Revue de presse du 28 septembre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 28 SEPTEMBRE 2017
Caribbean News Now
Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition Denzel Douglas is warning new applicants of the Citizenship by Investment Programme to be careful with an invitation by the Timothy Harris-led Administration to donate to the new Hurricane Relief Fund. Douglas is questioning the legality of the new investment option and claims that there has been no legislative support for the fund. He also suggests that the fund is a smokescreen by the Prime Minister to mobilize funds for his re-election campaign.
ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE
Barbados seems to be sinking deeper, considering that the international rating agency S & P has slapped the country with another downgrade. The agency warned that there is a now a higher risk associated with maintaining the country’s exchange rate against the US dollar. High public debt, deficits, debt servicing requirements, limited appetite for private sector financing are a few of the causes of such. It has also warned of the possibility of another downgrade in the next twelve months.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
St Lucia Times
Another batch of prisoners arrived on the island on Tuesday from British Overseas Territories bring the total to twenty-four. Minister for National Security, Hermangild Francis, has sought to downplay reports that the prisoners are high risk. Francis was unable to confirm if more prisoners will arrive, however he said St Lucia is willing to accommodate up to forty prisoners considering that the Bordelais Correctional Facility is currently at its lowest occupancy.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Government had issued a mandatory evacuation order for Barbuda, which has been lifted as of yesterday. This will allow some residents whose homes received minor damages to return home to pick up the pieces. Only about five percent of homes in Barbuda were spared the ravages of Hurricane Irma.
St Lucia Star
The Eastern Caribbean countries are set to receive a grant in the sum of US$6.3 million from the World Bank to preserve and strengthen resilience of coastal and marine resources through the Caribbean Regional Oceanscape project. The project will be implemented through the OECS Commission in collaboration with its member states.