Revue de presse du 14 juin 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 14 JUIN 2017
St Lucia Times
Announcements made by the Honourable Prime Minister on the Citizenship by Investment Programme during his visit to Geneva last week, have raised concerns from the Opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party. In a press release, the latter says that the statements are not consistent with the laws of Saint Lucia, in particular that which relates to applications by descendants of persons who have obtained citizenship through the programme.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
I Witness News
The opening of the Argyle International Airport not only came six years behind schedule but has also left tax payers of the country with a burden of EC$693,000. Chartered flights were brought in for the opening on February 14 this year, for which the Government spent a total of EC$986,775 but only generated EC$293,803 in ticket sales, which leaves tax payers with the difference, despite statements by the head of the Tourism Authority that he was confident that tickets would have sold out within an hour of going on sale.
St Lucia Times
According to Prime Minister Chastanet, the priority of his Administration is to speed up the process of convictions of crime but that the justice system and the rule of law are absolutely critical in doing so. He also spoke of the need for a new court house, trained staff and the certified forensic laboratory which are also critical to solving the crime situation.
Caribbean News Now
CARICOM leaders will move to finalize plans, at the upcoming meeting in Grenada next month, regarding arrest warrant for foreign terrorist fighters and sharing of recovered assets, in addition to anti-terrorism legislation. Executive Director of the CARICOM Implementing Agency for Crime and Security notes that several returning foreign terrorists are being monitored by regional law enforcement agencies.
During last week’s sitting of the parliament, the Minister for Legal Affairs presented a bill to facilitate the provision of the advance passenger information which is critical and important in terms of safety and security. The Minister also lamented the need for such to be done by all CARICOM member states.
Home Affairs and National Security Minister has confirmed that the report on the explosion which took place at the Farrand Quarry in Cul-de-Sac in March, where four persons were killed and many others injured, is now complete and has been submitted to the Director of Public Prosecution. The report was compiled by a team of local and foreign investigators.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
The Minister of Education has confirmed that as of September 2017, six schools will participate in a pilot programme to introduce two foreign languages to their curriculum, including the French language. This comes in light of the influx of French speaking visitors to the British Overseas Territory.
St Lucia Times
European Union diplomats, including the Head of the Delegation in Barbados, were in Saint Lucia where they met with the Prime Minister, National Security Minister and other officials. The matter of IMPACS was also discussed, on which the EU Ambassador to Barbados, OECS and CARICOM expressed confidence that the recommendations are being followed in that regard.