Revue de presse du 19 décembre 2017
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU MARDI 19 DECEMBRE 2017
The Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) returned a 4-1 victory at the polls yesterday. The party came into the elections under the leadership of Mark Brantley, who is now the Premier-elect. Brantley, who had expressed confidence just after the closing of the polls, defeated Hensley Daniel by 334 votes to win the St John’s seat.
ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE
Caribbean News Now
Grenada has joined its other OECS counterparts in what we may call the diplomatic passport scandal, when it was reported that a 40 year old Pakistani national was issued with a diplomatic passport by the Keith Mitchell Administration. The individual in question has been identified as Fahad Sultan Ahmed and is said to have obtained this passport two years ago. Reports are the Ahmed is not named in any official diplomatic capacity nor does he hold any other portfolio or assignment for the country.
I Witness News
After its Article IV Consultation, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded that economic growth in the country is expected to remain relatively flat in 2017. The IMF projected that the fiscal situation will worsen substantially due to the decline in tax revenue and higher outlays for transfers, subsidies and public investment.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
After the devastation caused to Her Majesty’s Prison by Hurricane Irma, twenty-one prisoners were transferred to the Bordelais Correctional Facility in Saint Lucia. Minister responsible for the prison, Myron Walwyn says that his Administration is paying the Government of Saint Lucia a little over $13,000 every month to keep the said inmates. The prisoners are likely to remain in Saint Lucia until March 2018, when he expects the prison to be fully repaired.
FRANCE - EU
Minister for Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Inniss Donville, says he is still in the dark as to what led the European Union to blacklist the country as a non-cooperative tax haven. Inniss, who on the day following the announcement, called the decision “unfair and unfortunate” says that no official correspondence has been communicated on the reason for the action. Barbados was among four Caribbean countries named on the EU blacklist.
Dominica News Online
During the accreditation ceremony of the new Ambassador of France to CARICOM, the Secretary-General, Irwin Larocque, lauded France’s dedication to the fight against climate change. Larocque expressed gratitude that France had joined forces to safeguard the Region and the entire planet from such threats. He also took the opportunity to congratulate the French President for hosting the One Planet Summit last week.
During his visit to present his credentials to Her Excellency the Governor General, the new Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Port of Spain, who also has responsibility for Grenada, announced the agreement to provide an additional 1.5 million euros toward the German-Grenadian Climate Change flagship project which supports and promotes measures for adaptation to the impacts of climate change in Grenada.
Twenty full scholarships are being offered by the Government of Romania to qualified students of Antigua & Barbuda for the academic year 2018-2019. Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, says that 10 full scholarships will be in the field of medicine and another 10 in the social sciences. He also expressed gratitude while underscoring the willingness to work with the Romanian Government to strengthen relations in areas such culture, politics, economics, among others.