Revue de presse du 26 avril 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 26 AVRIL 2017
Caribbean News Now
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has removed government funding for the Saint Lucia National Trust in the current budget estimates. The Saint Lucian public sees this as a form of punishment on the Trust which opposed a proposed dolphin park at Pigeon Point and which also has been very outspoken on the second phase of the controversial Pearl of the Caribbean project.
I Witness News
In a previous article, the leader of the Opposition Godwin Friday accused the Prime Minister who is also Minister for Finance of failing in his legal obligation regarding accountability by state-owned companies, and mentioned the IADC which was responsible for the construction of the Argyle International Airport. The Prime Minister in his response is retreating behind the law saying that IADC is a company and not a statutory corporation and according to the law does not have to present its financial audit to Parliament.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRES
The Citizenship by Investment Unit hosted representatives of the International Monetary Fund in order to provide an update on recent developments and to discuss the plans of the unit for 2017. The levels of due diligence and vetting of applicants were part of their discussions. The Unit welcomes such external validation.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
Caribbean News Now
The President of Trinidad & Tobago, who is also a former judge, has expressed his disappointment in and questioning the delay by some CARICOM countries, in particular the OECS Member States, to make the Caribbean Court of Justice their final appellate court. Saint Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda and Grenada are among those being criticized, with a recent referendum in Grenada failing in that regard and a public vote to be held in Antigua & Barbuda in the near future.
Barbados is also weighing in on the results of the French presidential elections of which the final round will take place on 7th May 2017. Outgoing chairman of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association, Dr Frank Ward, fears that the results may affect the local rum industry, especially if Marine Le Pen, whom he calls anti-immigrant and anti-Europe, wins. He says the idea that France may exit the EU could have serious impact on the industry, in particular with the Economic Partnership Agreement.