Revue de presse du 20 octobre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU VENDREDI 20 OCTOBRE 2017
Caribbean News Now
After many accusations and denials as to who is holding dual citizenship in the country, it appears that both the current and former Prime Minister, Dr Timothy Harris and Dr Denzil Douglas respectively, hold Dominican citizenship by virtue of being issued a diplomatic passport by that country. Both passports clearly state their nationality as Dominican. The controversy began when major changes were announced for the Federation’s CBI programme, particularly with regard to the Hurricane Relief Fund.
ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE
European Union Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Daniela Tramacere, says that there are many issues that the region, including Barbados, must address in order to progress, among them a poor justice system, inequality and a brain drain. She says that they have more than just the economy to worry about. According to the EU official, transparent tax systems, as well as the fight against fraud and illicit financial transactions are also key drivers for sustainable growth.
Having received a downgrade earlier this year from the international rating agency Standard & Poor, and given the current environment in the country, the President of the Barbados Economic Society, Jeremy Stephen, says that the country should expect another downgrade before the end of the year. He noted that much of the current situation is a reluctance for change by the then Government, when the economic crisis started in 2008.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
St Lucia Times
After acting in the post for a period of one year, Attorney at Law, Daarsrean Green, has been reappointed to the post of Director of Public Prosecution. Green is soon to meet with the Governor General to negotiate the terms and conditions of his contract. Greene is not only tasked with clearing the backlog of cases in the court system, but also bringing closure to the highly sensitive IMPACS investigation.
St Lucia Times
The man at the centre of the Lambirds scandal, Dr Iftekhar Shams, says he is fed up with the justice system in Saint Lucia. The CEO of the Lambirds Academy, along with three other associates, were charged with human trafficking, obtaining property by deception and money laundering. After a mediation process, the charge of obtaining property by deception was withdrawn. Shams is appealing to the Prime Minister to intervene in the case which is being dragged in the courts.
FRANCE - EU
Dominica News Online
During the presentation of his credentials as Ambassador of Spain to CARICOM, His Excellency Javier Carbajosa Sanchez, expressed his country’s intention to contribute to the economic recovery of the region post Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The newly accredited diplomat conveyed his Government’s sympathy towards the loss of lives and destruction caused by the hurricanes. He also underscored the willingness to begin preparations for a 2018 Spain-CARICOM summit.