Revue de presse du mercredi 06 juin 2018
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REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 06 JUIN 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
Source : The St Kitts-Nevis Observer
New Zealand’s High Commissioner to St Kitts and Nevis, Her Excellency Jan Anderson, has completed her duties in the region. The Ambassador paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Timothy Harris during which time she thanked him for his support and cooperation during her tenure. The Prime Minister for his part extended gratitude to the Ambassador for her many undertakings in the region.
ECONOMIE – AFFAIRE – FINANCE
Source : Barbados Today
In her hour-long Throne Speech for the grand opening of a new session of the House of Assembly, Governor General Dame Sandra Mason called on fellow Barbadians to face up to the grim economic reality facing the country at this time, while she also assured them that efforts will be made to ensure that the economic burden is shared fairly and does not fall on any one particular group of individuals.
Source : Caribbean News Now
Prime Minister Gaston Browne earlier this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the People’s Republic of China on bilateral cooperation on the Silk Road Economic Belt and Silk Road Initiative. The latter is a foreign policy initiative of the Chinese Government to invest in the infrastructural development of many nations. Antigua and Barbuda now becomes one of the first countries in the OECS to formally sign the initiative.
Source : Caribbean News Service
The newly elected Mia Mottley Administration has started discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as it prepares to restructure the country’s high debt. Yesterday, a delegation from the international financial institution, led by Bert Van Slem, met with the Prime Minister as well as members of her economic team.
Source : Dominica Vibes
Founder of Range Developments Mohammed Asaria who has business interest in Dominica and St Kitts & Nevis has dispelled as “fake news” that he was arrested and detained in China on suspicion of financial wrongdoing. The story which was published by an online news company based in St Vincent and the Grenadines has since been retracted and an apology has been issued to Asaria and Range Developments. The company is responsible for developing Park Hyatt St Kitts Christophe Harbour and the Cabrits Resort in Dominica.
SECURITE – JUSTICE –DROITS HUMAINS
Source : Dominica News Online
Three Chinese nationals who served nearly two years in prison for theft have been released and deported to China. The men, who arrived in Dominica in July 2016, were sentenced by a judge for the theft of a significant amount of cash from ATM machines of the National Bank of Dominica (NBD). After a search of their hotel room, ATM skimmers, magnetic strip cards, writing devices and laptop computers were retrieved.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Source : Caribbean News Now
Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. Orlando Smith, says international law firm Withers has been engaged by the Government of the British overseas territory to advise on a legal challenge to any attempt by the United Kingdom to impose a public register of beneficial ownership through an Order in Council. The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act contains a provision which purports to mandate the imposition of publicly accessible registers of beneficial ownership of companies registered in British Overseas Territories (including the BVI) by 31 December 2020.
ENVIRONNEMENT – ENERGIE – LOGEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
Source : I Witness News
In response to a question from the Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition Godwin Friday, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves provided an update on the status of the project during a Parliament sitting on May 24, notifying that the commercial operation date of the geothermal power plant is three years behind schedule, which is an entire decade after it was conceived. The Prime Minister said the project is estimated at US$91 million, excluding transmission lines.
Source : St Lucia Times
Weeks after Cabinet approved the National Energy Transitions Strategy (NETS), which provides a guide to the energy options available for the country to pursue sustainable energy, Ministers were briefed on the next phase of the Geothermal Resource Development Project which is the exploratory drilling. The World Bank and other global partners have made available US$22.5 million in concessional and grant funding to embark on the next phase.