Revue de presse du 20 avril 2017
I Witness News
The Leader of the Opposition Godwin Friday has accused the Prime Minister, who is also the Minister of Finance, of breaking the constitutional and legal requirement of accountability regarding state-owned companies. He says the law requires that audited financial statements of those companies be presented to Parliament and such has never been done. One of the companies being referred to is the Corporation which built the Argyle International Airport.
St Lucia News Online
Following the announcement of snap elections in the United Kingdom scheduled for 8th June, Prime Minister Chastanet believes that such can be good for Saint Lucia. He says that Prime Minister’s May decision will quicken stability in the country and already there are indications of positive results with the strengthening of the pound sterling.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRES
Dominica News Online
Ambassador Emmanuel Nanthan, who is also the head of the Citizenship by Investment Programme, is representing Dominica at the 2017 International Migration Summit currently being held in China. Ambassador Nanthan delivered the keynote address which focused mainly on the aspects of the programme which he says have made his country’s programme the best in the world.
The second phase of the controversial DSH project which is the proposal to build a causeway joining the mainland to Maria Island has caused a stir among citizens of the country. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet earlier this week announced that the causeway will not join Maria Islands and that by the middle of next month the Government will be in position to present exactly what the causeway will look like.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
Caribbean News Now
The US State Department is seeking to clarify why a donation of office equipment and supplies was made to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution by its Bridgetown Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office, despite the sanctions imposed against the security forces of the country. The State Department confirmed however that the sanctions are still in effect but that the prosecutor’s office is not considered a security force according to the Leahy Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act.
Caribbean News Now
Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will take place in Barbados from 6th to 12th June and approximately 2500 persons from about 21 different countries are expected to take part. This year’s scenario will stage various situations dealing with the threats of transnational organised crime, terrorism and natural hazards causing national and regional crises. Exercise Tradewinds is the largest of such exercise to be held in the region.
During his address at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week, the Minister for National Security acknowledged that the fiscal position of the country hinders his Government from undertaking certain things that would enhance security and enforce the rule of law. He reiterated that crime is indeed a real problem in the country which must be dealt with diligently.
In an effort to undertake various adaptation and mitigation actions to reduce the impacts of climate change, a number of persons from various fields throughout the Federation are currently attending an eight day National Training Workshop in the Use of Climate Models for Decision Making. The Permanent Secretary in Ministry responsible for the Environment, during his speech, noted that climate change impacts not only the sustainability of the Federation, but also that of the region.
France is in its final days before the first round of presidential elections this weekend and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has turned the debate to immigration in an effort to reverse her dip in the polls. During a public rally on Monday in Paris, she vowed to suspend all immigration with an immediate moratorium and strengthen security. She also defended her position on France leaving the euro zone, a proposal which lacks support.