Revue de presse du mardi 20 février 2018
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MARDI 20 FEVRIER 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
St Lucia News Online
Dominica has been named in a list of countries banned from voting in the United Nations General Assembly because of its failure to pay outstanding dues and contributions. UN Charter’s Article 19 clearly states that members who are in arrears of an amount that exceeds or equals a contribution due for two years can lose their vote in the General Assembly. The same article also makes exceptions if the member can show that conditions beyond its control contributed to the inability to pay. While Dominica has not issued any official statement on the matter, extraordinary circumstances surrounding the recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria impact may be a factor.
ECONOMIE – AFFAIRE - FINANCE
Dominica News Online
What may have seem to be a war among OECS Member countries to gain a competitive advantage for their respective citizenship by investment programmes has been dismissed by Prime Minister Skerrit. Skerrit who chaired the recently concluded 90th meeting of the ECCB Monetary Council says “there is no race to the bottom”. The OECS Heads are due to meet in Haiti later this month where they, with the exception of Saint Vincent, will move to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate, collaborate and organize their Citizenship by Investment Programmes.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE – ENERGIE
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has assured Dominicans of his Government’s commitment to develop a hydro-power plant in the country by 2019. He informed that the funding required has been secured and all negotiations with the World Bank on a financing package for the project has already concluded. Cabinet has already approved the financing proposals and it will be tabled in Parliament soon for approval. His government is a major contributor of the resources.
Barbados thrust to becoming one of the greenest economies in the western hemisphere is getting closer after having launched its multi-million dollar Deployment of Clean Fuels and Renewable Energies programme. The project which intends to enhance the country’s energy security and sustainability, is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank through a loan of USD34 million. The project should also result in a reduction in operation costs for the Barbados National Oil Company and the National Petroleum Corporation, which will oversee the project.