Revue de presse du 22 novembre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 22 NOVEMBRE 2017
Dominica News Online
In the wake of Hurricane Maria and in a gesture of solidarity between the two countries, Venezuela has cancelled Dominica’s US$100 million debt to Petro Caribe, which corresponds to the provision of supplies from its creation until September this year. Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Jorge Arreaza, was instructed by President Nicolas Maduro to make the announcement. This is in an effort to allow for the reconstruction of the country and the creation of fiscal space to allow for new credits.
At the recently concluded CARICOM-UN high level donor conference, Secretary General of the 15 member grouping, Irwin LaRocque, urged the international community to give generously to the region after the devastation caused by two major category 5 hurricanes. He says there is a need to re-think the policies regarding concessional development financing and Official Development Assistance (ODA).
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
Dominica News Online
Nearly 400 high-level government representatives, multilateral and civil society organization, as well as the private sector attended the CARICOM-UN high level donor conference at the UN Headquarters earlier this week. The event was to help Caribbean countries build back better as the first climate resilient countries in the world. Over US$2 billion were pledged and over US$1 billion in loans and debt relief.
FRANCE - EU
Five Caribbean countries, namely Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines, are to benefit from a European Union grant to the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Programme for the Eastern Caribbean. Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission and President of the Caribbean Development Bank signed the Euro 12 million agreement. The project will facilitate the development of geothermal energy in five countries, so as to decrease their dependency on energy imports, thereby reducing their fuel import bills and electricity costs.