Advertising Business CDB 

MOH Expressions of Interest: Consultancy- Road Sector Development Master Plan

GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING SECOND ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE REHABILITATION AND INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING CONSULTANCY – ROAD SECTOR DEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST The Government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB) has applied for financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of Road Infrastructural Rehabilitation and Institutional Capacity Building and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued.  Payments by CDB will be made only at…

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Business Technology 

CISCO and DIGICEL Frame Agreement to Accelerate Digital Transformation in the Caribbean, Central America

Cisco, the worldwide technology leader, and Digicel, a major telecommunication services provider covering a wide territory in the Caribbean, have signed a Caribbean Countries Digitalization the “Frame Agreement”) outlining their objectives and strategic plans for accelerating the digital agenda and existing digitization policies for 26 countries in the Caribbean and Central America. Under the Frame Agreement, the two companies will collaborate to develop a digitization vision for each country for both the immediate and the long term, defining areas for implementation and specific projects, such as Healthcare/Telemedicine, Smart Cities, and…

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Business Economic Tax 

ABST Wavier For the Christmas

Christmas may come earlier for shoppers as Prime Minister Gaston Browne intends to wave the 15% Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax for the weekend of December 15th. Though the official announcement has not been made, PM Browne is said to have commented on the initiative which usually gives shoppers a sales break for the Christmas season. According to news sources an official statement on the initiative will take place soon indicating the weekend of the 15th as a tax break for shoppers in Antigua. However, the traditional Christmas dollar barrel…

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Business Economic Foreign Affairs Politics Regional News 

Antigua and Barbuda granted temporary pass on New EU Tax Haven Blacklist

Seventeen (17) countries around the world were blacklisted as tax havens by the European Union. On that list, several Caribbean islands were named including Antigua and Barbuda, but have received a temporary pass because of the hard hitting effects of the hurricanes this year. The other islands which received the temporary passes are Anguilla, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos and the US Virgin Islands. According to caribbean360news, they have until next year to deal with the issues, the EU said. “For…

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Business Environment 

Private Sector targeted for Climate Change Engagement Luncheon at Government House

Stakeholder engagement is key to the development of climate change adaptation and mitigation programs in Antigua and Barbuda. This is why the two-day mission trip by the Green Climate Fund to the twin islands on December 11 and 12th is so important, particularly for businesses interested in aligning with this niche sector. On Tuesday 12 December Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, will be hosting a luncheon for the private sector on the Government House lawns. This luncheon seeks to engage the financial sector, banks and insurance…

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Business Community Development 

Public Consultation for Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project

The Ministry of Works and Housing’s Project Implementation Management Unit will be holding a public consultation for members of the Friar’s Hill Road business community to discuss the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project. The consultation will take place at the Multipurpose Cultural Center on Wednesday, December 6 at 6pm.  Project Coordinator, Mr. Dennis Cudjoe said: “With road works scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2018, this is a great opportunity for business owners to learn more about the project and voice their concerns.” Stakeholder…

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Business Economic Foreign Affairs Tourism 

Honourable H. Charles Fernandez attends IMO Conference in London

The Honourable H. Charles Fernandez, Minister of Tourism, Foreign Affairs and Immigration, is presently attending the 30th Regular Session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which commenced 27th November and will conclude on 6th December at its Headquarters in London. Minister Fernandez addressed the Assembly during the opening ceremony on Tuesday, and expressed solidarity with the Governments of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Iraq and the Argentine Republic in the wake of catastrophes experienced within all territories. The Minister further elaborated on…

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Business Economic Politics Tourism 

Sandals Welcomes Auditors, Calls For Full Transparency

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) welcomes the recent announcement by Prime Minister Gaston Browne that his Government intends to utilize international tax auditors to monitor the finances of, as he put it, “Sandals and other corporate entities in Antigua and Barbuda.” In fact Sandals has been doing this very same thing for years, utilizing first Price Waterhouse, and most recently Grant Thornton as our auditors, two of the highest rated auditing firms in the world, and there has never been an issue with respect to us meeting our financial obligations and…

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Business CARICOM Economic Foreign Affairs Regional News Technology 

Russia in the Caribbean – A New Dawn; First ever joint Russian/Eurasian-Caribbean economic, media and academic forum

November perhaps represents a new ‘Dawn’ for the Caribbean, with humble beginnings in the spice isle of Grenada, with one of the most powerful nations in the world – Russia tabling an interesting proposal. So, what was Russia doing in the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada? Ushering a New Dawn of course. This is the intrepid title given to a full day forum with some of the biggest names in academia, media and economic entities. The event saw regional journalist, Russian academia, tech and financial businessmen from Russia, USA and…

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Business Economic 

Victims of Allen Stanford’s $7B Ponzi Scheme Will Wait Years to Be Repaid

At first glance, the effort to recover money for victims of Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi scheme looks a bit like Jarndyce and Jarndyce, the endless chancery court case satirized in Charles Dickens’ book, “Bleak House.” Stanford, you’ll recall, was convicted by a Houston jury in 2012 for swindling investors and sentenced to 110 years in prison. Eight years into the case, with no end in sight, the receivership set up in Dallas federal court to unwind Stanford’s fraud has turned up only a small percentage of investors’ lost billions….

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