Politics 

PM Browne a Featured Speaker at Global Citizen Forum in Montenegro

Prime Minister the Honourable Gaston Browne, today begins a two-day engagement in the Balkans, where he is one of the featured speakers at a Global Citizen Forum organized by Armand Arton, Antigua and Barbuda’s Economic Envoy, entrepreneur, philanthropist  and founder of Arton Capital, a leading global financial advisory firm specializing in investor programmes for residency and citizenship. Prime Minister Browne is among international speakers and philanthropists including Cherie Blair, wife of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and founder of the Cherie Blair Women’s Foundation; Her Excellency Jeannette Kagame, First…

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Politics 

PM Browne Had ‘Busy Two Days’ in Washington

Prime Minister the Honourable Gaston Browneon Friday commenced a busy two-days of activities in Washington while attending the IMF/World Bank annual meetings. Early Friday, Prime Minister Browne accompanied by Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Governance, Senator Lennox Weston; Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders; Financial Secretary Whitfield Harris and Deputy Financial Secretary Rasona Davis-Crump met with the World Bank Regional Director for the Caribbean, Tahseen Sayed and held discussions on the rebuilding programme on Barbuda and the Antigua and Barbuda economy. The country’s leader also signed the Agreement for…

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Economic Politics 

PM Reproaches Developed Countries Over Financing

Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne electrified a gathering of representatives of international agencies and governments in Washington DC on Saturday by reproaching developed states for undermining the development of small states by the withdrawal of correspondent banking relations. The Prime Minister was speaking at a Small States Forum organised by the World Bank as part of the week of meetings of the Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Mr Browne told the Forum. “it is unconscionable that developed states, which control the international payment system, have increased the vulnerability…

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Politics 

Parliament to Debate Seven Bills when it meets Today

Seven Bills are down for debate when the Lower House of Parliament meets today. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance the Hon. Gaston Browne will move the second and third readings of the Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, the Delimitation of Maritime Space (Antigua and Barbuda and the Republic of France in the Caribbean Region) (Ratification of Agreement) Bill and the Tax Administration and Procedure Bill, 2017 The Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill amend the original Act of 2006 to make it possible for the Registrar to…

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Politics 

PM Browne Vindicated

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne noted he has once again been vindicated in a defamation claim he asserted following the publication of an article by Spanish newspaper, El País, which was in turn referred to by the BBC in Britain in a story earlier this month on the Odebrecht bribery scandal. The BBC has now removed its earlier reference to the original El Pais story that reported an unsubstantiated allegation about Browne and added the following correction: Correction 26 September 2017: This article has been amended to remove a reference to…

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Development Disaster Management Economic Politics Regional News 

ECCB Distributes EC$1M Grants to two Member Countries Impacted by Hurricane Irma

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is standing firmly with its member countries that have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Bank has disbursed a grant of EC$1 million each to the Governments of Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda to support relief and early recovery. A delegation from the ECCB visited Anguilla on September 13 in solidarity and support. The delegation, which included the ECCB Monetary Council Member for St Kitts and Nevis, Prime Minister the Honourable Dr Timothy Harris and Governor Timothy N. J. Antoine, met with Chief Minister…

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Politics 

Tourism Minister Congratulates Prime Ministers Browne and Skerrit on UNGA Presentations

Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy Minister the Honourable Asot A. Michael has commended Dominica’s Prime Minister the Hon. Rosevelt Skerrit and Prime Minister Gaston Browne for their direct and incisive statements at the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York. “It is my hope that Prime Minister Skerrit’s call for the world to recognize that climate change is real and outlining that the time is now for the world to take action to protect small island states like Dominica and Antigua resonated with the entire world.  We are very…

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Politics Regional News 

Maria Bird-Browne joins regional First Ladies to address Women and children’s issues

Antigua and Barbuda’s First Lady, Mrs. Maria Bird Browne has pledged to work with Caribbean First Ladies to address major issues affecting women, adolescents and children in the region. Mrs. Maria Bird Browne, wife of Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne recently attended the launch of the Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) in Belize, designed to tackle issues relating to the well-being and health of women, children and adolescents in the Caribbean. “SCLAN has identified four pillars for action to include the reduction of adolescent pregnancy, raising HPV…

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Politics 

National Statement of Antigua and Barbuda at the United Nations – Hon. Gaston A. Browne

National Statement by the Honourable Gaston A. Browne Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda at the 72nd  United Nations General Assembly Thursday, 21st September 2017 Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, Distinguished Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen. On September 6th, my small, two-island State, Antigua and Barbuda, was the victim of the ferocity of Hurricane Irma, the largest storm ever endured in the Atlantic in human history. The island of Barbuda was decimated; its entire population left homeless; and its buildings reduced to empty shells. Fortunately, Antigua and Barbuda was spared the full blast…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

PM Browne to Focus World’s Attention on Climate Change and its Effects on the Caribbean in UN Presentation

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne will focus the world’s attention on Climate Change and its effects on the Caribbean when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. The country’s leader, before departing Antigua on Wednesday, said that his primary objective is to speak about the devastation of Barbuda and to rally the support of the international community for the island. “I will also be speaking to the issue of Climate Change.  Climate Change is real. We recognize that in some quarters they are arguing against the issue…

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