Foreign Affairs 

Jamaica Counsellor in T&T Addresses Issues Affecting Jamaicans Living In Antigua

The Counsellor for the Jamaica High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago Ms. Delita McCallum, on Saturday, wrapped up a three –day mission which addressed issues relating to Consular matters including Passport, Citizenship and Visa applications as well as Diaspora Engagement. During the three-day mission Ms. McCallum visited Her Majesty’s Prison and met with the Jamaica population housed there. Ms. McCallum was met on arrival by Mr. Albert Wade, Superintendent of the Prison.  Mr. Wade provided her with a list of the inmates and a brief overview of the status of their…

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Foreign Affairs 

Many UK expats are still not #ReferendumReady

A survey of UK citizens living overseas carried out by the UK Electoral Commission has found that half of respondents don’t know that they can now register online to vote in the UK. To make sure that British expats are #ReferendumReady, the elections watchdog is reminding them that it’s possible to apply in just a few minutes at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.  Before online registration became available in 2014, applicants had to complete a paper application and post it back to their local electoral office. It is now possible to complete an application…

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Foreign Affairs 

ABDF Hosts French Forces Caribbean Contingent

The Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF) will from Monday 18th April, host a contingent of thirty (30) persons from the French Forces Caribbean based in Martinique for a training and cultural exchange programme. The troops will arrive via French Military Aircraft and remain in Antigua for a five-day period where they will be engaged in military exercises at the Crabbs Training Area, Christian Valley and Mount Obama.  The Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force regularly participates in exchanges with its military colleagues in the region and internationally in an effort…

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Foreign Affairs Legal Politics 

Former government minister says “Dr. Ashe gravely misrepresented the UPP Government”

STATEMENT: Further to the previous media releases by the United Progressive Party (UPP) on the Dr. John Ashe issue, I consider it prudent to address the matter of funds received on behalf of the Party. The former Prime Minister, Honourable Dr. W. Baldwin Spencer, who was also the then Political Leader of the UPP, was actively engaged in soliciting funds for the political consultancies and activities (supplying party paraphernalia, organizing public meetings and political events) associated with general election campaigns.

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CARICOM Foreign Affairs 

CARICOM and Australia strengthen ties

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Australia continue to strengthen an already rewarding relationship, which among other things, has seen 128 CARICOM nationals benefitting from major scholarship programmes and leadership awards. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday 9 March accepted the Letters of Credence from new Australian Ambassador to CARICOM, Mr. John Pilbeam, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

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Foreign Affairs Gender Affairs 

Increasing Women’s Leadership and Voice in Health and National Decision Making – International Women’s Day 2016

MCO Caribbean: Since women make up roughly half of the population, it is both fair and just that by this same proportion they should participate in leadership and national decision making both in elected and appointed posts. Studies show that more women in politics has resulted in a shift in policy priorities, with greater emphasis emerging around issues of employment rights, social protection, the eradication of domestic violence, education and health. Recent research commissioned by UN Women MCO Caribbean shows too, that the region feels it is time more women…

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