Economic Employment Politics 

Management Moves to Avert Industrial Action by Quarry Workers

The management of the Ministry of Works and Housing is doing everything possible to address concerns that resulted in staff at the Burma Quarry and the Bendals Quarry participating in industrial action on Monday. Quarry operations have returned to normal. Recently, the union representing the workers, management a representatives of the staff body arrived at a grievance mechanism policy where it was agreed that the concerns of the staff will be addressed quickly. The issue of concern for the workers has to do with overtime payment and the matter continues…

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Economic Marine 

Sea Conditions Affects Local LPG supply – Fuel Tankers refuse to berth

The Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Oil Company has issued a release indicating that the island’s supply of LPG gas may be limited due to the rough sea conditions the island has been experiencing. According to the release, the company regrets any inconveniences caused and they are working on expanding their storage capacity to avoid future situations such as this. Below is a copy of the release sent from the Company’s CEO. “The West Indies Oil Company, Ltd. regrets to advise that due to unfavorable sea weather conditions,…

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Economic Foreign Affairs Politics 

Austria and Antigua and Barbuda to forge closer relations

The Government of Austria has expressed an interest in cooperating with Antigua and Barbuda in the areas of Tourism and diplomatic training.   This was conveyed to Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne during a visit to Antigua and Barbuda by Her Excellency Marianne Feldman, Ambassador of Austria to the Eastern Caribbean.   In his response, Prime Minister Browne reaffirmed Antigua and Barbuda’s full commitment to cooperating with the Austrian Government. He further made a request to the Ambassador of Austria to consider opening an Embassy in Antigua and Barbuda….

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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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Climate Change Development Economic Environment Foreign Affairs 

Antigua and Barbuda and UAE to collaborate on Green Barbuda Project

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, who is on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, on Monday held a bilateral discussion with His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates   During the meeting, Minister Al Zeyoudi thanked Prime Minister Browne for his participation in the World Government Summit, and offered his concern to the Government and People of Antigua and Barbuda regarding the devastation caused by hurricane Irma.   Prime Minister Browne thanked Minister Al Zeyoudi for his…

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Development Economic Politics 

PM Hosts Successful Talks with Shell Company

Prime Minister Gaston Browne recently hosted a courtesy visit from the top Management of Shell US Trading Company.   The Shell team comprised Pierre Tardiff, Manager, Americas Fuel Oil Trading, Brian Conover, Account Manager Americas, Melanie Kunnecke, Fuel Oil Operations Manager, Samuel Gorgen, Fuel Oil Trader, Americas and David Keene, Caribbean Marine Technical Advisor.   Also in attendance at the meeting was the CEO of the West Indies Oil Company Limited Gregory Georges; Chief Operations Officer, Sharon Thomas; and Chief Financial Officer, Carton Bramble.   The visit came on the…

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Development Economic Politics 

Caribbean Development Bank Predicts Strong Growth for Antigua and Barbuda

The Caribbean Development Bank has predicted that the Antigua and Barbuda economy would have grown by some 3 percent in 2017.   The announcement was made by Director of Economics at the CDB, Dr. Justin Ram during the Bank’s  annual news conference on Wednesday.  He said that all of CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) including Antigua and Barbuda are expected to contribute to positive movement of the grouping.   This projection was made despite of the devastating effects hurricane Irma and Maria had on some islands, specifically Antigua and Barbuda….

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Development Economic 

Antigua and Barbuda to Receive US$200,000 Grant from IDB/CDB Joint Agreement

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have signed an agreement to provide grants of US$200,000 each to two member countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) that were severely affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Antigua & Barbuda and the Commonwealth of Dominica were among the countries that sustained the highest relative losses and damage from Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria, respectively, during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season – recognized as one of the most active on record. An estimated 89% of…

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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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Development Economic Politics Utilities 

Arrears to be wiped off from Disconnected Households

Today, Prime Minister Gaston Browne delivers the 2018 budget presentation. With a packed Parliament house, filled with students from 4th and 5th form secondary schools and the Antigua State College, along with the diplomatic core, government ministries, civil servants and members of the wider public, the Prime Minister has made several economic announcements. One of which is the “Relief for the Needy programme”. The Prime Minister said, ” My Government recognizes that for some households, there are times when a choice must be made between paying the utility bills and meeting other…

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