Revue de presse du 18 avril 2017
The row between the Government and the opposition on the changes to the Citizenship by Investment Programme continues. The Unit responsible for the programme issued a statement in response to previous statements made by the Opposition with regards to the said changes. The Opposition has accused the Prime Minister of politicising the Unit and has asked him to stop
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
Dominica News Online
The next World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference is scheduled to take place at the end of this year and the OECS Commission has already begun consultations regarding negotiations to clarify and improve disciplines on fisheries subsidies for its members. A first meeting convened via online took place earlier this month where senior and fisheries officials of the member states were in attendance.
While offering her outlook for the country’s 2017 economy, a regional economist from the RBC group predicts that the country is bound to go to the Washington-based International Monetary Fund sooner rather than later. She says in cases where elections are not too far away, governments are less likely to exercise fiscal prudence, which is the case for Barbados.
The International Monetary Fund will be in Saint Kitts from 18th April to 3rd May to conduct its annual “Article IV Consultations” as done with each member government, to assess the country’s economic situation and future financial prospects. The IMF officials are scheduled to meet with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, among others.
The Finance Minister has broken his silence on the legal challenge mounted by Rubis West Indies Limited to block the sale of the island’s sole oil terminal to petroleum giant Sol. The Minister says that he is indeed confident that his government will prevail in the matter. Rubis secured an interim injunction last month against the proposed sale.
St Lucia News Online
This Saturday 22nd April the Alliance Française will host another of its usual Saturday of Kwéyol at the Pyramid at Pointe Seraphine. The event is in collaboration with the Folk Research Centre, where the organisation endeavours to promote English, Kwéyol and French, as well as engage the wider saint Lucian public in fun activities.
St Lucia Times
With just a few days before the first round of the French presidential elections, one of the frontrunners Marine Le Pen, daughter of founder of the National Front Party Jean-Marie Le Pen of which she is the current leader, says she would suspend all immigration to the French Republic. She laments that the choice for the voters was between her “patriotism” and her rivals “savage globalisation”. Polls are suggesting that she is deadlocked with centrist Emmanuel Macron and that the two will reach the second round to take place early next month.