Foreign Affairs Politics 

Prime Minister and Foreign Minister attend High Commission’s Barbuda Donors Appreciation Reception

The Honourable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration E.P. Chet Greene and the Honourable Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban Renewal, Maria Browne, met with donors who have contributed to the High Commission’s Rebuild Barbuda initiative. The appreciation reception formed part of the week of activities preceding the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. The High Commission’s appeal raised in excess of £95,000 and saw seven 40-foot containers of relief items shipped to…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

PM Browne welcomes decision by UK to open British High Commission in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda will again be host to a British High Commission. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced on Thursday, 19th April its decision to establish a mission in Antigua and Barbuda a decade after closing its last mission in 2008. The United Kingdom is one of Antigua and Barbuda’s largest trading partners and one of the most important source markets for tourism. The two countries have enjoyed a long, rich history and the UK is considered a key ally and friend of the country. On receiving news of this…

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Barbuda By-Election Candidates Announced – Youthful Candidates

The following persons were duly nominated in Barbuda today and will contest the by-election, which will take place on the sister island on April 30th 2018.   Name   Occupation Political Party Calsey Beazer Educator Barbuda People’s Movement Ricardo Nedd Student Antigua Babuda Labour Party (ABLP) Primrose Thomas Waitress The Green Party   The by-election is being held to fill the seat left vacant by the Hon. Trevor Walker, who resigned on March 27th, following his victory at the March 21st polls. Mr. Walker now sits as the Member of…

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Politics 

ASOT MICHAEL TAKING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST CONVICTED CRIMINALS FOR DEFAMATION

Asot Michael, the Minister of Investment and Trade of Antigua and Barbuda, has announced that he is taking legal action against two convicted criminals for defamation committed against him on their individual and collective blog sites on the Internet.           Mr. Michael says, “I have instructed my lawyers in the United States of America to take legal action against Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Fries ner​  for knowingly and maliciously bringing my standing in the international community into disrepute and injuring my capacity to conduct transactions through the global financial system.”           The…

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Commonwealth Politics 

PM Browne discusses Barbuda rebuilding and Caribbean Nationals in the UK with UK Secretary of State

Prime Minster the Honourable Gaston Browne, on Monday, met with the UK Secretary of State for International Development, the Honourable Penny Mourdaunt, in a bilateral meeting at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. In the bilateral, the Prime Minister thanked the United Kingdom for the £3 million that have been pledged to the rebuilding effort in Barbuda. He further updated the International Development Secretary on the progress being made in the reconstruction work on the island, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.   The Prime Minister expressed that…

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Politics 

Prime Minister Theresa May meets Caribbean leaders

Prime Minster Theresa May met representatives from twelve Caribbean Commonwealth States on 17 April.  Those attending included senior representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago. During the meeting, Prime Minister May apologised for any anxiety caused, and explained how much the UK valued the contribution made by members of the Windrush Generation.  She said, “Those who arrived from the Caribbean before 1973 and lived here permanently without significant periods…

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Politics 

Hon. Maria Browne speaks at Commonwealth Women’s Forum

The Honourable Maria Browne, newly elected minister in the Gaston Browne administration, distinguished herself among a panel of esteemed women in politics in her first official conference as an elected Member of Parliament. Mrs. Browne was invited to speak at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum – an event organised by the Commonwealth Women’s Parliamentarians (CWP) group, that focuses on the inclusion of women in politics in the Commonwealth. The distinguished panel comprised of female parliamentarians from Sierra Leone, Canada, South Africa and Zambia and was chaired by Helen Clark, the former…

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Politics 

Tourism Minister Charles Fernandez warns of “false, sinister and dangerous” forces

Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Minister, Charles Fernandez, has rejected claims by two convicted money launderers, Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Friesner on Internet blogsites, as “false, sinister and dangerous”. Fernandez is the latest target of a sustained campaign against the Antigua and Barbuda government and its ministers, joining previous attacks on the governments of St Kitts-Nevis and Dominica. In their latest posting, the two convicted fraudsters claim that Fernandez received US$15 million from a Chinese businessman and that the money “was never properly accounted for”.  They allege that the money…

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Crime & Police Politics 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA GOVERNMENT EXPOSES TWO CRIMINAL MONEY LAUNDERERS

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has exposed two convicted criminals who are now selling themselves as Financial Crime Consultants through internet blog sites that they run in return for hefty payments.             The two – Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Friesner – have both been convicted of money laundering and fraud and have served time in jail.  Information on Friesner’s criminal activity can be seen on the Internet at the following websites: https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/convicted-fraudster-monte-friesner/internet/convicted-fraudster-monte-friesner-dr-monte-friesner-pronto-cash-one-world-financial-so-1036421 and: https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F3/61/917/492744/             Friesner’s criminal record includes convictions for fraud, assault, arson and possession of stolen property….

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne and High Level Delegation Attends Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

  A high-level delegation from Antigua and Barbuda will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London from the 18th to the 20th of April 2018. The delegation will be led by the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. He will be accompanied by the Honourable E.P. Chet Greene MP – Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration, the Honourable Maria Browne MP – Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban Renewal and Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill, the High Commissioner to London. The Theme for this…

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