Revue de presse du 22 décembre 2017
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU VENDREDI 22 DECEMBRE 2017
St Lucia Times
After 20 years as Head of State, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy has decided to call it quit and this announcement has not gone done well with the Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Philip J. Pierre. Pierre, who said he was not consulted, is hoping that she was not pressured to leave, although she did not state any particular reason for her departure. He also notes that sufficient time was not given to allow for her departure.
Caribbean News Now
Eleven Caribbean countries, among them Barbados, Dominica, Grenada and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, have rejected the decision by the President of the United States to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. They were described as courageous in their decision, despite having been threatened not to do so. Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts-Nevis were absent during the vote.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
BVI Platinum News
According to Health Minister, Ronnie Skelton, who is no stranger to expressing strong views about the relationship between the Territory and its mother country, the latter wants the British Virgin Islands to operate as a prostitute during this time of need. The Minister also reminded residents that the BVI took close to 50 years to build and this was not done with any assistance from the UK.
ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE
Caribbean News Now
The Chinese foreign ministry has reported that the Government of Grenada has sought the assistance of the China Development bank in helping them draft a national development strategy. If the multibillion plan is accepted, it would become the first in the world to opt for the wholesale adoption of a Chinese development blueprint.
At the end of year Cabinet briefing earlier this week, Prime Minister Gaston Browne revealed that this year his Government will see a deficit of $100 million whereas in the two previous years there was a balanced budget. This is being blamed on the loss of visa-free access to Canada which happened mid-year and Hurricane Irma which struck the islands three months ago.
FRANCE - EU
Vice-Chancellor at the University of the West Indies, Sir Hillary Beckles, has condemned the recent European Union blacklisting of four Caribbean countries, to include Barbados, as tax havens. He says the decision by the EU is based on new, unilaterally-determined and unclear criteria that differ significantly from the currently accepted international standards of tax transparency, anti-money laundering and accountability. He accuses the EU of singlehandedly derailing and undermining the global financial system.