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SThe Antigua and Barb gh Commission
ISSUE No.103 September 2005
P rime minister the Honourable 3aldcwin Spencer
Sparticipated in the largest summit in United Nations
history, part of which he served as Chair of an interactive
roundc-table of Heacs ofState andcGovernment.

oThe 2005 World ummit, was convenedover a three (3)
cday period to consider the status of the Mllfennium
.'" e-- Development goals (A DG), and to take decisions on Secretary-
o i i enera ofi Annan's agenda for reforming the UnitedNations.
and Ambassador John Ashe I am pleased with the pedgce we world leaders have
made to give new momentum to globaldevelopment goals andto
strengthen the 6o-year-oldworldbodhy, so that it can ve up to the ideals on which it was founded" said the
Prime Minister, after the adoption by over 15so Heas of State andcovernment of a resolution containing the
outcome document of the 2005 dWorld ummit. Tche document contained a wice range of global issues, from
boosting cdeveopment in oor countries andcombating terrorism, as well as to create new Unitedcations
bodtesforpeace building ancdhuman rights.

"Ofparticular importance was the strong ancunambiguous commitment to achieve the MnDG -- a series
of ambitious targets, ranging from halving extreme poverty, to halting the spread of HYV/AIDS and to
providing universalprimary education by 2015," the Prime MIinister said
In addition, he noted that the outcome document also highlighted the leaders' agreement toprovide
immediate supportfor "quick impact" initiatives to support anti-malaria efforts, education andhealth care,
and acknowledges that peace, security, development and human rights were centralpillars of the United
Nations, while reaffirming that "development was a centralgoal... and that sustainable development in its
economic, social and environmental aspects constituted a key element of the overarching framework of the
UnitedNations activities.

cThe Prime fMinister also notedthat a key aspect of the outcome was the reform of the UN Secretariat
to make it more efficient, effective and accountable and commended UN Secretary-GenerafXofi Annanfor
the ongoing reform measures he has carried out to strengthen accountability and oversight, improve
management performance and transparency and reinforce ethicaCconduct among staff members. '"We have
caffed upon the Secretary-General to adopt the best management practices, including effective use of
information and communication technologies, with a view to increasing efficiency and enhancing
organization capacity, concentrating on those tasks that reflect the agreedpriorities of the Organization,
said the Prime Minister, and we await the proposals of the Secretary-GeneraC to the current session of the
General Assembly on the conditions and measures necessary for him to carry out his managerial
responsibilities effectively," he added
Inside
Of particular note is the request to the Secretary- Dr Cort leads delegation to annual World/IMF
general to submit proposals to General Assembly for: (a) in Washington (page s 1 and 2)
impCementing management reforms; (b) ensuring that thester Spencer and CCO Heads
Prime Minister Spencer and CARICOM Heads
United Nations budgetary, financial and human resource hold meeting with Canada's Prime Minister
policies, regulations andrules respondto the current needs of (page 6)
the Organization and enable the efficient and effective Antigua and Barbuda and USAID sign
conduct of its work andrequest; (c) a review with analysis and agreement for private sector
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HIGH COMMISSIONER'S MESSAGE


Dear Readers,


The month of September can be deemed
fulfilling for the Government. Prime Minister
Spencer twice addressed the General Assembly of
the World Summit of the UN; first on the progress
made on the Millennium Development Goals and
again when he reported on the outcome of the High
Level Plenary Roundtable that he chaired. He
expressed enthusiasm on the progress made in
some areas, and frustration with the lack of
progress in other areas.

He noted that while much remains to be
done for a world free from want and fear, the
discussion underscored that the steps taken so far
are significant in helping to meet the aspirations
and concerns of people everywhere.

During his meetings at the United Nations,
the Prime Minister met several Government leaders
with whom he held bi-lateral meetings, established
international relations, received a promise of
assistance towards debt forgiveness, and he also
took time out to meet Antiguans and Barbudans
living in the USA.

Two very important agreements were
signed that will greatly enhance our ability to attract


investment to our country: The Multilateral
Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the
Caribbean Open Trade Support (COTS).

MIGA was signed in Washington by Minister
of Finance and the Economy, Dr. Errol Cort, while
attending the World Bank/IMF meeting. He
declared that, "Antigua and Barbuda's membership
of this important multilateral agency is yet another
step by the UPP Government to foster and create a
domestic investment climate that is conducive to
private sector led growth, both through foreign
direct investment and local investment as well."
The Minister explained that "Antigua and Barbuda's
membership in MIGA would place the country in a
position to compete for foreign investment with the
required backing and support of the international
financial community."

This was followed by the signing of a MOU
in Antigua and Barbuda by the Prime Minister with
the Government of the United States of America
through USAID to provide technical assistance to
build an environment to spur private sector
development.

In his address Prime Minister Spencer said
that the signing of the MOU signals the
commencement of the Caribbean Open Trade
Support (COTS) initiative undertaken by USAID
which would provide about US$2 million on an
annual basis for four years.

The Prime Minister said "The Agreement
complements the recent US$10 million small and
medium size enterprise initiative which the
government recently established in partnership with
the Stanford Group of Companies. It also promises
to strengthen the trade environment, create jobs
and investment, forge new public-private sector
partnerships and improve disaster and physical
planning frameworks."

It all augurs well for our country!


Dr Carl Roberts
High Commissioner








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PM Spencer and Polish Minister Rotfeld
signing the bilateral agreement


Antigua and Barbuda
establishes diplomatic
relations with Poland

On 13th September, Prime
Minister Baldwin Spencer and Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Poland, Adam Daniel
Rotfeld met to sign agreements
establishing diplomatic relations.

During the meeting, Prime
Minister Spencer stated that his
government is pleased to establish
diplomatic relations with Poland, which
recently joined the European Union, and
hoped that relations would blossom into
a wider relationship with CARICOM.

It was outlined that practical
steps will be taken to deepen the
relationship with CARICOM on a more
bilateral basis and this will be developed
during a Vienna Meeting in May of 2006.

The Polish Minister, who also
attended the United Nations General
Assembly hoped for some success with
the overall reform of the United Nations.

Prime Minister Spencer said
that reform of the organs of the United
Nations is needed and it has been
disappointing that nations have not been
able to reach a consensus on any form
of reform.


Antigua and Barbuda called
upon to lobby USA on
behalf of the Peoples
Republic of China

Antigua and Barbuda along with
other Caribbean countries are being
asked to join forces in lobbying for the
United States to ease restrictions on
Chinese Nationals wishing to travel to the
Caribbean on vacation.


The appeal came from
China's Deputy Director General of the
Department of American and Oceanic
Affairs in the Ministry of Commerce, Jin Xu.

Mr. Jin Xu told a Caribbean Media
delegation in Beijing that the Caribbean is
becoming the destination of choice for
Chinese holiday-makers; due to the major
role its governments have placed in
boosting their tourism products. He
however noted that due to the
unavailability of indirect access, visa
applications are being rejected when
Chinese nationals apply to US Embassies
to use their country as a transit point to the
Caribbean.

The leader of the Ministry of
Commerce in China's capital has called for
a unified approach among Caribbean
Countries to lobby the US into having a
flexible visa policy, thereby making it
possible for Chinese holiday-makers to
experience what the Caribbean has to offer.
Despite the apparent blockade, Jin Xu is
optimistic that the Caribbean's Tourism
Industry will be boosted, since his
government is currently in talks with
Canada to use that country as a gateway
to the Caribbean.

A suggestion was also made by
the Dutch representatives on the Media
delegation for the Chinese to engage the
Dutch Government to use the Netherlands
as another gateway to the Caribbean.


Last year, during his State
visit to China, Prime Minister
Baldwin Spencer signed an
agreement with Chinese officials
designating Antigua and Barbuda as
a most favoured destination for
Chinese tourists. Upon his return to
Antigua, the Prime Minister revealed
that plans are being put in motion to
have the first plane load of tourists
from the Asian Continent arrived on
island before year end.

The Chinese Government
has also commenced discussions
with other Caribbean countries in a
bid to create a direct air bridge from
China to the Caribbean.

Despite the geographical
location between China and its
Caribbean partners, officials in
Beijing are confident that achieving a
tourism link with the Caribbean will
become a reality in a short while
because of the fruitful diplomatic
relations it has with 15 Caribbean
states.


Dr Cort leads delegation
to Annual Meetings of
the World Bank/IMF in
Washington

On 24th September,
Minister of Finance and Economy, Dr
Errol Cort headed a delegation to
the Annual Meetings of the World
Bank and the International Monetary
Fund in Washington, D.C. In his
capacity as Finance Minister, Dr.
Cort is also Antigua and Barbuda's
Governor of both the World Bank and
the International Monetary Fund.

Minister Cort was in
attendance at the Opening Joint
Session that was chaired by the
Minister of Finance of the Democratic


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Republic of Congo, Andre Philippe Futa.

In his address to the Governors,
Chairman Futa called for international
co-operation at all levels in the face of
wars, terrorism, rising oil prices,
inflationary tendencies and natural
disaster occurrences. Dr. Cort was also
on hand for the two featured addresses
by the new President of the World Bank,
Mr. Paul Wolfowitz, and the Managing
Director of the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) Mr. Del Rato.

While at the Meetings, the
Finance Minister participated in a special
Small States Forum that was chaired by
the Prime Minister of the Federation of
St. Kitts and Nevis, Denzil Douglas. The
Forum focused on a number of issues
critical to the development of small
states, and special attention was given to
small states' vulnerabilities to natural
disaster, and the role of insurance in that
regard.

The high point of the Minister's
visit to the Annual Meetings was the
signing of an Agreement between
Antigua and Barbuda and the World
Bank formally making Antigua and
Barbuda a member of the Multilateral
Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).
The agreement was signed on 26th
September, and will provide the
necessary guarantee to foreign investors
desirous of investing in Antigua and
Barbuda.

According to Dr. Cort, Antigua
and Barbuda's membership of this
important multilateral agency is yet
another step by the UPP Government to
foster and create a domestic investment
climate that is conducive to private
sector led growth, both through foreign
direct investment and local investment
as well. The Minister went on to state
that Antigua and Barbuda's membership
in MIGA would place the country in a
position to compete for foreign
investment with the requisite backing


and support of the international financial
community.

The Minister is accompanied at
the Meetings of the World Bank and the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) by
Antigua and Barbuda's Ambassador to the
United States and the Organization of
American States, Miss Deborah-Mae
Lovell, the Financial Secretary in the
Ministry of Finance and the Economy, Mr.
Whitfield Harris Jr., and the Minister
Counsellor in Antigua and Barbuda's
Permanent Mission to the Organization of
American States, Mr. Starret Greene.

Farewell to Justice
Joseph-Olivetti

Ministers and staff of the
Ministries of Justice and Legal Affairs and
members of the local judiciary bade fond
farewell to Justice Rita Joseph-Olivetti
during a recent reception held in her
honour, at the High Court, in the
Government Office Complex on Factory
Road.

Justice Joseph-Olivetti, originally
from Grenada, served as High Court Judge
in Antigua and Barbuda from September
2002 to September 2005, this jurisdiction
being her first assignment as High Court
Judge within the Organisation of Eastern
Caribbean states (OECS).

During her three year tenure,
Justice Joseph-Olivetti, described as being
very hardworking and thorough, had also
officiated as chairperson of mediation. A
pioneer of this project, she was responsible
for setting up mediation facilities on behalf
of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

Minister of Justice, Colin Derrick,
extended words of appreciation to Justice
Joseph-Olivetti for her valued contribution
to the justice system in Antigua and
Barbuda, presenting her with a copy of the
recently updated edition of 'A Little Bit of
Paradise.'


(I to r) Attorney-Genera- and
Minister of Legal Affairs,
Justin Simon, Justice Rita
Joseph-Olivetti, Minister of
Justice, Colin Derrick

She was also presented
with the laws of Antigua and
Barbuda, volumes 1 to 13, by
Attorney General and Minister of
Legal Affairs, Justin Simon, Q.C.

In response, she expressed
her enjoyment of the work, with the
promise that she would always
reflect on Antigua and Barbuda with
affection.

Justice Joseph-Olivetti has
been transferred to the jurisdiction of
Tortola as resident judge.


Italy's Prime Minister to
assist Antigua and
Barbuda in obtaining
debt forgiveness

Prime Minister of Italy Silvio
Berlusconi has offered to assist
Antigua and Barbuda in further
reducing its debt to countries around
the world.

During a bilateral meeting
with Prime Minister Spencer at the
United Nations Headquarters in New


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York, Prime Minister Berlusconi said that
he would personally speak with other
heads of government including France
and other European countries with which
Antigua and Barbuda has debt
commitments; in getting them to provide
debt forgiveness.

"Now is a positive time to
achieve debt forgiveness and the
reduction in debts and I will ensure that
this is done, once I receive the
necessary information from your Finance
division on the countries with whom you
have obligations," Berlusconi said.

The media tycoon also
announced that he is presently
constructing four homes for his children
in the Non-Such Bay area in Antigua and
once they are completed, he is certain
that Antigua and Barbuda will become
more exposed to the world because of
the European media attention they will
receive.

Prime Minister Spencer during
the discussions thanked Prime Minister
Berlusconi for his country's role in the
reduction of the National Debt and
expressed the hope that other European
countries will follow.


He also discussed with the Italian Prime
Minister, assistance in the construction of
a network of roads in the state which he
said need to be significantly improved.

Prime Minister Berlusconi
immediately stated that he will request of
Italian architect Gamonde to evaluate the
road situation in the country and report on
how best some of the largest road
construction companies in Italy can assist
Antigua and Barbuda.

The Italian leader who regularly
vacations in Antigua also announced that
he will be sending a delegation of business
persons to evaluate how trade between the
two countries can be improved.

Both men pledged to continue the
good relations, with the Italian Prime
Minister outlining that he will continue
providing assistance in the development of
Antigua and Barbuda's economy.


PM Spencer chairs
Interactive Roundtable
at United Nations World
Summit

Antigua and Barbuda's
leader Prime Minister Baldwin
Spencer chaired one of four high-
level plenary meetings as the World
Summit at the United Nations
continued.

In addressing the leaders,
Prime Minister Spencer said that as
a family of nations, their actions and
decisions will influence the nature of
the world and equally important, one
which future generations will inherit.

He outlined that he was
elated and humbled to take on the
role of Chairman of the important
round-table and outlined that as a
member of CARICOM, his country
supports the ideals of the United
Nations.

The High Level plenary
addressed issues relating to the
Millennium Development Goals with
most contributors focusing on the
importance of MDG 8: Develop a
Global Partnership for Development.
It is felt that developed nations have
not met the Official Development
Assistance goal with assistance
declining to poor countries from
0.33% in 1992 to 0.25% in 2004.
CARICOM states have not benefited
from the recovery ODA and have
seen sharp declines in assistance.

Major interventions during
the plenary came from the President
of the People's Republic of China Hu
Jintao, CARICOM Secretary General
Edwin Carrington, President of
Zambia Levy Mwanawasa, President
of Colombia Alvaro Uribe Velez and
President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana.


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Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and Italy's Prime Minister
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Climate Change meeting in
Montreal later this year to discuss
the issue.

The current situation in Haiti and its
readiness for general elections
later this year was also discussed
at length with Canada. CARICOM
leaders ventilated their concerns
and looked at ways of finding a
solution.

Following the meeting with Prime
Minister Martin, Prime Minister
-_ -, Spencer held a bilateral meeting
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer seated next with President of Nigeria His
to Canada's Prime Minister Paul Martin Excellency Chief Olusegun
Obasanjo.


PIvi pencer ana
CARICOM Heads hold
meeting with Canada's
Prime Minister

On the 15th September, Prime
Minister Baldwin Spencer and his
CARICOM colleagues held a breakfast
meeting with Canada's Prime Minister,
Paul Martin, which was designed to
enhance the relationship between
Canada and the region.

Prime Minister Spencer said
that discussions were held on finalizing
the Canada/CARICOM Trade
Agreement and also called for a
CARICOM/Canada Summit to re-ignite
the strong historical ties that has waned
over the years. Heads also expressed
the need for more bilateral relations with
Canada.

The Prime Minister also noted
that regional heads called on Canada to
become an advocate for the grouping in
the international arena on matters
affecting them. He said that of particular
importance to the region is the issue of
climate change and its effects on coastal
countries. It was agreed that CARICOM
would have full representation at a


During the meeting Prime
Minister Spencer discussed issues
affecting Small Island Developing States,
which he hoped will be raised during the
Commonwealth Heads of Government
Meeting in November in Malta, which will
be chaired by President Obasanjo.

President Obasanjo also reissued
an invitation he extended while in Antigua
and Barbuda in August, for Prime Minister
Spencer to pay an official visit to Nigeria.


Minister of Justice addresses
WIPO General Assemblies
Meeting in Geneva

On second day of the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
General Assemblies Meetings in Geneva,
the Minister of Justice, Colin Derrick
addressed the General Assembly on the
controversial question of the proposed
programme and budget for 2006-2007 on
behalf of the Delegation of Antigua and
Barbuda and on behalf of the Caribbean
states represented at the General
Assemblies.

During the period September
2003 to August 2005, the World Intellectual
Property Organisation (WIPO) has been


confronted with a financial crisis,
which is alleged to be as a result of
financial mismanagement.

The Organisation's general
financial practices were questioned
by the Member States during WIPO's
General Assemblies Meetings in
2004, and consequently a decision
was made during the 2004 General
Assemblies Meetings for an
investigation to be conducted on the
financial management policies of the
Organisation.

A United Nations Joint
Inspection Unit was given the
mandate to review the management
and administration in WIPO, and in
2005, several recommendations
were made by the unit as to the best
approach towards the
implementation of strict financial
measures that will address the
Organisation's current financial crisis.

The Minister expressed that
the Caribbean delegates supported
the proposed programme and budget
for 2006-2007, which is a balanced
one that excluded any increase in
fees and has no deficit. He indicated
that the delegates were pleased to
note that the budget took into
account two main recommendations
from the Joint Inspection Unit,
namely -

(1) that the budget for the
next biennium should be
based on the revised
budget for the current
biennium, and

(2) that a comprehensive
desk-to-desk assessment
of the human and financial
resources of WIPO should
be undertaken and
that, based on the result of
this exercise, there might
be an adjustment to


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Ms. Sonia Cruickshank Consultant, Economic Development Bureau for Latin
America and The Caribbean, Mrs. Laurie Freeland-Roberts, the Director
General of WIPO Kamil Edris, the Minister of Justice Colin Derrick
and Mr. Alejandro Roca Campana the Director of the Economic Development
Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau within WIPO.


the budget, to be decided by
Member States in 2006.

Minister Derrick stated that the
Caribbean delegates were awaiting the
results from the discussions on the other
proposals made by the Joint Inspection
Committee that are currently before the
relevant committees within WIPO for
consideration.

The Minister indicated that the
Caribbean delegates noted that there is
a general increase in the activities
regarding development cooperation, but
that they are concerned about the 13%
decrease in the budget for all bureaus
including the budget for the Latin
American and Caribbean bureau for
2006/2007 especially in the context of
the Cooperation for Development
Agreement that was signed between
WIPO and the Caribbean Ministers
responsible for Intellectual Property in
2003.


He expressed the hope that this
decrease will not affect the full
implementation of the agreement and the
Caribbean delegates are looking forward to
further engagement with WIPO in this
regard.

He concluded that the Caribbean
delegates also supported the engagement
of the external auditors to examine the
financial practices of WIPO, the
establishment of a WIPO Audit Committee
and the adoption of the internal audit
charter by WIPO.

It was agreed that those
measures are expected to bring
transparency to the financial management
of WIPO.


Public Viewing and
Unveiling of the Land
folio Cadastre and Land
Registry Project

The Minister of Justice,
Colin Derrick delivered the feature
address at a recent public unveiling
of the Land folio Cadastre and Land
Registry Project which was held at
the Royal Antiguan Beach Resort.

Stewart Information
International Inc., (Stewart) in
collaboration with the Organisation of
American States (OAS) has
developed and implemented e-
Government technology systems to
support the development of real
estate markets, providing a
standardized Land Registry and
Cadastre System for the
Government of Antigua and Barbuda.

As a result of being selected
as a Pilot and Demonstration Site to
showcase the benefits of an
Integrated Land Administration and
Tax System focused on affordable
and measurable results, Antigua and
Barbuda has made significant
progress in the reorganisation,
modernization and management of
its Land Registry and Land and
Surveys Departments.

A demonstration of this
System, clearly revealed the many
benefits that can be derived both in
the public and private sectors in
terms of productivity, transparency,
accuracy and greater efficiency in the
preparation of documents as well as
accessing records.

It also provided information
on the opportunities of using this
system as the foundation of a
National Geographic Information
System.


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fisheries to Antigua and Barbuda
students to learn modern techniques
in fishing.

The Prime Minister of
Iceland, who is a former Minister of
Fisheries outlined that fisheries has
made Iceland a rich nation and
countries need to utilize their
fisheries resources in a productive
way to develop their economies.

Prime Minister Spencer
thanked the Iceland Prime Minister
for his government's generous offer
and outlined that his government
would also like to enter into
discussions on ways that country can
assist in improving his country's
coast guard capabilities.
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and Prime Minister Halldor Asgrimsson
of Iceland
Prime Minister Asgrimsson
Iceland and Antigua and Spencer and the Prime Minister of Iceland urged Prime Minister Spencer to
Barbuda to develop closer Mr Halldor Asgrimsson. send a technical team to Iceland to
explore avenues of developing the
relations During the bilateral discussions, it areas discussed.
was agreed that Iceland would provide
Antigua and Barbuda is to technical assistance to Antigua and
develop closer links with Iceland. This Barbuda in the area of deep-sea fishing.
was agreed at a meeting at the United Mr. Asgrimsson said that his government is
Nations between Prime Minister Baldwin willing to offer six-month scholarships in

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recommendations on opportunities for programmatic shifts in the work of the Organization; (d) a detailed proposal on the framework
for a one-time staff buyout to improve personnel structure and quality, including an indication of costs involved and mechanisms to
ensure that it achieves its intended purpose; and (e) an independent external evaluation of the United Nations, including the
specialized agencies', auditing and oversight system, including the roles and responsibilities of management, with due regard to the
nature of the auditing and oversight bodies in question.

"Because of the financial implications of these proposals, they will be considered by the General Assembly's Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions (Fifth Committee), which will be chaired throughout the current (60th) session by our UN
Ambassador Dr. John W. Ashe. He will have the unenviable but nevertheless important task of giving administrative /budgetary
context to the agreements on reform that we leaders have forged at this Summit," said the Prime Minister.

In his overall assessment of the Summit the Prime Minister said "much has been achieved, but with the lack of a decisive agreement
on the important issue of reform of the UN Security Council, more work needs to be done.

Prime Minister Spencer also had high praise for Ambassador Ashe and his staff at the Mission for the excellent work done
in preparation for and during his visit.

"The staff at the UN Mission must be commended for ensuring that my visit was a success. The bilateral meetings have
produced significant benefits for our country and the UN Mission is now charged in ensuring that the arrangements made and the
bonds developed are maintained," he said.

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Economy, Dr Errol Cort, Mrs Mary Gilroy Deputy Chief of Mission U.S
Embassy/Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ms. Karen Turner Mission
Director USAID/Jamaica and Caribbean Region


Antigua and Barbuda and
USAID sign agreement for
Private Sector Development

On 30th September, Prime
Minister Baldwin Spencer signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with the
Government of the United States of
America through USAID to provide
technical assistance to build an
environment to spur private sector
development.

In his address Prime Minister
Spencer said that the signing of the MOU
signals the commencement of the
Caribbean Open Trade Support (COTS)
initiative undertaken by USAID providing
approximately US$2 million dollars on an
annual basis for four years.

"The Agreement compliments the
recent US$10 million dollar small and
medium size enterprise initiative which the
government recently established in
partnership with the Stanford Group of
Companies. It also promises to strengthen
the trade environment, create jobs and
investment, forge new public-private sector
partnerships and improve disaster and


physical planning frameworks," said
the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Spencer also
stated that the initiative also supports
the work of the Antigua and Barbuda
Investment Authority along with the
creation of the Business
Development Centre that would offer
different types of product
development support to Small
Medium Enterprises across the
nation.

Finance and Economy
Minister Dr. Errol Cort commenting
on the gesture by USAID said that as
a small island state with limited
resources Antigua and Barbuda
cannot do it alone and that is why the
partnership between Antigua and
Barbuda and the United States
through USAID is important as it
assist not only the public sector but
the private sector as well. "We have
challenges ahead and in order for us
to survive we must build local
capacity and we are pleased to
welcome our friends form USAID and
thank them generously for this
contribution," he said.


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economy that is attractive to
foreign and domestic
investors that is competitive
and sustainable and creates
broad-based prosperity for
the people of Antigua and
Barbuda.


Deputy Chief of Mission at the
US Embassy for Barbados and the
Eastern Caribbean Mary Ellen Gilroy
said that the initiative demonstrates that
the governments of the United States
and Antigua and Barbuda can work as
equals and is a commitment by the USA
to assist the country in enabling it to
compete internationally.

"The government of Antigua
and Barbuda has made serious efforts to
transform the economy and it has shown
success as it goes along. The country
has unlimited possibilities under the
leadership of Prime Minister Spencer
along with the untapped potential of
citizens. There exists the capacity for
creating a bright future and there could
be economic growth that will also propel
growth in the region," she said.

Mission Director for
USAID/Jamaica Caribbean Regional
Programme Karen D. Turner, remarked
that one of the key reasons for the
programme is because the Government
of Antigua and Barbuda has commenced
actions to transform the government and
the economy to create foundations for
sustainable growth.

"We believe Antigua and
Barbuda has opportunities to create an


Through this
Economic Competitiveness
and Growth initiative, we
expect to help Antigua and
Barbuda identify and
eliminate barriers to
competitiveness and
enhance government
efficiency; increase the
private sector's
competitiveness in global and regional
trade; and stimulate greater private
sector led growth which will translate into
increased opportunities for the people of
Antigua and Barbuda," Ms. Turner
declared.

An important component of the
initiative will be public-private
partnerships, in recognition that the
private sector in part, is reliant on the
government to have in place the policies
and processes that facilitate private
sector activity.

USAID will assist with
reforming the investment climate in
Antigua and Barbuda which includes
examining and improving laws and
administrative policies and processes
that affect the private sector.

The assistance will also target
the private sector directly to help them
reform their business operations to
increase competitiveness, to operate
more effectively in the marketplace, and
to interface effectively with each other
and with the government to ensure the
availability of services, finance and other
key ingredients for successful business
operation and competitive trade.


Antigua and Barbuda
soon to benefit from
Clinton Foundation

The country's HIV/AIDS
programme will soon receive a
substantial contribution from the Clinton
Foundation Grant, due for
disbursement in November 2005.

A special meeting of the
OECS-RCM was held in St Lucia
recently, and was called to access
among other things, the countries state
of readiness for the OECS HIV/AIDS
Global Fund Grant in accordance with
priority indicators against which each
country will be evaluated and to provide
an update on the status of the Grant.

The meeting was attended by
the government representatives on the
OECS-RCM, Permanent Secretary in
the Ministry of Health Mr. Lauchland
Lake and the AIDS Programme
Manager Mrs. Janet Weston.

Antigua and Barbuda's
allocation is US$2.1 million over a
period of five years, while the
Government of Antigua and Barbuda is
to match that amount covering that
period.

The funds will be used for
medication, outpatient primary and
specialty medical care, inpatient
medical care, laboratory services,
equipment and capital improvements,
prevention and education, training
technical assistance, surveillance,
monitoring and evaluation and
programme support.

The Global Fund to Fight
HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
(GFATM) is a grant to the OECS for
US$11 million, to mitigate the impact of
HIV/AIDS regionally. Out of this grant,
the OECS Regional Coordinating
Mechanism (RCM) was formed,


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comprising of 12 voting members, 3
non-voting members and a Secretariat.

The OECS RCM member
countries; Antigua and Barbuda,
Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis,
St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
have pooled their resources in the fight
against HIV/AIDS. They will also act as
a single unit to access the Global Funds.



High Commissioner wants
Street Pastors by year's
end

High Commissioner to the UK,
His Excellency Dr. Carl Roberts told the
Antiguan delegation of Street Pastors to
'fire on all cylinders' to set up the
programme by the end of this year.

Dr Roberts was at the time
speaking at a conference organized to
bring stakeholders and the Antiguan and
Barbudan delegation together to get an
insight into the country's state of affairs,
while at the same time appealing to the
guests to lend assistance wherever
possible.

Speaking to the gathering, Dr
Roberts said that the crime situation is
not at a panic state, but his Government


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is being proactive, and not waiting until
the problem get to an uncontrollable
stage. He said he was happy to see the
Antiguan delegation taking up the
mantle to run with the programme and
encouraged them not to waste any time,
as the programme is vital to the survival
of any community and by extension the
country.

During the conference, which
was attended by a number of officials
involved in Street Pastors Initiative
(SPI), representatives of the Antigua
delegation made power-point
presentations to the guests. President
of Cops for Christ, Corporal William
Holder walked the group through his
organization and informed them of a
new programme that will take members
of Cops for Christ into the schools to
share their faith, while at the same time
encourage youths to avoid anti-social
behaviour.

The delegation comprised Rev.
Selina Joseph from the Antigua
Christian Council, Rev. Joscelyn Martin
from the United Evangelical Association,
Sergeant Everton Jeffers, Corporal
William Holder, Mr. Byron Maxam
representing the police force and Collin
Jno-Finn representing the Ministry of
Social Transformation.


The Antigua and Barbuda
Street Pastors have now returned home
and are putting plans in place for the
establishment of a Street Pastors
programme in Antigua and Barbuda.
Street Pastors has its origins in Jamaica
but was launched in the United Kingdom
in 2003 and statistical data indicates that
crime and violence have decrease
significantly where the programme is
practiced.

The SPI is a collaborative effort
of the Church, the police and the
Government, commonly called the
'urban trinity', and involves Christians
patrolling the streets to meet and share
the concerns of people.

The SPI will work with other
key agencies to assist persons who may
need advice and or assistance where
necessary.

The logistics of the programme
are still being fine tuned, but Christians
willing to become a Street Pastor will
have to undergo a series of training
sessions to effectively deal with the
tasks ahead.


The delegation was in
understudying the Street
Initiative (SPI).


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On 8th September, 3is Excellency Dr Carl Roberts hosted a farewell cocktail for the
management andplaiyers of the Antigua andBarbuda WationaC Cricket 7eam in honour of thie
outstanding tour of the UnitediXingdom andHolland Below are afew photos of that event -


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