Revue de presse du jeudi 22 mars 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 22 MARS 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
St Lucia Times
The Opposition has once again made its position clear regarding the appointment of Sir Emmanuelle Neville Cenac as Governor General of Saint Lucia, when members were absent during the throne speech earlier this week. Cenac who was a former St Lucia Labour Party leader and former Member of Parliament for Laborie has been described as unfit for the post by the Opposition St Lucia Labour Party. They also boycotted his swearing in ceremony which was held earlier this year in January.
Member of Parliament for St Patrick West, Anthony Boatswain, who was re-elected at the recent polls, has confirmed that he will not be a Cabinet Minister in the new Keith Mitchell Administration to be sworn this coming weekend. Boatswain, who served in various ministerial portfolios in the past, such as Finance, Youth and Education, has instead opted to place more focus and emphasis on the development of the constituency which he was elected to serve.
St Lucia News Online
Her Excellency Ms. Elisabeth Eklund, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden presented her credentials to His Excellency Sir Emmanuelle Neville Cenac today at a ceremony at the state house. The Ambassador promised to work towards strengthening diplomatic relation between Sweden and Saint Lucia.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne led his Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) to a resounding win in the general elections yesterday gaining one more seat in the Parliament to make it 15. Browne, who called the poll more than one year ahead of the constitutional deadline, had already predicted a clean sweep at the polls. The other two seats in the Parliament will be represented by the United Progressive Party (UPP) and the Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM). It was also reported that there was a low voter turnout.
ECONOMIE – AFFAIRE – FINANCE
The world’s first citizenship by investment programme (CIP) in St Kitts and Nevis has launched a new fund, the Sustainable Growth Fund, to boost investment in the twin island Federation. The St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment programme has long been considered a forerunner in the industry, known for its rigid and robust processes and vetting procedures. The Sustainable Growth Fund will be more affordable than the previous ongoing fund, with a price-point of US$150,000 for a single applicant and US$195,000 for a family of four. Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris said that the Sustainable Growth Fund will benefit every citizen and resident of the twin-island nation and the pricing is both “attractive and sustainable.”
A promise made by Prime Minister Gaston Browne to repay in full the US$118 million loan given to the island in 2010 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under the United Progressive Party Administration, led by Baldwin Spencer, was fulfilled. Browne made that announcement just hours before voters went to the poll yesterday. There are questions regarding the timing, which potentially benefited the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP).
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
Dominica News Online
During the Thirtieth Committee of the Expert Meeting of the Mechanism on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) last week, Dominica signed the declaration, becoming that latest member of the Organisation of American State (OAS) to do so. The OAS says that the Anti-Corruption portal of the Americas provides information regarding transparency in public administration and anti-corruption cooperation.
Tradewinds, a multi-national and multi-dimensional maritime, internal security and disaster relief operation in the Caribbean, will be held in St Kitts and Nevis from 4th to 6th June 2018. The main focus of the training is internal security because most of the Caribbean islands are facing challenges in that area. It is hoped that all the countries will bring their experiences and tactics to the table, and come up with best practices to help participation countries.
During the delivery of the Throne Speech on Tuesday, Governor General Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, sent a clear message to criminals noting that things will change so as to maintain law and order in the country. He noted that such will not only take place in the Royal St Lucia Police Force but also with the Criminal Code. A new Crime Management System will be established to assist with monitoring and recording crime. There will be improvements in internal communication, more foot and mobile patrols will be increased, just to name a few.
FRANCE - EU
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Caribbean News Now
On March 13, 2018, European Commission officials from the Directorate General for Tax and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) and Directorate General for International Development and Cooperation (DG DEVCO) and representatives and technical experts from a number of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT), to include the British Virgin Islands (BVI), met in Brussels. The BVI and European Commission co-chaired a financial services partnership working party (PWP) during which they discussed the European Union list.
Caribbean News Now
According to the OECS Embassy in Brussels, member states of the Organisation have made commitments to ensure that they meet the compliance requirements. Member States have been working with the OECS Commission along with the Embassy in Brussels to address the ongoing challenges raised by the European Union regarding international standards on transparency and exchange of information in relation to financial services.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
During his 2018 Budget Address, Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr D Orlando Smith, says that the European Union’s incessant campaign to black list the BVI as a non-cooperative and tax evasive country does not spell well for the Territory. He says the United Kingdom has joined the European Union in hurting an already vulnerable and struggling economy.