Revue de presse du 29 janvier 2018
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 29 JANVIER 2018
More than 75 000 Grenadian voters will head to the polls on Tuesday 13th March 2018 to elect a new Government. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell last Sunday while addressing thousands of his supporters at an endorsement rally of members of his party, including himself. The Parliament of Grenada will be dissolved today 29th January 2018.
Dominica News Online
The Opposition United Workers Party is calling on the Skerrit led Government to account for the funds acquired through the Citizenship By Investment programme both pre and post Hurricane Maria as well as to provide a statement of the US$10 million debt forgiven by Venezuela.
ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE
During his budget speech last Thursday, Prime Minister Gaston Brown revealed that last year the Citizenship by Investment Programme raised almost $300 million in direct revenue and investment capital. He noted that that although the programme was challenged by the loss of the visa-free access to Canada, the move by his Government to slash the processing fees, has begun to pay off.
SECURITE - JUSTICE
St Kitts–Nevis Observer
The fate of former Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas in the Parliament of Saint Kitts now lies in the hands of the High Court, after the Government filed an injunction against him seeking to get him barred from Parliament due to an alleged claim of dual citizenship. Douglas who has been accused of holding a valid Dominican diplomatic passport continues to deny the said allegations. He was recently suspended from the first sitting of Parliament for the year, following a heated spat with the Speaker of the National Assembly.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
St Lucia Times
The OECS region is trying to keeping its end of the bargain from the COP 21 Paris Agreement on climate change through the Global Climate Change Alliance/OECS iLAND Resilience project. The latter is executing a number of climate change and sustainable land management interventions across the region. The region, despite it being the smallest contributor, will be one of the most affected by the effects of climate change.
FRANCE - EU
According to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, Saint Lucia may soon be removed from the EU blacklist of countries with harmful preferential tax regimes. He noted that following a conference call with EU officials ; a commitment letter will be addressed detailing the country’s positon on the matter and its intention. The Government has been heavily criticised by the opposition for failing to commit to the EU’s requests in that regard.
The European Union continues to assist Dominica in its recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria by providing eleven million euros in addition to the 2.3 million previously given for matter relating to energy. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has suggested that the funds be used for building new shelters around the island.