Revue de presse du 19 avril 2017
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRES
Caribbean News Now
The Minister of Health and the Environment is coming to the defence of the Citizenship by Investment programme against the myths that the country’s passports are being sold illegally and at any cost. Dr Darroux says that the proceeds from the programme have helped changed the way of life in the communities, especially post Tropical Storm Erika.
The quarterly reports of the two international rating agencies which recently downgraded the country are to be published in June and the Government has yet to finalize the sale of the country’s lone oil terminal, coupled with the Wyndham Resort matter and the construction of the Hyatt Centric, which were expected to affect the calculations of the credit rating agencies. However, Finance Minister Chris Sinckler says he will not despair over that fact.
Caribbean News Now
Saint Kitts & Nevis has joined its OECS counterpart Antigua & Barbuda in raising strong objections to and seeking redress in a case where the US State of Illinois has officially labelled the country as a foreign tax haven. Foreign Affairs Minister, Mark Brantley, says that if the proposed house bill is passed this would negatively impact his country. He also went further to say that the Caribbean countries listed therein are being unfairly targeted.
The Prime Minister is leaving the country for Washington DC where he will attend the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Meetings which are scheduled from 19th to 21st April 2017. He will deliver addresses in various capacities to include that of Chairman of CARICOM.
St Lucia Times
The Mayor of City of Castries is planning to solicit the assistance of the French in making the City Police Department better. He expressed such to media personnel prior to meeting with the Counsellor for Cooperation at the French Embassy. The Mayor also spoke of possible exchanges of police officers between the two countries.
St Lucia News Online
The next general elections were due in the UK in 2020 but that changed after the House of Commons voted in majority, along with their Prime Minister, to call a snap poll. Elections will now be held on 8th June. Prime Minister May believes that a fresh mandate will strengthen her hand in the Brexit matter, bringing forth a successful process which will help the country prepare for life outside of the European Union.