Revue de presse du 31 janvier 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MARDI 31 JANVIER 2017
Caribbean News Now
In the latest revelation in the rapidly unfolding saga of diplomatic passports allegedly sold by the government of Dominica to questionable individuals, a new report on Monday provided another insight into the practice. Despite, Skerrit has denied any involvement in the sale of Dominican passports.
At a public meeting in the town of Vieux Fort, home of the controversial “Pear of the Caribbean” project, Former Prime Minister, Dr Kenny Anthony, says that there will be no peace in Vieux Fort and in the entire country if the 2.6 billion dollars Desert Star Holdings Limited deal is not renegotiated and if the project is not redesigned.
I Witness News
In the 2017 Estimates and Expenditure, allocation has been made for 83 new job positions. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, says that the positions have been created to enhance service delivery to the citizens. Among the government offices which will be affected is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will be augmented by five new positions
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
In a renewed campaign to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of Dominican enterprises in the regional and international markets, the Dominica Employers’ Federation in collaboration with the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation and the International Labour Organisation (Caribbean Office), with funding from the European Union, will host a one-day Workshop on the theme “Productivity Improvements for Small and Micro Enterprises”, on Monday 6th February, 2017.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says the United States had threatened St Lucia to accept nationals deported from the North American country. Chastanet told reporters that Castries was told that if it did not accept the deportees, travel for locals would be “pulled”. He said while he has indicated to Washington that he is not pleased with the threat, he would honour the current system.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
Prime Minister Gaston Browne has agreed to have additional questions of constitutional reform determined on the same ballot, so as to ensure that the referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) versus the Privy Council goes ahead. This came in light of comments made by the Lead of the Opposition with the view that constitutional reform is not limited to the CCJ.
St Lucia News Online
National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has announced plans to have the Forensic Lab reopened in six months under a new Public-Private Partnership agreement (PPP). The Minister revealed that the government has come to an agreement with Trinidadian-based forensic company to help manage the country’s forensic facility.
Talks about increasing the age of sexual consent has once again emerged in the Government. This came in light of the spate of criminal activities in the country, primarily involving the younger population. Minister for National Security announces that he has been holding discussions with the Attorney General on revisiting the legislation dealing with such.