Revue de presse du 30 juin 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU VENDREDI 30 JUIN 2017
Dominica News Online
Earlier this week reports indicated that grenades were dropped and shots fired at the Interior Ministry in Venezuela from a stolen helicopter. During a ceremony to observe the 12th Anniversary of the Petro-Caribe Agreement, Prime Minister Skerrit condemned such attack and expressed his country’s solidarity with the government and people of the troubled South American nation. He went further to say that it is very unbecoming for the world to be silent on such matters.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
A team from the International Monetary Fund who recently visited Barbados and met with the Minister of Finance among other officials, says that the local economy is recovering on the back of a strong tourism performance but warned that getting the public finance in order still remains a critical challenge. They said only a substantial and sustained reduction in the fiscal deficit will restore the country’s credit rating and attractiveness to investors.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
Caribbean New Now
A Chinese national reportedly wanted back in his home country for financial impropriety is still in Saint Kitts awaiting the renewal of his passport. Ren Biao who became a citizen of Saint Kitts under the CIP in 2013 was reportedly put on Interpol list in 2014. In recent times he was detained and questioned by local authorities but later released. Biao has made the decision to return to his birth country to face his accusers but is still awaiting the renewal of his Saint Kitts passport, since he had the one without the place of birth which is considered invalid.
The G20 summit will be held in Hamburg, Germany next week and the host German Chancellor has promised to fight for free trade and press on with multilateral efforts to combat climate change. In reference to the withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, the host has said that global problems could not be sold with protectionism and isolation. European G20 leaders have promised to present a united front.
European Union officials have warned that the Citizenship by Investment Programme is under scrutiny in their zone. An EU official says the Schengen zone continues to have misgivings about the programme and the access it grants to Europe. They are concerned about due diligence being carried out in those countries with the programme. Despite, the government of Antigua & Barbuda appears not too concerned of a visa revocation by the EU.