Revue de presse du jeudi 26 avril 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 26 AVRIL 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
No more waiting ! Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has finally announced the date for the general elections. Barbadians will go to the polls on Thursday 24 May 2018. Nomination day is therefore set for Monday 7 May. Stuart said he notified the Governor General just a short while ago.
The Keith Mitchel led Administration is making good on his election promise to ensure that the youth is involved in the decision-making process of the country. The names of three young persons will be submitted to the Governor General for consideration to be appointed Senators in the Upper House. They are not expected to hold any government ministerial portfolios.
Dominica News Online
Deputy Prime Minister Reginald Austrie has reacted to statements made by the recently announced People’s Party of Dominica (P-POD). Austrie says that while Dominica is a democracy and everyone has the right to form a political party he has an issue with persons who have lived their entire lives out of the country and have not contributed to the development of the country. The United Workers Party (UWP) and the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) have both welcomed the P-POD to the political stage.
ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE – FINANCE
Caribbean News Service
A major international summit on the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) will be held in Saint Kitts from May 16 – 19. Representatives from Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, St Lucia and Grenada are expected to attend. Other stakeholders in various fields such as banking, due diligence, risk management, cybersecurity, among others, will also be in attendance. Issues affecting the sector and opportunities for further growth are due to be discussed.
Caribbean News Now
It has been reported that Iranian national Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad, Chairman of a Malta-based Pilatus Bank, who was arrested in the United States last month, for his alleged involvement in a scheme to evade US sanctions against Iran and other crimes, used a Saint Kitts & Nevis passport to apply for his banking licence in Malta. Sadr is said to be in possession of four passports from the Federation, which were facilitated by Henley & Partners, under the Citizenship by Investment Programme.
SECURITE - JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
After the disappointing November 2016 referendum which comprised of many bills, including that of Grenada recognising the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appellate court, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has now confirmed that a second referendum will be held to get the approval of the citizens with regards to the CCJ, since the first was rejected. This second referendum which is expected before the end of this year is being spearheaded by the Attorney General.
St Lucia Times
Mayor Peterson Francis is being applauded for the work of the City Police Department and general improvements made to the City. The commendation came from a major cruise ship tour operator who reported that the 2017-2018 cruise ship season was incident free and there were no negative feedback from the cruise passengers. The Mayor says security needs to be a priority so that the City can be a safe and viable place to conduct business.
ENVIRONNEMENT – ENERGIE - CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has agreed to support Grenada’s efforts at dealing with the impacts of climate change. An annual disbursement of US$1 million through direct access to the GCF has been approved. A major component of this support is the setting up of a Climate Change Training Centre in Grenada. The Town of St George’s is also earmarked to become the first climate resilient city in the region.
During the recent launch of the Third National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), stakeholders from both the public and private sector in the Federation engaged in discussions on matters of climate change and its impacts on the related sectors. Minister with responsibility for the Environment, Eugene Hamilton, who was present, says that climate change is the single biggest global threat to sustainable development and its unprecedented impacts affects the poorest among us.
FRANCE – EU
On Friday 27th April, the Alliance Française will pay homage to Francophone and French poet, author as well as politician, Aimé Césaire. The tribute is organised in collaboration with the National Francophonie Commission. Césaire was born in Martinique on 26th June 1913. His grandson will make a special appearance with a presentation of his life and works, which will be followed by a short film and exhibition.