Caribbean Report 12-07-1993



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:40)
2. Despite the initial upbeat assessment of the CARICOM’s Summit, a former Caribbean diplomat is questioning the success reportedly achieved at the meeting. Val McComie, a former Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of Caribbean States (OAS) and former Barbadian Ambassador to Washington says Caribbean governments continue to set their agenda with little focus on issues of real interest to the region’s people. Interview with Val McComie, former Deputy Secretary General, OAS and former Barbadian Ambassador to Washington. Sandra Baptiste reports (00:41-04:28)
3. Miami based Norwegian Caribbean Cruises is to drop its Jamaica destination from its ports of call from next year. It is speculated that the decision may be related to Jamaica’s decision to increase its cruise ship passenger tax from US $10 to US $15. Interview with Carlyle Dunkley, Minister of Industry and Tourism, Jamaica (04:29-06:47)
4. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is holding a key regional meeting in Cuba to discuss its future funding and projects. It was forty years that Cuba played host to the inauguration of UNESCO. Lionel Martin reports on the significance of this 10th UNESCO Regional Conference (06:48-08:38)
5. The Mayor of French St. Martin has defended a decision to start the large scale deportation of illegal aliens. Mayor Albert Fleming says illegal immigrants are a drain on the economy and social services. He also says that he is worried about the indigenous population being outnumbered by foreigners. Interviews with Albert Fleming, Mayor of St. Martin and Kenneth Hodge, St. Martin’s businessman (08:39-14:56)