Caribbean Report 20-03-1990


The launch of a tear gas grenade into a school yard in Port-au-France by an unknown assailant today marks the latest in a series of criminal assaults to destabilize the new civilian government of Ertha Pascal-Trouillot. Secondly, six months after Hurricane Hugo struck Montserrat, a leading contractor on the island asserts that repair works on houses will not be completed in time for the next hurricane season. Following the Financial News, the Prime Minster of Canada, Brian Mulroney announces an extension of the list of duty-free products entering Canada from the Caribbean. From the Caribbean perspective, an economist comments on the need for Caribbean assistance in marketing these duty-free items in Canada. Finally, as the single European market approaches in 1992, the Caribbean nations are faced with the challenge of how to protect the free access of Caribbean bananas to Britain whilst allowing bananas to circulate freely in Europe.


Includes a musical interlude at the beginning of the report.

Table of Contents

1. Headlines (02:15-02:46)
2. Continued attempts to destabilize the new civilian government of Ertha Pascal-Trouillot in Haiti. Michael Norton reports from Port-au-France (02:47-05:23)
3. Montserrat not prepared for the next hurricane season. Jerry Timmins' report includes the views of Emile Rogers, President of the Contractors Association of Montserrat (05:24-07:51)
4. Financial News. Leslie Garth reports on the upcoming meeting of the Caribbean Donor Group of the World Bank airmarked to address support funding for Haiti, Guyana and Jamaica (07:52-09:23)
5. Caribbean economist predicts that the increase of duty-free goods to Canada will not affect the Caribbean region. Interview with Dr. Wendell Samuel, Economist at the University of the West Indies, Barbados (09:24-12:59)
6. The impact of the single European market on Caribbean banana exports. Hugh Crosskill interviews Gloria Francis, ACP banana expert in Brussels (13:00-16:56)