performers lineup (11: 43 - 15:18)