Revue de presse du 12 décembre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MARDI 12 DECEMBRE 2017
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
A US based international political consultancy BuzzMaker will be taking legal action against the authorities over what it calls the politically motivated detention of its President, Matthew McMillan. McMillian who was in the Federation to undertake preparatory work on the elections to be held in Nevis later this month on behalf of the Nevis Reformation Party, was held for questioning by the police in a matter reported by the spouse of Deputy Premier of Nevis, Mark Brantley, of an unnamed drone hovering their family home.
A Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) which was originally signed in 2004 between Barbados and Mauritius has been amended. The amendment provides for the exchange of taxation information between the two countries. This indicates the commitment of the Government of Barbados to meeting international standards of transparency and effective exchange of information on taxation, taking into account that the country was recently named on a blacklist of tax havens by the European Union.
FRANCE - EU
St Kitts-Nevis Observer
The recent publication of a blacklist of tax havens by the European Union, which named a few countries of the Caribbean region, has been hailed by France as a major step in the crackdown against tax avoidance noting that it is the start of something big. It is the first time that the EU has published such a document. France, which had its own list before, suggests that financial assistance granted to these countries, through the European or other international programmes will depend on their progress in the tax avoidance crackdown.
St Lucia Times
After the appearance of Saint Lucia on a recent blacklist of tax haven by the European Union, Minister with responsibility for Finance, Dr Ubladus Raymond, says that the country will soon take all necessary measures to comply with European Union standards. The Minister noted that while the country is still awaiting the official notification from the EU, the country will be off the list very soon because the Government is already thinking in line of a harmonized tax system.