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Antigua-Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis join OAS initiative on small business development centres

July 24, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis join OAS initiative on small business development centres WASHINGTON, USA -- The governments of Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Organization of Americans States (OAS) for the implementation of a project for the development of the Small Business Development Centre...

'Dark web' mastermind had clean background: Antigua-Barbuda CIU

July 22, 2017
'Dark web' mastermind had clean background: Antigua-Barbuda CIU ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In response to revelations on Thursday that the largest criminal marketplace on the Internet, AlphaBay, was created and operated by an economic citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) issued a statement confirming that the background check...

Antigua-Barbuda hotel stakeholders impressed with tourism marketing strategy

July 22, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda hotel stakeholders impressed with tourism marketing strategy ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The marketing strategies for Antigua and Barbuda’s main source markets in the USA, UK and Europe, Caribbean and Canada, were scrutinised by local stakeholders at a public/private sector market consultation hosted by Antigua and Barbuda’s ministry of tourism and and the Antigua and...

Sunwing Travel takes over management of Jolly Beach Resort in Antigua

July 20, 2017
Sunwing Travel takes over management of Jolly Beach Resort in Antigua ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Prime Minister Gaston Browne has welcomed the news of Sunwing Travel assuming management of Jolly Beach Resort in Antigua, calling it a major boost to the tourism industry. Following a meeting on Wednesday with Rob Barrett, who took over ownership of the hotel and has...

Antigua-Barbuda to publish new list of current diplomatic passport holders

July 15, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda to publish new list of current diplomatic passport holders ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In response to questions regarding the individuals recently listed as holders of diplomatic passports, Antigua and Barbuda prime minister, Gaston Browne, has clarified that the list released this week represented the names of everyone issued such a passport in recent years.

Antigua-Barbuda minister rejects opposition's 'feeble attempt' to discredit tourism performance

July 14, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda minister rejects opposition's 'feeble attempt' to discredit tourism performance ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism minister Asot Michael responded on Wednesday to allegations of poor leadership and mismanagement made in a media statement issued by the leader of the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP), Harold Lovell, following a reported decline in...

Antigua-Barbuda releases list of diplomat passports

July 14, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda releases list of diplomat passports ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda has released the complete list of all persons bearing the country’s diplomatic passports, in satisfaction of a promise made in Parliament by the prime minister, Gaston Browne, to release the entire list. The list reveals that 186 diplomatic passports...

Commentary: The structure and impact of transnational corruption in Latin America

July 12, 2017
Commentary: The structure and impact of transnational corruption in Latin America Ángel Rondón, Odebrecht’s Dominican representative, was recently sentenced to one year in prison on corruption charges. Rondón is accused of having organized the distribution of $92 million in the form of bribes among several politicians to secure public work contracts and install a monopoly...

Venezuelan opposition leader's release aided by Antigua-Barbuda

July 8, 2017
Venezuelan opposition leader's release aided by Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Friday’s surprise release of opposition leader Leopoldo López to house arrest by Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice was brought about in part by quiet diplomacy by Antigua and Barbuda officials, Prime Minister Gaston Browne revealed in a statement on Saturday.

Economic citizenship due diligence issues extend beyond the Caribbean

July 8, 2017
Economic citizenship due diligence issues extend beyond the Caribbean TORONTO, Canada -- An alert generated on Saturday, July 1, by the regional advance passenger information system (APIS) in relation to a Chinese national with a St Kitts and Nevis passport departing from Canada and transiting through Antigua en route to St Kitts has raised questions about the integrity of Canada's...

Defamation claim in Dubai does not affect Caribbean, say regional citizenship consultants

July 8, 2017
Defamation claim in Dubai does not affect Caribbean, say regional citizenship consultants DUBAI, UAE – In response to speculation by regional media that defamation proceedings filed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by regional and global citizenship consultants Arton Group against the International Migration Council (IMC), which began in Dubai this week, may somehow reflect negatively...

Antigua-Barbuda renews commitment to Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase

July 8, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda renews commitment to Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase HAVANA, Cuba -- Antigua and Barbuda has recommitted to supporting the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase (TCFS), which is a platform for sharing quality audio-visual content from across the region. Howard and Mitzi Allen of HAMAFilms Antigua recently attended the meeting of the coordinating...

Tropical depression accelerating westward

July 7, 2017
Tropical depression accelerating westward MIAMI, USA -- The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services issued an advisory on Thursday in relation to a tropical depression that, while on the present forecast track, will likely pass a safe distance to the north of the Caribbean on Sunday, any shift to the left of the forecast track could result...

Commentary: Closing down the citizenship by investment programme will hurt Antigua-Barbuda

July 7, 2017
Commentary: Closing down the citizenship by investment programme will hurt Antigua-Barbuda Much has been said over the last few days about closing down the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP). The most vociferous calls for the suspension of the CIP have come from Harold Lovell, the leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) and Dr Isaac Newton, an Antiguan native with...

CARICOM discord further exposed at Grenada summit

July 6, 2017
CARICOM discord further exposed at Grenada summit ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Following the very public collapse of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member unity at last month’s Organization of American States summit in Mexico, the bloc’s disharmony was further exposed at the heads of government meeting currently taking place in Grenada.

Antigua-Barbuda clarifies apparent disparities in economic citizenship reports

July 5, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda clarifies apparent disparities in economic citizenship reports ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Financial controller of Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Casford King, has clarified an exchange between himself and a local reporter after the CIU’s press conference on Friday, June 30, which subsequently emerged as a headline story, alleging...

Defamation claim by regional citizenship consultants opens in Dubai court

July 4, 2017
Defamation claim by regional citizenship consultants opens in Dubai court DUBAI, UAE -- The first hearing in legal proceedings for alleged defamation filed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by well known regional and global citizenship consultants Arton Group against the International Migration Council (IMC) and its representative office in Dubai began this week.

Letter: Cuba's right to sovereignty

July 3, 2017
Letter: Cuba's right to sovereignty For over two decades, Antigua and Barbuda has enjoyed cordial relations with Cuba. Further, the United Progressive Party shares a special bond with the government and people of Cuba. For these reasons, we wish to place on record our solidarity with our Cuban brothers and sisters.

Former Antigua-Barbuda regulator continues fight against extradition

June 30, 2017
Former Antigua-Barbuda regulator continues fight against extradition ST JOHN’S, Antigua --The Antigua and Barbuda Cabinet says it has been informed that the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court handed down a judgment on Wednesday in favour of former financial regulator Leroy King, granting leave for him to appeal an earlier High Court judgment rejecting an application...

Antigua-Barbuda affirms integrity of its citizenship programme

June 29, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda affirms integrity of its citizenship programme ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Chief executive officer (CEO) of Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, has assured all industry participants, new citizens and the general public that citizenships granted and the resulting travel documents issued under the country’s...

Canada ends visa-free travel for Antigua-Barbuda nationals

June 27, 2017
Canada ends visa-free travel for Antigua-Barbuda nationals ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Canada has decided to end visa-free travel for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. This decision reportedly relates to concerns over individuals who obtain passports under citizenship by investment programmes in the Caribbean. The Canadian High Commissioner...

Regional accounting profession imperilled by de-risking, says Caribbean diplomat

June 27, 2017
Regional accounting profession imperilled by de-risking, says Caribbean diplomat GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Veteran Caribbean diplomat, Sir Ronald Sanders, has warned the accounting and auditing community of the Caribbean that their businesses could soon be at risk as a result of rules that governments are expected to legislate and implement. According to the Antigua...

Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others

June 23, 2017
Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others OTTAWA, Canada -- The Department of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada has reportedly deported a number of Iranian nationals, all holding citizenship by investment (CBI) passports from Eastern Caribbean countries, back to the countries that issued their passports.

OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting

June 21, 2017
OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from the region’s five citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) met in Saint Lucia last Friday to explore opportunities for increased collaboration and harmonisation of due diligence processes. The meeting, convened at the behest of heads of government of...

Antigua-Barbuda's 60th Carnival gets a warm reception in Trinidad and Tobago

June 21, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda's 60th Carnival gets a warm reception in Trinidad and Tobago ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), in conjunction with the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, partnered last week in Trinidad and Tobago to launch the 60th anniversary of Antigua’s Carnival, which takes place from July 28 – August 7, 2017.

IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries

June 16, 2017
IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 2, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2017 discussion on the common policies of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) in the context of the Article IV consultations with member countries. Favorable external...

Seaborne Airlines to resume service to Antigua

June 15, 2017
Seaborne Airlines to resume service to Antigua SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Seaborne Airlines has announced that non-stop service between the carrier’s hub in San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport and Antigua and Barbuda, V.C. Bird International Airport, will resume starting on Friday, July 21, 2017. Seaborne Airlines and the Antigua...

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