Caribbean Report 27-02-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Bertram Niles (00:00-00:27)
2. In Dominica, Public Service Union workers continue to strike while Swinburne Lestrade, Director of Finance and Planning paints a grim picture of the economy. Irma Edwards, Acting Chief Personnel Officer says a joint task force is coming and Sonia Williams, the Union’s President says that the committee’s first assignment should be an organizational audit. BBC correspondent Paul Charles reports (00:28-02:29)
3. In Barbados, the parliamentary opposition calls for the resignation of PM Owen Arthur following his admission that he permitted illegal Guyanese immigrants to work at his private residence. Senator Clyde Mascoll, leader of the opposition Democratic Party says it should be immediately. Report by the BBC’s Rosie Hayes and Peter Thorne (02:30-06:35)
4. Trade Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) block begin two days of consultations in St. Lucia ahead of a meeting with the Trade Commission of the EU. Julian Hunte, St. Lucia's Foreign Minister makes a call for unity at the opening session. Commissioner Pascal Lamy will be discussing EU proposals for separate economic partnership agreements with the ACP regions. BBC correspondent Pete Ninvalle reports (06:36-08:21)
5. The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams is enthroned as spiritual head of a church comprising seventy million Anglicans globally, among them the Church of Province in the West Indies. The archbishop, known for his liberal views on women and homosexuality has his appointment criticized by sections of the Church of England’s traditionalist wing. BBC correspondent Bertram Niles reports (08:22-08:48)
6. The West Indies will play Sri Lanka in the first of two must win matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Coach Roger Andrew Harper and cricketer Carl Hooper describe the mood of the team players and comment upon the team’s past performances and future expectations. The BBC’s Bertram Niles reports (08:49-12:10)
7. Cuban President, Fidel Castro is visiting China. He says that his country can learn from China’s political and economic reform that has produced a thriving private sector. BBC correspondent Bertram Niles reports (12:11-12:35)
8. Trinidad Carnival is about masquerade, calypso and steelpan. One businessman is warning that the manufacturing and tuning of steelpans is a billion-dollar industry and needs to be established locally. Michael Cooper, CEO of Panland Trinidad and Tobago Limited, the only major steelpan producer predicts an explosion in demand for pan locally and abroad. Prof. Clement Imbert of The University of the West Indies is convinced that Trinidad and Tobago remains in charge of the innovation. BBC correspondent Tony Fraser reports on the issue of pan production (12:36-15:31)