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Economic Politics 

Prime Minister Browne Hosts Workshop on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Prime Minister Gaston Browne today hosted and chaired a workshop at the Prime Minister’s Office for senior Government officials and industry stakeholders on the subject of blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies. The workshop was designed to bring Government and other stakeholders abreast of the current developments in the field and to explore the options open to Antigua and Barbuda in pursuing economic development utilizing these new technologies. Government ministers in attendance included the Attorney-General Hon. Steadroy ‘Cutie’ Benjamin and Hon. Melford Nicholas, Minister responsible for information technology. The workshop was facilitated…

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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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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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Economic Politics Regional News Tourism 

Sandals Responds to Misleading Reports

Press Release. Once more we have noticed attempts to spread misinformation and unsubstantiated claims about Sandals Resorts International, including a totally sensationalized headline regarding a recent statement by Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley. However we are not and have never been deterred by fake news, rather we appreciate the opportunity it gives us to set the record straight. First, we have, and have always had an amicable relationship with Prime Minister Mottley. The Prime Minister is aware that Sandals is completely open to working with her government – as we…

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Community Economic 

Auto distributors call for clarity and fairness

Registered auto distributors in Antigua and Barbuda are expressing concerns which ought not to be taken lightly. Many of these businesses have consistently made invaluable inputs to national development and assisting with providing such things as employment opportunities, sponsorship, and other useful services or resources that have benefitted both individual clients and the general country. For the most part, counter-positions by registered used car dealers have tended to maximize on cost-savings while allowing for cherished freedoms to exist in the car market. The law of supply and demand have been…

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Economic 

NODS Producers Preliminary Barbuda Report

The National Office of Disaster Services has issued a “preliminary report on Barbuda Hurricane Irma finances” today. The report details a list of both income from donations and government injection along with the expenses associated with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. According to the report just over 22 million dollars account for total resources. While approximately 21 million spent on expenses. The preliminary report is said to be an account of spending relating to Barbuda following Hurricane Irma, ending April 30.

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Culture Economic Technology Tourism Uncategorized Youth 

PayCab Passenger App is finally here!!!

PayCab, a location-based mobile application inspired by Uber technology is being introduced to Antigua. The new mobile app, created by the Caribbean technological genius of Sherwin Jupiter puts the convenience of safe vehicular mobility and access to islanders in the palm of their hands. It comes as the first official mobile application, since Uber, to be introduced in the Caribbean and creates an avenue for seamless trickle-down empowerment through entrepreneurship. Speaking to the motive behind the technology, mobile app developer Sherwin Jupiter said he has long battled with the nuisances…

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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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Economic Tourism 

DRIVERS WANTED

  App Developer Brings Uber-like Service to Antigua with PayCab. PayCab, a location-based mobile application inspired by Uber technology is being introduced to Antigua. The new mobile app, created by Pivot Technology puts the convenience of safe vehicular mobility and access to islanders in the palm of their hands. The developer explains that the app goes deep into in the realms of convenience with its Google-powered Global Positioning Systems (GPS) integration that matches driver and passenger in real time and even offers customers the opportunity to pay safely without the use…

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Economic 

Sensitization Workshop For Small Businesses

Two departments within the Ministry of Investments and Trade are combining efforts to mount a one-day workshop for small business owners aimed at sensitizing them to procedures to access funding through the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s Direct Grant Assistance Scheme. The workshop is a follow-up to one held earlier this month by Caribbean Export during which it outlined the availability of funding to assist export-oriented businesses in realizing their export potential. The Office of National Authorizing Officer (ONAO) and the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA) are combining efforts with…

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