Revue de presse du 04 juillet 2017
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU MARDI 04 JUILLET 2017
Dominica News Online
The Secretary General of CARICOM has confirmed that the crisis in the South American country is not on the agenda of the CARICOM Heads of Government meeting scheduled in Grenada, but has noted that it can be discussed. He also made it clear that the regional bloc will not interfere in the sovereign affairs of Venezuela, despite evidence suggesting that the crisis has divided the organisation.
Grenada plays host to the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government this week, and the organizers are expecting a huge turnout, with more than 10 Heads of Government confirming their participation and other foreign dignitaries. The meeting is expected to focus on the Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy and Implementation plan, regional security issues and future trade relations with the United Kingdom post Brexit.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
Executive Director of the Regional Security System has warned that the Eastern Caribbean is facing new threats from transnational organized criminal activity and therefore regional cooperation on matters of defence is becoming even more important. He says that human and drug trafficking are on the increase, and there is much concern about the number of small arms coming into the region. The RSS has embarked on a project with the EU which aims to enhance the capabilities of law enforcement and border security personnel in that regard.
St Lucia Times
During the US 241st Independence Day celebrations in Saint Lucia last week, the US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean voiced the support of her country to the Allen Chastanet Administration in its efforts to strengthen the rule of law in the country. She says her country is committed to providing rule of law advisor in updating outdated legislation, which will increase the capacity of the country in addressing modern day challenges.
Caribbean News Now
Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has expressed the need for the United Kingdom to increase its quota of scholarships to his country and the wider Caribbean. He noted that this is even more relevant with the shift in immigration policies which will make it more difficult for students to access education in the UK. The High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean also conceded that her country has been losing to other countries such as China which have been increasing their scholarships to the region.
I Witness News
Former Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology in Saint Lucia, Dr James Fletcher, laments that the US is wrong on climate change and would protect its economic and political interest by helping the region go green. He says that the US has not understood that the more you invest in building resilience in countries like ours, the more it allows us to make the transition away from fossil fuel. Dr Fletcher was the lead negotiator of the 15 member CARICOM team for the Paris accord.
Caribbean News Now
According to the National Hurricane Centre, a broad area of low pressure continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms and the environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive, and therefore a tropical depression could be formed later this week. The chance of formation of a tropical cyclone with the next five days is estimated to be high.
The G20 summit is scheduled to take place in Hamburg, Germany later this week and the President of the United States has expressed his intentions to speak with some European officials prior to the said meeting. The White House has said that calls would be made to the German Chancellor Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni but failed to mention the newly elected French President. Nevertheless, the US President has accepted an invitation to attend Bastille Day ceremonies in Paris on July 14.
The decision by the Fair Trading Commission to halt the planned sale of the Barbados National Terminal Company Limited to the Sol Group has been hailed as a victory for Barbadians by the French based petroleum company Rubis. Rubis had lodged an unsuccessful bid for the terminal company, which resulted in a legal challenge. Rubis also contended the moratorium that gave Sol a monopoly on the petroleum market.