Caribbean Report 04-03-2002



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:26)
2. There is dismay in the Netherlands Antilles at the continuing failure to form a new government more than six weeks after elections and some parties which won seats are infuriated. Will Johnson, Saba’s Commissioner of the Windward Islands People’s Movement Party, criticises the way Mr. Anthony of the Frente Obrero Labour Party (Workers’Liberation Front), which won the most seats in the elections, is handling the formation of the coalition government. Neil Nunes reports (00:27-02:27)
3. Reports from Haiti say Jean Bertrand Aristide will appoint former spokesperson of his Lavalas Party and Senate President Vaughn Neptune as his next Prime Minister. The post has been vacant since Jean Marie Chérestal resigned (02:28-02:47)
4. The Commonwealth Secretariat announces an additional twelve observers, including three Caribbean nationals, will monitor the controversial elections in Zimbabwe and postponement of any action against Zimbabwe until after the elections. Caribbean countries sided with African nations to block attempts by Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to impose sanctions or suspension of Zimbabwe. Professor Neville Duncan, Head of the Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Research at The University of the West Indies at Mona Jamaica responds to Bertram Niles on the issue (02:48-06:25)
5. The president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Enrique Iglesias, urges the government and private sector in Suriname to collaborate in reforming the top-heavy public sector. Jack Tjong Tjin Joe, Minister of Trade and Industry - Suriname, says IDB has a growing confidence in Suriname. Steven van Frederikslust reports (06:25-08:42)
6. The former head of the US War on Drugs, US Army General Barry McCaffrey, visits Cuba with a Washington think tank and praises Cuba’s efforts against drug trafficking. He also calls on Mr. Castro to free political prisoners and talks about the impact of the illegal drugs trade on Caribbean nations south of Cuba (08:43-11:45)
7. Several thousand managers from the Venezuelan state oil company, PDVSA, march through the capital Caracas in protest of the appointment of a new management board by the Hugo Chavez government and there are threats of an all-out strike. Industrial action will be extremely damaging to the Venezuelan economy and to Mr. Chavez. Juan Fernández, Financial Planning Director at the company retorts and Nick Miles reports from Caracas (11:45-13:14)
8. Two Australian cricket coaches are in the Caribbean to help the region upgrade its coaching methods that regional officials say are now outdated. They will be joined by some West Indian greats of old at a seminar in Port of Spain. Dr. Michael Seepersad, Cricket Development Officer, comments and Karen Weir reports (13:14-15:23)