Revue de presse du 18 décembre 2017
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 18 DECEMBRE 2017
St Kitts-Nevis Observer
Elections are being held in Nevis today. Ten candidates have been named on the ballots with more than 11,000 registered voters and thirty-four polling stations established. Polls are open from seven in the morning until six in the evening. The incumbent Concerned Citizens Movement and the Nevis Reformation Party have both names their five candidates for the race.
ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE
According to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Government continues to struggle despite having made some achievements in reducing its fiscal debt through a combination of measures. The United Nations organisation is however predicting growth of 1.5 percent for the country this year, while also indicating that the general election which is constitutionally due next year will make it even more difficult for the government achieve its fiscal targets.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
St Lucia Times
While the Minister responsible for National Security and Justice earlier this year lamented that criminals are receiving a slap on the wrist when they are brought before the courts, the Commissioner of Police, Severin Moncherry, has however expressed full confidence in the local judiciary. Moncherry, who did not want to comment on the role of the judiciary regarding sentencing, is of the view that the judges and magistrates take into account the circumstances of a case before passing sentence.
FRANCE - EU
St Lucia News Online
The Third Selection Committee of the INTEREG Caribbean program met in French Guiana last week during which eight projects were approved between various Caribbean partners in many different areas ranging from health, climate change, tourism, among others. To date, fifteen projects have been programmed on INTEREG Caraïbes which represent a total of 32.1 million euros.
Caribbean News Now
At a ceremony to accredit a new Ambassador of France to CARICOM, Irwin Larocque, Secretary-General of the regional bloc raised strong objection to the recent labelling of some of the bloc’s members on a blacklist of tax havens. Larocque urged France to leverage its influence for the European Union to desist from taking such arbitrary and punitive actions against those member states and is also calling on the EU to remove them from this exceeding harmful list.