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PM Browne tells regional CIP operators not to rest on their laurels

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne has told regional Citizenship by Investment Programme operators that they should not rest on their laurels now that the programmes are highly respected around the world. Prime Minister Browne was speaking at the two-day Caribbean Investment Summit in Saint Kitts and Nevis on Thursday.  The Summit addressed such issues as Hurricane Proof Banking, collaboration, standardization and other issues such as de-risking and cybersecurity. During his presentation Prime Minister Browne noted that the achievements by regional CIP’s including Antigua and Barbuda which was recently ranked number…

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Foreign Affairs 

Antigua and Barbuda Participates in the 37th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Antigua and Barbuda participated in the 37th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean held last weekend in Havana, Cuba under the mantra “Caribbean First”. The membership gathered for the fulfillment of two main objectives, namely consideration of the most pressing economic and social development issues for the countries of the region; and to review the progress made by the Commission. The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration E. P. Chet Greene in making his contribution extended warm greetings from Prime Minister, Hon. Gaston Browne and indicated…

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Crime & Police ONDCP 

Over Three Hundred Thousand Dollars Worth of Drugs Found

On Tuesday, 15th May 2018, the ONDCP intercepted a Dominican male and an Antiguan female, both residents of All Saints, with illicit drugs during another successful counter-narcotic operation. The 49-year-old male and the 33-year-old female were detained and questioned. A search warrant was subsequently executed on a residence in the Lindsey area where another quantity of Cannabis was discovered. The drugs carry a total weight of 90.9lbs with an estimated wholesale value of Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Three Hundred and Sixty EC Dollars ($360,360.00 ECD). A cash amount of…

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Politics 

Asot Michael resigns but undaunted: Vows to fight on

Asot Michael, the Parliamentary Representative of St Peter’s, has announced that he has submitted a letter of resignation as a Minister to Prime Minister Gaston Browne, effective from 15 May 2018. In his letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Michael stated: “I am aware that recent media reports, emerging from Court proceedings in the United Kingdom, to which I am not a party, have caused anxiety in some quarters of our society and are being used by opposition political elements to seek to discredit me and the Government. I emphasize…

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Politics 

Embattled Minister- Asot Michael, Resigns from Cabinet

Following the reports of alleged bribery involving Caribbean Ministers, member of Parliament, the Hon. Asot Michael has mutually agreed to resign and “immediately demit his executive office”, according to a letter withdrawing the appointment of the Honorable Asot Michael. According to sources within the Office of the Prime Minister, PM Browne advised the Governor General today, that all portfolios assigned to the Honourable Asot Michael are withdrawn immediately.” The letter goes on to indicated that Mr. Michael is no longer a member of the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, effective…

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Community Development Foreign Affairs Politics Regional News 

History in the Making- Ambassador Francis – King Frank I – speaks at the OAS Council

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda will report to the Organisation of American States (OAS) on Monday, May 14th on its measures to improve the rights of Rastafarian community. Ambassador to the United States and the OAS, Sir Ronald Sanders, will address the Permanent Council of the OAS on Mondaymorning to advise that the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has apologised to the Rastafarian community for decades of discrimination against them.   He will also inform the Council of other measures that the Government has taken or intends to take to…

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Development 

UK Pleased with Road Works Progress

On Thursday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne met with the Head of Office for the United Kingdom Department for International Development, Mrs. Colleen Wainwright to speak on a number of issues-the Road Rehabilitation Programme being key among them. Recently, the government of the United Kingdom through the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund, UKCIF, provided financial assistance of 13.9 Million pounds for the development of vital infrastructure.  The road works programme has already started in Antigua with the rehabilitation of both the Friars Hill Road and the Sir George Walter Highway. In…

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Foreign Affairs 

Minister Greene speaks towards harmonization of foreign policy amongst CARICOM Member States6

On 8th May, 2018, Antigua and Barbuda participated in the 21st Meeting of the Council of Community and Foreign Relations (COFCOR) held in Nassau, Bahamas. The Honourable E.P. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration participating in his first COFCOR Meeting remarked on the importance of harmonizing and coordinating the various foreign policy platforms that exist within the CARICOM Member States. Minister Greene stated that the Community must focus on developing strategic foreign policy initiatives that would seek to bring maximum benefits to the people of the Caribbean. Additionally,…

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Crime & Police 

Suspended Police Officer Ray John Charged with Five Counts

Police have now charged 47 year old Ray Anthony John and 63 year old Yvonne Nickie both of Gunthropes jointly, with five counts of Conspiracy to Forge Antigua and Barbuda Passports, Contrary to Common Law. John was further charged with the larceny of 54 Multi-Layered Infilling Sheets and one Multi-Layered Infilling patch, valued at EC $21,700, the property of the Antigua and Barbuda Passport Office. He was also charged for receiving four Multi-Layered Infilling Sheets and one Multi-Layered Infilling patch valued at EC$1,300, the property of the Antigua and Barbuda…

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Politics 

Office of the Prime Minister Warns Public of Fake Gaston Browne Facebook Pages

The Office of the Prime Minister this week issued an alert for persons to be on the lookout for malicious individuals who are creating fake social media profiles of Prime Minister Gaston Browne and other public officials. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has been made aware of the appearance of several fake profiles on Facebook of Prime Minister Gaston Browne, some of which are soliciting funds from the public. The general public is therefore informed that there are only two official Facebook profiles that are associated with Prime…

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