Revue de presse du mercredi 28 février 2018
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU MERCREDI 28 FEVRIER 2018
POLITIQUE - DIPLOMATIE
St Lucia Times
In what he asserts as merely a realignment to strengthen the execution of his government’s work programme, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced that he intends to amend his current cabinet of ministers. He disclosed that the Public Service portfolio which he now holds will be handed to a new minister. Chastanet also made it abundantly clear that this is not a sign to show dissatisfaction in any one person nor is he cutting anyone from the cabinet.
The People’s Republic of China has made a donation worth $6 million of equipment to the Barbados Defence Force (BDF). The donation which comprises 4x4 vehicles, a mobile kitchen, a refrigerator van, a tractor and a vessel, will enhance the Force’s disaster preparedness and response capabilities to effect search and rescue operations, flood relief and distress response operations, in time for the next hurricane season which is predicted to be an active one.
During his remarks at the Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Port au Prince earlier this week, outgoing Chairman who is also the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, slammed the European Union for blacklisting some of CARICOM member states, including Grenada, for refusing to co-operate with the EU’s crackdown on tax havens. St Lucia, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago were also named on that list.
Acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy has announced that a European Union (EU) funded consultancy aimed at improving productivity and performance in the public sector is in the works for Barbados. Sealy did not say how much the European Union was injecting into the programme nor did he say when it would begin.
The Third Council of Ministers of Education of the OECS opened yesterday in the French overseas department of Martinique where representatives from most of the member countries were present. The meeting held under the theme “Equity and access for all” is aimed at the continuation of the commitments towards the harmonisation of standards and programmes of education among OECS Member States.
DFA (FRENCH OVERSEAS DEPARTMENTS)
Caribbean News Now
The “chlordecone” scandal has once again resurfaced in the French West Indies. The pesticide which was banned in Europe and the United States of America in the 1980s was still being used in Martinique and Guadeloupe. Officials from the latter countries recently met with the Minister for Overseas France to put in place measures to protect the islands populations from the effects of pesticides.