Caribbean Report 14-03-1994

Table of Contents
1. Headlines with Carol Orr (00:00-00:29)
2. Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have been given the green light by CARICOM to enter into queue for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on their own. This decision was reached at the 5th Intercessional Meeting of the Heads of Government held in St Vincent and Grenadines. Foreign Affairs Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Ralph Maraj comments on the decision (00:30-01:32)
3. Anthony Gonzales, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies , St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad says in the face of structural adjustment policies undertaken by both countries (Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago), and their preparation for open trading, the move was expected. Mr. Gonzales says that the option to wait until the other countries are ready is not realistic (01:33-04:07)
4. Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda is to take over the operations of the regional airline LIAT. The two countries will take over the running of LIAT over the next four months to prepare it for privatization. The decision was taken at the CARICOM Intercessional meeting in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Tony Fraser reports (04:09-06:26)
5. The American-based group International Wildlife Coalition denies that the call for a tourism boycott amounts to blackmail. The islands of Grenada, Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are due to be targets of a six-month tourism campaign to be launched along America’s eastern coast. Daniel Morast, President of the eastern-based group says the campaign is a response to what he views as blatant collaboration between the four Windward Islands and Japan. The Windward Islands has denied accusations of ‘cheque book diplomacy’. Morast talks about why his organization will be targeting the Windward Islands in their boycott campaign and not the Japan (06-:27-09:23)
6. 250 US citizens with the organization Pastors for Peace, flew into Havana to await a ship load of aid. This group is a militant opponent of the US embargo on trade with Cuba. Unlike other groups it refuses to seek Washington’s permission before offering charitable assistance to Cuba. Lionel Martin reports (09:24-11:58)
7. English batsman Mark Ramprakash is hoping his recent performance in Guyana will be enough to earn him a place in the next test match. However Guyana has significance for the batsman on and off the field, as it is his father’s birthplace and it could so be the place to revive his on and off again test cricket career. Orin Gordon reports and Mark Ramprakash is interviewed (11:59-14:21)
8. West Indies players have withdrawn a threat of strike action ahead of the second test against England. The players including Captain Richie Richardson and Vice-Captain Desmond Haynes demanded an increase in match fees and refuse to sign unless their demands were met. Prior to today’s strike action the West Indies Cricket board of Control had responded by putting replacements on standby (14:22-14:44)
9. Theme music (14:45-15:03)