Revue de presse du 17 mars 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU VENDREDI 17 MARS 2017
In an effort to address concerns of citizens and other stakeholders, the Government has published policy changes regarding the process of diplomatic and consular appointments. Announcement of the said changes were made last month. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for processing Diplomatic and Service Passports but the Immigration Department has the authority to issue such documents, which are signed by the Minister with responsibility for Immigration.
St Lucia News Online
A new Resident British Commissioner has been appointed to Saint Lucia in the person of Mr Steve McCready. He previously held the post of Chief of Staff to the Governor of Anguilla. He will take up the post on Monday 20th March 2017.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
A four year sustainable land management project is being implemented by the OECS Member States. The aim of the project is to improve the natural resource base of the region to the impacts of climate change. A stakeholder consultation was held on the development of recommendations for implementing the revised OECS Building Codes.
Caribbean News Now
Prime Minister Gaston Browne rebuffed the 2017 US State Department report that gave scathing assessment of the country. The report described the CIP as “among the most lax in the world”. In that regard the Government has invited the US Government, through the State Department, to present the evidence supporting the claims and assertions contained in the report.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
The Timothy Harris administration is receiving high praise for its national security initiatives. The newly elected Director of the Regional Security System, during the Council of Minister’s Meeting, says he was impressed with the million dollars radio project featuring GPS tracking and the drones which are part of the crime reducing strategy of the Federation.
A delegation from the International Monetary Fund is holding consultations with Government officials and other stakeholders to assess the country’s performance under the Home-grown Structural Adjustment Programme. This assessment covers the period July to December 2016.
Sir Derek Alton Walcott KCSL OBE OCC, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, passed away on the morning of 17th March 2017, at the age of 87, following a prolonged illness at his home in Saint Lucia. Derek Walcott was born on 23rd January 1930 in Castries. He was knighted during the country’s 2016 Independence celebration. The arts fraternity, Saint Lucia and the world has lost one of its noted literary icons. His death is widely reported in most of the media houses in the region.
A 17 year old teenage student armed with a hunting rifle opened fire at a high school in the town of Grasse, south-eastern France, leaving three people injured and five others in shock. The incident does not seem to be linked to terrorism. The young man, who also had two handguns and two grenades, was arrested at the school.