Business Economic Politics Tourism 

Sandals Welcomes Auditors, Calls For Full Transparency

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) welcomes the recent announcement by Prime Minister Gaston Browne that his Government intends to utilize international tax auditors to monitor the finances of, as he put it, “Sandals and other corporate entities in Antigua and Barbuda.” In fact Sandals has been doing this very same thing for years, utilizing first Price Waterhouse, and most recently Grant Thornton as our auditors, two of the highest rated auditing firms in the world, and there has never been an issue with respect to us meeting our financial obligations and…

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Politics 

Browne to Make Sandals a Campaign Issue

By: Frank Solomon, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has attracted no new investor to Antigua and Barbuda in his entire term of office so far, despite lots and lots of promises …this at a time when new projects are popping up all over the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin and Central America. With tourism accounting for 60% of the island’s Gross Domestic Product, this is an unforgivable failure on the part of his Government. The most recent announcement was that Stephen Hunter and the Sunwing group was going to run Jolly Beach, but…

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Politics 

UPP Demands Scrapping of ‘Private’ NAMCo After PM’s ‘Zero Disclosure’ Statement

  The United Progressive Party (UPP) is calling for the immediate scrapping of the suspicious and irregular National Asset Management Company (NAMCo), and for a return of all public funds currently under its control to the statutory corporations and other bodies from which they originated. The call follows the shocking disclosure by Prime Minister Gaston Browne, today in Parliament, that funds derived from public corporations will be privately managed by NAMCo with zero disclosure to the public. The Party further calls on the Government to tell the taxpayers of this country the exact quantum of funds…

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Politics 

Diverse Slate Represents the Needs of the People – UPP

(PRESS RELEASE: Last Sunday, the UPP unveiled its slate of 16 candidates who will contest the next general elections. Senator Harold Lovell, Political Leader of the United Progressive Party is extremely proud of his team that he describes as energetic, achievers who will inspire unity and pride in their communities and motivate Antiguans and Barbudans to be more competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace. Lovell explained that the team was carefully selected based on their commitment to put “People First” and their ability to address the diverse needs of the…

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Politics Tourism 

UPP Fears World Travel Market Fallout; Condemns Further Lies & Damage To Investment Climate

  The UPP is calling for a return to sane investor relations amidst fears that Gaston Brownes actions have severely damaged our prospects to attract new investors at the November 6-8 World Travel Market in London. “The unassailable fact is: Gaston Browne has not created a single new tourism sector job in almost 4 years. How then can he question legitimate concessions granted to facilitate the creation of 700 permanent jobs? How dare a man who has facilitated a grand total of zero new hotel rooms baselessly criticize an arrangement which realized 180 new rooms?” Senator…

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Politics 

Despite Prolonged Gaming Squabble, Antigua Ambassador Says Links to the US are “Long and Strong”

“The links between the United States and Antigua and Barbuda are long, strong and enduring”. This statement was made on Sunday (November 5th) by Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, at a Church Service in Washington DC, marking the 36th anniversary of Antigua and Barbuda’s Independence. Speaking to an audience of the Antigua and Barbuda diaspora and diplomatic representatives of other nations, Sir Ronald observed that the links between the two countries “existed before the independence of the United States from Britain in 1776”.  He…

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Economic Politics Tourism 

Sandals Condemns in The Strongest Possible Manner Continued Defamatory Attacks from Antigua PM

PRESS RELEASE: Sandals Resorts International condemns in the strongest possible manner, the vicious, sustained and defamatory attacks that Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne continues to direct at this company. The Prime Minister’s latest salvo came during the current affairs programme Nationwide at Five Radio Network in Jamaica on November 1, 2017…where he again made false claims that Sandals sought to avoid its tax obligations, and has acted inimical to the interests of the people of Antigua and Barbuda. Nothing could be further from the truth, but the Prime Minister has demonstrated…

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne Independence Message 2017

National Statement On The Honourable Gaston A. Browne, MP Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Corporate Governance and Public Private Partnerships of Antigua and Barbuda On the 36th Anniversary of the Independence of Antigua and Barbuda 1st November 2017 My Fellow Citizens and Residents, Happy Independence. On this the 36th anniversary of our nation’s independence, we stand in the sunshine of history. We are a people who are joined together as a single nation, with shared values, common purposes, and a common destiny. Thirty-six years ago, the framers of our country’s constitution,…

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Politics 

UPP 36th Independence Message from Senator Harold Lovell (AUDIO)

As Antigua and Barbuda celebrates its 36th anniversary of political independence, we reflect on what has been a landmark year for our country; one that we will not soon forget. Following several highly publicized national and international scandals, there was the loss of our visa-free access to Canada in June; a lackluster and disappointing 60th anniversary of Carnival in July/August; and then Hurricane Irma’s arrival in early September. Although the hurricane left behind a path of destruction and misery in Barbuda, it also engendered an outpouring of love and unity…

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 DNA’s INDEPENDENCE ADDRESS – A CLARION CALL TO ACTION

Citizens and residents of Antigua and Barbuda, the Leadership and members of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) extend congratulations to you the People of our country as we celebrate our 36th anniversary of political independence. The theme for this year’s independence, “Unite to Rebuild”, appears to suggest that our government is extending the proverbial olive branch to all who reside here – after the ravages suffered particularly by our Barbudan brothers and sisters during the recent passage of hurricane Irma on September 5th, 2017 – to join hands in the…

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