Revue de presse du 29 novembre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 29 NOVEMBRE 2017
Last Sunday, the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party held a protest march in Vieux Fort to condemn the handling of the St Jude Hospital reconstruction project, claiming the government’s intention to demolish the present structure. Acting Prime Minister, Guy Joseph, has called the march unfortunate saying the government has made it clear that there will be no demolition. He says the opposition is playing cheap politics. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet also confirmed previously that demolition was not on the cards.
ECONOMIE – AFFAIRE
Caribbean News Now
At the conclusion of the 89th Meeting of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean of 20th October 2017, a communiqué was issued indicating a possible deterioration of the fiscal performance of some of its members in the short to medium term, as a direct consequence of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria respectively. The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, governing body of the Council, also noted downward GDP growth in some of its member states, in particular St Kitts-Nevis.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
During a Long Service Awards Ceremony for Police Officers last Sunday, Prime Minister Dr the Hon. Timothy Harris, who is also the Minister responsible for National Security, called for greater collaboration between the police and the community. The Federation has recorded 22 homicides and a number of other crimes so far this year. The Prime Minister also noted that the most of the Caribbean islands, including his own, are dealing with a growing crime problem, which they are finding difficulty to deal with.
Speaking at the recent International Monetary Fund 2017 High Level Caribbean Forum, Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Timothy Antoine, called on the people of the region to demand that their governments put legislation in place to protect their economies from external shocks. He laments that the focus should be on putting measures in place before a crisis strikes to ensure fiscal responsibility.
The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) says it cannot approve the proposed acquisition of the Barbados National Terminal Company Ltd (BNTCL) by Sol given the present terms of the agreement. The regulatory body found the proposed merger to be anticompetitive and likely to bolster Sol’s position in the market. However, the body says that it would assess any amended agreement placed before it. Rubis had initially taken the matter to court and secured an interim injunction against the sale, which was then investigated by the FTC.
FRANCE - EU
St Lucia Times
A CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement Workshop and Regional Business-to Business Strategic Networking Forum was held at the Finance Administrative Centre on Tuesday 28th November 2017. The workshop was hosted by the Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs in collaboration with the Caribbean Export Development Agency, the EU Delegation in Barbados, the OECS and CARICOM.