Caribbean Report 01-04-1992



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:30)
2. The tax free budget delivered by Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford has come in for stinging criticism from the country’s public and private sectors. Correspondent Sandra Baptiste reports, and comments are given by Bobby Khan, president of the Barbados Manufacturers’ Association, Tony Johnson, president of the Barbados Economic Society, Henry Forde, opposition leader, Dr. Richie Haynes, former finance minister and Keith Yearwood, trade union leader (00:31-04:01)
3. In Guyana, the budget presented by the People’s National Congress also came in for criticism by leading businessman Clifford Reis and the University of Guyana Workers’ Union (04:02-07:43)
4. Suriname’s National Assembly has unanimously approved constitutional changes which drastically limit the army’s political power (07:44-10:01)
5. The idea of a CARICOM commissioner is once again on the regional agenda. St. Lucian cabinet minister, George Mallet comments (10:02-11:31)
6. The annual report of the Inter-American Development Bank published the figures of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Guyana loans over the last year. BBC economics correspondent, James Morgan reports (11:32-13:21)
7. Jamaica’s present agreement with the IMF, which should have ended yesterday, has been extended to June due mainly to the new foreign exchange liberalisation programme (13:22-14:18)