Revue de presse du 08 février 2017
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 08 FEVRIER 2017
Dominica News Online
The Leader of the Opposition Lennox Linton has condemned the violence and vandalism which took place in the capital on Tuesday following the public protest organised by this party to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Skerrit. He openly condemned the acts which have caused damages and loss to businesses, brought fear, and safety and security in the city.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
As of next month, LIAT, the Antigua-based regional carrier has announced that it will be cutting several routes. The route review is aimed at ensuring that the airline only serves on commercially viable routes. Some of the destinations to be affected by this cut include Dominica and Guadeloupe.
Premier of Nevis and Minister of Labour, Vance Amory, says that much more needs to be done to engage citizens and residents in the functioning of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the opportunities which it provides. Citizens have not been acquainted with the provisions of the agreement ; therefore the programme has been met with rejection. He also urges persons to qualify themselves as such can determine where and what type of employment they can obtain.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
I Witness News
Prime Minister and Minister for Nationality Security says that although the country still remains safe and secure, there is simply too much violent crime. He says commented on the mind-set of some police officers who give lame excuses for their refusal to do their duty with any sense of urgency. He also mentioned that the State is obligated to provide the effective framework for an acceptable level of security to the citizenry.
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) United States of America Implementation and Enforcement of the Inter-Governmental Agreement was passed in Parliament without opposition, making it mandatory for Antigua & Barbuda’s banks to provide the banking information of US citizens to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Prime Minister Gaston Browne told Parliament the legislation is not beneficial to Antigua & Barbuda, but the country has agreed to comply.
St Lucia News Online
According to a report by the IMF team who visited the island last month, the latest VAT reduction will put pressure on the fiscal position of the country. A reduction of 2.5 percent was made to the VAT rate as of 1st February 2017. The IMF states that measures must be taken to mitigate the impact, however shifting the burden on the tourism sector will undermine growth in the country.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Premier Dr Orlando Smith has disclosed the contents of the initial ministerial talks with the UK, stating that the BVI wants to ensure that its financial business is not negatively affected by Brexit. It also wants to be able to compete in the international trade of goods in areas such as fisheries. The Premier also called for continued market access and potential tax incentives.