| The Courier N°132 March-April 1992 - Dossier: The future of the Caribbean - Country reports: Angola- The Solomon Islands |
AFRICA-CARIBBEAN-PACIFIC - EUROPEAN COMMUNITY
Meeting point: Ralph Maraj
Ralph Maraj, Trinidad and Tobago's Foreign Minister, is also current chairman of the ACP Council of Ministers. At the Joint Assembly in Santo Domingo, he delivered a wide-ranging and forceful speech which ranged from the possible 'marginalisation' of the South in the post-cold war world to the problems facing the Caribbean banana industry. In an interview with The Courier afterwards, he expanded on these and other issues.
Angola: After 14 years of struggle for independence and 16 years of civil war, the guns are finally silent in Angola. Last May, the two opposing movements concluded a ceasefire. It is true that the peace is still a fragile one, but the country is now heading for free elections, and everywhere, the signs of economic renewal are to be seen.
Solomon Islands: Economic development is currently being constrained in Solomon Islands by the Government's financial difficulties. At the same time, concerns over the exploitation of the country's natural resources and notably its forests-are increasing. In this Country Report, the Courier examines how the Solomon Islands, with their traditional culture and lifestyle, are tackling the problems of living in an interdependent world.
Dossier: The future of the Caribbean
The Caribbean is in danger of being totally marginalised in a world whose geopolitics have radically altered and which is breaking into economic blocs. Made up mainly of small island countries, the region has to unite and act collectively to survive economically. The role of the European Community and also of the United States will be crucial. Our dossier investigates.
News round-up: Joint Assembly
Democracy topped the bill at the latest meeting of the ACP-EEC Joint Assembly, which was held in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) from 17 to 21 February 1992. The significance of the main debate on democracy and development was sharply underlined, when the Assembly was addressed by the directly elected President of Haiti, who recently lost power in a military coup.