Revue de presse du 10 février 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU VENDREDI 10 FEVRIER 2017
I Witness News
Leader of the Opposition says that opposition lawmakers are supporting the residents of Canouan in their quest to own more land and maintain public access in their small island. During the budget debate on Tuesday he says that the Prime Minister continues to dismiss the concerns of the people.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
Hon. Asot Michael, Minister for Economic Investment says that a review of applications of 19 Antiguan passport holders (17 Iranians and 2 Yemenis), through the Citizenship by Investment Unit, has begun. He makes it clear that no evidence of any nefarious activity by any of those applicants has so far been reported but “out of caution” those application files will be vetted by the CARICOM Joint Regional Communication Center.
Caribbean News Now
The Caribbean Tourism is pleased to announce that Caribbean tourism broke new ground in 2016. Despite uncertainties and challenges in the main source markets, arrivals surpassed 29 million for the first time. The US remains the primary market however, Europe recorded the highest rate of growth among the main source markets.
$25m more for World Bank shares
The country will have to pay more than $25 million for additional shares in the World Bank. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade says that Barbados stood to gain many benefits from the membership. She introduced an Amendment Bill to facilitate such.
Two Grenadian institutions involved in developing and implementing strategies for effective control of corruption is seeking clarification from Transparency International regarding the country’s ranking in the Corruption Perception Index 2016. Grenada was ranked 46 out of 176 countries.
St Lucia Times
The Ministry of Health and Wellness is sending a strong message to the public regarding the use of certain drugs, especially being administered to children, in light of the increase in the number of cases of vomiting and diarrhea which is known medically as “acute gastroenteritis”.
Prime Minister Allan Chastanet says the move to get bananas into the French market “got a bit of a hiccup”. With the passing of Tropical Storm Matthew and usual high amount of rain, crop reduction will be delayed by over four months. The Prime Minister hopes that such could be resurrected.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
32 persons previously naturalized as British OverseasTerritories citizens residing in the British Virgin Islands are now British citizens. British citizens have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom or any other European Union country. They may also travel to the United States under the visa-waiver programmme for UK citizens. British citizenship was extended to all British Overseas Territories (BOT) citizens as a result of the British Overseas Territories Act of 2002.
My Vue News
Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Brantley reported that his Ministry has been quietly engaging dialoguing with European countries to remove the Federation from their black list. Italy, Estonia and Greece have agreed to remove his country from their list. Discussions are ongoing with other EU countries to achieve the same.