Caribbean Report 24-05-1999



Table of Contents

1. Headlines with anchor Orin Gordon (00: 29)
2. Anti-government demonstrations are ongoing in the capital city Paramaribo in Suriname in protest of current economic problems, high exchange rates and increased food prices. Protestors are calling for the resignation of President Jules Wijdenbosch. Correspondent Dennis Sampson reports (00:30 – 02:53)
3. In the current World Cup Cricket series West Indies won a crucial match against New Zealand by seven wickets. The match results are analysed by Reds Perreira, Debbie Ransome and Keith Stone Greaves (02: 54 - 08:45)
4. In Dutch Sint Maarten the newly elected democratic party is accusing the outgoing administration of financial incompetence. Sarah Wescot-Williams, party won seven of eleven seats and in an interview with BBC correspondent discusses the first tasks of her government (08: 46 - 12:13)
5. The European Union mobilises the distribution of money under the banana recovery programme. Dominica Prime Minister Edison James speaks on the delay in disbursement of funds. Acting European Union delegate Francisco Avelino comments on the banana industry mandate to develop a certified buyers programme, and improve efficiencies and optimization in the production to market response (12:14 – 15: 02)
6. Cuba suffered accumulated losses between 60 and 80 billion dollars from the thirty eight year economic blockade imposed by the US. The embargo prevents access to financial credits and commercial accords with other countries (15: 03 - 15:22)