Revue de presse du 12 juin 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 12 JUIN 2017
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
Caribbean News Now
A leading regional attorney with offices in the United Kingdom has lauded the Citizenship by Investment programme as the most attractive and efficient in the world. The Chastanet Administration has revitalized the programme. He also noted that for the first time a Caribbean government is treating all agents fairly and not leaving the benefits for a selected few.
Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries of National Security and Commissioners of Police of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States met in Saint Kitts last week for a meeting which focused on enhancing security in the region. They also participated in discussions on greater collaboration and cooperation among agencies in the region on border security, drug interdiction efforts, law enforcement among others.
The issue of Correspondent Banking Relationship remains a concern and the countries of the region are working assiduously to alleviate any possible fallout which their financial institutions could face. The CBR came into the spotlight in early 2016 when institutions began withdrawing their services in some islands over fear of hefty fines by the US if they were found to be aiding in money laundering.
In an effort to achieve its sustainable development goals under the Paris Climate Accord, Saint Lucia is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint and moving towards a path of renewable energy. Exploration for geothermal energy is now at an advanced stage with most of the studies already completed.
The Division of Agriculture of Dominica hosted a group of students and teachers from an Agricultural College from Martinique, from 6th to 9th June 2017, which will enable them to obtain a first-hand view of the agricultural systems of the country. Dominica was chosen because of its involvement in sustainable agricultural programmes.
St Lucia Times
The Government of Guyana is concerned about the influx of Haitians who enter the country en route to French Guiana. In a recent arrest, several Surinamese were involved in smuggling 27 haitian nationals which included minors, who were on their way to the French territory via Suriname. From Guyana it is easy to get to Suriname without the need for a passport.
Following its announcement to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord earlier this month, the United States has also refused to sign up to statements by its G7 counterparts namely Italy, Canada, Japan, France, Britain and Germany on climate change and multilateral development banks.