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The Antigua and Barbuda


High Commission



,- .Official Newsletter Issue 140 -- June/July/August 2010




Prime Mlinister
Dr. the Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer
Address to the Nation
July 11, 2010


"My fellow citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, residents, friends, good
evening.

As I speak to you on a few matters this evening, the World Cup Football
games have come to an end in South Africa.

Some ardent football fans here in Antigua and Barbuda are no doubt
disappointed that their preferred team did not do so well. Others might
be happy with the outcome of the finals earlier today, having waited
anxiously for this moment.

I know that the country is in a mood of expectancy too, for an entirely
different reason.
Dr. the Honourable W. Baldwin Spencer
The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal has concluded hearings into PrmMistroAnguadBrba
the election appeal matter and we now await the ruling of the Judges.

The decision of the Court of Appeal in this matter is final and both the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the
United Progressive Party, which I lead, will abide by that decision.

The commitment of the UPP-led Government to the democratic principles we have inherited, to the rule of law, and to
good governance, is unquestionable. No other Government in the history of our twin-island home, has been more
strident in the defence of these sacred principles, or has passed more laws to safeguard them, than the current
Ad min istration.

Neither the Government nor the UPP will engage in any actions or rhetoric that is not in the best interest of our country.
Leaders of the Antigua Labour Party, on the other hand, have continued their irresponsible behaviour by threatening to
lock down the country if things do not go their way. I am confident that the vast majority of Antiguans and Barbudans,
who are decent, hardworking and law-abiding people, would not allow that to happen.

The independence of the judiciary, which the countries of the OECS share, is enshrined in our constitutional arrange-
ments. This independence of the courts continues to be honoured, respected and defended by the Government of

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In This Issue
1. UK Agents have a jolly time in Antigua......... Page 5
2. Diplomatic Relations established with Egypt and The Philippines .................................pages 6 and 7
3. Sticky Wicket Restaurant opens under new management ...........................................pg 9
4. His Excellency Dr Carl Roberts greets King of Swaziland ........................... Page 11

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HIGH COMMISSIONER'S MESSAGE



"The Early Stages of Maturity: Are we getting there or not?"

In the latter half of 2009, I began a focus on the development characteristics of Antigua and Barbuda. The articles were
captioned "The Green Shoots of Nationalism" and "The Celebration of Nationhood". In those articles I pointed toward several
behavioral traits which may provide some indication of, in the first instance a young blooming nation and in the second instance
one learning to survive.

Over the last four weeks several articles in the Daily Observer touched on
aspects of this very same concept. Take for example the editorial of August 4th 2010:
"Diplomacy, Egotism, Vanity or Honour". I ask the question here, is it a lack of
maturity when those responsible for failure under their watch do not do the
"honourable thing and stand down", even if this is just for a time in order to clarify a
situation or effectively clear any misunderstanding. On page 7 "PM looks towards a
unified region" should we be growing together as we mature and rather than further
apart. This is yet another aspect of maturity.

The Bible speaks of maturity in Christian belief in many areas of the New
Testament. Paul was particular in his letters in addressing this subject. In 1
Corinth ians 3, PaulI writes 'I give you milk, not solid food for you are not ready yet
for it. Indeed you are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarrelling
among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when
one says, "I follow Paul, and another, "I follow Apostles," Are you not mere
men?'


In Ephesians 4 Paul further advocates that 'It was he who gave some to be
apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors
and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of
Christ may be built up until we reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of
the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the
fullness of Christ, then we will no longer be infants tossed back and
forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by
the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead speak-
ing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up in him who is the Head, that is
Christ'.

This does indeed sound like the situation in my homeland. We are proud to claim that we supporters of this party, of this
cause, of this club or that club, yet fail so readily to recognize that in the end we are involved because we want a better life for
ourselves, our communities and our country.

We are slow to give praise and encouragement and are so ready to pull down rather than build up. A nation in growing needs many
skills and we may never get everything right the first time. We shy away from coming together in spite of party beliefs for the good
of the country and the betterment of the future generations. We withhold support for a worthy endeavour from those who are
promoting the concept and are willing to make sacrifices, because politically or otherwise we feel it is the only way to preserve our
self-interests.

Let us hold a discussion on the very best way to proceed, analysing and evaluating the factors to be assessed, leaving
the personalities outside the discussion. As is often said let us listen to the message for a change without shooting the messenger.

The debates and discussions of the way forward must at all times put Antigua and Barbuda first and foremost. Seeking
God's help let us push on to that goal where Christ is with us, within us and around us.

The upsurge in crime, the increase in deviant behaviour of our youths and others, the decrease in the quality of
neighbourly regard for persons around us say something bad about all of us. It is not merely the fault of the government, the
opposition or the person who we feel always so easy to blame. The loss of God's love in our hearts at some time in the future will
produce changes in societal behaviour.

Let us pledge to set aside all this strife, all the desire to pull each other down and let there be a pledge as we approach
the 29th Anniversary of our Independence to begin to show the early stages of national maturity which can place Antigua and
Barbuda on a sure path to national prominence.


H.E. Dr. Carl Roberts








CABINET STATEMENT

On the Death of Colin Anthony Warner

Cabinet at its weekly session on Wednesday 01, September noted with sadness
the tragic passing of APUA Technician Collin Anthony Warner.

34-year-old Collin Anthony Warner died on August 31 while performing duties to
restore electrical power to the English Harbour community following the passage of
Hurricane Earl.

Cabinet noted his dedication to duty and his constant desire to be of service to
those in need at his workplace and within the communities of English Harbour,
Liberta and the environs.

"Although familiar with the dangers associated with his duties as a technician,
Collin Anthony Warner always placed country above self while doing the job he
loved dearly. Colin died in the service that brought joy and safety to others. All
whom he came into contact with will miss him dearly."

Cabinet also decided that the Board Commissioners should institute a thorough
review of the safety policy of the Authority with a view of ensuring that they meet
current best practices.

Cabinet expressed it condolences to the father and mother of Collin Anthony Warner and
other members of his immediate family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Statement by Mlember of Parliament For St. Paul
Honourable Eleston Adams
Colin Anthony Warner
31st August 2010

It is with much pain and sadness that I learnt of the untimely death of Colin Anthony
Warner of Liberta, who tragically died during the execution of his duties as an APUA
technician.

Colin was a committed individual to the service of his country and was also prepared to
do his best in ensuring that his community of St. Paul was well lit at all times.

He was very familiar with the dangers associated with his job, but always placed country
above self while doing the job he loves.

Colin died in the service that brought joy and safety to others. AII whom he came into
contact with will miss him.

To his mother and father and immediate family members, I express heartfelt condolences.





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U.K. Agents playing mas' Antigua Carnival 2010


Hotel To urist Association also
coordinated a number of site
inspections for the agents.

The agents visited, Galley Bay
Resort, Sandals Grande Antigua
Resort and Spa, Jolly Beach Resort
and Spa, Sugar Ridge, St. James's
Club, Blue Waters, Grand Pineapple
Beach Resort, Curtain Bluff, Carlisle
Bay, The Catamaran Hotel, The
Copper and Lumber Store Hotel.

Agents, who participated in this
recently concluded trip, came from
reputable travel agencies and tour
operators to include: Travel
Counsellors, Hayes and Jarvis,
American Express Membership
Travel Services, Co-operative Travel,
New Horizons Travel, Worldwide
Travel Solutions, Future Travel and
Traveleads.

Susan Pye, senior consultant at
Traveleads one of the UK's leading
travel companies, who had only just
visited Antigua said, she can now
happily describe to clients what
the island of Antigua has to offer.

"My overall impression of the
destination since my return, confirms
my initial pre-conceptions of the
island, in that Antigua is a beautiful,
lush, welcoming island with stunning
scenery and beaches offering


something for everyone. I was
particularly impressed with how
friendly and laid-back everyone was
towards us and often welcoming us
with open arms and a friendly hug,"
said Pye.

"I can now confidently promote and
sell Antigua to all types of clientele
and fit the right property to the client's
needs, whether they are looking for a
smaller traditional good value
property or an all-inclusive for the
more budget conscious, to the more
exclusive and luxury style hotel", she
said.

The UK Office will maintain relations
with the group and will run incentives
to reward those who make bookings
to the destination following their
recent trip.

As the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism
Authority continues its aim to grow
business to the destination, another
group of UK agents have already
touched down in Antig ua for one more
FAM designed to showcase Antigua
and Barbuda's tourism product and
activities featured in the UK office's
Summer Gold discount card
promotion.

The Summer Gold card, offers holiday
makers fantastic savings and great
value added deals between June and


UK Agents have a jolly
time in Antigua!

June 28, 2010 (London England) -
Eight UK travel agents participated in
a familiarization trip (FAM) to Antigua
and Barbuda last week, where they
spent seven days, experiencing on-
island tours, and conducting hotel
inspections.

In a fun-filled week organised by The
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism
Authority's UK Office in collaboration
with tour providers, agents took to the
Caribbean seas for adventures on a
pirate cruise, buckled up for a thrilling
ride across Antigua's rain-forest by
zip-line, and kayaked through the
lagoons on the south coast of the
island.

"Antigua and Barbuda is an exciting
destination with great activities and
accommodation to suit a wide range
of budgets and we would like to
promote it as that", said Maria
Blackman, Tourism Officer, at the UK
Office.

"Prior to the trip, most of the agents
sold Antigua and Barbuda, with little
or no first-hand knowledge of the
destination. Our agents need to be
fully-versed on our product, so that
they will be in a better position to
recommend it to their clients."

During their trip, agents enjoyed a
taste of Antigua when they took part in
cooking classes at the Hawksbill
Hotel. They sampled dishes created
by Executive chef, Sean Weekes that
included local fruits, mango and
pineapple. A historical tour to
Nelson's Dockyard revealed the ties
shared between Antigua and British
Naval hero Admiral Horatio Nelson.
And later, agents danced the evening
away to the live music at the popular
Shirley's Heig hts Sunday night sunset
party.

Agents enjoyed accommodation
graciously provided by Hawksbill by
Rex Resorts and The Inn at English
Harbour.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism
Authority, in conjunction with the
Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua









































diplomatic relations between Antigua
and Barbuda and Egypt.

"Both you, Ambassador Ashe, and I
have an excellent working
relationship at the UN and we have
had to work together on some of the
most important issues facing the
organization, so you could only
imagine my surprise when I was told
that our two countries did not have
formal diplomatic relations. In the
end, I am glad that this is no longer
the case, and we can now proceed to
strengthen our bilateral cooperation
on the basis of this initial step" said
Ambassador Abdelaziz.

Egypt is one of the most populous
countries in Africa and the Middle
East. It possesses one of the most
developed and diversified economies
in the Middle East, with sectors such
as tourism, agriculture, industry and
service at almost equal rates in
national production, The great
majority of its estimated 77.4 million
live near the banks of the Nile River,
in an area of about 40,000 square
kilometers (15,000 sq mi), where the
only arable agricultural land is found.
The large areas of the Sahara Desert
are sparsely inhabited. About half of


Egypt's residents live in urban areas,
with most spread across the densely
populated centres of greater Cairo,
Alexandria and other major cities in
the Nile Delta. The country is famous
for its ancient civilization and some of
the world's most famous monuments,
including the Giza pyramid complex
and its Great Sphinx. Its ancient ruins,
such as those of Memphis, Thebes,
Karnak and the Valley of the Kings,
are a significant focus of
archaeological study, and artifacts
from these sites are now displayed in
major museums around the world.
Egypt is widely regarded as an
important political and cultural nation
of the Middle East. Alexandria and
other major cities in the Nile Delta.
The country is famous for its ancient
civilization and some of the world's
most famous monuments, including
the Giza pyramid complex and its
Great Sphinx. Its ancient ruins, such
as those of Memphis, Thebes, Karnak
and the Valley of the Kings, are a
significant focus of archaeological
study, and artifacts from these sites
are now displayed in major museums
around the world. Egypt is widely
regarded as an important political and
cultural nation of the Middle East.


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Diplomatic Relations
established with Egypt

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, 10 July,
2010.........The Office of Prime
Minister Dr. W. Baldwin Spencer
announced that Antigua and Barbuda
has established diplomatic relations
with Egypt, in a signing ceremony
held at the Egyptian Mission to the
United Nations in New York on the 9th
July.

"Our UN Ambassador Dr. John W,
Ashe and his counterpart from the
Egypt, Ambassador Maged
Abdelaziz, jointly signed the
communique establishing diplomatic
relations between the two countries
and also formally requested the
Secretary-General of the United
Nations to distribute the document to
the other 190 member States of the
organization, said Prime Minister
Spencer.

Egypt (officially the Arab Republic of
Egypt), the current chair of the Non-
Aligned Movement (NAM) and an
active and influentially player at the
United Nations, is a country mainly in
North Africa, with the Sinai Peninsula
forming a land bridge in Southwest
Asia; it is therefore a transcontinental
country, and is considered to be a
major power in North Africa
Med ite rra nean Region, African
continent, Nile Basin, Islamic World
and the Red Sea. Covering an area of
about 1,010,000 square kilometers
(390,000 sq mi), Egypt is bordered by
the Mediterranean Sea to the north,
the Gaza Strip and Israel to the
northeast, the Red Sea to the east,
Sudan to the south and Libya to the
west

"Our two countries have long enjoyed
cordial relations both within and
beyond the United Nations, so I am
particularly pleased that we were able
to conclude this formal agreement to
establish diplomatic ties here today.
The only question is "what took us this
long?"" said Ambassador Ashe at the
conclusion of signing ceremony.

Ambassador Abdelaziz concurred as
he recountered his surprise when he
was told that there was no formal


Photo caption: Antigua and Barbuda UN Ambassador Ashe (r) and his Egyptian
counterpart, Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz (1) are all smiles after signing communique
establishing diplomatic relations between Antigua and Barbuda and Egypt.




















































Antigua and Barbuda
Establishes

Diplomatic Relations

with the Philippines
The office of Prime Minister
Dr. the Honourable W. Baldwin
Spencer announced that Antigua
and Barbuda has established
diplomatic relations with the
Republic of the Philippines on 16th
July at a signing ceremony held at
the Philippines UN Mission in New
York.

"I am pleased to inform the
nation that our Ambassador to the
United Nations Dr. John W. Ashe
and his counterpart from the
Republic of the Philippines, Mr.


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with offers encompassing hotel day passes, diving trips, restaurants, excursions, yacht charters and more. To find out
how you can receive your summer gold card visit www.antiguasummergold.com


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Port Reception Facilities
(PRF) Mlanagement
and Handling Shipboard
Waste

Dr Koichi Yoshida, Chairman,
ISO/TC8/SC2 (Marine Environment)
announces a new major effort in
support of IMO Flag State
Implementation (FSI) Action
Programme. Requirements of
MARPOL set the minimum standard
for waste management that applyto
ships, however, ports also need to
observe any national and regional
regulations exceeding the
requirement of these international
regulations. There have been
repeated calls from the industry for an
international standard for portwaste
facilities and it has been
acknowledged at IMO that the
establishment of a standard
methodology for waste handling both
on-board ships and ashore at port
reception facilities (PRF) would
harmonize waste handling practices
and ensure a smooth delivery of ships'
waste to shore-side facilities. This
ISO standard applies to the
management and handling of


shipboard waste by any berthing
facility used by ships or boats. Ports
come in all shapes and sizes, thus the
PRF needed for a small port handling
regional traffic may be different than
that for a large international port or a
local marina. This standard has been
designed so it can be used by ports of
all sizes. It provides a list of principles,
which when considered can be
applied to any size or type of port (i.e.
marina, container terminal, oil
terminal. ro-ro terminal, cru ise
terminal, ferry terminal, bulk terminal
and off-shore terminal). Many ports
already have systems in place that
work very well, therefore this standard
can also be used by ports with existing
PRF that want to accredit and/or refine
their systems, as well as new ports
developing new PRF's.

The range of facilities in ports
world-wide, the reporting system
used, the amount of segregation and
the charges incurred by vessels vary
considerably due to the varied
ownership of ports, differing national
waste disposal requirements, differing
local waste disposal options, differing
handling over procedures and the


availability of local logistics to remove
the waste.

ISO 21070 (Management and
Handling of Shipboard Guidance)
which identifies a methodology for a
ship to segregate their garbage has
already been developed. Harbour
facilities worldwide may there expect a
certain level of segregation of waste
from vessels using this standard and
can therefore plan for the provision of
appropriate PRF. However, ISO
21070 cannot work alone and its
implementation by ships needs to be
facilitated by development of a parallel
standard for the reception of ship's
waste by ports,.Therefore this new
standard is seen as a significant
contribution to the FSI Action
Programme.







For information, contact Dr
Carolyn Junemann, SC2 Secretary
(Carolyn.Junemann@dot.gov).


Libran N. Cabactulun, signed a Joint
Communique on the establishment
of diplomatic relations between
Antigua and Barbuda and the
Republic of the Philippines," said the
announcement quoting the Prime
Minister.

Ambassador Ashe and his
Philippine counterpart inked the
agreement, which, among other
things, called for strengthening ties
of friendship and cooperation
between the two countries; mutual
respect for each other's sovereignty,
independence and te rrito ri al
integrity, as well as non-interference
in the internal affairs of each other.
Both Ambassadors also co-signed a
letter address to the Secretary-
General of UN, informing the latter
of the agreement and requesting


that it be circulated to the remaining
190-member States of the
organ ization.

"Although we have long
enjoyed cordial relations and have
wo rked together on numerous
issues at the UN, I am sure we can
agree that taking this formal step
was both necessary and long
overdue," said Ambassador Ashe.

Ambassador Cabactulan,
who was recently appointed as his
country's representative to the UN,
concurred and noted that he was
particularly pleased that, in view of
his personal friendship with
Ambassador Ashe, the act of
establishing diplomatic relationship
between the two countries occurred
during his tenure.





























































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and as such, appropriate legislation is
necessary to ensure that such
criminals will not be able to profit
further from their ill-gotten gains.
Since the Money Laundering
Prevention Act was brought into force,
the number of predicate offences has
increased," he said.

But according to Financial Secretary
Whitfield Harris Jr, this will not be an
easy task, particularly since small
territories will have to abide by
decisions made by agencies such as
the Financial Action Task Force and
the Organisation for Economic
Corporation and Development, who
regularly "flex their economic
muscles."

He noted that of the 12 to 15 trillion
dollars stored in offshore financial
centres, a significant amount was
gained illegally.


necessity for financial institutions and
others involved in money laundering
and fraud prevention to keep up to
date with detection and prevention
methods, given the speed at which
new technologies are being
introduced.

"The use of technology continues to
drive the innovation in financial
industry and with innovation comes
new money laundering risks," Rawlins
noted.

The conference, themed, "Reducing
money laundering worldwide amidst
global recession," has attracted
dozens of participants. The topics
include money laundering threats in
telecommunications, threats in the
electronic age, and establishing
controls to deal with inherent
AML/CTF risks in the online gaming
industry.


"Money laundering and fraud Meanwhile, manager of Scotiabank,
activities are primarily driven by greed Marlon Rawlins stressed the


Source: The Daily Observer


activities and Madhuri Supersad and and World of Work facilitated by
HIVIAIDS specialist. Supersad and the AIDS Secretariat.


"An action plan drafted during the
week's deliberations will be presented
in hopes of furthering awareness and
making firm the unions' positions on
occupational safety and health and
HIVIAIDS in the workplace," a release
said. "The workshop was made
possible by the ILO, the Antigua and
Barbuda Workers' Union and the
Antigua and Barbuda Public Service
Association."
Government officials took part in the
sensitisation workshop on HIVIAIDS


Areas covered, according to the
release, included an overview ofthe
HIVIAIDS National Strategic Plan,
Implementation of a workplace
response in the country, as well as
priorities and next steps for a
workplace response to HIVIAIDS in
Antigua and Barbuda.
The ILO reps, also participated in
open discussions with the public on
the Labour Department's programme
on ABS Television, Labour Matters.


Anti-money laundering
experts urge adherence
to high standards

If Antigua and Barbuda and
other regional jurisdictions want to
ensure co nti nued customer and
investor confidence in the financial
sector, then we must adhere to higher
standards in the fight against the
scourge of money laundering.

This was the advice that anti-
money laundering and fraud expert
Kem Warner of M&K Consulting gave
to attendees at yesterday's opening of
a two-day anti-money laundering and
fraud prevention conference.

"We have to put in place laws
and regulations and guidelines to
promote sound corporate governance
policies," Warner said.


Trade union policy on
health in the

WOrkplace under way

Two workshops to develop a
trade union policy and programme on
occupational safety and health and
HIVIAIDS in the workplace were this
week conducted with members of
trade unions.

Facilitating the two exercises
were representatives from the
International Labour Organization's
sub-regional office in Trinidad Paula
Robinson, senior specialist, workers'


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Antigua and Barbuda Independence -29th Anniversary

Service of Thanksgiving at the

The Church of Saint Mlatthias (Stoke Newington), Wandsworth Road, London N16 8DD

On Sunday 31st October at 3:00 pm


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is the economic sector, and in
particular those questions that relate
to the labour force, because one of
the critical considerations for us is
employment and how we relate
employment levels to economic
growth," Soomer said.

"So we're going to ensure that
the questions in the census that are
relevant to the labour force are treated
in a similar manner across all the
OECS countries, so that by 2012 we
can have a good handle on the status
of the labour force in the OECS which
will allow us to refine growth and
development policies and how they
impact on increasing the level of
employment for OECS nationals."

Collecting data about the labour force
is a major priority for the secretariat
because of economic and social
implications the information would
convey, he added.


The OECS is also interested
in the movement of people, education
and health status of each cou ntry, and
is currently engaging directors of
statistics in a meeting to streamline
the questions with a view to obtaining
the desired information.

Today marks the conclusion
of the four-day "working meeting" for
which technical support and funding is
being provided by the United Nations
Population Fund, and is being held at
St James's Club.

Participants come from
Dominica, St Vincent and the
Grenadines, Grenada, Anguilla,
Montserrat, Nevis and host country,
Antigua and Barbuda, the countries
that will be conducting censuses next
year. Antigua and Barbuda's
representatives are chief statistician,
Statchel Edwards and deputy census
officer, Rohan Anthony.


Antigua and Barbuda to
participate in OECS
Labour Survey pilot

Antigua and Barbuda is one of several
members of the Organisation of
Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
selected for a pilot launch of an OECS
Labour Force Survey.

This disclosure was made by
Head of the Macroeconomic &
Sectoral Policy Unit in the Economic
Affairs Division of the OECS,
Rodinald Soomer, during an exercise
to harmonise the census
questionnaires to be used by seven
OECS countries next year.

The unit head said the OECS
is particularly interested in collecting
data about each country's economy
and labour force.

"One of the main sections of
the questionnaire that we're looking at


Source: The Daily Observer


The Sticky
Wicket
restaurant
overlooking
the stadium
also reopened
with 40
employees. .
Many worked ..,,
at the popular
dining spot
previously had
lost their jobs
because of
Stanford's
alleged Sticky Wicket Restaurant over-looking the
pyramid scheme.
Stadium in Antigua
Stanford was once
the largest private employer in included money laundering and wire
Antigua with 800 workers. He has fraud in the US.
pleaded not guilty to charges


Sticky Wicket
Restaurant reopens
under new management


Investors in Antigua have reopened
a stadium and cricket-themed
restaurant that belonged to jailed
Texas financier Allen Stanford.

Antigua football officials said the
cricket stadium would also serve as
home to the Barracuda Football
Club, its first professional football
team.

Football association representative
Gordon Derrick said that at least 15
games are scheduled to start there
in April 2011.










UN Launches Decade-

Long Efforts to Tackle
Desertification

Fortaleza, Brazil/Nairobi, Kenya, 16
August 2010 -

The United Nations is
launching the Decade for Deserts and
the Fight against Desertification
(2010-2020) today, an 11-year long
effort to raise awareness and action to
improve the protection and
management of the world's drylands,
home to a third of the world's
population and which face serious
economic and environmental threats.

"Continued land degradation
- whether from climate chan e '
unsustainable agriculture or poor
management of water resources is
a threat to food security, leading to
starvation among the most acutely
affected communities and robbing the
world of productive land," said UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a
statement announcing the launch.

"As we be in the Decade on
Deserts and the Fig ht against
Desertification, let us pledge to
intensify our efforts to nurture the land
we need for achieving the Millennium
Development Goals and guaranteeing
human well-being," he added.

On a global scale,
desertification land degradation in
drylands affects 3.6 billion hectares,
which accounts for 25 percent of the
Earth's terrestrial land mass. It
threatens the livelihoods of more than
1 billion people in some 100 countries.
Against this backdrop, member states
of the United Nations addressed
growing desertification and land
degradation by adopting a resolution
to dedicate the next decade to
combating desertification and
improving the protection and
management of the world's drylands
in 2007.

The global launch took place in
Fortaleza, Brazil, in the State of
Ceara, Brazil's semi-arid Region,
during the Second International
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Regions. Also today, the regional
launch for Africa was held in Nairobi,
Kenya, at the headquarters of the
United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) and in
partnership with the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP).
Other regional launches are
scheduled to take place in New York,
in September, for the North American
Region, in the Republic of Korea in
October, for the Asian Region, and in
November for the European region.

While concerns about
desertification are growing, it is not all
doom and gloom. Efforts have been
made to address land degradation
and while there have been positive
outcomes, more action is needed to
arrest and reverse land degradation
and creeping dese tiica ion
worldwide.

Luc Gnacadja, Executive
Secretary of the UN Convention to
Combat Desertification warned that
the international community is at a
crossroads, and must decide between
a business-as-usual approach that
will be characterized by severe and
prolonged droughts, flooding and
water shortages or an alternative
path, that "channels our collective
action towards sustainability".

He added that the Decade's
message stresses that land is life, "so,
we must ensure the drylands, remain
productive and working" and that the
vision for the Decade is to "forge a
global partnership to reverse and
prevent desertification and land
degradation and to mitigate the
effects of drought in affected areas in
order to support poverty reduction
and environmental
sustainability" -
Notes

Decade's History and Purpose

In 2007, the United Nations General

Assembly declared 2010-2020 the UN
Decade for Deserts and the Fight against
Desertification and in December 2009, it
mandated five UN agencies to spearhead
activities related to the Decade. These are
the United Nations Environment
Programme, the United Nations
Development Programme, the
International Fund for Ag riculItu ral


the United Nations, including the
Department of Public Information of the
United Nations Secretariat. The Decade is
designed to heighten public awareness
about the threat desertification, land
degradation and drought pose to
sustainable development and ways
leading to their alleviation.

Value of Deserts and Drylands

-2.1 billion people, about 40% of the
world's population, Ilve in the world's

d e/ of dhics apnu tion is in developing
countries
-50% of the world's livestock is supported
by rangelands
46% of global carbon is stored in
drylands
.44% of all cultivated land is in drylands
-30% of all cultivated plants come from
drylands
-8 of the 25 global hotspots are in the
drylands. These are areas where 0.5% of
the plant species are endemic to the
region but habitat loss exceeds 70%

Desertification Threats

-Desertification affects 3.6 billion hectares
of land worldwide or 25% of the Earth's
terrestrial land mass
-110 countries at risk of land degradation
-12 million hectares of land, an area the
size of Benin, are lost every year
-Annual land lost could produce 20 million
tons of grain
-US$42 billion in income is lost every year
from desertification and land degradation

United Nations convention to Combat
Desertification (UNCCD)

Established in 1994, the United Nations
convention to combat Desertification
(UNCCD) is the sole legally biding
international agreement linking
environment, development and the
promotion of healthy soils. The
Convention's 193 signatory countries, or
Parties, work to alleviate poverty in the
drylands, maintain and restore the land's
productivity and mitigate the effects of
drought. The Convention expects Iraq to
be its 194th member with Iraq's accession
on 28 August 2010.


F~or more in~f ion De~as~e cont 055)
61 9988 9852 or 618220 3406, Email:
cadija@gmail.com
Ms. Wagaki Mwangi, UNCCD/Ceara,
(+55) 85 9605 0883, Email:
wmwangi@unccd.int.
Ms. Yukie Hori, UNCCD/Bonn (+49)
228 815 2829, Email: yhori@unccd.int









participate on open stage to an even
larger audience, where she again
promoted Antigua Barbuda with a
spicy passion, as she proudly
branded her country as the "Gem of
the Caribbean", and invited persons
to visit. This event was during
Antigua Barbuda's very
own... Rhyming Chef... Philman
George cooking demo...where he
enticed the audience with his
sumptuous recipes. Susie's Hot
Sauce had another successfulevent
in Toronto, as lines of patrons visited
the Susie's booth for tasting and
purchases. Susie's Hot Sauce was
given away as gifts! Mrs. Erica
H enrly-J ackma n, Marketin g
Manager, Antigua Barbuda
Consulate and Mr. Tony Bascus
provided great assistance to
Susie's.


His Excellency Dr. Carl Roberts (above) greeting His Majesty King
Mawati Ill of the Kingdom of Swaziland on 12th August 2010. The King
was attending the brief Think Tank Dialogue on "Towards a First World
Status for Swaziland through Smart Partnership". His Majesty is also a
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Susie's Hot Sauce Spices up
Antigua and Barbuda in
Toronto -
Hot and Spicy Show

Antigua's very own, Rosie McMaster
continued on her usual path, in
promoting Antigua Barbuda, as she
participated in a Cook Off at the
2010 Hot & Spicy Festival, at
Harbour Front, Toronto Canada, on
14th August; when she prepared 3
tasty dishes before a packed
audience. Rosie's personal recipes
were Susie's Caribbean Spicy
Pineapple Chicken, Susie's
Caribbean Spicy Pineapple Shrimps
and Susie's Caribbean Spicy
Tamarind Chicken.

These dishes were prepared by
Rosie, assisted by her daughter


Anthea McMaster-Davis, and made
a spicy impact, as patrons sampled,
and made comments, such as 'very
tasty, we needed more. As
expected, Rosie took the opportunity
to sell Antigua Barbuda as a tourism
destination of unique beauty,
beaches, people...and the home of
Susie's Hot Sauce; with the injection
of her beloved mother, the late
Susannah Tonge's invention of the
first line of the award-winning
products. At the end of her
presentation, among the patrons
who congratulated Rosie for her
performance was the new Consul
General of the Antigua Barbuda
Consulate in Toronto, Ms. Janil
Greenaway.

On Sunday 15th August, Rosie was
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agreement noted.

Still, it is not without reservations that
Caribbean countries have given their
stamp of approval to the accord,
which in the end was essentially
decided on by a few countries,
notably the US, Brazil, China, India,
and South Africa.

"It is not that they (Caribbean
countries) agree with the accord, but
that there are things in the accord that
the region can take advantage of,"
said Ulric Trotz, science adviser to
the Caribbean Community
Climate Change Centre. "Our
official position really is, accept the
accord in the sense that you
write to the UNFCCC, but at the
same time you should
mention reservations."

Caribbean countries have taken
heed. Jamaica is just such an island,
noting its reservations over the failure
to realise a legally binding agreement
with ambitious greenhouse gas
emission reduction targets from the
developed world and a move toward
limiting global temperatures to 1.5
degrees Celsius.

"The Ministry (of Foreign Affairs and
Foreign Trade) wishes to convey the
decision of the Government of
Jamaica to associate itself with the...
accord," said the island's Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in its March 30 letterto
the UNFCCC secretariat on the
matter. "In doing so, the Government
of Jamaica wishes to underscore that
it considers the accord a political
document with no legal status under
international law, and that its
provisions do not replace or pre-empt
negotiations towards a legally
binding, ambitious and
comprehensive agreement under the
UNFCCC (United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change) and
the Bali Roadmap."

"In this regard, Jamaica reaffirms the
UNFCCC as the primary inter-
governmental process to address
climate change and supports the two-
track negotiating process within the
framework of the Ad Hoc Working
Group on Long Term Co-operative
Action and the Ad Hoc Working Group


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Six Caribbean

countries endorse

Copenhagen Accord

By Ana Scarlette

KINGSTON, Jamaica (PANOS) -- Six
Caribbean countries have now
endorsed the controversial
Copenhagen Accord, a key outcome
of the 15th United Nations climate
change conference held in Denmark
last December.

They include Antigua and Barbuda,
Barbados, the Bahamas, Guyana,
Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.

The six islands join some 131 other
countries of the world, including small
island developing states the likes of
the Maldives in endorsing the accord,
a non-legally binding agreement that
critics say is woefully inadequate if the
planet is to win the battle against
global climate change.

Climate change threatens rising sea
levels and the loss of coastal
livelihoods; increase in sea levels and
the loss of certain marine species; as
well as an increase in extreme
weather events, such as hurricanes
and droughts.

Meanwhile, the accord, among other
things, makes allowances for an
increase in global temperatures to two
degrees Celsius, while providing for
fast-track funding for developing
countries to adapt to climate change.
The agreement, which critics add did
not go far enough to safeguard the
world's most vulnerable to climate
change, also makes provisions for
developed cou ntries to provide
US$30 billion for the period 2010 to
2012 for adaptation and mitigation
efforts in the developing world.
Beyond that, developed countries
committed to mobilising jointly
US$100 billion annually by 2020 to
address the climate change needs of
developing countries.

"This funding will come from a wide
variety of sources, public and private,
bilateral and multilateral, including
alternative sources of finance," the


Parties (developed countries) under
the Kyoto Protocol," it added.

Trotz said, in the interim, that they
were some hopeful signs coming out
of the accord and noted that it was on
these that the region would build
going into the climate change
negotiations set for Mexico in
November.

"The accord speaks (for example) to
considering limiting global
te mpe ratu res to 1.5 degrees
Celsius... That is a hopeful sign that
they (developed countries) are willing
to take that on," he said.

Trotz added that other hopeful signs
were their commitment to providing
new and additional funding for
adaptation and mitigation and their
recognition of the place of forests in
any strategy to tackle climate change.

Trotz's sentiments have been echoed
by Jeffrey Spooner, the Group of Latin
America and Caribbean
representative on the Adaptation
Fund Board, and one of Jamaica's
climate negotiators.

"It is a way forward," he said in a
previous news report. "At least it has
identified the importance of climate
change and the importance of tackling
it now. And to be honest, there is
nothing to lose in associating
ourselves."

He added that the fight to secure a
legal binding agreement is "not over".

"There is a lot of work to be done still.
But at least the accord has kind of set
the stage. There are some countries
who are totally opposed to the accord
and as such it is going to be very
difficult to negotiate anything to do
with the accord," Spooner said.









inland revenue departments. The
approved 2010 budget built on
the fiscal measures taken in mid-
2009, and features additional
measures that are designed to
shift the fiscal position to primary
surplus of 3 percent of GDP from
a primary deficit of 11.5 percent
of GDP in 2009. These measures,
which include prioritizing capital
and goods and services
expenditure and a freeze on
public sector wages, will be
complemented by revenue
measures aimed at returning the
tax-to-GDP ratio to pre-crisis
levels and bring the overall deficit
to zero by 2012. The authorities
have approached their domestic
and external creditors seeking to
restructure their public debt and
to regularize the extremely high
level of arrears. The authorities'
strategy also includes
strengthening supervision and
regulation of the financial sector
to increase its resilience to shocks
and reduce macro-financial risks.
Executive Board Assessment
The Executive Directors
commended the authorities for
their strong and comprehensive
response to the exogenous
shocks to tourism receipts, FDI
inflows and remittances, which
led to the most severe recession
experienced by Antigua and
Ba rbuda. The alIready
unsustainable fiscal position, with
high public debt and a large stock
of arrears turned critical and
problems also mounted in the
financial sector. D irecto rs
endorsed the authorities' three-
pronged strategy comprising
front-loaded fiscal adjustment
measures, debt restructuring,
and structural reforms to further
strengthen the fiscal position,
address financial sector
vulnerabilities and foster growth.
They stressed the critical
importance of full implementation
of this strategy which underpins
the Fund-supported program.
D irecto rs welcomed the
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On June, 07, 2010, the
Executive Board of the
International Monetary Fund
(IMF) concluded the Article
IV consultation with Antigua
and Barbuda.

Background
Antigua and Barbuda's economy
is experiencing its worst
recession in decades. The global
slowdown has severely affected
the economy through its impact
on tourist arrivals, Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) inflows and
remittances, and fiscal revenue.
RealI GDP co nt reacted by 7
percent in 2009 after expanding
on average by about 6 percent
during the previous 5 years.
Following a spike in 2008'
inflation has remained in the low
single digits despite a 20 percent
increase in fuel prices and higher
consumption taxes. The
recession and associated fiscal
crisis coincided with an already
unsustainable fiscal situation and
mounting problems in the
financial sector--the collapse of
the Stanford Group (the largest
private conglomerate) and of the
Trinidad-based CL Financial
Group.
Following ma ny yea rs of
accumulation of a rrea rs to
domestic and external creditors,
the fiscal situation turned critical
in 2009 as the recession led to a
20 percent decline in tax revenue.
Meanwhile, reco rded pri ma ry
expenditure rose by 4.5 percent
of GDP due to higher-than-
budgeted current outlays. The
overall fiscal deficit widened from
6 percent of GDP in 2008 to about
19 percent in 2009. With limited
financing options, the
government accumulated arrears
amounting to about 9 percent of
GDP to domestic and external
Creditors, bringing the total stock
of arrears to about 53 percent of
GDP, or 45 percent of the
outstanding public debt, which
totalled 115 percent of GDP. To
contain the deterioration in the
fiscal position, the authorities


implemented revenue measures
in mid-2009 amounting to about
1.5 percent of GDP on an
annualized basis. These included
raising petroleum product prices
in August, by an average of 20
percent (about 1.5 percent of
GDP), while introducing a flexible
and ma rket- based petroleum-
product pricing mechanism.
The external current account
deficit narrowed to 25 percent of
GDP in 2009, reflecting a decline
in FDI inflows. Aside from some
financing from Venezuela, the
deficit was financed mainly by a
drawdown in commercial banks
foreign asset position, a reduction
in Antigua and Barbuda's share of
international reserves at the
Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
(ECCB), and the further
accumulation of arrears on public
external debt.
The contraction of economic
activity has resulted in a
significant slowdown in private
sector credit growth, while
domestic bank lending rates have
remained broadly stable.
However, non-performing loans
fell sharply in 2009 as percent of
totalI loans, reflecting the
restructuring of loans to both
government and the private
sector. In February 2009, the
ECCB assumed control of the
Bank of Antigua following a sharp
withdrawal of deposits
precipitated by the collapse of the
Stanford Group. This has resulted
in a shift of about 20 percent of
indigenous banks' deposits to
foreign owned banks.
The authorities have requested
Fund financial assistance and the
Executive Board approved a
three-year Stand-By
Arrangement in lune in support of
a comprehensive reform strategy
aimed at restoring fiscal and debt
susta ina bi lity. The refo rms
include a significant and
sustained tightening of fiscal
policy supported by a
comprehensive debt restructuring
and structu ralI refo rms to
strengthen the customs and









transform and improve the public
sector.

This is a critical part of the
Government's commitment to building
a better public service in Antigua and
Barbuda.

The aim is to make the public sector
better able to efficiently deliver service
to you the people. The programme is
designed too, to improve the skill
levels of persons working in the
system.

We are being assisted by the World
Bank and the Organization of
American States (OAS) in this project.

I urge all public servants, including the
management and staff of all statutory
bodies, to give your full support and
cooperation to the consultants leading
this reform project.

Let us bear in mind that public sector
reform will benefit everybody the
public servants themselves, the entire
Government, as well as the general
population of Antigua and Barbuda.

Therefore, let us all work together to
make public sector transformation a
successful reality.

At this time of year, we are in the
hurricane season, and the National
Office of Disaster Services has
already identified several facilities in
Antigua and Barbuda to be used as
shelters in the event of a hurricane.
District coordinators are in place to
direct hurricane preparation activities
at the community level. Persons are
reminded to listen for information in
this regard through the media.

We should remember at all times, that
Antigua and Barbuda is a proud
member of the Caribbean Community
of nations.
Heads of Government of CARICOM
came together in Montego Bay,

Jamaica this past week for our 31st
Regular Meeting. I had the honour of
leading our country's small delegation
to that meeting as we sought answers
and forged common positions for the
many problems facing our region.
Included among the things we
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While we await the decision of the
Appeal Court, the Government
continues to carry out the mandate
given to us by you the people of
Antigua and Barbuda, to implement
policies and programmes that will
make life better for you.

We have now concluded our
negotiations with the International
Monetary Fund and have received the
first tranche of a loan from that
agency.

The Government continues to pursue
a fiscally responsible economic
programme in the interest of the
country and we are taking all the
necessary steps to meet the quarterly
performance targets we have agreed
with the IMF.

Some major new tourism
developments are now in the planning
stages. When these are completed,
they will create many new jobs for
Antiguans and Barbudans.

The first phase of the major street
lighting project which the Government
is undertaking in collaboration with the
Government of the People's Republic
of China, is nearing completion.

Our ongoing consultations with the
people in communities right across
Antigua and Barbuda, indicate that
proper roads and quality health care at
the community level are among the
Government services that must be
given top priority.

As such, a dedicated road fund to
finance a comprehensive programme
of road repairs and construction
across Antigua and Barbuda,
continues to occupy the attention of
the Government.

The upgrading of community health
centres and the building of new ones
are also under active consideration in
the national planning process.

These are Government programmes
that must be implemented in the future
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As we pursue the development
agenda for our people, Barbuda is not
being left out.
As we have promised, work has
started on the extension of the
Codrington airstrip and plans are in
place to expand the terminal building.
Construction is also continuing on a
fisheries complex there with funding
from the Govern ment of Japan.
Construction is about to commence on
a community centre in Barbuda being
financed by the Government of the
People's Republic of China.
Our country continues to face some
challenges, but we are working
towards a positive turnaround in the
near future. The situation is
challenging but things will get better.

As patriotic Antiguans and Barbudans
we should use these challenging times
as an opportunity to work together and
to show acts of kindness and support
to each other as together we face the
challenges.

As we work towards economic
recovery however, we will have to take
some very tough decisions to further
cut government spending. This is
because government revenues have
been severely affected by the
economic climate.

Simply put, what is true for our own
families is also true for the entire
country. We cannot and should not
spend more money than we earn.

As we make good progress in keeping
the country steady in the midst of the
ongoing worldwide economic storm,
the Government is aware that there
are some serious constraints in
meeting the many real needs of our
people.

During these testing economic times
for everyone, the Government has
been giving serious attention to the
issue of consumer protection. An
Inter-M~linisterial Consumer Protection
Task Force has been established, and
it has been providing useful
information to help consumers with
their purchasing decisions.

As you might be aware too, the
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On Tuesday 13th July we will
welcome to our shores, a delegation
from that country, led by His Highness
Sheikh Nasser Mohammed, Prime
Minister of Kuwait.

We will be involved in several
activities as part of the two-day official
visit. A number of cooperation
agreements will also be signed
covering partnerships in several areas
between the Government of Antigua
and Barbuda and the Government of
the State of Kuwait.

Your government remains focused on
the task ahead that of creating
social and economic opportunities for
people and delivering quality service
to all.

As we do so, the members of the
Govern me nt continue to draw
strength from the unwavering support
of you, the people of our beloved
country.

We thank you for that support and for
your many prayers that give us
strength from day to day.

We all know that at this time of the
year, our rich culture comes alive in a
burst of vibrant colours and pulsating
calypso and steel band music.
Whenever that happens we know that
carnival is in the air.

Let us continue to enjoy the good
natured rivalry and fun of the mas
camps and the pan yards in the true
spirit of the carnival season. Let us
also be careful and respectful of
others even as we have fun.

I thank you for tuning in to allow me to
share these thoughts with you. I wish
you all a very pleasant evening, and
until I speak to you again, may God
bless you, and may God continue to
richly bless our nation and the people
of Antigua and Barbuda."


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an update on steps being taken to
build the CARICOM Single Market
and Economy.
For Antigua and Barbuda, one of the
most far-reaching decisions taken by
CARICOM Heads of Government in
Montego Bay, was the formal
endorsement of our country's position
in the long running dispute with the
United States of America, over
compensation that is due to us for US
action which has effectively shut down
the Internet gaming industry here.

If you recall, at its peak some ten
years ago, the online gaming industry
offered services to clients in the US,
employed almost ten per cent of the
population of Antigua and Barbuda,
and accounted for more than one
billion dollars in revenue each year.

The US banned our online gaming
services to consumers in their country
and carried out criminal prosecutions
of persons operating gaming
companies in Antigua and elsewhere.
These actions violated the obligations
of the US under the World Trade
Organization's General Agreement on
Trade in Services.

Despite the MVO having ruled in
favour of Antigua and Barbuda and
against the US action at every stage
of the dispute, we have been unable
to realise any benefits from those
victories. The last such ruling in our
favour was in 2007.

Antigua and Barbuda has the right
under MVO law to seek from the US '
remedies which are commonly
referred to as sanctions or penalties.
One such remedy could be to
suspend the application of United
States intellectual property rights with
respect to Antigua. Other possible
penalties exist.

Recently Brazil had a similar dispute
with the United States over unfair


subsidies to American cotton farmers
that unfairly threatened the survival of
the cotton industry in Brazil. Brazil
succeeded in the case before the
MVO, and in the face of inaction on
the part of the US, Brazil applied to
the MVO for the right to impose
retaliatory sanctions against the US
under MVO dispute settlement rules.

After Brazil was granted MVO
approval to impose sanctions, the
Americans agreed to a settlement.
That settlement in April this year,
among other things, provides an
annual payment from the United
States to Brazil on behalf of the
harmed cotton farmers.

Acting alone, Antigua and Barbuda
lacks the resources and influence to
compel the United States to either
comply with the MVO ruling and
remove the online gaming ban, or to
negotiate a fair and reasonable
settlement.

My Government remains committed
to a negotiated settlement of this
matter.

While urging the US to the negotiating
table, CARICOM has formally
endorsed Antigua and Barbuda's right
to seek VVO approval to implement
against the US, any remedies open to
us at this time.

Even as we seek a speedy resolution
to this matter, the Government of
Antigua and Barbuda has the highest
regard for the people and
Government of the United States.
We continue to value our
longstanding friendship with the US
and the cooperation and partnership
we share in several areas.

Antigua and Barbuda shares a special
relationship too, with the Government
and people of the State of Kuwait.









Caribbean's economies.

"Travel and Tourism is a
major economic and social driver in
the Caribbean," said Jean-Claude
Baumgarten, President & CEO of
WVTTC. "It is essential that its value
is recognized by governments and
the public at large, and that
governments help to unlock its full
potential for the benefit of all
stakeholders in the Caribbean."

Forstmayr added: "Prime
Minister Cameron's speech is
exactly 'on message' with our
'Tourism Is Key' campaign and we
have sent a copy of the speech to all
Caribbean Prime Ministers and
Ministers of Tourism."

Alec Sanguinetti, CHTA's
Director General and CEO is in the
process of visiting several
Caribbean government leaders to
discuss the state of the tourism
industry in the Caribbean

Source: Caribbean News


lead to rapid and accelerating
growth in emerging and
developed countries alike.
Smart Partnership allows the
Partners to deal in a flexible and
responsive way with the
unresponsive with the
unexpected and unforeseen
changes brought about by
technological development and
increasing globalisation. It
enables people to be proactive
in technological so the
expected and unforeseen
become opportunities rather
than setbacks.

Smart Partnership uses
the free market as a key
mechanism for information
gathering and dissemination.
But the involvement of Smart
Partnership means that there is
smart and creative intervention


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Caribbean tourism group
applauds UK Prime
Minister's speech on
importance of tourism
In a speech in London on
August 12, British Prime Minister
David Cameron described tourism
as "fundamental to rebuilding and
rebalancing" the UK economy and
"one of the best and fastest ways of
generating jobs."

Cameron outlined four key
components to create the "strongest
possible tourism strategy" which
included the introduction of new
government policies for tourism,
removing obstacles that discourage
tourism and freeing up the red tape
and reducing the "excessive
business taxes" on the UK's tourism
businesses.

Caribbean Hotel and
Tourism Association (CHTA)
President Josef Forstmayr hopes
that Caribbean governments will
adopt a similar approach to tourism

Limitless Opportunities
through Smart
Partnership

Smart Partnership is
about creating I~mitless
opportunities and wealth that
is shared, that is sustainable
and that allows the
participants to function
in the global economy. Its
successful functioning depends
on a "win-win" and "prosper-thy
neighbour" relationship among
Partners. All the partners'
whether they be political
leaders, civil servants,
entrepreneurs, corporate
leaders, management, labour'
or people in general, play
different roles according to their
different circumstances, but all
operate from the same set of
principles. Smart Partnership is


which is the Caribbean's number 1
employee r.

"It is gratifying to see a
country like the UK recognize the
true importance of tourism" said
Forstmayr. "The Prime Minister's
speech could easily be adopted by
all of our 35 member destinations -
particularly as it relates to the
excessive red tape and taxes that
burden the Caribbean's private
sector; tourism contributes so much
to our local economies," he added.

CHTA recently launched its
own Tourism Is Key advocacy
campaign, in conjunction with the
World Travel & Tourism Council
(WVTTC) during a recent CARICOM
Heads of Government meeting in
Montego Bay.

The campaign seeks to
educate and inform a broad
audience from Caribbean Heads of
State to 'the man in the street '
regarding the importance and
impact of tourism on the


a process which unites people
in growing co-prosperity.

Smart Partnerships are
happening! They are
happening within Government,
among Government, between
Government and the private
sector, and among
Government, business and
labour. Smart Partnership
provides a series of cross-
cutting relationships that
enhances the well-being of all
the Partners.

Our purpose here is to
capture the essence of Smart
Partnership so that those who
are practising it can do it better
and those who have shown
interest can learn how to
practise it. Smart Partnership
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All good things must come to
an end is the sad but true
statement about Home
Restaurant. After 18 years of
proudly serving Antiguans and
the tourists who grace our
shores, Carl and Rita Thomas
have called it a day.

Carl always had a passion for
cooking. At 17, he began


training in the culinary arts,
starting out at the Mayflower
Hotel in New York. In 1992, he
decided to return to Antigua
and open his own business. He
saw the need for a Caribbean-
themed restaurant at a time
when there were few such
establishments.

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tourists would visit Antigua and


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eat food from other cultures. So
the Home Restaurant opened
its doors in 1992 in Carl's
boyhood home in Gambles.

The house, built in 1955, had
always stayed in his family and
was at one point rented out to
educators who worked at
surrounding schools. The main
idea behind the restaurant was
to always let the diner feel at
home. With its cozy
surroundings and 1950's/60's
decor, the restaurant and its
owners saw many locals and
high profile tourists filIter
through.

Carl reflected on the changes in
the industry over the years. He
reminisced how the types of
tourists have changed, shifting
from continental Europeans to
mainly tourists from the UK.

Changes in the economic
climate and cost of living are
battles he has had to fight.
Interestingly, he cites a lack of
locally grown produce, which
directly affects the cost of
running a business. Carl
believes that more local
produce would carry down the
importation costs for
restaurants.

A mix of unfortunate situations
such as these has caused the
Home restaurant to close its
doors after so many years.

With joy, Carl reflects on the
years and the many satisfied
customers served, and he says
with pride, "It's been a pleasure
and honour to serve every
customer that has walked
through our doors."


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PM Spencer was Special Guest at climate Change Meeting in the Republic
of Maldives

BANDOS ISLAND, Republic of Maldives -


Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. the Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer arrived on Bandos Island in the Republic
of Maldives on 17th July 2010 where he is the special guest of the government hosting the Second Meeting of the
Cartagena GrouplDialogue for Progressive Action designed to address countries' positions on and explore areas
where convergence and enhanced joint action could emerge on Climate Change.

Prime Minister Spencer, who was welcomed to the Republic of Maldives by President Mohamed Nasheed and given
a Guard of Honour, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the Meeting where he tackled the troubling issue of carbon
emissions.

The country's leader also called on the delegates of the conference to work within and across the traditional regional
groupings within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC negotiations, in an effort
to find areas of common convergence for subsequent collective action.

Prime Minister Spencer who was accompanied by Chief Environment Officer Ambassador Dr. Dianne Black-Layne,
also admonished delegates to utilise the dialogue to lay the groundwork for subsequent sessions to provide concrete
contributions to the key elements of the UNFCCC negotiation process.

Following the Opening Ceremony, Prime Minister Spencer participated in a number of discussions ranging from
financing efforts by developing countries to address Climate Change to how to produce legally binding agreements
during the various negotiations.


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together. through their getting
together in a "Smart"
relationship. There are
Partnerships which are made
not only between Partners who
trade in knowledge and ideas.

By now, because of
successful Smart Partnership
practice, there are recipes for
successful action in particular
circumstances. Different Smart
actions require different recipes
even though the underlying
Smart Partnership principles
are the same. Many of these
recipes are still to be recorded
and shared. The diversity of
Smart Partnership recipes is
potentially enormous and may
blend Asian spices with the
fish of the Caribbean and the
richness of African produce.
Using this diversity of
ingredients, a multiplicity of
Smart partnerships co-exist.
The recipe is a set of
guidelines for action, but the


preparation itself involves
the continuous application of
cooperative intelligence for
creative actions.

Dialogue among
Partners is an essential feature,
without it, one is unable to
assess the needs and
aspirations of one's partners.
Dialogue and the responses it
generates introduce a dynamic
element because successfulI
response unveils new
aspirations and reveals new
means of achieving them.


On behalfof CPTM~I 'Farmhouse
Group'

Omar A Rahman, Tom
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Mlihaela Y Smith


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in utilising the information and
signals provided by the market
rather than merely some
automatic response. Smart
Free markets" do not achieve
a stable equilibrium but,
through creative use of
disequilibrium, continuousI7
generate new possibilities for
smart action. Smart
competitiveness operates
most effectively within a
cooperative framework.

"Smart" combines
reference to sheer intelligence
and to stored-up knowledge
without other connotations such
as opportunism (or
Machiavellianism). The
meaning of Partnership is
radically changed by the
adjective "smart" because the
Smartest Partnerships are not
brought about simply by two or
more Smart Partners getting


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CDB may be used tO
channel millions of
climate change fundS

to the region

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados
(GNC) -- The Barbados-based
Caribbean Development Bank
(CDB) might be used to
channel millions of dollars in
climate change financing, but
the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) first has to prepare
the groundwork.

This was disclosed by St Lucia
prime minister, Stephenson
King, while addressing the
opening of a special joint
ministerial meeting of the
Council for Trade and
Economic Development and
the Council for Human and
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(COHSOD) at the CARICOM
Secretariat in Georgetown on
Thursday.

King said the region may be
able to use the CDB as the
conduit for the channeling of
resources, that the framework
for doing so is in place and that
"we are ready to undertake that
responsibility."

The Copenhagen Accord was a
key outcome of the 15th United
Nations Climate Change
Conference held in Denmark
last December.

King, who is responsible for
climate change and
sustainable development in the
CARICOM quasi cabinet,
agreed with Guyana President
Bharrat Jagdeo that the region
would need to prepare projects


for international financing.

Demerara Waves reported that
at least US$10 billion in loans
and grants are available for the
next three years to fund climate
change in flood-prone
countries like those in the
Caribbean. Of that sum, US$5
billion is available as grants.

Guyana is also to get US$250
million during a five years
period for its forest
com pensation.

The COHSOD meeting, which
continues on Friday, will deal
with a wide range of matters
concerning climate change and
rain forest.



Source: caribbeannewsnow.com


AGREEMENT BETWEEN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA AND THE PORTUGESE
REPUBLIC FOR THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION RELATING TO
TAX MATTERS

His Excellency, Dr. Carl B. Roberts, the High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda, signed a Tax
Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) on behalf of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda with the
Republic of Portugal on 13th January 2010 at the Portugese Embassy in London.

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strong fiscal adjustment program,
which will constitute a decisive
step towa rds resto ri ng debt
sustainability. They observed that
the combination of both, raising
tax reve nue and cutting
expenditure by prioritizing capital
spending and reducing the wage
bill, are needed to shift the fiscal
position from a significant
primary deficit to a surplus. They
welcomed the actions already
ta ken and emphasized that
maintaining fiscal discipline and
following through on additional
measures, if needed, would also
be important. Directors stressed
that sustained commitment to the
planned fiscal structural reforms,
including strengthening revenue
agencies and reforming the civil
service, social security and public
financial management, will be


nsive domestic and long-term viability.
debt restructuring is Directors agreed that the financial
t for achieving debt sector reform agenda is well
lity, given that the focused on both bank and
ebt of Antigua and nonbank segments. Onsite
is unsustainable even inspection of the banking system
e significant fiscal by the Eastern Caribbean Central
It envisaged. They Bank will provide important and
the authorities' first timely information and form the
engage in open and basis to deal with fragilities of
nt negotiations with domestic banks. Strengthening
creditors as part of a the regulation and supervision of
ing strategy. In this offshore financial services and
Directors considered it nonbanks will address major
o engage also non-Paris shortcomings in the regulatory
d ito rs and to seek framework. Directors welcomed
comparable to Paris the ongoing efforts to strengthen
tors. Directors stressed legislation concerning anti-money
!the bulk of the interest laundering and combating the
come from restructuring financing of terrorism, and
debt, the parametric encouraged the authorities to
envisaged by the persevere in these efforts.


The fete of all carnival
fetes was definitely the
midweek show of Melting Pot
which always brings the best
international soca artists and
Antigua's finest to the stage for
a night full of jamming. This
year the crowd were rocking
and jumping to the sounds of
Fay-Ann, Bunji Garlin and the
Asylum band from Trinidad,
G-Whizz from Jamaica, Triple
K from Dominica, Tizzy, Taxik,
Cheze Kake factory and
Burning Flames of Antigua.
Melting Pot was followed by
Panorama on Thursday and the
Jaycees Queen Show on Friday and
then of course the much anticipated
Soca Monarch show, which saw the
return of soca songstress Claudette
"CP" Peters to the stage. CP took the
winners crown for groovy soca
monarch but Tian Winters stood firm
as Tempo Party Monarch with Lord
Satalyte as 2nd runner-up in both
categories. The last show before the
real revelry began was the Calypso
Monarch show, with De Bear crowned
as King, then it was time to jump on
the streets of St John's, morning, noon
and night!
As usual the capital was packed, all
the way from jouvert morning right
until last lap, with onlookers taking in


Carnival 2010 come

and done!
By Andrea Thomas

The slogan for Antigua's carnival this
year was "Bring Your Family, Tell A
Friend, Antigua's Carnival 2010" and it
was well and truly a Carnival to be
shared by all! Despite fears that
Carnival would be washed out
because of the terrible rainfall seen in
the weeks leading up to it, the events
were kicked off in the blazing sun for
the Opening of Carnival with an array
of different bands and troupes,
Calypso, Soca, and sweet iron band
giving the crowd just a taste of what
they could expect to see on Carnival
Monday and Tuesday.

A popular show for the Carnival season
Queen of Carnival went well without any
hitches and saw the beautiful Dorri
Benjamin reign supreme over the other six
contestants. Tuesday night had recreation
ground ram packed with youths from all
over the Island to watch their peers in
SOURCE Teen Splash. The Teen Splash
winner was Trevorlyn Sheppard
representing the Ottos Comprehensive

School, with runners up Lincoln Burton Jr
from St. Joseph's Academy and Abi
McCoy from Antigua Girls High
School.


allthecolours of the spectacular
costumes, the fantastic sound
systems and live bands, the many
mas bands and of course the foodand
drink stalls to keep everyone going.
Everywhere you turned Bull Bud by
Burning Flames and Wootup by Red
Hot Flames could be heard, as they
were favourites throughout Carnival
despite the controversy surrounding
the songs and their somewhat violent
origins. In the end Bull Bud was
named Road March after Red Hot
Flames being the consecutive winners
for the past few years. All in all, it was
a very eventfulI and almost trou ble-free
Carnival which leaves many looking
forward to the revelry, music and
excitement for 2011's Super Festival.




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