Revue de presse du 01 février 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 01 FEVRIER 2017
Dominica News Online
Senior Counsel, Tony Astaphan, said Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has given the go-ahead to initiate legal proceedings against Opposition Leader Lennox Linton for alleged defamatory statements made against him. The allegations made about the Prime Minister range from the selling of passports, stealing of money and reports that he is being investigated by the US State Department. The Senior Counsel says the Prime Minister had enough of this.
Caribbean News Now
The Saint Lucia consulate in Toronto is currently engaged in damage control over the recent rejection by Canada of the government’s appointed chargé d’affaires, Miline Foster, on the grounds that she is a permanent resident of Canada and thus ineligible for a diplomatic posting. While the Department of External Affairs instruct Ms Foster to report for duty, the information officer at the St Lucia Consulate in Toronto has informed the Government of Saint Lucia that such is in violation of Note N°XDC 1407.
I Witness News
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sir Louis Straker, will see a reduction in the number of programmes under his Ministry as the government extends its budget reform initiative to all ministries. There is also the reallocation of portfolios such as that of Regional Integration and Diaspora Affairs which will no longer be with Sir Straker’s Ministry but with the Office of the Prime Minister.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
The World Bank is urging Caribbean countries to rethink their approach to governance, as key to overcoming challenges related to security, growth and equity. According to the “Governance and the Law” report, the financial institution explores how unequal distribution of power in a society interferes with policies’ effectiveness. The report notes that when policies and technical solutions fail to achieve intended outcomes, institutions often take the blame.
Former Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Denzil Douglas has expressed concern about the likelihood of the anti-immigration policy being enforced by the Trump administration impacting negatively on St Kitts and Nevis. An executive order which bars citizens of 7 specific countries from entering the US, also calls for review into suspending the Visa Waiver Programme, which allow travellers from 38 countries, including close allies. He also made mention of the need to question whether such policy will affect the Federation and the rest of the Caribbean.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
St Lucia News Online
Finally after two years of countless court hearings and equal delays, students of the Lambirds Academy, received a fair deal. The Director of Public Prosecution says that the matter has been settled through mediation. The students have been reimbursed their tuition and other expenses incurred during their stay in Saint Lucia. However, the human trafficking matter against Dr Shams is still pending.
Caribbean News Now
The Ministry of Labour has begun the process of establishing a labour code for St Kitts and Nevis that will serve to improve the laws governing the world of work and better relations between employers and employees. The process is ongoing and must be completed in order to produce a draft document. The wider public will then be engaged through various fora and meetings on the changes to the draft labour code before it is finalized and taken to Cabinet and then the Parliament for approval.
St Lucia News Online
The Governor General has appointed Dr Hilda Rosemarie Husbands-Mathurin to the post of Parliamentary Commissioner effective 1st February 2017. Dr Mathurin previously served as both President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Assembly respectively.
A law allowing Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union is expected to clear its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, paving the way for the government to launch divorce talks by the end of March. The bill could complete the legislative process by March 7. The Prime Minister plans to begin exit negotiations with the EU by March 31, starting two years of talks that will define Britain’s economic and political future and test the unity of the EU’s 27 remaining members.