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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Business Community Development 

Public Consultation for Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project

The Ministry of Works and Housing’s Project Implementation Management Unit will be holding a public consultation for members of the Friar’s Hill Road business community to discuss the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project. The consultation will take place at the Multipurpose Cultural Center on Wednesday, December 6 at 6pm.  Project Coordinator, Mr. Dennis Cudjoe said: “With road works scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2018, this is a great opportunity for business owners to learn more about the project and voice their concerns.” Stakeholder…

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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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