Development Regional News 

President of the Caribbean Court of Justice visits Antigua and Barbuda

The new president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Justice Adrian Saunders, will be arriving in St John’s next week as Antigua and Barbuda prepares to vote in a referendum that will determine whether the country delinks from the U.K-based Privy Council and accede to the CCJ. His visit comes as a committee this week launched a public education campaign about the CCJ and the Privy Council ahead of the referendum slated for November 6, 2018. Another OECS state, Grenada, will also hold a referendum on that date. During…

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Development Gender Affairs Technology 


One of the region’s largest telecommunications and ICT event, CANTO 34th Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition (CANTO 2018) was held recently at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Panama City, Panama. CANTO 2018, the Caribbean’s premier telecommunications event for industry professionals, academics and regional governments was held under the theme “Guiding Digital Adoption to Lead the Global Market”. A key component of the four day event was the Women in ICT Forum highlighting women’s perspectives on leadership, gender equality issues and how to bridge the gaps within the industry.…

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Columns Development Project Syndicate 

Why Strengthening Land Rights Strengthens Development

By: Mahmoud Mohieldin and Anna Wellenstein Mahmoud Mohieldin is World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations and Partnerships. Anna Wellenstein is Director of Strategy and Operations for the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience (SURR) Global Practice. For most of the world’s poor and vulnerable people, secure property rights, including land tenure, are a rarely accessible luxury. Unless this changes, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be impossible to achieve. Land tenure determines who can use land, for how long, and under…

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Development Technology Youth 

ACT Partners with the Nolan Hue Foundation to Promote Professional Development in Youth

“Youth of Substance, Impacting Through Action,” an impactful theme for an insightful retreat. In its 3rd year, the Nolan Hue Foundation once again strives to promote professional development of youth in Antigua and Barbuda. This year it goes even further with its partnership with ACT, the island’s most significant technology provider. 25 future leaders aged 18 – 25, experienced a dynamic weekend at the Jolly Beach Resort from July 20th – 22nd, all with the focus of growth and progress. The Nolan Hue Youth Empowerment Retreat (NH YER) is only…

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CDB Community Development 

Governments moves to develop a Rehabilitation Master Plan for Barbuda

The Government Antigua and Barbuda through the Project Implementation Management Unit (PIMU) is seeking to engage the services of a consultant to assist with the formulation of an economic master plan for the island of Barbuda. Formulation of this master redevelopment plan aims to strengthen capacity for Barbuda to become the driver of a technically, economically feasible, socially inclusive and economically sustainable as well as create wealth an employment for the people of Barbuda. The need for the formulation of this master plan comes as the island is still in…

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Development Disaster Management 

EU Supports Housing Reconstruction In Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement for EUR 5 Million (EC 15.7 Million) to support the reconstruction of houses in Barbuda after hurricane Irma. The support was allocated from the emergency reserves of the European Development Fund, and comes on top of the country’s cooperation programmes with the EU. The programme, entitled “Housing Support to Barbuda after Hurricane Irma” will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and aims to rebuild to higher resilience standards 150 houses in Barbuda, following strict and…

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Culture Development 

ACT Raises Excitement for Jaycees Queen Show Prize Winner

Antigua Computer Technology (ACT), a corporation in Antigua and Barbuda, has not only in the last 29 years, evolved to become the island’s largest and most reliable technology provider but a beacon for community growth and development. The company’s mission is to bring the community into the future through technology by continuously striving to make a positive impact by always extending a helping hand. The Jaycees Queen Show, the longest running pageant in the region once again strives to promote development goals in Millenniums. This year the theme is “Embracing…

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Development Disaster Disaster Management 

A local charity group donates Over EC$500,000 worth of Building Materials to NODS

Over 500 thousand EC dollars-worth of building materials have been donated to the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) for repairs and reconstruction of buildings both on Antigua and Barbuda following the damage caused by Hurricane Irma last year. The James and Maginley Charity and Care Foundation handed over the materials to Director of NODS Philmore Mullin on Wednesday at the Antigua Port Authority. Chairman of the Foundation Casroy James says after enquiring of the needs of NODS a few months ago one of the group’s partners made the contribution…

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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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