Revue de presse du 27 mars 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 27 MARS 2017
Caribbean News Now
After requesting an apology and a sum of US$10,000 from each party, demands which have not been met to date, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Francine Baron has filed a claim of defamation against the opposition leader, a talk show host and a local radio station, on allegations that she misappropriated funds belonging to the Dominica Disaster and Development Fund. She said she has had enough.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
Two persons who were at the helm of the Citizenship by Investment Unit have resigned in recent times and that has sparked concerns from many individuals, including a political analyst and former senator, who is seeking an explanation from the Honourable Prime Minister on the matter, especially since the programme falls under his office. He has also been joined by the Director of a US-based firm, Paramount Communications.
St Lucia Times
Dr Vanus James, an Economist, Statistician and Regional Academic, not to mention a former Senior Policy Advisor to the UNDP, says the region is at a critical juncture in terms of economic fortunes. He says the biggest impediment to growth of the economies of the OECS is their small size and scale of production, and the lack of a unified regional approach to development. This is hindered even more with the very slow growth in large economies such as the US, Canada and Europe.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
At the recently concluded meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Regional Security System held in Saint Kitts, an official at the US Embassy in Barbados announced that his Government would continue to support areas of law enforcement and justice in Saint Lucia, but not the island’s Police Forces. The US government has made a policy decision to withdraw any such assistance due to credible allegations of gross human rights violations.
Dominica News Online
The 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report on Money Laundering and Financial Crimes was released by the US State Department and Dominica is among 21 countries named in a list of Major Money Laundering Countries of 2016. The report also states that due to Dominica’s geographical location between the French territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique, the country is used as a trans-shipment point for narcotics and other criminal activities.
Medical cooperation between Saint Lucia and neighbouring Martinique has come into sharp focus, following the recent tragedy which took place at the Quarry in Cul-de-Sac last week. This cooperation is currently based on hospital to hospital, physician to physician relationships, without a mandatory requirement from official or governmental intervention. Efforts to formalise the cooperation began since 2014.