Revue de presse du 24 mars 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU VENDREDI 24 MARS 2017
Dominica News Online
In a town hall meeting on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Skerrit hinted to the audience what the future holds for him. He indicated clearly that while a resignation is not to be expected from him at this time despite calls for such from the opposition, he will not be there after the next general election. However, he assured persons that during the rest of his years in government they will get the fullest support required.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
After the appointment of a new CEO of the Citizenship by Investment Unit, the acting CEO Mr Thomas Anthony who held the post after the resignation of Mr Chisanga Chekwe, has also submitted his resignation. There are fears that the resignation of the two most senior persons at the unit in recent times can damage the programme, however, the Prime Minister has dismissed such fears.
On March 30th, a conference to examine the socio-economic situation in the Caribbean will be held by the World Bank, during which the delegates will diagnose new strategies to revive growth in the region. Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell and Hon. Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia are among those scheduled to participate in the conference.
St Lucia News Online
Last week, the OECS Commission, through its Agriculture Unit, donated Laboratory equipment to the Agriculture Health and Food Safety testing laboratories and Pest Risk Analysis Units of its member states. The equipment which has a value of EC$309,416.94 was purchased under the 10th EDF Regional Integration and Trade of the OECS Region Project. Such will increase the levels of efficacy and efficiency in diagnosing issues related to human, plant and animal health, as well as food safety.
Caribbean News Now
A climate change expert from Panama who was contracted by the OECS Commission with EU funding, facilitated a two day consultation in Saint Lucia to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in the country. He will also provide technical assistance for the establishment of a National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation as an initiative to mitigate climate change.
Rubis Caribbean is calling for transparency in the process for the proposed sale of the state-owned Barbados National Terminal Company Limited to petroleum products giant SOL. The Fair Trade Commission is looking into the proposed sale to determine whether or not it should be approved. Rubis is also concerned about the absence of information particularly regarding the cost which businesses will have to pay to use the terminal after the sale.
The St Lucia Star
The European Union and the Caribbean Export Development Agency have signed the 11th EDG agreement. The agreement which is worth 24 Million euros is to support regional private sector development. The Head of the EU delegation in Barbados, Ambassador Daniela Tramacere, highlighted that the EU still remains the largest grand aid donor in the world and have set aside a total of 364 million euros for regional development.
Prime Minister Chastanet, on behalf of the Government of Saint Lucia, has expressed gratitude to the Martiniquan authorities for their quick response following the deadly explosion which took place last Tuesday evening at a Cul-de-Sac quarry. He also took time to thank the French Ambassador and his staff for their continued support to the country in times of need.