Revue de presse du mardi 03 avril 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU MARDI 03 AVRIL 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
The Government of Trinidad & Tobago has apologised to Dominica for the position it took at a recent meeting of the Organisation of American States ‘OAS) when the island asked for a waiver of fees as it reconstructs in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs of Trinidad said the position is not aligned with its actions, policy or orientation towards Dominica. It also said an investigation into the matter is now underway.
Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, Honourable Allen Chastanet, will table the Appropriation Bill 2018/2019 and deliver the Budget Address at 4:00 PM today under the theme “Building Resilience Today to secure our Future.” The public will be updated on Government’s policy direction and sustainable programmes for the year ahead and on how Saint Lucia is being placed in a position to adapt, recover and succeed.
ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE - FINANCE
Caribbean News Now
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that the economy of Antigua & Barbuda has recovered from an extended crisis, as it congratulated Gaston Browne on his victory at the recent polls. However, the Director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the financial institution, Alejandro Werner, notes that country continues to face important challenges. The Browne led Labour Party Government recently settled a loan at the IMF which was taken under the previous Unity Progressive Party (UPP) Administration.
Caribbean News Now
Saint Kitts & Nevis citizenship programme is once again making headlines, this time with an Iranian national, Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad, who is allegedly involved in a scheme to evade US economic sanctions against Iran, to defraud the United States and to commit money laundering and Bank Fraud. Sadr, Chairman of a Malta-based Pilatus Bank, was arrested on 19 March 2018 and is said to have obtained Kittitian passport through the citizenship firm of Henley & Partners. The latter is also promoting the citizenship by investments (CBI) programmes in Grenada and Saint Lucia.
FRANCE – EU
St Lucia News Online
Britain is due to leave the European Union by March 2019 and thereafter will return to their blue British passports which will replace the standard Burgundy European Union ones, which is seen as a hugely symbolic reclamation of UK sovereignty. However, there is controversy as to where and who will be making those passports. A British firm “De La Rue” is preparing to issue a legal challenge to the preliminary decision to award the contract to a Franco-Dutch manufacturer.