Revue de presse du 16 octobre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 16 OCTOBRE 2017
Prior to last week, the “Pearl of the Caribbean” project which was once the hottest topic for discussion in the country, had remained dead. Prime Minister Chastanet has however reaffirmed citizens that the project is in fact still alive. A particular individual who is unwilling to come to an amicable deal with the Government and bureaucratic red tape have been the major issues slowing the pace of the first phase of the project.
During the recently held World Bank Group – International Monetary Fund (WBG - IMF) annual meeting, the President of the WBG, Dr Jim Yong Kim, committed to help the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) create a policy for concessional financing. The Prime Minister of Antigua, Gaston Browne, has been advocating such for months now. Dr Kim also invited Caribbean leaders to formulate a financial plan for adaptation resilience, which could be presented at the climate change meeting to be held in Paris is December.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
After being battered by powerful storms this season, the Caribbean may experience heavy rainfall, due the formation of the 16th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane. An area of low pressure over the region has the potential to develop into Tropical Storm Philippe over the next five days. The NHC notes that even though the system is moving away from the Caribbean, it will cause downpours in some places.
FRANCE - EU
St Lucia Star
The month of October is observed as “Kwéyol Heritage Month” in Saint Lucia annually. The Alliance Française will be hosting “Calabash in splendor” a twelve day long art exhibition. This will be done in partnership with the Saint Lucia Archaeological and Historical Society and People Invested in Your Interest. The exhibition will feature works from various artists from Saint Lucia and Martinique.
During the 47th session of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, and the joint intercessional meeting with members of the European Parliament, which took place from October 9 to 11, the Secretary General of the 79-member grouping called for a “radical departure” from the traditional relationship with the European Union. There is less than one year to go before negotiations begin for a new partnership framework between the two parties.