Revue de presse du 23 mars 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 23 MARS 2017
St Lucia News Online
Dr the Hon. Timothy Harris, in his capacity as Chairman of the OECS Authority, has extended condolences to the Government and people of Saint Lucia following the deadly explosion which took place at a quarry taking the lives of three persons. He also expressed gratitude to the many services and institutions, to include the authorities of Martinique, who assisted in this crisis.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
Following a week visit to Grenada to undertake a review of the IMF Extended Credit Facility programme, the head of the delegation says that the country has met all of the performance criteria and structural benchmarks due at the end of December 2016. The IMF official also indicated that the real GDP is estimated to have expanded by 3.9 per cent in 2016. Such positive results were driven by tourism and construction.
The reports of the recently established fiscal deficit and foreign reserves working groups have not been handed to the Prime Minister. The groups were set up to advise the Government on the way forward for the struggling economy. Officials are yet to disclose the contents of the reports. Indications are that the Barbados economy is seriously in the red.
Caribbean News Now
Five OECS Member States offer the Citizen by Investment Programme, which share many similarities but they are not equal. Investors may assume the only difference is the reputation of the island or the price of the passport but this is really not the case.
Dominica News Online
An IMF team visited Dominica earlier this month to conduct its 2017 consultation and according to their report, the country’s fiscal outlook has deteriorated despite the significant revenues derived from the Citizenship by Investment Programme. The report also indicated that economic activity was weak in 2016 due to a number of factors. However, growth is projected to accelerate to above 3% in 2017-2018.
Caribbean News Now
Grenada is set to receive a grant in the sum of US$231,630 from the Caribbean Development Bank to enhance its capacity to realise it geothermal energy development roadmap. The Government of is also working towards meeting its target to reduce carbon emissions by 30%, for which geothermal development would make a significant contribution.
The BVI has indicated a keen interest in establishing closer ties with the African Caribbean and Pacific group of countries in their future arrangements with the European Union after BREXIT. The BVI engaged various stakeholders in Brussels during the Caribbean Tourism Organisation mission to Brussels.