Development Economic Labour Politics 

PM Gaston Browne Presses for Work for Locals as he Holds High level talks with Chinese Officials

On the heels of the 35th Anniversary of Diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister Gaston Browne, along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Charles Max Hernandez, held high level discussions with Chinese Diplomatic officials and the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC).   Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Wang Xianmin from the onset of discussions signaled the importance of what the session signifies. According to the ambassador, “this is a big day for our two nations, here and it is our hope that our flagship project will benefit everyone…

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Culture Development Education Regional News 

HAITI: Caribbean Dignity Unbowed.

The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles. The democratic, nation-building debt the American nation owes the Caribbean, and the Haitian nation in particular that resides at its core, is not expected to be repaid but must be respected. Any nation without a nominal notion of its own making can never comprehend the forces that fashion it origins. Haiti’s Caribbean vision illuminated America’s way out of its colonial darkness. This is the debt President Trump’s America owes Toussaint L’Ouverture’s…

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Development Economic Politics 

90 million dollar renovation to commence at Deep Water Port

As the country continues its climb to economic resilience, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has embarked on a multimillion dollar Port modernization project.   According to Minister of Information, the Hon. Melford Nicholas during the weekly Cabinet press briefing, “More than US$90,000,000 (ninety million dollars) will be expended on modernizing and enlarging the current Deepwater harbour cargo port. The resources have come from the China Export/Import Bank in the form of a low-interest loan, with very generous interest rates, and a moratorium on repayment.”   This, according to the…

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Development Politics 

Over 100 Barbudans indicate willingness to purchase land

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, has been informed of the numerous Barbudans who have indicated their readiness to purchase lands in Barbuda. This comes on the heels of the recently passed Barbuda Land Amendment Act (2017), giving born Barbudans or Barbudans by parentage, the right to purchase their household plots for as low as one dollar. According to Chief of Staff, Lionel Max Hurst, “over one hundred Barbudans have indicated in writing their willingness to accept the offer.” He also states that a request was made from a Barbudan…

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Community Development Environment Health 

Thousands of Shopping Bags Distributed

The plan to rid the island of plastic bags has moved to the next phase as thousands of reusable shopping bags are being distributed to grocery shops and mini supermarkets across the country. On Monday and Tuesday, technicians from the Ministry of Health and the Environment were busy distributing dozens of boxes to a number of grocery stores, shops, and outlets across the country. On Monday, thirty-five boxes, each containing two hundred reusable bags, were given out to retailers in the St Mary’s North and St Mary’s South Constituencies, including…

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Development 

PM Browne Determined to Provide Thousands of Homes for Antiguans and Barbudans

As development continues for the twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has renewed his commitment to providing homes for the citizenry. In his New Year’s address, the Prime Minister spoke of several achievements the government has made thus far; despite the crippling economy they inherited. PM Browne stated unequivocally, “It should be clear for all to see, that had this government not inherited this financial calamity from the previous administration that did absolutely nothing to resolve it, we would have had hundreds of millions more…

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Development Disaster Management 

Nurses Hostel is now home to Barbudans

It is official! Barbudans who were relocated to Antigua following the passage of Hurricane Irma in September are now in possession of a new home as the long-defunct Nurses Hostel is now operational after three months of rehabilitative work. The building, now affectionately known as the Barbuda Hotel, was officially commissioned and blessed on Friday during a ceremony at the facility on the compound of the old Holberton hospital. During his seventeen minute address, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Browne stated that the facility is in immaculate…

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Development Economic Politics 

Barbudans one step away from ownership of lands on the island

After a full day of parliamentary debates and discussion, an historic moment happened when the Barbuda Land Amendment Bill was passed in the late hours of Tuesday. The Bill now grants Barbudans actual, individual ownership of the lands in Barbuda which were previously held as “communal land”. The Bill will specifically grant born Barbudans (Barbudans born on the island) or whose parents were born on Barbuda the opportunity to gain ownership of lands there. The parliamentary sitting was the first order of the New Year and witnessed members of the…

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Development Politics 

Antigua and Barbuda now a Recovering Country – A Stabilized Economy

After almost a decade of mismanagement and economic pillaging by the UPP, the twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda is finally recovering under an ABLP governance -only within three years. “Within three years this government has sought to right the wrongs and save the economy from an almost collapsed state and stalled society,” said Prime Minister Browne in his New Year’s address. “Now that Barbuda is on its way to full recovery and economic development, the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda have more to celebrate. The citizenry can expect…

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CDB Development Disaster Management 

Caribbean Development Bank Approves USD29m to Rehabilitate Infrastructure Damaged by Hurricane Irma in Antigua & Barbuda

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved USD29 million (mn) in funding to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, to assist with recovery efforts after the passage of Hurricane Irma in September. The funds will be used to rehabilitate and reconstruct critical infrastructure in the transportation, education, water and sanitation, and agriculture sectors. Hurricane Irma impacted the twin-island nation on September 6, 2017, making landfall in Barbuda as a category five hurricane. In Barbuda, the hurricane destroyed housing, crops, livestock and fishing vessels, and also…

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