Caribbean Report 05-02-2002



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:25)
2. The first CARICOM Central American Summit (CARICOM-SICA Summit) begins in Belize and leaders from the Caribbean and Central America are hoping to strengthen relations between the two regions (00:26-02:41)
3. Ambassador Byron Blake, CARICOM’s Assistant Secretary-General for Regional Trade and Economic Integration at the first CARICOM Central American Summit in Belize speaks to Rosie Hayes about the importance of the summit (02:42-04:18)
4. A.N.R. Robinson addressing members of the Rotary Club, Port of Spain in his first public statement since appointing Patrick Manning as Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago says corruption brings down governments. President Robinson chose to ignore the cause of Basdeo Panday to be re-appointed as the incumbent Prime Minister, saying that he was guided in his decision by moral and spiritual values. Tony Fraser reports (04:19-06:48)
5. Police in France are questioning the former French politician, Didier Schuller who voluntarily returned to France after seven years as a fugitive in the Caribbean. Didier Schuller is interviewed by Jean Michel Caroit, the BBC’s correspondent in Santo Domingo (06:49-10:06)
6. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit the Bahamian capital Nassau to meet Caribbean foreign ministers. Mr. Powell expects to discuss trade, migration, market access, drug trafficking, and money laundering (10:07-11:52)
7. The Bahamas is eager to diversify its trade policies and open up to new industries such as e-commerce to help it rebuild its economy. The country has experienced huge losses in tourism as a result of the events which occurred in the US on September, 11th, 2001. James Smith, Ambassador for Investment and Trade for the Bahamas is interviewed by Rosie Hayes (11:53-14:23)
8. In cricket, the West Indies Under19 Side will play Australia in the second semi-final of the Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand. Meanwhile, the senior West Indian side loses heavily to Pakistan in the first cricket test in Sharjah (14:24-15:27)