Covid-19: the government adapts state aid to the health situation in overseas territories

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In a letter, Sébastien Lecornu wished to "remind economic players of the support provided to them by the Government".

Many elected officials and representatives of the economic world such as Ary Chalus, president of the Guadeloupe Region and Serge Letchimy, president of the executive council of the Martinique community have drawn the attention of the Minister of Overseas Sébastien Lecornu, to the adaptation of economic aid emergency to the specific situation of the Overseas Territories, and formulated proposals in the matter. “Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, Guyana and French Polynesia have in fact been experiencing rapid and worrying changes in the health situation for several weeks.

As part of the state of health emergency, the State representative in each territory has established a certain number of restrictions adapted to the evolution of the health situation. These restrictions have an obvious impact on the activity of companies, in particular those in the tourism sector.

This is why the government has decided to adapt the emergency economic area measures to the specific situations which are currently those in the overseas territories. Particularly the partial activity compensated by the State, the “reinforced” solidarity fund for the sectors most affected by the health crisis (the first of which is the hotel and catering industry) and the “basic” solidarity fund for all. the other companies were renewed according to more advantageous terms than in the rest of the national territory ”specifies the Minister of Overseas Territories. "These measures represent a considerable and legitimate effort by national solidarity to enable overseas companies to cope with this new development of the Covid-19 crisis," said Sébastien Lecornu, who once again insisted on the value of vaccination. "In the longer term, the only solution to ensure the resumption of economic activity and social life is the vaccination of the entire population" concluded the Minister in his letter.

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