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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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Foreign Affairs Legal 

AG in Santo Domingo

Public Safety Minister the Hon Steadroy Cutie Benjamin recently returned to Antigua and Barbuda where he attended the 7th Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue, under the theme “Towards a More Effective Partnership and Integration for Citizens Security”. Several Topics were discussed to include, Regional Collaboration for Law Enforcement and Combating Transnational Organized Crime; Crime and Violence Prevention; National Disasters and Lesson Learned; Enhancing Maritime Security Cooperation and Caribbean International Partners Coordination Efforts. Minister Benjamin was very impressed with the meeting on a whole and its effectiveness and noted that during…

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Foreign Affairs 

PRIME MINISTER WELCOMES NEW PANAMANIAN AMBASSADOR

His Excellency Jesus Sierra Victoria, the Permanent Representative of Panama to the Organisation of American States (OAS), on Monday presented his Letter of Credence to His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, officially accrediting him as the Ambassador of Panama to Antigua and Barbuda. After the presentation of credentials, Ambassador Sierra Victoria paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Prime Minister Browne extended a warm welcome to the Panamanian Ambassador, and affirmed that, “Antigua and Barbuda, and Panama maintain excellent…

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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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Climate Change Development Foreign Affairs 

UK stands by Caribbean and Overseas Territories as they build back better after hurricanes

On her first overseas visit International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has reaffirmed that the UK stands by those Overseas Territories and independent Commonwealth Caribbean countries devastated by the recent hurricanes and seen how British aid is helping to rebuild people’s lives. The International Development Secretary accompanied His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales during a visit to the British Virgin Islands and Dominica, where she thanked British humanitarian heroes and the military for working tirelessly on the relief efforts on the worst-hit islands. She also visited Antigua and Barbuda. The…

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Disaster Management Foreign Affairs 

UK “Must” Pledge Long-Term Support for Barbuda after Hurricane Irma – PM Demands

The UK Government must do more to help Barbuda rebuild for the long term after Hurricane Irma, Labour says after a meeting with the Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, Shadow International Development Secretary Kate Osamor and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP met Prime Minister Browne and High Commissioner Karen-Mae Hill on Monday to get an update on the latest situation on the island. Barbuda was entirely evacuated after the hurricane in September and requires $250 million to rebuild its infrastructure. In the longer…

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Foreign Affairs 

Antigua and Barbuda Establishes Diplomatic Relations with the Cook Islands

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Government of the Cook Islands formalised diplomatic relations during a ceremony at the High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda in London on 9th November 2017. The High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Karen-Mae Hill and the Foreign Secretary of the Cook Islands Tepaeru Herrmann, signed a joint communique establishing diplomatic relations between the two states. Following the ceremony, High Commissioner Hill and Foreign Secretary Herrmann discussed a range of areas of common interest between the two countries and potential areas of co-operation….

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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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Foreign Affairs 

Asot Holds Bilateral Cooperation Talks with US Embassy Officials

Minster of Tourism Hon Asot A. Michael along with members of his senior technical team met with a delegation from the US Embassy which included Eric Jacobstein and Eddie Acevedo from the House Foreign Affairs committee in Washington DC, along with Laura Griesmer Counselor Deputy Chief of Mission and Political/Economic Officer Julie Limoges based at the US Embassy in Barbados. The United States – Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 a bill sponsored by Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel was a formal US policy designed to increase engagement with the Governments…

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Development Foreign Affairs 

PM Browne Confers with Moroccan Ambassador

Prime Minister the Honourable Gaston Browne received the representative of Morocco, Ambassador Abderrahim Kadmiri, among a series of diplomatic appointments Monday. Ambassador Kadmiri brought a message of sympathy and solidarity from King Mohammed VI regarding the passage of the recent storms, and the assurance that Morocco would do what it can to assist with relief and recovery. Regarding recovery, Ambassador Kadmiri explained that, on the instructions of King Mohammed VI, the Government of Morocco had dispatched a C-130 cargo plane with relief supplies to the disaster area. This plane was off-loaded…

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