Revue de presse du 09 janvier 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 09 JANVIER 2017
Financial and political consultants have said that ‘blind’ party politics is distracting from the ethical concerns of an international bribery scandal, allowing politicians to act dishonestly with impunity. This is a serious problem in the Caribbean, especially in Antigua, where we get so caught up in blind party politics, while we allow our politicians to get away with murder.
The St. Lucia government says it supports a joint approach by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) that is being offered by some countries of the nine-member grouping. The Prime Minister says that his preference was for the CIP to be an OECS initiative based at the OECS Secretariat
A statement released by the Guyana based CARICOM Secretariat says Prime Minister Mitchell will replace Guyana’s president David Granger the new chairman, from 1st July 2017, as the Chairman of CARICOM, for a six month stint.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
BVI Platinum News
Long time National Democratic Party (NDP) supporter, Bishop John Cline has scolded government over the move to go ahead with the development of the T.B. Lettsome International Airport at this time ; a move he said will put the Territory in further debt. He also warned against the decision to choose a Chinese company to carry out the project, citing that the Chinese will flood the BVI.
Dominica News Online
A 200-room five-star hotel to be developed under the Citizenship by Investment Program (CBI) was officially launched in Dominica on Monday. The project will create hundreds of jobs for Dominicans during the construction phase and the post-construction phase.
St Kitts & Nevis Observer
The potential for geothermal energy in the Federation took an upswing according to the Hon. Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd who disclosed some positive news based on a peer review on geothermal prospects. In 2015 the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis increased its efforts to find and expand renewable energy alternatives by conducting a feasibility study in St. Kitts to see if there was any potential for geothermal energy.
Caribbean governments are being warned by the IMF to take note that social security schemes in the region may face increasing financial pressure in years to come. Economic downturn has impacted the schemes as declines in growth rates coupled with significant increases in unemployment rates have contributed to lower pension contributions to the schemes.
Many think that the region should call on the ECCB, ECCU and the OECS to take steps to ensure that the face of the legendary Sir Dwight Venner replaces that of Queen Elisabeth II on every denomination of the Eastern Caribbean Dollar.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is heartbroken over the number of murders in the country last weekend and has therefore summoned a meeting with police and officials of the Ministry of Social and Family Development on Monday.