Caribbean Report 07-09-1988



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1. The BBC’s Hugh Crosskill reports on the controversy surrounding the inclusion of Graham Gooch on the English cricket team earmarked for the upcoming tour of India despite India’s position on sporting sanctions against South Africa which involve the exclusion of players who have played cricket under its Apartheid system. England’s Test and County Cricket Board however, in citing the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rule that countries have a right to select their own team, has consequently taken its own position that the chosen team which includes Gooch will stand. (00:16-02:17)
2. Hugh Crosskill reports on the upcoming Commonwealth Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Cyprus. High on the agenda is the discussion of a specially requested study on private flows of capital to the developing countries of the Commonwealth. Crosskill interviews Dr. Vishnu Persaud, Director of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Economic Affairs Division., who notes that the study is of great interest to Commonwealth Caribbean countries who have economic and debt problems, and need to look into ways of increasing private capital flows. Persaud also mentions the possibility of the establishment of a Commonwealth Equity Fund which could be used for investment in the stock market of developed countries. Representing the Caribbean, Prime Minister A.N.R. Robinson is expected to be a featured speaker at the meeting. (02:18-05:01)
3. Financial Report - Pat Whitehorn (05:10-06:10)
4. Caribbean air carrier LIAT continues to attract heavy criticism from regional politicians, for what is seen as inadequate service to key stakeholders. The latest criticism comes from Dominica’s Prime Minister Eugenia Charles. Hugh Croskill speaks with LIAT’s Managing Director Arthur Foster about the Prime Minister’s criticism. (06:12-08:51)
5. BBC Correspondent Allan Tomlinson reports on activities in the run up to general elections in Jamaica, including the signing of a non-aggression pact by the two main political rivals Michael Manley and Edward Seaga. Tomlinson’s report also highlights the visit of U.S. National Security Advisor General Colin Powell, who has Jamaican roots, and Jamaica’s efforts to sustain bi-lateral diplomatic relation with the US by distancing itself from Cuba. (08:52-10:56)
6. Black activists within Britain’s Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) express dissatisfaction with the level of black representation at the union’s senior level. They are planning to set up black sections to address the problem. They note that there are over one hundred and fifty thousand black members, and only one representative at senior level. Pat Whitehorn interviews Political correspondent for the Times newspaper Nicholas Wood regarding the implications of the proposal for black sections. (11:01-13:33)