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Commentary: Women as political leaders - not a gender issue

April 21, 2017
Commentary: Women as political leaders - not a gender issue Modern history is showered with women as political leaders and heads of government. When women first emerged in these roles, it was regarded as ‘breaking a glass ceiling’ – a breakthrough for the female gender in occupying high positions once regarded as the preserve of men.

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Barbuda marks boundaries of coastal sanctuaries

April 20, 2017
Barbuda marks boundaries of coastal sanctuaries CODRINGTON, Barbuda -- Last week, Barbuda Fisheries completed the demarcation of Barbuda’s coastal sanctuaries. This marks an important milestone in the island’s efforts to manage and protect its marine resources. Over the last three months, a team consisting of Barbuda Fisheries...

St Kitts-Nevis joins Antigua-Barbuda in rejecting Illinois tax haven label

April 19, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis joins Antigua-Barbuda in rejecting Illinois tax haven label BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Efforts by one American state to officially label St Kitts and Nevis a foreign tax haven are being strongly objected to by the federation’s foreign affairs minister, Mark Brantley, thus joining Antigua and Barbuda in a similar protest. A proposed House Bill 3419...

Evidence mounts of flawed US State Department Caribbean report

April 18, 2017
Evidence mounts of flawed US State Department Caribbean report WASHINGTON, USA -- There is a growing body of evidence that the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) published last month by the US State Department contains a number of factual inaccuracies in relation to the Eastern Caribbean. The INCSR covers 87 countries and...

US appeals court holds that Antigua-Barbuda is not liable to Stanford Ponzi victims

April 15, 2017
US appeals court holds that Antigua-Barbuda is not liable to Stanford Ponzi victims NEW ORLEANS, USA -- The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) bars Stanford International Bank Ltd (SIBL) Ponzi scheme victims from bringing a claim against Antigua and Barbuda, a foreign state. The decision reversed a ruling by...

Commentary: The weakness of assaults on second citizenship

April 15, 2017
Commentary: The weakness of assaults on second citizenship Citizenship by investment programmes (CIPs) are operated, in one form or another, by many countries, including the US, Canada, and several European Union (EU) nations. Yet, commentators in various media single out Caribbean countries and Malta for adverse comment. The adverse comments...

ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015

April 13, 2017
ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015 BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Legislators and bankers from across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) met in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday to discuss proposed amendments to the Banking Act 2015. The Act addresses the need for effective risk-focused supervision of...

Antigua-Barbuda PM alleges duplicity by opposition leaders

April 12, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda PM alleges duplicity by opposition leaders ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has exposed what he regards as the duplicity of opposition leaders Baldwin Spencer and Harold Lovell in a letter written by them to Governor General Sir Rodney Williams that refers to the Commissions of Inquiry Act.

US embassy hosts entrepreneurship program in Eastern Caribbean

April 11, 2017
US embassy hosts entrepreneurship program in Eastern Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) hosted a traveling program focused on entrepreneurship. The program traveled to Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, and Barbados, and targeted...

Antigua-Barbuda strongly objects to being listed as a tax haven by Illinois

April 7, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda strongly objects to being listed as a tax haven by Illinois ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday registered strong objections with the US state of Illinois, which has introduced legislation listing Antigua and Barbuda and ten Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries along with six other Caribbean jurisdictions as tax havens.

Fallout continues from 60 Minutes 'Passports for Sale' broadcast

April 6, 2017
Fallout continues from 60 Minutes 'Passports for Sale' broadcast GENEVA, Switzerland -- The fallout continues from a controversial “60 Minutes” investigative programme aired by the US television network CBS on January 1, which focused on the citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) operated by three out of the five Caribbean islands that offer...

Antigua-Barbuda commences process of issuing new ePassports

April 6, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda commences process of issuing new ePassports ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda has commenced receiving application for a new electronic passport (ePassport) to be officially rolled out later this month. The ePassport, which will facilitate safe and secure travel, is becoming the international norm in travel...

Antigua-Barbuda launches new education course on Travel Agent University

April 6, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda launches new education course on Travel Agent University NEW YORK, USA -- Antigua and Barbuda has announced the launch of its new agent specialist course on the premiere e-learning platform, Travel Agent University (TAU). TAU, with 45,000 plus active members, is the industry's largest online travel agent community, having graduated...

US State Department attack on Nevis 'unfounded and misleading'

April 4, 2017
US State Department attack on Nevis 'unfounded and misleading' CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- In a press statement on Friday, Heidi-Lynn Sutton, the financial services regulator in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), refuted as “unfounded and misleading” claims made by the US State Department that “financial oversight in Nevis remains problematic due to...

LIAT pilots call for removal of airline management

April 4, 2017
LIAT pilots call for removal of airline management ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) said in a statement on Monday that it has no other choice but to call on the shareholder governments to remove the current LIAT management. “We reluctantly make this call because we will not stand by and watch the airline’s...

US ambassador offers advice to Caribbean states

April 4, 2017
US ambassador offers advice to Caribbean states BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean nations are getting some advice on measures that should be taken in their quest to strengthen their economies. US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, who heads the American embassy in Bridgetown, says regional states...

Alternative facts: A tale of two countries - Antigua-Barbuda and Honduras

April 3, 2017
Alternative facts: A tale of two countries - Antigua-Barbuda and Honduras WASHINGTON, USA -- As reported on Saturday, a report released last month by the US Department of State credits the Honduras government with battling crime and drug trafficking, while being sharply critical of Eastern Caribbean islands, Antigua and Barbuda in particular, for failing to curb drug...

Antigua-Barbuda announces winners for romance sweepstakes

April 3, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda announces winners for romance sweepstakes NEW YORK, USA -- Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating the success of its dynamic new Antigua Barbuda Romance Facebook page launched on Valentine's Day by announcing the winners of their first sweepstakes: Miami couple, Brandi George Arcos and Carlos Arcos. As part of the official launch...

US praises Honduras while criticising Eastern Caribbean islands

April 1, 2017
US praises Honduras while criticising Eastern Caribbean islands WASHINGTON, USA -- A report released last month by the US Department of State credits the Honduras government for reducing rates of homicide, kidnapping, and extortion in the Central American country, while being sharply critical of Eastern Caribbean islands for failing to curb drug trafficking.

OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist

March 30, 2017
OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The biggest impediment to growth of the economies of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is their small size and scale of production, and the lack of a unified regional approach to development. That’s the view of Dr Vanus James, economist...

ICT is everyone's responsibility, says Antigua-Barbuda PM

March 29, 2017
ICT is everyone's responsibility, says Antigua-Barbuda PM ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua, the island of 365 beaches, was the location of the ICT Week and Symposium and Prime Minister Gaston Browne, in delivering the feature address at the opening ceremony, stated that everyone needs to get involved in ICT.  “ICT is inclusive and all empowering...

OECS officials convene to discuss freedom of movement regime

March 28, 2017
OECS officials convene to discuss freedom of movement regime CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional integration stakeholders convened on March 16 to discuss the current implementation status of the indefinite stay regime and the rights contingent to the free movement of people regime; two critical accomplishments of the OECS.

US brands Eastern Caribbean countries 'a transit point for drug traffickers'

March 25, 2017
US brands Eastern Caribbean countries 'a transit point for drug traffickers' BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The US State Department has labeled the Eastern Caribbean as a “transit point for drug traffickers going to the United States and Europe”. According to the State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released in March, the Eastern Caribbean...

OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment

March 25, 2017
OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Laboratories in Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency. On Wednesday March 15, 2017...

Subtle but key differences in Caribbean citizenship programmes

March 23, 2017
Subtle but key differences in Caribbean citizenship programmes MIAMI, USA -- It is often tempting to lump together the five citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes of the Eastern Caribbean, with investors assuming that the only difference is the reputation of the island or the price of the passport. This is clearly not the case. While they often share many...

Antigua-Barbuda announces new head of citizenship unit

March 22, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda announces new head of citizenship unit ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda has announced the appointment of the first national of Antigua and Barbuda, Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, to head the country’s important Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU). Quinland-Donovan’s appointment takes...

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