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 decision, Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who was in London last week, where he led a delegation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting said, “this mission signals Britain’s intention to be a truly global Britain and the importance Britain places on the Caribbean. Antigua and Barbuda has had a long shared history with the United Kingdom. As we look to the future we are eager to work even more closely with our UK friends to strengthen trade, investment and develop cooperation in areas of mutual interest including climate change, issues of security, advocacy for reform in ODA rules and the sustainable use of our ocean spaces.”
Also, reacting to the decision was the Foreign Minister, the Honourable E.P. Chet Greene MP. Minister Greene welcomed the decision by the UK Government to open a High Commission in Antigua and Barbuda at this critical point in time in global relations. He stated: “This will allow Antigua and Barbuda to potentially serve as a hub for identified areas for UK trade and investment into the Eastern Caribbean”.
The Mission is expected to open in Antigua and Barbuda in January 2019.