Revue de presse du 13 novembre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 13 NOVEMBRE 2017
I Witness News
During the last election campaign Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that this would be his final term as Prime Minister and there would be the transition to a new leader ahead of the next elections. Gonsalves says he knew there would be speculation as to who would succeed him as Prime Minister following the recent cabinet reshuffle. He noted that since 2015, he has been involving both Camillo and Saboto in very important aspects of managing the economy. He went further to say that the Cabinet, his Party and the entire nation see that harnessing between Camillo and Saboto as a vital one for the country. Elections are constitutionally due in 2021.
St Kitts-Nevis Observer
Despite the ongoing controversy regarding his Dominican Diplomatic passport, Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition Dr Denzil Douglas, says he has no intention of stepping down. He says that his party, which he has led for the past 28 years, has a plan in place for when that day comes. He says he will step aside at the right time and allow his young generals to take over the leadership. However, Dwyer Astaphan who served in a previous Douglas Administration says that the latter should have passed the baton a long time ago.
ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE
Caribbean News Now
Finance Minister, Christopher Sinckler, says that despite the decline in reserves the Barbados dollar is not on it route to devaluation. The Minister disclosed that a number of fronts to boost the reserves in the short to medium terms are necessary, citing among them the completion of the sale of the Hilton, which is at an advanced stage and the final decision on the sale of the Barbados National Terminal Company Limited, which is long overdue. He said such decisions must be taken expeditiously since they are jeopardising the country’s economic plans.
St Lucia Times
According to the Global Residence and Citizenship Programs 2017-2018 Report, Saint Lucia Citizenship-By-Investment Program, despite being in the infancy stage, secured the top spot in terms of investment requirements, residence requirements and physical visit requirements. The program, which was launched in January 2016, is the newest of all the current programs around the world. Saint Lucia was also recognized in a few other areas such as visa-free access, compliance, processing time, reputation among others.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
Home Affairs, Justice and National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, who was recently threatened via a hand-written letter, says that he will be taking certain steps to protect himself, which he intends to take to Cabinet for perusal. Francis, who is also a former Deputy Police Commissioner, said he will not be seeking police protection. He is also concerned about the welfare of his wife and children. It is not the first time that a Minister has received threats. Victor La Corbiniere, who was his predecessor, also spoke of such a threat during his tenure.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
A national consultation to develop a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy so as to address the impacts of climate change and build resilience was held in Saint Kitts from 2 – 4 October 2017 where climate change and disaster management practitioners, policy makers and civil society were in attendance. The consultation, aimed at gaining input from Government, civil society and the private sector on their needs, priorities and adaptation actions for key sectors, was co-facilitated by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI).
FRANCE - EU
Caribbean News Now
The Fourth Council of Ministers of Health of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) was held in Martinique from 8 – 10 November 2017, for the first time. At the end of the meeting, the Ministers responsible for Health committed to regional solidarity in the Fort de France Declaration on Health.