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Antigua and Barbuda declines request to give Taiwanese visa free entry

February 28, 2015 @ 11:54 AM
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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Babruda – 27th February 2015…….The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has declined a request made on 24th February 2015, through the Secretariat of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), to grant visa-free entry to nationals of Taiwan. In a letter to the Director-General of the OECS, Dr Didacus Jules, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has made it clear that Antigua and Barbuda is committed to a One-China policy and has enjoyed unbroken and beneficial relations with the Peoples Republic of China.   Therefore, the government of Antigua and Barbuda “respectfully declines the request”. The Director General of Communications in the Prime Minister’s [...]

PM Browne calls on CARICOM Heads to protect Regional Financial Services

February 28, 2015 @ 9:59 AM
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NASSAU, The Bahamas – 28th February 2015……….Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Browne has warned that the Caribbean’s banking sector “is facing a new and potentially devastating threat” because the  Region is being labelled as “a high-risk area for financial services”. The Prime Minister was speaking as the out-going Chair of CARICOM at its Inter-Sessional Conference in the Bahamas. He informed the Conference that “correspondent banks in the United States and major banking centres in Europe are being made to evaluate risks versus rewards for doing business with Caribbean indigenous banks, and offshore banks established our regional financial [...]

Antigua and Barbuda and Fiji Formalize Relations

February 27, 2015 @ 11:54 AM
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NEW YORK, New York, USA – 27th February 2015……Antigua and Barbuda has formulized diplomatic relations at the Ambassadorial level with the Government of Fiji on February 20th 2015. Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations H.E. Ambassador Dr. Walton Aubrey Webson and Permanent Representative of Fiji H.E. Ambassador Peter Thompson signed a Joint Communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two states. Both countries highlighted their similarities as Small Island Developing States and pledged to support each other in areas that are important to their respective development. Areas of discussion for joint collaboration are Climate Change, Oceans, and debt. The [...]

PM Browne delivers Rousing Address at CARCIOM Inter-Sessional Opening in the Bahamas

February 26, 2015 @ 12:01 PM
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“United Action will allow us to take advantage of opportunities that could better the lives of our people” NASSAU, The Bahamas – 26th February 2015……Focusing on a message of togetherness, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne delivered a rousing address at the Opening of the 26th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM in The Bahamas today, calling on the region’s leaders to approach the development of the region as one people. “Only our collective action in defence of our mutual interest will offer resistance to the tides of unfavourable challenges that rush from outside and imperil the livelihoods of our [...]

Government to Partner with Microsoft on E3 Solution Platform Initiative

February 26, 2015 @ 11:57 AM
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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 26th February 2015……The Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology will be signing a milestone agreement with Microsoft on Monday 2nd March 2015. Microsoft officials arrived on island earlier this week, to discuss the particulars of the partnership with Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology, the Hon. Melford Nicholas. The agreement will allow for the long awaited transformation of how government conducts business through the use of the “Microsoft Office 365” platform, which is being contracted through a Licensing Solutions Partner (LSP), SoftwareOne. This programme is expected to create a portal [...]

Antigua and Barbuda and Venezuela Agree on Terms for West Indies Oil Company (WIOC) Acquisition

February 23, 2015 @ 10:57 AM
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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 23rd February 2015……..Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne and Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Her Excellency Delcy Rodriguez, on Saturday 21st February successfully hammered out an agreement covering the acquisition of the West Indies Oil Company WIOC. Foreign Minister Rodriguez and her team of ambassadors and technicians flew into Antigua on Friday on the instructions of President Nicolas Maduro, fulfilling a promise made to Prime Minister Browne in Costa Rica to collaborate on the acquisition of one of the most significant business enterprise in Antigua and Barbuda. “We had a most [...]

Sports and Culture Minister Remembers Marcus Christopher

February 23, 2015 @ 10:40 AM
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 ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 23rd February 2015……‘A cultural icon whose mastery of his craft allowed a Nation to trace its progress’ were Minister Chet Greene’s, initial comments as he reflected on the passing of Antigua and Barbudan veteran calypso writer Marcus Christopher. “As the Ministry, in particular the Culture Development Division and the National Festival Office joins with all Antigua and Barbuda to extend sympathy to the wife and family of Mr. Christopher on his passing, we reflect on the positive impact he had on the growth of the Calypso art form, music and Mas across the Nation. [...]

Antigua and Barbuda History Month Progresses

February 22, 2015 @ 10:44 AM
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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda - February 22, 2015 - The inaugural Antigua & Barbuda History Month moves into week two with three more village exhibitions and film shows followed by two days of centralized activities at the Multipurpose Cultural Center, before culminating in Barbuda by mid-March. The activities got off to an excellent start in Old Road last Monday 16th February, moving on to Swetes, then Old Road. In each village there was an exhibit of village life highlighting the lifestyle and culture followed by an old time ‘flim’ show and cultural presentation. The exhibits were visited by a [...]

Antigua and Barbuda PM requests hold on LIAT decision

February 17, 2015 @ 9:16 AM
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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – February 17, 2015……Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has written to his colleague Dr Ralph Gonsalves in his capacity as Chairman of LIAT Shareholders, requesting that “no further action be taken with regard to any decisions made at the meeting of Shareholders’ of LIAT in Barbados on February 13th 2015” until his Cabinet has had the opportunity to discuss the matter. At the meeting of the LIAT shareholder-governments, decisions were announced about disposition of the airline’s fleet of planes and the laying-off of some 160 workers. Antigua and Barbuda is the second largest [...]

14th Meeting of the Ministerial Council of PetroCaribe Caracas, Venezuela

November 21, 2014 @ 11:35 AM
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HON. ASOT MICHAEL MP 20TH NOVEMBER 2014  Mr Chairman Distinguished Delegates: It is an honour and pleasure for me to represent Antigua and Barbuda at this Ministerial Council of PetroCaribe, and I believe that important decisions will be taken today that will strengthen the PetroCaribe arrangements even more. I bring with me to this meeting the warm fraternal greetings from the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Gaston Browne. As current Chairman of the Caribbean Community, Prime Minister Gaston Browne reaffirms the robust solidarity of the member states of CARICOM within PetroCaribe. Prime Minister Browne understands the centrality [...]