Revue de presse du 20 mars 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 20 MARS 2017
Political analysts have called the approach by the Prime Minister as extremely crass and crude, in light of his comments after the US released the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) which named the country’s CIP “among the lax in the world”. His approach is deemed as one lacking in diplomacy and understanding of the international mood.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
Dominica News Online
According to Prime Minister Skerrit, an international Airport in Dominica will soon become a reality after he disclosed that a US firm has identified the location for such but failed to disclose the identity of the firm or the site where it will be built. Despite the latter, he says that the firm will present its recommendations and findings next month.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
In its continued efforts to fight criminal activities in the Federation, the Government intends to review two critical pieces of legislation namely the Bail Act and Firearms Amendment Act. Citizens are concerned that persons who have allegedly committed violent crimes with firearms are released on bail. The Attorney General notes that the number of repeat offenders who carry out gun crimes would be limited as a result.
Caribbean News Now
Funding in the sum of US$250,000 has been approved by the Caribbean Development Bank in favour of CARICOM, including the OECS Member Countries, to undertake a pilot initiative in order to strengthen financial transparency, and to provide assistance in preventing the loss of correspondent banking relations in the region.
After three years of losses, the Saint Kitts-based Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, which serves the OECS member states, is expecting a profit. The director, Mr. Timothy Antoine, says that he is very encouraged by the progress made in the last year. He also says that the institution has maintained the strength of the EC Dollars.
Two historic French rum companies in Barbados are expecting to play key roles in the international spirit markets. Maison Ferrrand who has agreed to buy 92 per cent stake in the West Indies Rum Distillery from Goddard Enterprises Ltd joins Rémy Cointreau, who owns and operates Mount Gay since 1989, in the quest for dominance. They expect to enhance their production on the market.
St Lucia Star
With the UK’s intention to leave the EU, some high level tourism officials from the region recently visited the European capital, Brussels, for a series of meeting with key stakeholders and influencers, in an effort to strengthen relations with both the UK and the EU, and to obtain a better understand of how the change will impact tourism in the Caribbean