Revue de presse du 10 mars 2017
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU VENDREDI 10 MARS 2017
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Cruise ship passengers entering the British Virgin Islands for a stay of 24 hours will no longer require an entry visa. On 8th March, Cabinet signed an order that amends the Immigration and Passport Act, which forms part of the labour and immigration reform in order to facilitate economic growth in the British dependency.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
Less than one week after Standard & Poor’s (S&P) downgraded Barbados credit ratings, another counterpart has joined in. New York based agency Moody’s dropped government’s bond and issuer ratings, citing rising debts and limited prospects for fiscal reform as the main issues. However, there has been no word from the Finance Minister since this news broke out.
There has been much talk about the construction of an international airport in Dominica. Prime Minister Skerrit has given the assurance that his government is doing everything possible to make this happen. A US firm which was contracted to do some studies in that regard is due to present its finding to the Cabinet next month.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
Dominica News Online
National Security Minister Rayburn Blackmoore has denied reports that the investigations into the violent disturbances which took place in Roseau last month are closed. The Minister has confirmed that investigations are still ongoing and the investigators assisting with such are still engaged. He further stated that any person found wanting in the matter will be dealt with according to the law.
The Prime Minister who is also the Minister for National Security has revealed that his government still plans to construct a new prison facility and a new coast guard base. Many entities have expressed interest in tendering for the preparation of the designs for the facilities. He reiterates his government’s commitment to improve infrastructure for those who serve the country in law enforcemen, particulary national safety and security.
Caribbean News Now
CARICOM countries are weighing in on the expected increase in criminal deportees from the United States and consider such as a threat to their national security. Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, during the regional meeting in St Kitts last week, indicated that the region will have to establish mechanisms to deal with the matter. A meeting to discuss the issue is scheduled for April.
The Royal St. Christopher & Nevis Police Force has confirmed that shots were fired at the home and vehicle of the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Shawn K. Richards earlier today. The Minister was at his home with his family at the time and thankfully no one is injured. This is not the first time that a member of the government has been a target.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Caribbean Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in order to formalize cooperation in CDB borrowing member countries that are also members of the IDB, and member countries of the OECS. The institutions renewed their commitments to collaborate on programmes that would create sustainable economic development in the region.
After the recent ratings by US rating agency Moody’s, financial watchdog Bloomberg has placed Barbados on the same level as Greece and Ukraine. The islands debt was the worst performer among more than 60 countries tracked by its USD Emerging Market Sovereign Bond Index. Despite such, the Finance Minister is expecting that the reserves will rebound on inflows from foreign investors.
United Caribbean Rum Limited, a Barbados holding company which is a subsidiary of Compagnie de Bonbonnet SAS is claiming its 92 percent stake of the rum deal, where Goddard Enterprise Limited is selling its interest in the West Indies Rum Distillery Ltd. Goddard Enterprises Ltd is yet to reveal the full value of the deal.
Caribbean News Now
Representatives of NGOs, donor and technical agencies of the region will come together in French Guiana from 15th to 17th March for the meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Cartagena Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region. Participants will review the activities of the Secretariat and make decisions on priorities and future strategic directions.