Business Community Technology Youth 

ACT Gives a Second Chance

We all deserve a second chance, more so, young persons who have encountered issues with the law. The Second Chance Program caters to youth offenders as they reintegrate back into society. With their SPARKS outline (Special People Achieve Reform Knowledge and Self-Acceptance), the program strives to prevent reoffending. The vision of the Second Chance Program is to create opportunities for people to transform their own lives, by fostering behavioral changes. This ties in with ACT’s mandate of bringing the community into the future. ACT will partner with the non-government organization…

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Business Economic 

CFATF gives Antigua and Barbuda one of the best regional reports

The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) has given Antigua and Barbuda one of the best reports of regional countries so far in its 4 th round evaluations. The 2018 Mutual Evaluation Report, published by the CFATF, gives an overall positive assessment of the country’s efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. Examiners looked at both technical compliance with the FATF 40 recommendations and the effectiveness of the implementation of the AML/CFT system. The Report noted Antigua and Barbuda’s national AML/CFT Policy and determined the jurisdiction has a reasonable…

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Business Development Economic Foreign Affairs Tourism 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Welcomes Marriott Courtyard to Antigua and Barbuda

Marriott Courtyard, one of the best-recognized business hotel brands, announced on Tuesday at a ceremony in Dubai, the construction of a Marriott Courtyard Antigua at the V.C. Bird International Airport. Once constructed, the hotel will offer 125 guest-rooms, meeting and conference facilities, high-end restaurant, casino and surrounding leisure facilities.   Prime Minister Browne who was at the ceremony at the Sunset Lounge, Al Qasr Hotel in Dubai, said that the Marriott Courtyard hotel is the perfect complement to his Government’s plan to transform Antigua and Barbuda into an economic powerhouse within the…

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Business Development Economic Politics 

Public Servants to receive pay increase and benefit from special programmes

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne on Thursday announced that public servants will receive a five percent pay increase and will benefit from a number of programmes while government negotiates with bargaining agents on a suitable pay raise.   “Never was public servants’ commitment to service more tested than over the past decade.  Since my Government assumed office three and a half years ago, fiscal constraints prevented any increase in pay for public servants.  As Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, I have made a commitment to increasing the pay…

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Ask Hard Questions- Media Outlet in Turmoil after Sale of Shares Announced.

On the heels of the recently announced private sale of 45,000 shares in the Observer media group, a daughter of the late pioneer and founder has come out to speak out against what she has described as “disgusting.” On Tuesday, the Observer Media group announced the sale of the majority stake in the company. According to their advertisement, “the Estate of the late Samuel “Fergie” Derrick wishes to announce the private offer for sale of the majority of its shares in The Daily Observer Ltd. and Observer Radio Ltd. This…

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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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