Revue de presse du 21 mars 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MARDI 21 MARS 2017
After the signing of phase two of the multi-billion-dollar “Pearl of the Caribbean” project, the Opposition St Lucia Labour Party began a series of public meetings to mobilize support for further mass demonstrations. The Government and Opposition are on a collision course on the controversial development. The Opposition has made it clear that they will not stand idly by and allow the Allen Chastanet led government to sell the country’s lands.
St Lucia News Online
The Prime Minister has expressed disappointment with comments by the Director of the St Lucia National Trust on the proposed dolphin park at Pigeon Island. He says the director did not treat the investors with respect, especially in the current environment where the country is trying to attract foreign investors. He also made mention of false statements made by the Director, which he has asked him to retract.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
During the debate of the 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure at the Senate, another voice has been added to the economic state of the country. Opposition Senator Jerome Walcott says that the economy needs emergency surgery so as to remain alive. He warned that if corrective measures were not taken urgently, the country could collapse.
Dominica News Online
The Minister for Foreign Affairs says that stories of Dominican passports being sold to criminal elements is a lie and such should be denounced. In that light, she stated that the Government has established a comprehensive due diligence network to ensure that persons who are successful in obtaining a passport under the CIP are of good reputation.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
The Timothy Harris led Administration has again come in for high praise in its efforts to fight crime, this time by the Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. He made mention of the budgetary allocation to the Ministry responsible for National Security saying it was the largest ever. He also encouraged the government to continue to invest in this area.
St Lucia News Online
In light of the contribution made to St Lucia, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved the decision to give a state funeral to the late Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL OBE OCC, who passed away at his home in Saint Lucia last week. The funeral service will take place on Saturday 25th March 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries. An evening of tribute and celebration will be held on the evening before.
Saturday this week will mark 60 years of the first step towards a united Europe, out of which came the European Union, which is the second global economy and leading foreign investor in most parts of the world. The EU has achieved a strong position as acting as one voice on the global stage and will therefore continue to be a cooperative and reliable power.
Last Wednesday the Alliance Française hosted the Open Poetry Slam which proved to be a great success. Young poets delivered high standards of poetry in a competition for prizes. Ethan Fletcher emerged winner. The event was well attended.