Revue de presse du 24 janvier 2017

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REVUE DE PRESSE DU MARDI 24 JANVIER 2017

POLITIQUE

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Former US President in BVI for vacation

BVI News

Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrived at the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport in the British Virgin Islands on January 23. They will spend their time on Necker Island owned by British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who openly campaigned against Trump in the lead-up to the elections held last November.

SAINT LUCIA

PM on Dr. Raymond’s fate : “I can’t rush to judgement”

St Lucia News Online

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said he is awaiting the outcome of the court matter involving his Junior Finance Minister Dr. Ubaldus Raymond before he can decide on his fate. Chastanet was referring to the nude photo scandal that Dr. Raymond is embroiled in, where an 18-year-old college student was charged for blackmailing him. The Prime Minister says that as soon as the details are available to him and he can make a decision then he will do so. He promised to react once the case is concluded.

ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE

ANTIGUA

Businesses want better interest rates

Antigua Observer

President of the Antigua & Barbuda Employer’s Federation Leslie Salmon said a tripartite of the government, unions and social partners should come together to force down the cost of doing business in Antigua & Barbuda. He is also asking the Prime Minister to assist the private sector to operate their businesses in Antigua, since he was able to negotiate good rates of capital for the Government. He also stated that costs are high to operate businesses throughout the Caribbean and that serves as a hindrance to investors.

OECS

Antiguan diplomat warns of developed countries seeking to undermine CIPs

Dominica Vibes

Dr. Clarence Henry, Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador to CARICOM), says Caribbean countries operating the CIP should be under no illusion that developed countries like the United States would be seeking to undermine the initiative. Henry said many in the international community including the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada have for many years operated investor-residency programmes which are not too dissimilar from the CIP programmes in the Caribbean.

SAINT KITTS

Antigua and Barbuda pushes past St. Kitts and Nevis in economic growth in 2016

South Florida Caribbean News

The St. Kitts and Nevis economy once dubbed by the late Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Governor Sir K. Dwight Venner as the “one bright spot in the ECCU,” under the Dr. Denzil L. Douglas-led St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) Administration, is no longer glowing under the Team Unity Government (TUG) of Dr. Timothy Harris.

FINANCE

CARIBBEAN

IMF reduces its regional growth forecast

Barbados Today

The International Monetary Fund has revised downwards its economic growth projection for the Caribbean. This follows a contraction of 0.7% which occurred in the region last year. However, the organization is predicting that regional economies will grow by 2.1 per cent next year but also warned that the region continued to face several risks, to include a high degree of policy uncertainty in the United States.

SECURITE ET JUSTICE

SAINT KITTS

New security measures implemented at prison working well says Superintendent

SKN Vibes

Superintendent of Prisons, Junie Hodge, has indicated that new security measures have been implemented at HMP and such are bearing fruit, following the seizure of a large quantity of contraband items. This was followed by a 21-day security lockdown. Among the new measures are improved screening at the facility’s entrance with security monitors, a thorough search of the individuals entering the facility and their contents, along with the installation of CCTV Cameras on the perimeter fences.

ST LUCIA

Minister Francis assures action on IMPACS report ‘very shortly

St Lucia News Online

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has assured that action will be taken in the IMPACS report shortly, given recent discussions relating to the matter with the DPP. There has since been no action on the recommendations, ‎prompting the European Union representatives to write the former Prime Minister seeking clarification on the status of the report and calling on those responsible to ensure due process in accordance with St Lucia’s criminal law system. In August 2013, the United States suspended all forms of assistance to the RSLPF, citing allegations of serious human rights violations.

SAINT LUCIA

Dr. Anthony accuses Chastanet of ‘politicizing’ Oliver Gobat’s murder investigation

St Lucia News Online

The Former Prime Minister has stated that his then government never gave the British Government any undertaking that it would not pursue the death penalty for anyone found guilty in the murder of Oliver Gobat. This is in response made by Prime Minister Chastanet during a press conference on 17 January relating to the investigation into that matter.

SANTE

DOMINICA

New management structure to form part of New National Hospital

Dominica News Online

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit, has stated that with the new national hospital, now under construction, a new management structure is one of the components that holds much significance. Skerrit said that a board would be needed to manage the day to day running of the facility. The 40 million dollar facility is funded by the People’s Republic of China and will include 16,500 square meters of new construction, 4,160 square meters of general repairs to existing buildings which will not be demolished and 400 meters of roof guttering.

FRANCE

DOMINICA

Dominican reported missing at sea from Guadeloupe

Dominica News Online

It has been reported that a Dominica national who has been in Guadeloupe for a few weeks now has been missing at sea. A group of 3 persons went out to sea from Guadeloupe since 17 January when their boat began experiencing difficulties and started sinking. Intensive searches by the French Coast Guard have been futile so far.

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