Revue de presse du lundi 12 mars 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 12 MARS 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
Speaker of the House of Assembly Leonne Theodore-John has resigned from the position effective 1st March 2018. Speculation about her resignation or dismissal has been making the waves for weeks, which she repeatedly dismissed. Reports are that she is due to take up a new position with the country’s High Commission office in London at the end of this month.
Friday was the Special Polling Day for police officers. The Parliamentary Elections Office reported a high turnout of police voters. Reports are that between 50% and 75% had already casted their ballots by midday. While Grenadians are scheduled to vote on 13 March 2018 to elect a new Government, the elections regulations make provisions for the lawmen to vote ahead of the general election day.
ECONOMIE – AFFAIRE - FINANCE
I Witness News
To date, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines is the only independent member state of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States without a citizenship by investment programme. The Ralph Gonsalves-led Unity Labour Party Administration and the main opposition New Democratic Party have been divided on the issue. Nevertheless, the President of the Public Service Union (PSU) says he is endorsing the programme with the hope that it will relieve the tax burden on the citizens.
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank convened a two-day meeting last week to explore the future of the social security systems within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). An overview of the challenges faced by Social Security Boards and ways to mitigate risk, ensure the safety of funds and grow the investment portfolios were present to the participating delegates.
SECURITE - JUSTICE - DROITS HUMAINS
I Witness News
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will have a new President in the person of Vincentian judge, Justice Adrian Saunders, in replacement of Sir Dennis Byron. Saunders will become the third president of the Court which was set up in 2001, to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court. He served in various capacities at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) and was also sworn a judge of the CCJ in 2005.
National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has vowed to take television talk show host Christopher Hunte, who was also a Consultant in the last Labour Administration, to court. Hunte reportedly made certain allegations and statements indicating that the there was a cabinet conclusion with then names of certain individuals, including the wife of the Minister, which was sent to the Commissioner of Police, for promotion. According to the Minister, cabinet does not engage in promotion policy. Francis also says he does not want an apology from Hunte.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
Dominica News Online
The Climate Resilience Executing Agency for Dominica (CREAD) was officially launched last Friday during which the Head of the Department for International Development (DFID) Colleen Wainright disclosed that the Government of the United Kingdom will assist Dominica in becoming the first climate resilient nation in the world by providing the country with £65 million in the coming years.
Caribbean News Now
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has been at the forefront of a number of initiatives aimed at assisting its members in realising their renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. In that light, a two-day meeting themed the OECS Energy Policy Implementation Dialogue : Transforming Development through Sustainable Development was held in Saint Lucia from March 7 to 8.
Speaking at the official launch of the Climate Resilience Executing Agency for Dominica (CREAD) last week, Operation’s Officer of the World Bank, Karlene Francis, says the Bank will provide Dominica with US$17 million for the development of a geothermal plant. The Government has already announced plans to establish a seven megawatt geothermal plant estimated to cost US$40 million.
FRANCE – EU
Caribbean News Now
When the European Union Finance Ministers meet tomorrow in Brussels for their regular monthly meeting, the decision by European Union tax experts to blacklist Saint Kitts & Nevis is set to be endorsed. At that same meeting, Saint Lucia, which appeared on the blacklist issued in December 2017, is expected to be delisted.