Revue de presse du 05 avril 2017
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 05 AVRIL 2017
Caribbean News Now
Opposition parliamentarians walked out of the House of Parliament yesterday after a motion tabled by the Castries South MP, Dr Ernest Hilaire, was removed from the order paper and could therefore not be debated. The motion was to reverse the changes to the Citizenship by Investment Programme. In that light, the opposition has accused the Government of trying to stifle free speech.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
A prominent local economist and President of the Barbados Economic Society has joined the line in warning of further drainage on the dwindling reserves if the Government’s debt issues are not dealt with urgently. He also says that such is contributing to the high level of uncertainty in the business community and the situation could get worse.
Dominica News Online
According to the Tourism Minister, Senator Robert Tonge, the country will soon see an increase in travel services with two new airlines which are scheduled to commence service out of neighbouring Barbados and Saint Lucia respectively, later this year. The Minister is hoping that this new service could make travelling to the country easier and more affordable.
The International Monetary Fund executive board recently concluded the 2017 Article IV consultation with St Lucia and according to the international financial institution the country will record a 0.5 per cent economic growth this year. Such will be driven by continued strong performance in the areas of construction and agriculture.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
St Kitts & Nevis Observer
New protocols are being implemented at the Royal St Christopher & Nevis Police Force as they try to build a force on integrity and service delivery. During the last months, recruits of a lower ranking were screened using Polygraph technology, but as of the coming week the Senior Officers will be subjected to the same. The Commissioner says that the force must function in an environment of continued trust in order to be more effective.
The Prime Minister has indicated that the country will introduce legislation to prevent the killing of orcas commonly known as Killer Whales, after the recent slaughtering of two of the sea mammals in full view of cruise ship passengers. He says this is in keeping with an international ban which the country signed on to many years ago. The Prime Minister says that the act was plain wrong.
During the regional meeting to chart the way forward on climate change in the region, the Minister responsible for the Environment urged the other countries represented at the meeting to follow suit in taking up the challenge to combat climate change. Antigua & Barbuda is the first and only country in the Eastern Caribbean at this time to have achieved accreditation to the adaptation fund.
Dr Denis Lowe, the Minister for the Environment says that the President of the United States does not fully appreciate the consequences of his position and is challenging him on climate change. His remarks came after the President signed an executive order nullifying his predecessor’s efforts, which further cements his notion that “climate change was a hoax”.