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 Politics Tourism 

Tourism Ministry has Reasons to Celebrate- Former Tourism Minister praises government for expansion in Tourism

Former Minister of Tourism, and MP for St. Peter, the Honourable Asot Michael lauds the Government for the continuous growth and expansion of the tourism sector in Antigua and Barbuda. During his budget debate presentation, the former minister took the opportunity to highlight the achievements of the ministry and all those who have made that possible. His remarks were in response to Former Prime Minister Sir Lester Bird’s comment that the industry needed revitalization. “Far from neglecting tourism, from the very outset, this administration placed the industry at the front…

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Disaster Management Politics 

NODS Director Speaks on Barbuda Council’s Military Clash on Tuesday

Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) Philmore Mullin says the confrontation Tuesday between Barbuda Council members and military officers in Barbuda over use of the Council Office was unnecessary. It was reported that the council members arrived at the office demanding to have a meeting in the building which has been under repairs after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Mullin says it is unnecessary to have this type of situation as NODS is in the business of solving problems. He says if a meeting is required, a…

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Politics 

UPP Unveils a Comprehensive Pathway to Youth Empowerment

At thesecond NationalVision Forumheld on January 30th2018, dedicated to the Youth of Antigua & Barbuda, the United Progressive Partyrolled out a Youth Empowerment Plan (YEP),with the overallgoal of facilitating the creative dreams of all young people who call this state home and providing a sound, feasible roadmap to entrepreneurship and some self-determination. Political LeaderHarold Lovell, ably assisted by UPP candidatefor St. Peter,Colin Isaac, very clearly articulated the merits of YEPto a packed audience at ABWU-HQ, the majority of whom were young persons. YEP is a 4-part pathway to Youth Empowerment.  These…

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Community Politics Uncategorized 

Press Release ABCRE RECEIVES CITIZEN SUPPORT AT 3RD CONSTITUTION MEETING

Members of Antiguans and Barbudans for Constitutional Reform and Education (ABCRE) hosted their 3rd townhall meeting on Thursday, January 18th, 2018 at the St. John’s Multipurpose Center at Perry Bay. The event, with its attendance exceeding that of their two previous meetings, addressed specific provisions of the Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda and sought the audience’s ideas on proposed changes. Leading the panel was Ralph G. Bowen, Esq., the organization’s chairman; Beverly Benjamin- George, Esq., their Recording Secretary; and board member Franz DeFreitas. The group focused on 9 sections of…

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Politics 

Teco Calls headline “Misleading” as he rejects reports that he was Forced to Resign

In an open letter, Former Minister, Honourable Eustace “teco” Lake denounces claims made by a media entity that he was forced to resign from his parliamentary duties. The letter, addressed to the residents of St. John’s Rural South and the wider public states that he “categorically reject the reports of the news entity as erroneous and overly sensationalizing such an important issue.” On Tuesday, an online news entity reported that the St. John’s South MP “said he was forced to resign in an attempt to get him to resolve his…

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Development Politics 

PM Browne Thanks China for Barbuda Rebuilding Partnership. Expresses concern over Aid Agencies policies – “Barbudans must benefit”

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne has commended the People’s Republic of China for making available 2 million US dollars to assist the government in repairing 250 roofs that were damaged by hurricane Irma.    Speaking in Barbuda during a ceremony to commence the project which involves the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Prime Minister Browne said that China has been a close ally of Antigua and Barbuda and has assisted in almost every sector of the country’s development.  “There is no area that China would not have contributed to…

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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 Politics 

Government to Prioritize Road Construction and rehabilitation in 2018

.While the former UPP administration spent over $1.4 billion on roads, the Gaston Browne administration has been forced to prioritize road construction and rehabilitation due to the poor quality of the nation’s roads.   Prime Minister Browne speaking in Parliament on Thursday during his Budget presentation outlined that the state of our roads is telling testimony to the high levels of corruption and incompetence of the former Government.   He said that his government is however looking to the future.  “We are well aware that roads must now be a…

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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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