CARICOM Politics Regional News 

Antigua & Barbuda participates in first High-Level Meeting between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Antigua and Barbuda last week participated in the Inaugural High-Level Meeting between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Republic of Korea was represented by His Excellency Mr. Lim Sung-nam, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, and the CARICOM Secretariat by Her Excellency Manorma Soeknandan, CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General, and CARICOM Member States by Ambassadors, Permanent Secretaries and other Senior Officials of their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The Meeting was co-chaired by Mrs. Sandy Peters-Philips, Acting Permanent Secretary…

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Politics 

PM Browne in St. Kitts for Meeting of the ECCB Monetary Council and Meeting of the OECS Authority

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne is today in St. Kitts and Nevis for the 87th Meeting of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and the 64th Meeting of the OECS Authority. Prime Minister Browne, who is the Chairman of the Monetary Council said that they are expected to look at proposed amendments to the Banking Act, hear an update on the amalgamation of the Indigenous Banks, receive and update on the first project for the diversification of the ECCU Financial system and address procedures for the selection of…

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Politics 

Cabinet Deplores Wanton Attack on Prime Minister’s Character

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda during its weekly sitting, today expressed their condemnation of slurs on the character of Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, by persons opposed to the government. “Cabinet ministers accept that they and the Prime Minister, by virtue of their positions, are open to scrutiny and criticism”, Director General of Communications Maurice Merchant said.  But, he added, “Cabinet Ministers consider that there is a line between genuine criticism and smears, and they are of the firm view that the line has been crossed by the recent attempts…

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Politics 

Barbuda Council Election Set for March 27, 2017; Nomination Day is 13 Days Before

Following the issue of the Writ by his Excellency Sir Dr. Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, the date of the Barbuda Council Elections has been confirmed and will take place on Monday, March 27, 2017. Nomination day is on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The Barbuda Council is an 11 member body consisting of nine directly elected members and two ex-officio members (Barbuda’s House and Senate representatives in the national Parliament) who serve four-year terms.  The 5 members who will be retiring their seats by rotation and who…

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Politics Regional Travel & Tourism 

Gaston Tells “some” Islands to Stop Making Excuses and Support LIAT

Prime Minister, Hon. Gaston Browne, has called on his Caribbean Community (CARICOM) colleagues to ‘step up to the plate’ and to contribute towards the continued operations of LIAT. Speaking at the CARICOM 28th Intercessional Meeting in Guyana on Thursday, PM Browne noted that the Antigua-based regional airline is a ‘very important institution’ that is critical to the integration movement. He said LIAT must be operated on the basis of ‘shared benefits and shared burden’ as he urged his colleagues to contribute to the upkeep of the airline. “Some countries continue to make…

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CARICOM Politics Regional News 

PM Browne in Guyana for CARICOM Heads Meeting

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne on Wednesdayarrived in Guyana for the 28th Intercessional Heads of Government Meeting of CARICOM which is expected to discuss among other things, the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), crime and security and correspondent banking. According to Prime Minister Browne, who is accompanied by CARICOM Ambassador Dr. Clarence Henry, the two-day meeting to be held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara on February 16 and 17, will be very important as there are a number of decisions that must be made if the…

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Politics 

UPP Presents Transformative Agenda to Restore Pride and Prosperity 

In his Senate Budget Debate Response, Senator Harold Lovell lays out a transformative agenda for Antigua and Barbuda that focuses on the optimization of the nation’s untapped potential — creative, intellectual and natural resources, while emphasizing the need to incentivize more domestic investment. The UPP Political Leader, Lovell raises the bar with a number of innovative strategies, solutions and incentives that will establish a strong bond between concept of entrepreneurial government and the U-conomy. This party-coined platform will “give more power to the people” by providing sustainable development opportunities for…

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New Policy Said to Increase Transparency, Accountability, Legitimacy of Diplomatic Appointments

The Government of Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne has introduced a new policy on the issuance of Diplomatic and Official Passports to increase the level of transparency, accountability and legitimacy of diplomatic appointments. Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne in making the announcement in Parliament recently, said that his Government recognizes that threats to global well-being have altered and intensified, particularly in relation to terrorist activities and organized crime and therefore has an obligation to preserve the integrity, standing and value of its official travel documents. He noted that…

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Politics Regional News 

Special Report: Dominica Passport Scandal Reveals Iranian Sanctions Busting and PRC Intelligence Focus on the “Third US Border” in the Caribbean

Analysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs. A deepen-ing corruption scandal involving the sale of passports and citizenship by the Govern-ment of the Commonwealth of Dominica has exposed broader links into Iranian sanc-tions-busting operations and what could be the key covert hub of People’s Republic of China (PRC) intelligence and political action activities aimed at undermining the US po-sition in the Caribbean, the “third US border”. These three issues seem to be separate but overlapping (and partially interrelated) events which put Dominica at the center of US…

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Development Politics 

Priority areas for the constituency of St. Peters outlined by representative M.P

Job creation for his constituents is foremost on the mind of St. Peter’s Member of Parliament Asot Michael as he seeks to transform the lives of thousands of residents he represents in Parliament. Addressing them directly last Friday from the seat, they helped him win for the ABLP in 2004, M.P Michael said his commitment has always been to improve the lives of his constituents, and he has held firm to that promise, adding that of major importance to him going forward, is placing the young people of St. Peter’s…

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