Revue de presse du 11 décembre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 11 DECEMBRE 2017
COMMUNICATIONS – TECHNOLOGIES
Dominica News Online
The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), an inter-governmental agency of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) announced the formation of a Commission for Communications Resilience aimed at examining the region’s communications vulnerabilities with a view to drafting recommendations for more resilient infrastructure, technologies and methods. This comes as many of the Caribbean islands are struggling to return to normalcy after being severely impacted by two category 5 hurricanes.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
Ahead of the 11th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference to be held in Argentina, the CARICOM Chairman, who is also the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell, seized the opportunity during the recently held CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Antigua to send a clear signal to the WTO in dealing with small states attempting to rebuild after a disaster. Mitchell says there is a need for flexibility on the part of the Organization.
FRANCE - EU
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
BVI Platinum News
While some countries were not spared from being on the blacklist of tax haven of the European Union, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) was given until the end of next year to take the required measures so as to avoid that list. The timeframe was given as a result of the devastation caused by recent Hurricane Irma on the British territory. The BVI was previously blacklisted by France in 2013, but was later removed.
In light of the recent inclusion of Saint Lucia on a tax haven blacklist by the European Union which could place the country on EU sanctions, Prime Minister Chastanet says that his government intends to make a substantial amount of adjustments to its taxation system next year in order to ensure compliance both at the local and international levels.
St Lucia Star
The Alliance Française of Saint Lucia was full of bliss and joy when teachers who took part in the Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française (DELF) training session last July were awarded. Students who sat the same exam were also present. The ceremony was followed by a wine and cheese reception, which coincides with launch of the famous wine Beaujolais nouveau in France.
St Lucia News Online
Later this week, French Guiana will be hosting the 4th Monitoring and 3rd Selection Committee meetings of the European regional cooperation program INTERREG Caraïbes, from which Saint Lucia is set to benefit. The European Development Fund (EDF) has allocated 2.9 million euros to the managing authority, Guadeloupe Regional Council, for that program. It is also the first time that the EDF will be held for the benefit of operators from Caribbean states.