Revue de presse du 12 janvier 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 12 JANVIER 2017
After only six months on the job, the CEO of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Gaston Browne. However, the reasons for his resignation remain unclear. This comes at a time when the Citizenship by Investment Programme is under scrutiny.
Dominica News Online
His Excellency Bishwadip Dey, India’s High Commissioner-designate to Dominica, presented his credentials to the President of Dominica, on Wednesday 11th January 2017. The President cited his hopes to see progress in areas of cooperation such as agriculture which continues to play a significant role in the economy. He also highlighted India’s commitment to develop renewable energy through its solar alliance project, within the scope of climate change.
Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, met HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari, Qatar’s candidate for the post of Director General of UNESCO. The Prime Minister expressed his admiration for Qatar and his eagerness to develop the bilateral relations between both nations in all fields. He concluded that Al-Kuwari is the most eligible candidate for the position due to his scientific and practical expertise and his vision to consider small nations.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
The Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Association, Lynette Holder, has dismissed claims by the Governor of the Central Bank, Dr DeLisle Worrell, that more belt tightening was needed in the country and that Government had to take action. She claims that the economy was in need of better growth strategies.
During his visit to Dominica, Dr. Timothy Antoine, Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), announced to the media that the country will experience a significant growth of 3.2 percent for 2017 and 2018. In 2015, Dominica’s economic growth plummeted due to the devastation of Tropical Strom Erika.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
St Lucia News Online
In an effort to combat crime, the Allen Chastanet-led government is mulling the creation of a National Defense Force and the restructuring of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF). While admitting that such a Force is usually associated with addressing insurrection, the Prime Minister believes that there is a much wider mandate which it can fulfill, including response to natural and man-made disasters.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
BVI Platinum News
Chairman of the main opposition Virgin Islands Party has written to the United Kingdom-appointed representative, Governor John Duncan, requesting that he uses his constitutional powers to obtain outstanding financial audits from the Premier/Minister of Finance from 2007 until present, so that the people can know the true financial position of the territory.
Dominica News Online
Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy Antoine, is of the opinion that there are too many banks in a small space such as the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). He lamented that the cost to operate those banks are high and consolidation will bring about lots of benefits to the people of the region, with a population of about 630,000. He applauded the move that credit unions in Dominica have taken by merging.
National Broadcasting Corporation of St Kitts & Nevis
A Cooperation Agreement in Public Health and Medical Skills between St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan) was signed on Wednesday 11th January 2017. Come April 2017, part of that agreement will come into effect with the commencement of a Renal Failure Disease Control and Prevention Project which will benefit residents at risk from kidney failure.
Prime Minister Chastanet says government was working assiduously to improve the island’s water supply. The introduction of desalination plants, which is becoming increasingly popular, may well be the solution to the water woes, especially with the effects of climate change.