Revue de presse du 17 janvier 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MARDI 17 JANVIER 2017
The Prime Minister is likely to make a statement on the future of the embattled Minister embroiled in the blackmail scandal that has led to charges being laid against a young woman. A well-placed government official told the Caribbean Media Corporation that the matter was expected to be discussed at Cabinet on Monday 16th January and thereafter a statement could then be issued.
St Lucia News Online
Government has issued a simplified fact sheet designed to help Saint Lucians better understand the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project, which is most commonly referred to as the DSH project. A team from Invest Saint Lucia and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) introduced the fact sheet and held a joint press conference to provide clarification to the media with regards to the project. Senior Communications Officer of the OPM said that the fact sheet will address what they described as “misinformation” being spread about the project with the media and public.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
The head of a well-known citizenship advisory firm is making a call for Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIPs) to vet applicants through CARICOM’s Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC). Dr. Kalin indicated that presently not all the Caribbean CIPs – in Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts-Nevis, Dominica, St Lucia and Grenada – are vetting their citizenship candidates through the JRCC.
Barbadians are being assured there is no need to worry about the stability of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). Minister of Labour and Social Security says that the social security programme would not come under pressure due to Government’s deteriorating financial position, which has led to the scheme’s increased investment in Government securities in recent times. Questions have been raised about the financial health of regional social security schemes due to a number of factors, including widening fiscal deficit.
Caribbean News Now
According to the Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Dr Timothy Antoine, one of the leading threats to the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) financial system is the high level of non-performing loans of banks in the countries that share the EC dollar. He made such statement during a recent media conference in Dominica.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
Former Attorney General Justin Simon wants the Office of the Ombudsman in Antigua & Barbuda to be strengthened and made apolitical as a measure to protect whistle-blowers and combat corruption in the government. Academic experts and former government officials in the Caribbean region posited that “anti-informant” beliefs are driving a fear of exposing wrongdoing in both public and private institutions.
Employees of the Dominica Police Force have been commended for their dedication and commitment in 2016. Chief of Police, Daniel Carbon says that in 2016 the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force worked very hard. He also guaranteed the general public that there will be improvement especially in police patrol in the capital and around the island.
St Kitts & Nevis Observer
As safety and security continue to play a significant role in the Eastern Caribbean, a two-day workshop entitled “Strengthening Evidenced Based Decision Making for Citizen Security in the Caribbean” is currently being held in St. Kitts aimed at addressing a number of pertinent issues. The workshop is organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Dominica News Online
The debate on the legalization of marijuana continues unabated with attorney Henry Shillingford arguing that Dominica could be a “beacon for the world” in the matter. However, Assistant Superintendent of Police Claude Weekes raised concerns over the health implications of the use of marijuana saying that “there are risks in the abuse of the drug.”