Caribbean Report 25-02-2002

Table of Contents
1. Headlines (00:00-00:24)
2. The Trinidad and Tobago government sets out a strategy to stem rising violent crime and Minister of National Security, Howard Chin Lee reveals features of the plan which include rehabilitative and preventive elements. Tony Fraser reports and gets reactions from the Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Spain merchants [Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (Trinidad and Tobago)’s President, Gregory Aboud] (00:25-03:34)
3. After a 10 hour strike members of the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers’ Association resume work at the Norman Manley International Airport, following a meeting with Transport Minister Robert Pickersgill who promises government will improve airspace safety and radio equipment. Bertram Niles interviews Mr. Pickersgill (03:35-06:37)
4. A government minister in Grenada, Anthony Boatswain, can be held personally liable for the government’s failure to complete payments on a long-standing debt to former Grenada Prime Minister Sir Eric Gary. Queen’s Counsel Derek Knight acting on behalf of the administrators of the estate of Sir Eric following his death, secure high court sanctions against the minister. Lou Smith reports (06:38-08:37)
5. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), awards University of Miami a one million dollar grant to research how Cuba can be transformed into a democracy after the Fidel Castro era. Bertram Niles interviews Jaime Suchlicki, Director of the project (08:38-10:54)
6. Up to 9 delegations from the Caribbean are to attend the rescheduled Commonwealth Summit in Australia. The political climate in Zimbabwe is expected to dominate the discussions. Britain and America call for Zimbabwe’s suspension from the Commonwealth. Don McKinnon of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London doubts they will get support, especially from the Caribbean countries. He also discusses tourism in the Caribbean in the wake of the September 11th attacks on America. Rosie Hayes reports (10:55-12:52)
7. An international conference on child labour at The Hague examines the problem of child workers in the Caribbean. The problem is not widespread, but is a cause for concern to some Caribbean governments. Helen Azouri, Ministry of Labour, Dominican Republic and Suriname’s Labour Inspector comment on what is happening in their countries. Geraldine Coughlan reports from The Hague (12:53-15:21)