Revue de presse du 07 décembre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 07 DECEMBRE 2017
Dominica News Online
The Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit will take place in Antigua on Friday 8th December 2017 and will be co-chaired by Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada, who is also the Chairman of CARICOM and Raul Castro, the President of Cuba. The meeting will seek to examine issues of regional and global importance including climate change adaptation and disaster risk management.
The debate on the estimates of revenue and expenditure is set to begin after a presentation of the 2018 Appropriations bill was made to parliament by the Honourable Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, who is also the Minister responsible for Finance. There is a decrease in this year’s budget compared to that of last year.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
The Office of the Attorney General may soon lodge litigations against the person or persons who were involved in alleged wrong doing on the uncompleted St Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project. Economic Development Minister, Guy Joseph, who commissioned a technical audit of the project, says that he will not sit by and allow the former Saint Lucia Labour Party Administration to get away with its handling of the project. He also took the former Prime Minister, Dr Kenny Anthony to task on the matter.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
Dominica News Online
Dominica is set to benefit significantly from the CARICOM/UN High-Level Pledging conference which took place at the UN headquarters last month. An estimated one billion EC dollars will be made available to the hurricane ravaged country over a period of time. Prime Minister Skerrit notes that his government is seeking to assign the resources in various areas such as health, education and water resource management. Over US$2 billion were pledged during the said conference.
FRANCE - EU
The Government of Grenada has issued a statement in response to the inclusion of the country on a blacklist of tax haven by the European Union. The Minister for Finance notes that Grenada did make high level commitments to the EU Code of Conduct group and has requested that Grenada be de-listed soon since they have adequately and formally indicated their commitment to comply with all stipulations of the group.
St Lucia News Online
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has been responding to news that the European Union has published its first blacklist of tax havens, on which Saint Lucia is named. He noted that the EU is trying to clamp down on what they consider to be competitive tax regimes. The Prime Minister says that he is currently awaiting the letter to support the blacklisting so he can fully understand the timelines that are being set out.
Minister for International Business, Donville Innis, has expressed shock over the latest inclusion of the country on a blacklist of tax haven by the European Union. While calling the decision unfair and unfortunate, the Minister says that officials of the International Business Division are already in contact with the EU, in a quest to find which of the regimes the country had not committed to amending.