Caribbean Report 09-02-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00:25)
2. Anchor Ken Richards interviews Anguilla Chief Minister Herbert Hughes on election campaigning and his successful track record in the economic development of Anguilla. Opposition leader and head of the Anguilla National Alliance and the Democratic Party, Osbourne Fleming comments on elections issues such as health, education, sports and social services (00:26 - 05:05)
3. The world’s top fifteen developing countries began the three day G15 Summit in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Reporter Carol Orr highlights issues on the agenda for discussion including the banana trade impasse, Asian economic crisis, debt forgiveness, and open dialogue with industrialised G8 nations. Professor of Economics at UWI Mona Campus Jamaica Clive Thomas comments favorably on the cooperative and coordinating role of G15 nations in the global financial crisis (05:06 - 09:40)
4. The recent changes to the World Trade Organization trading rules is being discussed at a meeting of ACP Ministers in Dakar Senegal. Other agenda items scheduled for debate include extending special trade arrangements between Europe and the ACP countries and implementing trade protocols with assistance from the WTO. Ken Richards reports (09:41 - 09:59)
5. Twelve persons died and twenty two were hospitalized after a tragic accident at sea in the Dominican Republic. A boat carrying a group of passengers from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico ran out of fuel and drifted for ten days. The boat was rescued by a passing ship and the majority of survivors were reported to be suffering from second degree sun burns and dehydration. Ken Richards reports (10:00 - 10:27)
6. In the Dominican Republic schools, hospitals, transportation and health sectors were affected by a 48 hour strike calling for improved salaries in the public sector and a decrease in the price of gasoline. BBC correspondent in Santo Domingo outlines the extent of the protest actions which saw widespread participation by teachers, physicians and public transportation unions (10:28 - 12: 45)
7. At a regional telecommunications meeting in Saint Lucia there have been calls for the Caribbean to develop a joint blue print for continuous economic advancement. Pete Ninvalle reports on the meeting (12:46 -15:30)