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Government responds to UPP on Sweet Homes project in the UAE

March 7, 2015 @ 11:40 AM
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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – March 7, 2015…….The Government of Antigua and Barbuda on Friday responded to a story appearing in the Observer Newspaper of 6th March entitled, “UPP raises fresh questions about Sweet Homes CIP deal”. Chief of Staff, Ambassador Lionel Hurst, said:  “There is no requirement under the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme for anyone to purchase any of the units under the Sweet Homes project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  The contractual arrangement with the UAE project is that it can refer persons to the CIP for consideration, and would be paid a commission for doing [...]

Antigua in Berlin to secure Energy Initiatives, Hotel Investment and Increase Tourism Business for the Country

March 7, 2015 @ 11:11 AM
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Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Delegation attends multiple conferences in Berlin to secure Energy Initiatives, Hotel Investment and Increase Tourism Business for the Country Photo Caption:Cherrie Osborne – UK Director of Tourism, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority; Stanley Francis - National Tours; Kathrin Borowoski- Blue Waters, Sugar Ridge and Hermitage Bay; Dr. Werner Giersch - Honourary Consul .; The Hon. Asot Michael Minister of Tourism, Investment, Economic Development and Energy; Hans Kupin - Economic Envoy; Rohan Hector - Chairman Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority; Devin Joseph- Antigua Yacht Club Marina; Fabio Giorgi - The Inn at English Harbour. (St. John’s, Antigua [...]

Callaloo Cay Resort Development at Morris Bay in Old Road to be discussed at Townhall Meeting

March 5, 2015 @ 7:03 AM
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Tuesday, 3 March 2015: The Gaston Browne-led Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) government will be taking another of its tourism and community development projects to the people of the southern community of Old Road on Wednesday, 4 March 2015 The Callaloo Cay Resort Development at Morris Bay will be the subject of a consultation at a Townhall Meeting at the Old Road Primary School, where Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne; the Attorney General the Honourable Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin; Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Casroy James; Mr. Dawood Shah, representative of the developer His Excellency Sheik Tariq Faisal [...]

Antigua and Barbuda represented at CARICOM – High Level Meeting in Germany

March 4, 2015 @ 6:22 AM
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The Honorable Asot Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy was among senior ministers and other officials from the CARICOM region taking part in a series of high level meetings between CARICOM countries and the Government of Germany in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany on March 2 - 3, 2015. The meeting, which followed on an invitation from the Government of Germany, discussed a range of issues including concessionary development financing for Caribbean countries, energy security and renewable energy, information and communication technologies, regional geopolitical developments, CARICOM relations with Germany, and climate change. A series of meetings were also held [...]

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 [...]

Tourism Authority (Amendment) Bill 2015 by Hon. Asot Michael

February 24, 2015 @ 11:05 AM
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This Bill seeks to amend the Tourism Authority Act, 2008, with a view to reducing the membership of the Board from thirteen to nine and to abolish the Advisory Council. The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has been in existence since 2008.   The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party Administration upon coming to office following the recent General Elections in June 2014 made an announcement of its intent to dismantle the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. However, the closure of the Authority would have lead to the following financial obligations; Redundancy costs and outstanding gratuities to staff in the amount of [...]