Revue de presse du mercredi 18 avril 2018
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 18 AVRIL 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
The St Kitts-Nevis Observer
In the margins of the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which is currently taking place in London, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis, Honourable Mark Brantley met with the Acting Foreign Affairs Minister of Swaziland, Honourable Mbuso Clement Dlamini, with the aim of fostering cooperation between the two countries. Brantley highlighted the similarities between the two nations.
Mara Thompson, a Saint Lucian national, who is also the widow of the late Prime Minister of Barbados, David Thompson, has announced that she is quitting active politics. Thompson, who won a special by-election on a Democratic Labour Party ticket in the Parish of St John after the death of her husband in 2010, says she is satisfied with her achievements those past years and is now focusing on taking care of herself and her daughters.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, during his statement at the recently held Eighth Summit of the Americas in Peru, says that he is in full support of anti-corruption efforts, but noted that extra rules and bureaucracy would make it hard for small countries like his to compete. He also implored the international community to recognize that transparency should not be so erroneous that it takes precedence over development.
ECONOMIE - AFFAIRE - FINANCE
I Witness News
A brand new network of interconnected airlines among the Antigua-based regional airline LIAT, French-owned Air Antilles and state-owned Sint Marteen based Winair is seeking to significantly reduce the cost of travel across the English, Dutch and French Caribbean. The travel project which is funded by INTERREG should foster free movement of people and boost economic growth in the region.
SECURITE - JUSTICE – DROITS HUMAINS
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
BVI Platinum News
After the September hurricanes, Saint Lucia accepted a total of 24 prisoners from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Turks and Caicos Island (TCI), as a result of the extensive damage caused to their respective prison facilities. Minister for National Security, Hermangild Francis, says the Government is ready to repatriate twenty-one of those hardened criminals back to the BVI. The Minister also confirmed that one of those prisoners has so far been repatriated to the TCI. He also disclosed that the travelling expenses of those inmates will not be borne by the government of Saint Lucia.
Caribbean News Now
Minister of Investment and Trade, Asot Michael, has announced that he is taking legal action Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Friesner, two online bloggers, for defamation. They claimed that when Michael was arrested in the United Kingdom, a number of blank valid Antiguan passports were found in his bags, a claim that the UK National Crime Agency has confirmed as false. Michael says Rijock and Friesner have carried out sustained smear campaigns against him and governments of the Caribbean. Rijock is also facing a lawsuit by Government officials of Dominica, including Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Francine Baron.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Osmond Petty, has confirmed that charges will be laid in the matter regarding an investigation into the beating and molesting of an inmate by three prison officers at her Majesty’s Prison in Basseterre. The inmate was reported to have been subsequently hospitalized. To date, prison officials have yet to confirm that the incident took place.
St Lucia Times
Last month, the names of six individuals whose citizenships and passports were revoked under the Citizenship by Investment Programme, were featured in the Saint Lucia Gazette, for having committed acts which may bring the country into disrepute. It is alleged that one of those individuals has been considering legal action against the Saint Lucian authorities.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
A Climate Change and Commonwealth forum was held yesterday in London within the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) came together for in-depth discussions on climate change and its varying impacts on member countries. The forum also sought to encourage the Leaders to demonstrate their goal of delivering a more sustainable future by setting more ambitious climate change goals and accelerated action by member countries.