Revue de presse du 19 janvier 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 19 JANVIER 2017
St Lucia News Online
Former Minister of Agriculture, Moses Jn Baptiste says he is not pleased with the explanation provided by Government regarding the location of farmers, the abattoir and the establishment of an equine zone. He lamented that the Pearl of the Caribbean project will likely affect livestock farmers in the South far beyond what is being stated by the government.
Dominica News Online
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has issued a challenge to students in Dominica to take advantage of the many educational opportunities provided by his government in order to make themselves and their country proud. He says doing well is also a responsibility of the students, their families and the school system. He noted that his government would like to see all students do well and to go out to study in order to come back and make a meaningful contribution to Dominica’s development.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
The Prime Minister says he remains convinced that the economic policies being pursued by his administration to stimulate the economy will bear fruit for the island. While the country is facing financial problems, he is very encouraged by the number of foreign and local investors who are willing to make things happen.
Chairman of Invest St Lucia, Pinkley Francis, says that there is nothing to hide where the project “Pearl of the Caribbean” deal is concerned. The multi-billion dollar project to be undertaken by Desert Star Holdings Limited, earmarked for the south of the island, is still on course despite growing opposition in that part of the country.
Minister for Finance in Barbados, Chris Sinckler, has denied claims of approaching the IMF for assistance in turning around the island’s economy. He also made it clear that he has not given anyone instructions to engage the international institution either formally or informally on any programmes. The only time the government engaged the IMF was to access technical expertise.
St Lucia News Online
The Inland Revenue Department wishes to remind the general public of the recent legislative amendment to the Value Added Tax (VAT), which reduces the standard VAT rate from 15% to 12.5%, effective February 01, 2017. VAT registered businesses are required to make the necessary adjustments to their point of sale systems to reflect this reduction in the VAT Rate.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
Attorney General, Levi Peter, has revealed that a new Public Order Act will soon be tabled in the Parliament of Dominica. This bill will be among five pieces of legislation anticipated which he anticipates will be brought before parliament for consideration during the early part of 2017. He also stated that the Act as is presently is of quite some vintage and is not fit for purpose.
Non-Governmental Organizations of the region are being encouraged to sin onto a code of conduct and ethics that will guide their future operations. The code is to provide a transparent format where they can report to donors, state, membership and the wider public. One of the main responsibilities in the code is financial management.
Prime Minister Theresa May, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, says that her country is facing a period of momentous change following its decision to leave the European Union and will need to forge a new role in the world. She also stated that Britain would need to acquire a new leadership role, as a strong advocate for business, free markets and free trade, after BREXIT.