The reader could therefore conclude that it is only when such communication vehicles are established, funded by and with the assistance of outside governments and broadcasters can there be a quality radio service which links the people of the region. It is incomprehensible that there could be a Caribbean Community seeking to link the economies, societies and peoples of the region without a functioning daily radio service conveying news, opinion and providing a platform for cultural and artistic expression.
Therefore, the closure of the BBC Caribbean Service must be seen as a real challenge for the governments, peoples, institutions and business community of the Caribbean. We cannot on the one hand urge against colonial hangovers and then the next day call for the British Government and people to continue organising, funding and operationalising the radio service informing us about ourselves. The region must learn to survive based on its own resources and effort; the time for waiting for others to do what we should do for ourselves has gone and if the Caribbean is to ever fully emerge as an independent nation in the family of nations, a regional broadcast service is absolutely essential.
Given the importance of communication to the establishment of a regional community, we recommend that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago takes the lead in immediately commissioning an assessment of the feasibility of establishing a regional radio network, based in Port-of-Spain, whose aim would be to ensure that Caribbean people are kept informed about what's happening in the region.
In propagating this idea, the Government must seek to engage all Caricom states in the effort and should be prepared to take the lead, as well, in sponsoring the start-up of this noble venture-perhaps using the model of the Caribbean Court of Justice Trust Fund as a means of insulating the network from the possibility of political interference or financial deprivation.