Caribbean Report 20-11-1995

In this report there is confirmation that the British fruit company, Geest has received an offer for its banana business. Chairman of the OECS, Sir James Mitchell states that the negotiations between Geest and the Ecuadorian firm, Noboa are being closely monitored. Under the contract, the Windward Islands banana producers can make a counter bid to match the offer that Geest receives. Meanwhile, there is hope that the Caribbean region can forge a new relationship Europe when the Lome Convention expires at the end of the century. The US Agriculture Department has announced increase quotas for five English-speaking Caribbean sugar exporting countries due to a decline in domestic production. In Jamaica, former leader Michael Manley has added his voice to the debate on the country becoming a republic. While President Fidel Castro's planned visit to China has its diplomatic importance, it is the economic relations with China which will prove decisive for Cuba's future. Caribbean sports editors comment on the West Indies Cricket Board's decision to fine four players for breaches of the code of discipline during last summer's test tour of England. Tony Cozier, the region's leading cricket broadcaster comments on if the Board's action will have a long-term effect on West Indies cricket.
Table of Contents
1. Headlines with Debbie Ransome (00:00-00:27)
2. Confirmation that the British fruit company, Geest has received offers for its banana business (00:28-04:10)
3. The Caribbean region hope that a new kind of relationship can be forged with post-Lome Europe (04:11-07:29)
4. The US announces increased quotas for five sugar exporting Caribbean countries (07:30-08:04)
5. In Jamaica, Michael Manley has commented on the debate on the country becoming a republic (08:05-09:19)
6. Cuba's economic relations with China could prove decisive for its future (09:20-11:49)
7. Caribbean sports editors react as four West Indies players are fined for breaches of the code of discipline (11:50-15:20)