Revue de presse du mercredi 18 juillet 2018
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 18 JUILLET 2018
POLITIQUE – DIPLOMATIE – RELATIONS REGIONALES
Source : The St Kitts-Nevis Observer
Her Excellency Jasmine Huggins, St. Kitts and Nevis’ resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of China (Taiwan), has been accredited as the Federation’s Non-Resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan .She present her credentials to His Majesty, Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday 5th July 2018.
Source : Caribbean News Now
Venezuelans will now require a visa to enter Saint Lucia while Chinese nationals enjoy a waiver, following a Cabinet conclusion which considers the South American nation as a threat to then national security of the country and that China should enjoy most favoured economic and political status. However, holders of Venezuelan diplomatic and official passports will be exempted for such visa requirement.
Source : Now Grenada
Grenada joined in the rank of countries around the world which engage in more efficient border control practices, when it launched its ePassport yesterday. The upgrade is considered a milestone for the small Caribbean nation. The new ePassport is similar in appearance to the regular passport but the unique characteristic is the chip that is embedded in the cover. Grenada was the first CARICOM country to transition from handwritten to machine readable-passports in 2001, and is now the sixth Caribbean country to introduce ePassports, along with its neighbours Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, St Kitts-Nevis and St Vincent & the Grenadines
ENVIRONNEMENT – LOGEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
Source : Caribbean News Service
The issue of Sargussum is considered urgent because of the negative impact it is having not only on the tourism industry but the livelihood of many people across the region. Hence, at the end of the recent OECS Council of Ministers of Environment and Sustainability meeting which was held in Montserrat, Hon. Molwyn Joseph requested the assistance of Martinique to identify suitable equipment to deal with the issue. According to the Minister, the equipment is expected to arrive on island soon. Martinique is believed to be more experienced than its other neigbours in dealing with this matter.
FRANCE – UNION EUROPEENNE
Source : St Lucia News Online
In the margins of the Second EU-CELAC Foreign Ministers Meeting which took place in Brussels on 16-17 July 2018, financing agreements amounting to 30 million euros were signed with Dominica, Saint Lucia on behalf of CARIFORUM and Antigua & Barbuda respectively, to support post-hurricane recovery and construction efforts. Dominica receives €11 million for the implementation of its national recovery plan through budget support, the €5 million in favour of Antigua & Barbuda will support housing reconstruction for low income families and the €14 million for CARIFORUM will support CDEMA in further enhancing the region’s disaster preparedness and response capacity.
Source : The Voice
The Alliance Française de Sainte Lucie is hoping that more students in the Eastern Caribbean countries become proficient in the French language with the introduction of the DELF programme which translates to a Diploma in French Language Studies. The programme which is now being offered in St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Dominica and Antigua, give students a better opportunity to study in the French countries, especially since France boasts as being far cheaper than most countries. The Alliance is hoping that Grenada and St Kitts-Nevis will soon join the programme.