Business Economic Politics 

Antigua & Barbuda, United Arab Emirates Sign Green Barbuda Energy Project

The governments of Antigua and Barbuda and the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement aimed at enabling Barbuda’s transition to green energy. The agreement, was signed today by the Honorable Asot Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy. The project will see the installation of a modern 800kw hybrid solar photovoltaic battery system. Energy from the plant will be fed into the grid and will interface with other renewable and conventional power facilities providing electricity in Barbuda. In signing the agreement, Minister Michael commended the continuing interest…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

AMBASSADOR SANDERS MEETS EMERGENCY AGENCIES AND MAJOR COUNTRIES ABOUT BARBUDA

Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and the Organisation of American States (OAS), Sir Ronald Sanders, this morning met the Inter-American Emergency Aid Committee and representatives of major countries to discuss the impact on Barbuda of Hurricane Irma. The meetings took place in Washington DC at the headquarters of the OAS. The Ambassador made emotive presentations to the representatives of both groups who were visibly moved by a video presentation of the destruction of Barbuda and the evacuation of all its residents to Antigua. The Emergency Aid Committee…

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Disaster Management Politics Tourism 

Barbuda Tragedy Takes Political Turn with Tourism Minister Blasting Opposition MPs

Minister of Parliament for the constituency of St. Peter in Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Asot Michael on Monday blasted the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) for “deeply wounding the interest of the residents of Barbuda by ignoring the Constitution and illegally passing the Barbuda Land Act of 2007”. During his contribution to the special sitting of Parliament held to ratify the state of emergency on the Sister Isle of Barbuda, the Hon. Minister highlighted the fact that “the Barbuda Land Act of 2007 is completely deceitful and dishonest because…

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Politics 

Democratic ObserverEncouraged, Welcomed in Electoral Process, Says Free and Fair Elections League

In a letter to the Free and Fair Election League Inc., the Supervisor of Elections acknowledged receipt of the League’s Report on the Local Government Elections in Barbuda and stated that the presence of the domestic observers is encouraged in the democratic process. The Supervisor expressed gratitude to Bishop Rolston Jeffrey and George Rick James, of the Free and Fair Election League, for their role in observing and monitoring the local Election of March 2017. In its report on the Barbuda Local Government Elections, the League’s Observer Team concluded that…

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Politics 

UPP Rejects Astaphan Cabinet Advisory

PRESS RELEASE: The UPP dismisses the ABLP’s latest move in avoiding a full public inquiry as blatant obfuscation. It is also, for numerous reasons, no less ludicrous than the previous recommendation that the ONDCP determine if a Public Inquiry is warranted. The fact is: the ONDCP itself also has questions to answer as to its handling of requests for cooperation from the Brazilian government. Attorney Anthony Astaphan has acted – and currently serves – as Gaston Browne’s personal lawyer in multiple matters and has even campaigned on behalf of the ABLP. He thus has a severe…

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Legal Politics 

UPP Hails CCJ Referendum Abandonment

PRESS RELEASE: The UPP hails the recently announced abandonment of the CCJ Referendum, as incontrovertible proof that the will of the People always prevails. This conclusion has emerged, in spite of numerous attempts by the ABLP administration to force the issue, without providing for equal airing of both viewpoints on the CCJ. The UPP and a majority of the population showed a preference for a multi-issue referendum, since the need for comprehensive constitutional reform has been long over due. To that end, Senator Harold Lovell made initial suggestions on several noncontentions constitional changes in his 18th…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

Sir Ronald Sanders Meets with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Antigua and Barbuda and Canada took a further step in strengthening relations between the two countries Monday, when Canadian  Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, received Antigua and Barbuda’s non- resident High Commissioner, Sir Ronald Sanders. Sir Ronald presented a letter from Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, to Prime Minister Trudeau. The Antigua and Barbuda High Commissioner and the Prime Minister discussed a number of matters of interest to both countries, including the effects of Climate Change  and Global warming.  Prime Minister Trudeau assured Sir Ronald of the Canadian government’s commitment to working…

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Politics 

PM Browne Holds Talks With President of Chile

Prime Minister the Honourable Gaston Browne joined his OECS colleagues over the weekend in St Lucia for a meeting with the President of Chile Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet. President Bachelet is on a swing through the Caribbean and met several of the OECS Heads for talks on Friday. In addition to host Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, the OECS side included the President of Dominica HE Charles Savarin. OECS Director-General Dr Didacus Jules was also in attendance. The discussions centered on strengthening the cooperation between Chile and the OECS member states…

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CIP - Citizenship by Investment Economic Politics 

UPP Says Lower CIP Fees Weaken the ‘Brand’ and Eliminate The Chance Of Restoring Visa-Free Access

The decision by the ABLP government to lower the processing fees for the CIP will ignite a price war among OECS countries and is likely to jeopardize and accelerate the decline of the program throughout the region. This price discount strategy, cited by the UPP as merely a desperate, “knee jerk” reaction that is likely to backfire, is aimed at increasing market share and maintaining the administration’s “cash grab” posture. With significant negative fall out associated with the recent elimination of Antigua and Barbuda’s visa-free access to Canada, the UPP maintains the position that the country’s CIP…

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Politics Tourism 

UPP Calls For Resignation of Tourism Minister

Despite forecasts for record levels of visitors for Antigua’s 60th Anniversary of Carnival, stay over arrivals to Antigua and Barbuda continue on a downward trajectory. The latest statistics for the month of July show a 10% decline across all markets, indicating that the projected arrivals did not meet expectations. The UPP is extremely concerned about this unprecedented decline in tourism arrivals for successive months in 2017. The party cites lack of expertise, poor planning and marketing execution on the part of the Festivals Commission and the ABTA, as major contributing factors to this already declining trend….

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