Education Human Rights Politics 

Unrelenting Approach to CCJ Referendum Campaign

The committee of stakeholders charged with executing the educational campaign for the Caribbean Court of Justice will begin to intensify its activities shortly. A new and energized group is now sitting before Ambassador Dr. Clarence Henry who is continuing as chair of the committee in an effort to bridge the activities of the previous campaign with this latest exercise. The committee is meeting weekly and the skill sets and resources of its various members will be utilized in getting the message to all interests in Antigua and Barbuda who will…

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Politics 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Responds to OMG Cries of Hostile Government

Statement from the Hon. Prime Minister Gaston Browne. It is absolutely amazing that the Observer is seeking to blame the ABLP for its difficulties. It is the ABLP that removed criminal libel from the books.   There have been more litigations against Observer by UPP Ministers than ABLP Ministers.  In addition, there was significantly more corruption under the UPP government than the ABLP administration.   Ironically, when there was rampant corruption, high cost of government, high unemployment, repossessions, and foreclosures under the UPP, we heard no such condemnation from the OMG. When…

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Education Politics 

Campaign Drive in full swing for CCJ Referendum

Preparations for the Referendum on whether or not the Caribbean Court of Justice will replace the Privy Council as the twin island nation’s finally appellate court have intensified. A team of media professionals and communications specialists have been brought on board to drive the campaign for citizens to vote for the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the country’s final court of appeal. Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin laid out the framework for moving the process ahead during a meeting with the team on Monday morning. He stressed…

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OECS Politics Regional News 

PM Gaston Browne Ready to Provide Incentives to Help Dominica Retain Ross University

Statement on The Ross University transfer out of Dominica By the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda has learned by way of the public media of the Ross University decision to transfer its operation from Dominica to another CARICOM state. Antigua and Barbuda recognizes the monumental role played by Ross University in the economy of Dominica; a move away from our neighbour would impact, even in the short- term, employment, foreign exchange earnings, and air arrivals. For these reasons, Antigua and Barbuda stands ready to assist by…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

Indian Ambassador Presents Extradition Documents

 The Indian Government dispatched Ambassador Manpreet Vohra to Antigua and Barbuda to follow-up on the request by the Government of India for the extradition of Mr. Mehul Choksi, the CIP citizen of Antigua and Barbuda who is wanted by law enforcement authorities in India on fraud charges. Ambassador Vohra flew into VC Bird on Friday afternoon, August 3, 2018, and proceeded immediately to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he held a meeting with Foreign Minister E.P. Chet Greene and his team. He was accompanied by High Commissioner Venkatachalan Mahalingam,…

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Politics 

PM Meets with Indian High Commissioner On Choksi Fruad Case

On Monday, PM Browne met with the High Commissioner of India H.E. V. Mahalingam  to discuss a possible resolution to the case of Mr. Mehul Choksi, an Indian national who has acquired Antigua and Barbuda nationality through the Citizenship by Investment programme. Mr. Choksi is apparently wanted in India in connection with fraud allegations. High Commissioner Mahalingham flew into Antigua yesterday on the instructions of his Government in order to engage the authorities of Antigua and Barbuda on the Choksi case. The high commissioner explained that Mr. Choksi was accused…

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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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Foreign Affairs Politics 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Stands in Solidarity with the People and Government of Venezuela

Prime Minister Gaston Browne held bilateral and diplomatic talks with South American ally the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018. The meeting was held as a part of Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry tour of countries across the region. Venezuela Foreign Minister, Chancellor Jorge Arreaza, along with his diplomatic team including Resident Ambassador Carlos Perez, met with PM Browne, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. E. P. Chet Greene and other officials in the Office of the Prime Minister. PM Browne used the opportunity to talk on ways Antigua and Barbuda and Venezuela could strengthen and…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Calls for an Alliance of CIU Jurisdictions to bargain Collectively

Prime Minister Hon. Gaston Browne was in the United Kingdom where he was specifically invited to be the Keynote Speaker at the prestigious Global Investment and Immigration Summit (GIIS) on Thursday June 21st. The two-day Summit brought together High-net Worth Investors, expert immigration agents, global mobility managers, project developers, International Citizenship Experts from the USA, the Caribbean, UK, Ireland, the Mediterranean, among a host of other high-level diplomats and key stakeholders from around the world. The Summit’s Director, Mr. Sam Hussain, in his invitation to the Prime Minister wrote: “We…

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OECS Politics 

PM Browne Celebrated OECS day in St. Lucia for the 65th Meeting of the OECS Authority

Prime Minister Gaston Browne is currently in Saint Lucia for the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean Sates (OECS) Heads of Government meeting, where he intends to focus on a number of matters affecting Antigua and Barbuda and the entire OECS. The two-day Heads of Government meeting is expected to focus on Climate Change and resilience, US- Caribbean Relations, a proposed approach to a diplomatic Mission in Canada, approval of the OECS Authority’s budget for the year, and the plan of action among a host of other regional issues the authority…

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