Revue de presse du 30 janvier 2017
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 30 JANVIER 2017
Dominica News Online
Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has denied reports made on an internet blog site that he is being investigated by authorities in the United States in relation to allegations that he sold a diplomatic passport to ex-Dominican diplomat, Alireza Zabahalat Monfared, an Iranian national, who was arrested recently after an international manhunt. The Prime Minister, in an address from Greece, has described the matter as a “treasonous campaign” by members of the opposition and “their allies abroad.”
St Lucia Times
Former Prime Minister Kenny Anthony told a St Lucia Labour Party crowd during a public meeting in Vieux Fort that things could have been different in respect of the controversial $US 2.6 billion Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) project planned for the South of the Island if the current Prime Minister had called him.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
Caribbean News Now
Dominica’s citizenship by investment program, which confers upon those it accepts visa-free entry, as a member of a Commonwealth of Nations country, is dangerous enough for compliance officers, but its free award of diplomatic passports to dodgy foreign nationals, many from high-risk countries, is just cause to substantially raise country risk on Dominica, until such time as it abolishes the legislation permitting non-Dominicans to hold such passports. Dominica’s deliberate violations of the Vienna Convention on diplomacy, through issuing such passports and permitting the holder to reap commercial profit from his status are unconscionable.
Concern has been expressed about the possible negative impact that the latest diplomatic passport scandal in which Dominica has found itself embroiled can have on the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries. Regional broadcaster, Vincentian Jerry George said this latest scandal can hurt not only Dominica but the OECS and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
The presence of police officers on the streets of the city is making a difference in law and order.It is the largest number of officers ever appointed by city. Press and Communications manager at the Castries City Council indicated that their roles are expected to be enhanced in the weeks ahead.
British billionaire Richard Branson will assist in building a centre to train entrepreneurs in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). OECS Director Dr Didicus Jules said while this had not been broadcast to the public as yet, dialogue with the mogul had begun. Jules gave further details of where the centre and coordinators will be throughout the OECS. Support for entrepreneurs will be available online according to Jules.
OECS Heads of Government will meet to discuss and make a decision on travel services across the region. OECS Director, Dr Didacus Jules, not only spoke of the services which the airlines offer, in particular LIAT, but also touched on ferry services in the region. He also make mention of the services offered by Express des îles, French ferry company serving St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe.