Revue de presse du lundi 26 mars 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU LUNDI 26 MARS 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
United Progressive Party (UPP) lone candidate at the elections, Jamale Pringle, is the Leader of the Opposition in Antigua. Pringle who was sworn in last Friday, narrowly defeated Colin James, the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party candidate, by only ten votes last week, in a UPP stronghold.
Dominica News Online
Finland has a new Ambassador to Dominica in the person of His Excellency Jukka Pietikainen. The Ambassador presented his credentials to His Excellency Charles Savarin, President of the Commonwealth of Dominica last week. Despite the geographical distance between the two countries, Pietikainen remains committed to sharing their warm relations. He also expressed his solidarity with the Government and the people as they recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
SECURITE – JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
The Regional Security System (RSS) Council of Ministers Meeting was held in Saint Lucia last week, during which time the organisation was recognised by the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union for its efforts at foiling crime in the region. In the midst of all the praise, the organisation was reminded by outgoing Chairman, Hermangild Francis, Home Affairs and National Security Minister of Saint Lucia, of the need to build resilience in light of the devastation caused to some countries of the sub-region by two major hurricanes last year.
SOCIETE - INFORMATION
Caribbean News Now
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information and Broadcasting says it’s time for rules and structure for the media industry. The Minister, who is a former journalist, describes the industry as “directionless”. The statements were made during his presentation at the budget debate last week. He noted that there seem to be no clear standards as to what media houses and journalists are to abide by. According to the Minister, the Government intends to finalize a draft broadcasting bill for which consultation will start soon.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
The St Kitts-Nevis Observer
Following Hurricane Irma last year, UK Prime Minister Theresa May met with Anguilla’s Chief Minister Victor Banks in November when she promised Banks a reconstruction loan of sixty million British pounds. That promise has now been dulled by bureaucratic gloom as Banks is being told now that the grant has two conditions ; the British dependency has to submit a budget proposal that is default proof and if not, to submit the Territory to the stewardship of a UK Government financial advisor.
St Lucia Star
As one of the 195 signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement, which focuses mainly on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, Saint Lucia is pursuing geothermal energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. Now that the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) to begin geothermal exploration has been completed, the Government has collaborated with the World Bank for financing of the drilling exercise.
FRANCE - EU
The CARIFORUM private sector is gearing up to receive grant funds from the Caribbean Export Development Agency and the European Union, under the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS), a funding facility which was specifically designed to provide financial assistance to legally registered firms and individuals with the potential to export their products and services.
St Lucia Times
Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, one of the first officers to respond to the attack on the supermarket in the South of France, has been hailed a hero by President Macron, in giving his life to end a deadly plan of a jihadi terrorist. The President noted that he died in the service of the nation to which he had already given so much.
The Caribbean Association of Banks Inc. (CAB) based in Saint Lucia has joined the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in calling on the governments of the region to assess the deficiencies identified by the European Union for the reason behind its decision to include a number of its member countries as tax havens.