Revue de presse du 30 novembre 2017
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 30 NOVEMBRE 2017
I Witness News
Recently appointed Minister for Finance, Camillo Gonsalves, during a press conference last Tuesday dismissed rumours that he is being positioned to succeed current Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, who is also his father, as leader of the Unity Labour Party. Camillo, who previously held the portfolio of Foreign Affairs, says this is “idle speculation” and notes that the leadership role will be determined by the membership of the party, which is governed by a constitution and a process.
Dominica News Online
Dominica has signed a number of agreements with the People’s Republic of China for economic cooperation. The signing not only reflects the valuable China-Dominica friendship but also a symbol of China’s support to the recovery and rebuilding efforts after the ravages of Hurricane Maria in September. Prime Minister Skerrit, in his remarks, not only expressed gratitude to the Government of China but also reiterated his country’s continued support to the “One China policy”.
ECONOMIE – AFFAIRE
Earlier this year, the World Bank announced its approval of US$26 million for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Competitive Tourism Project, which aims at facilitating access and movement of passengers through a ferry service, rehabilitate select tourism sites and position member states as one multi-island travel destination. Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent & the Grenadines are set to benefit from this project. The Minister for Tourism, Dominic Fedee, has announced his Government’s commitment to invest US$15 million into the said project.
According to the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr Keith Mitchell, the unemployment rate has fallen significantly from forty (40) per cent in 2013 to twenty-four (24) per cent in 2017. In just five years, the Keith Mitchell led administration has turned around the economy from negative to positive growth. The Prime Minister is expecting the rate to decrease again in the months ahead. Grenada’s economic growth is mainly fuelled by expansion in the construction, tourism and manufacturing sectors.
The Bankers and Financial Services Association of St Kitts & Nevis held a consultative dialogue with economic and social partners on Tuesday. President of the Association, Gordon Julien, commended the Government on the strides taken in moving the economy forward. He also spoke highly of the Government’s efforts to address the challenges faced by the financial sector, in particular the issue of de-risking.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
As the country continues to play its part in minimizing the effects of climate change, the use of electric school buses will be implemented so as to transform the energy and transportation sectors. This new initiative is a pilot project undertaken in partnership with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in Belize with financial support from the Government of Italy.