Revue de presse du lundi 07 mai 2018

AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE

REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 07 MAI 2018

POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE

BARBADOS

It’s Nomination Day for Barbados

Source : Nation News

Over the course of today, Nomination Day, a record number of candidates are expected to hand in their nomination papers. The number is significantly higher than the amount who participated in the 2013 general elections. The two main parties, the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party, are both expected to present a full slate of candidates.

CARICOM

CARICOM foreign ministers discuss US relations, post-Brexit strategy

Source : I Witness News

Relations with the United States of America and Canada, as well as cooperation with multilateral organisations such as the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) are some of the matters expected to be discussed during the 21st Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations scheduled to take place in the Bahamas from May 7 to 8. The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) engagement with the United Kingdom post-Brexit will also be a major item on the agenda.

SAINT KITTS

St Kitts Parliament passes Freedom of Information Bill

Source : Nation News

After much debate between Members of Parliament in the Federation, the Freedom of Information Bill was successfully passed into law. The Bill is to promote maximum disclosure of information in the public interest, to guarantee the right of everyone to access to information, to provide for effective mechanisms to secure that right and for related matters. Mover of the Bill, Attorney General Vincent Byron, says the enactment, implementation and application of this legislation marks a new era of openness and greater transparency in the country.

ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE – FINANCE

OECS

Dr. Ralph Gonsalves : Citizenship, not a commodity for sale

Source : Antigua Observer

Over the years, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent, Dr Ralph Gonsalves has continued to maintain his opposition to the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP), with his country being the only Eastern Caribbean country without the programme. Gonsalves, who is in disagreement with his other OECS colleagues on the matter, firmly believes that citizenship should not be for sale. He also noted that it is a question of principle.

SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS

SAINT LUCIA

Lambirds CEO wants PM’s protection in fight to save his name

Source : The Voice

Human Rights International (HRI) has called on Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to do what’s right by Dr Iftekhar Shams, Chief Executive Officer of Lambird’s Academy. Dr Shams was incarcerated for several charges of human trafficking, money laundering and obtaining property by deception. The cases against him were dismissed and he has since filed a claim against the Government for wrongful imprisonment and malicious prosecution. The international organisation is also requesting that a CIP passport be issued to Dr Shams.

DOMINICA

Dominica to get Assistant Commissioner of Police

Source : Dominica News Online

During the debate on the Police Amendment Act last week, Minister for National Security Rayburn Blackmore announced that Dominica will appoint an Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of crime prevention, crime reduction, crime intelligence and forensic management. According to the Minister, Dominica is the only country with such rank.

FRANCE – UNION EUROPEENNE

SAINT VINCENT

St Vincent gets $3M EU grant

Source : I Witness News

In order to support the Government in implementing programmes under the country’s cooperation strategy, the European Union signed a grant agreement with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the amount of EC$3 million (equivalent to 900 000 euros). The funds will go towards the effective implementation of programmes in the health, agricultural and transportation sectors, not forgetting their common aim to reduce the country’s vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters.

SAINT KITTS

Zareef Dias takes Paris trip

Source : The St Kitts-Nevis Observer

In March the Alliance Française officially launched a signing competition among high school students of the Federation. More than 30 students registered from which fifteen (15) finalists were selected. They were to sing one of thirty (30) pre-selected French songs, out of which Zareef Dias emerged victorious, with the top prize of a seven day all-inclusive trip for two to Paris.

Dernière modification : 07/05/2018

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