Revue de presse du 30 janvier 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU MARDI 30 JANVIER 2018
I Witness News
A motion of No-Confidence has been filed against the Ralph Gonsalves Government by the Leader of the Opposition Godwin Friday. The notice was presented to the House Speaker just before the opposition walked out of the National Assembly yesterday. The walkout came amidst the Finance Minister’s, Camillo Gonsalves, silence on the ongoing sex scandal between himself and a former model.
Following the announcement of an election date in Grenada by Dr Keith Mitchell, well known regional political scientist Peter Wickham is cautioning Barbadians that Mitchell’s decision is not likely to influence Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to do the same. He is of the opinion that Stuart will go into the month of March before he announces the date. Elections are constitutionally due in Barbados in June this year.
ECONOMIE – AFFAIRE - FINANCE
In his recent national budget presentation, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said that his government will need to raise more than $448 million, in addition to the $877 million in projected revenue, to pay the principal on outstanding loans and meet its current expenditure. Dr Thomas Fontaine, an economist who was formerly employed with the IMF, has acknowledged that the Government is under a tremendous debt overhang, while trying to stabilise the economy and reconstruct Barbuda at the same time.
Regional economist Marla Dukharan warns that Barbados is suffering its fastest decline in foreign reserves, in the amount of US$16 million each month. She says that has been the lowest level of foreign reserves in the last 17 years, noting that this is as a result of the Government’s continued reliance on the Central Bank to finance its operation.
SECURITE - JUSTICE
Dominica News Online
At last, there is word from Dominica regarding the alleged dual citizenship of former Saint Kitts Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas. Dominican Senior Counsel, Tony Astaphan, who is representing Douglas in the matter, says his client is not guilty of swearing allegiance to Dominica, a claim which Douglas himself continues to deny. The Government of Saint Kitts is insisting that Douglas holds a Dominican diplomatic passport and is seeking a court judgment in the matter.
FRANCE - EU
St Lucia News Online
Last week, H.E. Ms Liesbeth Mol, Regional Envoy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Caribbean paid a courtesy call on the Director General of the OECS Commission, Dr Didacus Jules. She took the opportunity to convey her Government’s strong commitment to support the small islands developing states and deepen relationships with the region.