Development Disaster Management Politics 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Says BPM Council “Too embarrassed to come” at Post Disaster Aid Ceremony

As the Antigua and Barbuda China- Aid Post-Disaster Roof Restoration Initiative comes to an end, Prime Minister Gaston Browne reaffirmed his commitment to the continued development and reconstruction of Barbuda. The People’s Republic of China was one of the first diplomatic responders to the disaster Barbuda faced after the passage of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The PRC, through their China Aid, contributed US$2 million towards the repairing rooftops of homes damaged by the hurricane. This contribution was in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Office…

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Development Economic Environment 

Government listens to Plans for Legalization of Medical Cannabis

Since the decision to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Antigua and Barbuda, the Government stated that it has been approached by half dozen local, regional and international interest groups and agencies interested in development of the industry in Antigua and Barbuda. Most recently, an expert group known as Medical Marijuana and Canex, with operations in Jamaica where medical marijuana is legal, addressed the Cabinet. They spoke to the systems required to make the legalization of medical cannabis in Antigua free of many of the pitfalls which that other Caribbean…

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Development Disaster Management Utilities 

Over 3 Million Dollars Spent on APUA in Barbuda

Accountability on the reconstruction of Barbuda post Hurricane Irma continued in Cabinet on Wednesday, July 11th. According to Cabinet notes, the Government is said to have spent in excess of EC$3 million on the reconstruction of APUA’s services in the sister isle. The monies are said to have been spent on the replacement of a number of wires, poles, pipes and other infrastructures used by APUA for the delivery of their services. According to notes from the Cabinet brief, “All of APUA’s supplies, intended for storage in the event of…

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Development 

Construction of Barbuda Runway Continues

On Wednesday, the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda met to discuss certain issues pertaining to the development of Antigua and Barbuda. According to Cabinet notes, the construction of the Barbuda runway was discussed and agencies involved with the construction were invited to give Cabinet an update on its progress. According to Cabinet notes, “Officials from the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA), the Development Control Authority (DCA) the construction company (BHM) were invited to address the construction of the international runway and apron that is well underway on the southeastern…

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Advertising Development 

NCO FINANCIAL SERVICES TO CEASE OPERATIONS AT THE END OF JULY

NCO Financial Services (Antigua) Limited, trading as Alorica on the island, announced on June 29th that it will be closing its doors on July 31, 2018 after being in business for 10 years. Business will be maintained as usual until the last day of operation. Upon much consideration and a comprehensive evaluation, it became increasingly difficult to sustain operations in Antigua given the evolving market trends and strategic needs as well as the high cost of doing business on the island. The final decision of the site closure was not…

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Development 

Antigua and Barbuda first CARIBBEAN country to ratify Convention against racism and intolerance

Antigua and Barbuda is the first Caribbean country and the third nation in the Western Hemisphere to ratify the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance. The Instrument of Ratification, signed by Prime Minister Gaston Browne, was presented by Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Sir Ronald Sanders, to Secretary-General Luis Almagro at a ceremony at the OAS headquarters in Washington, DC this morning. In presenting the Instrument for deposit, Ambassador Sanders observed that “the Gaston Browne administration is in the…

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Development Politics Uncategorized 

Government Paves the way for Further Economic Development with the China Belt and Road Initiative

Prime Minister, the Honourable Gaston Browne, on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The People’s Republic of China on cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and Silk Road Initiative. The MOU between the two countries, is of an historic nature as Antigua and Barbuda is the first country in the OECS to benefit from such an initiative. Prime Minister Gaston Browne, China’s Ambassador His Excellency Wang Xianmin and wife and headed the table for the ceremonial signing and exchange of remarks. PM Browne, during his address at…

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Development Economic Politics 

PM Browne featured Speaker at Caribbean Development Bank event

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne is today the keynote speaker at a panel discussion organized by the Caribbean Development Bank in Grenada that will focus on the topic “Air Transport Competitiveness and Connectivity.” In his letter of invitation to Prime Minister Browne, President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr. Warren Smith outlined that good air transport connectivity is vital for increased competitiveness. It boosts tourism by joining up the Region to its source markets. It also contributes to growth in the wider economy through the movement of goods and services, as well…

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Development Regional News Sports 

CDB, UWI partner to boost Caribbean sports industry

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank has approved funding to assist the University of the West Indies (UWI) in fulfilling its mandate to further develop a modern, integrated Faculty of Sport across the UWI System. The project is intended to enhance the Faculty’s capacity for strategic business development planning, in order to increase responsiveness to the needs of the Bank’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs), and to advance the Region’s sports industry. It will also support greater gender-equitable access to UWI programmes, especially for male students, and will promote…

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Carnival Charity Community Development Disaster Disaster Management Education 

Aid for Devastated Barbuda school

On 8th May a visit was arranged by the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission to Barbuda with the purpose of presenting a number of necessary items to help the Sir McChesney George Secondary School in Barbuda. As we are all aware, the island was devastated by Hurricane Irma last September. Recovery efforts are on-going and a number of Barbudans are returning home and facing a daunting task of re-settlement given that many properties are roofless and many others completely devastated. Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill, the Antigua and Barbuda High Commissioner in…

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