Caribbean Report 11-05-1998



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with Keith Stone Greaves (00:00-00:28)
2. Members of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have begun preliminary meetings in Grenada. These talks begin against a back drop of controversy as Taiwan announced grants to four Caribbean countries, a move which is seen as a defiant gesture to China (00:29-01:10)
3. In Cairo, the G15 Summit is opened with an address from Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori in which he stressed the need for greater cooperation among developing nations and increased regional integration (01:11-01:44)
4. Britain's International Development Secretary Clare Short has given her assurance that Britain is ready to help Guyana in establishing a stable political climate but will not dictate what direction it should take. Colin Smith reports (01:45-03:39)
5. CDB's Hubert Williams comments on whether there is concern that some members of the CDB are being wooed by the Taiwanese Vice President who is currently in Grenada. Williams also comments on what else is on the agenda (03:40-07:35)
6. Elias John speaking at the International Banana Conference states that Caribbean growers are worried that multinational corporations with large plantations in Central and Latin America would undercut them and threaten their livelihoods (07:36-09:43)
7. Authorities in Canada are to re-examine rules on immigration following a landmark court decision involving Grenadian Joyce Francis who could not be deported because 2 out of her 3 children were born in Canada (09:44-12:55)
8. Cuba's entry into the Ministerial meeting of the ACP countries has drawn sharp criticism from Cuban exiles in the US. Jose Basulto is worried about the legitimacy given to the Cuban government by granting observer status at the EU-ACP meeting (12:56-14:04)
9. In the Dominican Republic, Jose Francisco Pena Gomez, once a popular mayor of Santo Domingo, had died at his home after a long battle with cancer. Three days of national mourning have been announced as a mark of respect (14:05-15:08)