Revue de presse du 01 décembre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU VENDREDI 01 DECEMBRE 2017
Barbados celebrated its fifty-thirst independence anniversary yesterday and scores of Barbadians came out to witness the annual parade at the Garrison Savannah despite the heavy rains and overcast conditions. Many uniformed groups displayed their matching skills while hundreds watched on the roadsides all decked in the colours of their national flag.
ECONOMIE – AFFAIRE
Prime Minister Timothy Harris has announced that the National Assembly will meet on Wednesday 6th December 2017, at which time the Draft Estimates for 2018 will be laid before the Honourable House, and thereafter the Appropriations Bill will be debated. The Prime Minister also said that they will know then whether the historic budget will be a tax-free one.
During the recent Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture, regional economist, Marla Dukharan, noted that the Caribbean must seriously consider shifting from using hard currency to a digital payment ecosystem which will make banking and financial services available at lower costs. She says that the concept will also reduce poverty in the region.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
Dominica News Online
The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ended on 30th November with seventeen named storms. The month of September was particularly brutal in the Caribbean with two category 5 hurricanes namely Irma and Maria, which left an unprecedented path of death and destruction in countries such as Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands and Dominica, some of which may take a few years to fully recover.
Dominica News Online
The Republic of Haiti, despite having been hit by a series of deadly natural disasters in the last decade, has donated US$250,000 to Dominica for recovery efforts in the wake of the destruction caused by the category 5 Hurricane Maria last September. This serves as testimony of friendship and fraternity within the Caribbean Community.
FRANCE – EU
Executive Director of the French-based international petroleum company Rubis is giving the thumbs-up to the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) for its decision to block Simpson Oil Limited (SOL) from purchasing the Barbados National Terminal Company Ltd (BNTCL). Mauricio Nicholls says the decision preserves a competitive fuel market place and protects individuals and enterprises, as well as avoiding a monopoly of the oil market.
St Lucia Times
The Saint Lucia Crisis Centre will today sign a partnership agreement with the Association des Parents et Amis des Enfants Inadaptés (APAEI) of Marie Galante, a dependency of Guadeloupe, in an effort to pursue programmes and projects designed to serve vulnerable people. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the St James Morgan Bay Hotel.