Revue de presse du 20 décembre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 20 DECEMBRE 2017
Dominica News Online
Last week, Member of Parliament for Roseau South Joshua Francis informed the Opposition United Workers Party that he will not be contesting the next general election. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has reacted to this latest development saying that despite having no recommendation for Mr Francis, it would have served the country better if that announcement was made by current leader of the Party who is also the Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton.
Following the victory of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) at the polls on Monday 18th December 2017, Honourable Mark Brantley became the fourth Premier of Nevis at a special sitting of the High Court yesterday. Acting Governor General, Her Honour Mrs Marjorie Morton, presented him with the instruments of Appointment in the presence of his colleagues, family and friends.
I Witness News
A local Attorney-at-Law and Opposition Senator, Kay Bacchus-Baptiste, during a discussion on electoral reform, suggested that Vincentians in the diaspora should be allowed to vote in general elections. She made reference to the fact that other commonwealth nationals can register to vote once they have lived in a single constituency ahead of an election, while nationals of Saint Vincent who have not returned to the country five consecutive years prior to an election are not allowed to cast a ballot.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
Three months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, relief continues to pour in for countries of the region. To assist with recovery efforts, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved US$29 million in funding to the Government of Antigua & Barbuda to rehabilitate and reconstruct critical infrastructure in various sectors such as transportation, education, water and sanitation as well as agriculture.
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a US$5 million loan to support climate-smart agriculture and enterprise business development. The programme which will be implemented over a six year period will assist the Government in its efforts to increase productivity, thereby achieving its developmental goals of reducing rural poverty, achieving environmental sustainability and food security.
FRANCE - EU
The latest move by the European Union to include four CARICOM states on a blacklist of tax havens has brought some reaction from Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, despite his country not being named on the list. Skerrit jokingly advocated for the Caribbean Community to come up with its own list, and start doing likewise to other countries. He has joined the Minister responsible for International Business of Barbados in calling the decision “unfortunate”.