Caribbean Report 12-12-2001

Table of Contents
1. Headlines (00:00-00:25)
2. Basdeo Panday makes it clear that his proposal to form a government of national unity does not mean giving up power. Tony Fraser reports from Trinidad and Tobago (00:26-02:35)
3. In an interview, political analyst Lloyd Best says the PNM and the UNC can’t avoid power sharing due to the tied general elections results (02:36-05:20)
4. Dominica’s opposition United Workers Party, claim that there is widespread dissatisfaction with the coalition administration of Prime Minister Pierre Charles. Opposition leader Edison James says the entire government should resign over the Julien Giraud affair (05:21-08:10)
5. Dominica Freedom Party leader Charles Savarin denies holding anti Labour party talks with the opposition leader in the past year (08:11-08:23)
6. An independent development bank will be set up for the Dutch Caribbean in Curacao on the 1st of June 2002. The bank will manage Dutch development funding for long term programmes. Geraldine Coughlin reports (08:24-09:51)
7. Caribbean islands pay particular attention as sanctions are brought against Nauru by the Paris based Financial Action Task Force. Patrick Moulette the head of the FATF speak with the anchor on these developments (09:52-11:47)
8. The Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) ends with an endorsement of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) but with clear protection for small economies. Natalie Williams reports (11:48-13:26)
9. A US Senate committee voted on a bill to remove the central provision of the Caribbean Basin Trade Recovery Act 2000 which allowed textile trade preferences to Latin America and the Caribbean (13:27-15:33)