Revue de presse du 27 janvier 2017





Foreign Minister Brantley encourages CELAC body to strengthen mechanisms to deepen integration

St Kitts & Nevis Observer

St Kitts & Nevis Foreign Minister, Hon. Mark Brantley, during the V Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American States (CELAC), has called on his colleagues from the 33 member organization to do more to further integrate the region. He commended the Community for the advances the region has made in terms of integration and political dialogue to address the priority issues of the region. He also encouraged member states to continue to cooperate on these issues in a spirit of solidarity, understanding, tolerance and flexibility. He also spoke of utilizing mechanisms that allow interaction and hassle free movement of nationals throughout the region, as a means of further integrating the region.


Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness

Caribbean News Now

Sir Simon Gass, a recently retired senior official with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), has been appointed acting chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, in an attempt by the British government to shore up the troubled organisation amid concerns over the leadership of Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland. What appears to be a takeover of the Commonwealth Secretariat by Britain has been noted in the Caribbean. Senior diplomatic and political sources have accused Scotland of "poor leadership".



OECS head decries missed opportunity to trade with Cuba

Antigua Observer

Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean State (OECS), Dr Didacus Jules, has lamented what he views as a missed opportunity for regional governments to tap into the trade opportunities which could have been concretised between the member states and Cuba. He said Caribbean countries allowed the United States’ embargo on Cuba to prevent them from developing trade links with the Spanish-speaking nation, and warned there will be great difficulty in doing this under the Donald Trump’s presidency.


St. Kitts & Nevis ranks number one in CARICOM in the 2016 Doing Business Report

St Kitts & Nevis Observer

The Customs Department says that St. Kitts and Nevis has ranked number one in the CARICOM in the “2016 Doing Business Report. He said that the Customs and Excise Department has worked hard to become a high ranking country and explained that to achieve this the World Bank looks at all the countries around the world and sets up a basic scenario.



Barbados PM reiterates no devaluation of local currency

Dominica Vibes

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has eiterated there will be no devaluation of the Barbados dollar. He said that there was no persuasive evidence that devaluation exercises in other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries had produced any spectacular results or facilitated the outcomes they desired. He also said he did not judge that there was a need, at this time, to seek balance of payments support from the IMF.



Foreign Ministry says due diligence followed in Monfared matter

Dominica News Online

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said due diligence was followed in granting citizenship and diplomatic status to Iranian national Ali Reza Ziba Halat Monfared who was arrested on allegations of being involved in his country biggest-ever corruption scandal. Monfared was reportedly arrested in the Dominican Republic and extradited to Iran through Havana and Moscow to face trial. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sought to clarify Monfared’s status saying in a statement that he became a citizen of Dominica, and eventually a diplomat, following a comprehensive due diligence investigation.


PM Harris sends strong message of turning tide against criminality

SKN Vibes

A strong message has been sent by the Minister of National Security Dr the Hon. Timothy Harris that “a new approach to discipline and order” is to be adopted if law and order are to be maintained within the Federation. The Minister warned the listening audience about harbouring criminals in their homes, reminding that security begins at the individual and family levels. He also indicated that whenever the operatives of criminality and those of ‘safety and security’ come to a head, the latter must always emerge successful.


Relatives hope to get “better understanding” of Jamshidi’s guilty plea

St Lucia News Online

Persons close to Sahab Jamshidi hope to know more about his surprise change in plea this week, in connection with the drowning death of four-year-old Terrel ‘TJ Elibox in early 2015. Sahab who pleaded not guilty during his arraignment changed his plea during a court appearance on Tuesday 24th January 2017. According to Hamilton Community News, his sister Sahar Jamshidi said the family will have a “better understanding” of the legal situation of her brother when he appears for sentencing on Feb. 3.


Former Dominica diplomat seized in the Dominican Republic

Caribbean News Now

The recent arrest by Interpol and immediate extradition to Iran of Alireza Zibahalat Monfared, who holds a Dominica passport, amongst others, is now reported to have taken place in the Dominican Republic in a bold move obviously designed to avoid any action by the US Department of Justice. Monfared, an Iranian national, was wanted for embezzling billions of dollars in a massive Iran sanctions evasion operation, had been living a life of luxury in the Dominican Republic prior to his "arrest", the legitimacy of which appears to be in question.



OECS-Cuba medical school proposed for Antigua

Antigua Observer

Students from the United States and the wider Caribbean may soon flock to Antigua & Barbuda if a proposal to establish a joint Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) – Cuba medical school on the island ever comes to fruition. The OECS health ministers have agreed in principle to establish a joint offshore medical school with Cuba to serve the hemisphere and tap the lucrative market for medical training.


Rise in Reported Gastroenteritis Cases

St Lucia Star

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has noted an increase in the number of reported Gastroenteritis cases by persons accessing the public health service. This has been happening from most of the health regions since December 2016 and continues into the third week of January, 2017. The cases are noted mainly in children less than five years of age.



City of Castries to introduce parking meters

St Lucia News Online

The Castries City Council has several plans which will be rolled out this year, and topping that list of new initiatives is setting up parking metres across the capital. He also said that safety and security in the City is not the only top priority, the Council will also place emphasis on beautifying the city. The goal is to make the capital the envy of other capitals in the region. The Mayor made these proclamations during the 50th Anniversary of the CCC



Air Caraibes increases airlift to St Lucia

St Lucia Star

Air Caraïbes is providing more seats thereby increasing airlift into St Lucia from the French market. It is currently serving as a commuter airline from the French Caribbean and connecting customers into Europe. Air Caraibes operates into St Lucia three days weekly in the off season and four days during the peak season. An “ATR 72-600 74 SEATER” will be the newest addition to the fleet.

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