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RESPONSE TO THE US INCSR REPORT 2015 BY THE ONDCP

March 31, 2015 @ 6:24 PM
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The ONDCP rejects the claims in the United States 2015 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) that “Antigua and Barbuda remains a significant or substantial offshore center which continues to be vulnerable to money laundering and other financial crimes.” The ONDCP also rejects the validity of references attributed to it in the 2015 INCSR.  These references are selective and taken out of context and, therefore, convey an inaccurate and misleading impression of the Antigua and Barbuda jurisdiction. Given the quantum of resources invested in anti-money laundering efforts by Antigua and Barbuda, and the small size of currency transactions emanating from the country, it [...]

Antigua and Barbuda Government questions US money laundering report

March 20, 2015 @ 3:05 AM
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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 19th March, 2015: The government of Antigua and Barbuda has questioned a report by the United States Department of State that categorises Antigua and Barbuda and six other Caribbean countries as “jurisdictions of primary concern for money laundering”. The report is the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) for 2015. Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who is also Minister of Finance, said that “it is cold comfort to Antigua and Barbuda that the US State Department has also placed the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the People’s Republic of China in the same category”. “Categorisation [...]

Antigua and Barbuda Showcases a Fresh New Look

March 19, 2015 @ 9:53 PM
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(Miami, Florida) - Antigua and Barbuda Tourism officials continue their relentless efforts to negotiate for more cruise calls.   They successfully showcased the attributes and attractions of the destination, at Cruise Shipping Miami 2015. The annual event held from Marc  h 16 – 19 is the largest gathering of Cruise Tourism Officials in North America. The Delegation headed by the Hon Asot A. Michael Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy included Senator Mary-Claire Hurst Chairperson of the Antigua Port Authority, General Manager Darwin Telemaque and Ms. Shirlene Nibbs Tourism Consultant in the Ministry of Tourism who has been tasked [...]

Minister Samantha Marshall Represents Nation at High Level Meeting at the United Nations

March 15, 2015 @ 5:38 PM
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NEW YORK, NY, USA – 15th March, 2015…….Hon. Samantha Marshall, Minister of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development last week represented Antigua and Barbuda as the only CARICOM minister at a High Level side event, hosted by the Regional Office of  UN Women for Latin America and the Caribbean and the Permanent Mission of Ecuador, at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, on “ National Women’s Machineries and the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: Experiences f rom Latin America and the Caribbean”. Minister Marshall spoke about the actions, achievements and challenges [...]

Tourism Stakeholders meet with IMF, Central Bank and Caribbean Development Bank Delegation

March 14, 2015 @ 4:19 PM
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(St. Johns Antigua 13th March 2015) Antigua and Barbuda’s Ministry of Tourism and Tourism Authority officials led by Tourism Minister Hon. Asot A. Michael met with a joint delegation comprising the IMF, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank CDB who were on island to conduct their biannual assessment of the country’s economic performance. The country’s Tourism team was augmented by other Ministry officials representing the areas of Economic Development, Investment and Energy. These included Chairman of the St. Johns Development Cooperation Rohan Hector, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Development Investment and Energy Paula Frederick-Hunte, [...]

Italian Students Learn about Antigua and Barbuda’s work at the United Nations

March 12, 2015 @ 9:05 PM
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  NEW YORK, NY, USA – 12th March 2015……..The Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda in New York recently hosted twenty-nine students from various schools and colleges in Italy who were representing Antigua and Barbuda at the annual Model United Nations Conference held at the UN Headquarters from March 4th- 6th, 2015. The students were briefed by the Permanent Representative, Ambassador H.E. Walton Webson, and Counsellor Tumasie Blair on the work done by the Antigua and Barbuda Permanent Mission in New York and its diplomatic roles and relationships in multilateral affairs.  They also discussed the unique position that Antigua and [...]

Caribbean Candidates for Int’l Positions

March 11, 2015 @ 8:52 AM
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STATEMENT Mismanagement of Our CARICOM Affairs The cronyism, nepotism and promotion of unqualified persons by Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar have been now exported to the CARICOM and international posts. The two most recent nominations she made have failed to receive both Caribbean and wider international support. The first of these failed nominations was Mr. Hamid Ghany, a known insider to the Mrs. Persad-Bissessar’s cabal and propagandist for her directives. He was nominated for the Secretary General of the 79-nation African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group even though he had no relevant experience in trade negotiations, in the workings of the ACP [...]

PM Browne and Cabinet tour US Base

March 11, 2015 @ 8:47 AM
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 ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 10th March 2015……….The administration of Prime Minister Gaston Browne is entering into the second stage of the negotiations for the handover of the US Base—both land and assets—to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.  The USA informed the former Prime Minister, Hon. Baldwin Spencer, nearly two years ago, that it would be closing the base; that information was kept a secret. However, once the information of the base closure was communicated to the Honourable Gaston Browne, as Prime Minister, a few months ago, he set about to squeeze the most from the departing US [...]

“NEW STRATEGY FOR TOURISM” ANNOUNCES TOURISM MINISTER

March 10, 2015 @ 8:53 AM
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“NEW STRATEGY FOR TOURISM” ANNOUNCES TOURISM MINISTER, AS HE CALLS IN TOURISM TECHNICIANS IN TWO-DAY ROUNDTABLE SESSION (St. John’s, Antigua) - Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Asot Michael, has charged technicians in The Ministry of Tourism and The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, to be custodians of the country’s economic growth.  “We have many projects coming on stream. We have the responsibility to fill those rooms.  But, while that is happening, we have a few existing properties that are non-performing.  We have to figure out what can be done to make those properties vibrant again.” The Tourism Minister made the remarks [...]

Hon. Asot Michael’s Remarks in MOT, & ABTA Joint Strategy Meeting

March 9, 2015 @ 11:05 AM
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Good morning Colleagues …        First of all, it’s a great pleasure to welcome the combined team of the Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority to this important meeting. Indeed, I expect this meeting to produce plans, strategies and outcomes that will set the tourism industry on an upward trajectory. From this meeting, I want new, creative ideas that will serve to considerably enhance our place in the world market as one of the leading tourism destinations globally. I want to hear what my friend, Ambassador Sir Ron Sanders, once described to me as “disruptive thinking” – [...]