Caribbean Report 11-05-1990

The Third Special ACP Ministerial Conference on Sugar concluded in London with representatives agreeing to intensify the pressure in Europe for the continued protection in sugar export. A five-year price freeze and an impending two percent cut in sugar prices pose a serious threat to ACP producers. The concern of the Caribbean sugar producers has heightened in light of the proposed takeover of the parent company of British sugar by Tate and Lyle Sugars and the news that Tate and Lyle has also developed a new artificial sweetener. Secondly, the UK proposals to influence the structure of Europe’s banana market in 1992 are drawing the attention of banana producers. In the Caribbean, the banana producing countries view the British proposals as ultimately leading to a reduction in the price of bananas. Following the Financial News, the two main opposition leaders in the Dominican Republic accuse the present administration of preventing free and fair process at next Wednesday’s general elections. The report ends with the Stories of Caribbean interest appearing in the British press.
Table of Contents
1. Headlines (00:00-00:36)
2. Caribbean sugar representatives leave the ACP Ministerial Conference on Sugar in London with a new sense of urgency as 1992 approaches. Hugh Crosskill interviews Jamaica's Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture Desmond Leakey, Barbados' Minister of Agriculture Warwick Franklin and Guyana's Minister of Agriculture Patrick McKenzie (00:37-07:28)
3. Caribbean banana producers could experience a drop in prices due to the British proposals to the European Commission. Pat Whitehorne interviews Bowen Wells, Chairman of the British-Caribbean Parliamentary Group (07:29-10:57)
4. Financial News (10:58-11:49)
5. Two opposition candidates fear of the absence of free and fair general elections in the Dominican Republic. Jean Michel Caroit reports from Santo Domingo (11:50-13:37)
6. Stories of Caribbean interest appearing in the British press by Pat Whitehorne (13:38-15:14)