Caribbean Report 09-01-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:26)
2. Authorities in Suriname put the country on high alert and increase security for President Runaldo Ronald Venetiaan and his ministers. Armed groups are planning attacks in the capital of Paramaribo in an attempt to destabilize Suriname’s political situation (00:27-02:49)
3. In Guyana, police vow to renew efforts to prevent criminal elements from targeting law enforcement personnel as four policemen are shot dead. Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana issues a stern warning to criminals. Assistant Superintendent David Ramnarine says there’s reason for concern. Ricky Singh, veteran Caribbean Affairs analyst offers one solution (02:50-06:48)
4. Some Jamaican nationals living in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are disturbed by Britain’s decision to impose visa restrictions on Jamaicans traveling to the UK. David Blunkett, Home Office Secretary defends his government’s position. Diane Lewis, Legal Secretary speaks in defense of Jamaican residents. Ken Richards reports on reactions in the BVI (06:49-09:10)
5. The government of Antigua and Barbuda writes to the OECD advising the Paris-based body that it will not consider itself bound to reform tax and financial operations if there is no level playing field. Sir Ronald Sanders, Antiguan High Commissioner to London is interviewed. Ben Meade reports (09:11-12:09)
6. The European Union is to table a new proposal at the upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) aimed at giving poor countries access to cheap medicines. This has been on the discussion table for some time but progress is being stalled by the US who objects to the inclusion of some medical products. Mike Jarvis reports (12:10-13:47)
7. British Airways is offering to donate fifty free long-haul seats to allow World Health Organization researchers to study Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). John Smith, British Labor MP expresses his satisfaction with the airline's support and hopes that other airlines will follow this example. Rosie Hayes reports (13:48-15:30)