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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
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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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September this year. Summer Gold card holders benefit from exclusive discounts at over 30 participating companies
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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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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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
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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.


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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
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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
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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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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission O fficial Newsletter Issue 140 -June/July/August 2010 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 ..............................................page 9 4. His Excellency Dr Carl Roberts greets King of Swaziland ........................... Page 11 2nd Floor, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP TeL: 020 7258 0070 Fax: 020 7258 7486 E-mail: enquiries@antigua-barbuda.com Website: WWW.antigua-barbuda.com Prime Minister 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. The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal has concluded hearings into 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 Administration. 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 arrangements. This independence of the courts continues to be honoured, respected and defended by the Government of Dr. the Honourable W. Baldwin Spencer Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Continue on page 14

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Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/ August 2010 HIGH COMMISSIONER’S MESSAGE 2 “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 behavioural 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 4 th 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 Corinthians 3, Paul 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 speaking 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 recognise 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 29 th 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

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 3 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 Member of Parliament For St. Paul Honourable Eleston Adams Colin Anthony Warner 31 st 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. All 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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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 5 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 onisland 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 Heights 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 Hotel Tourist 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 Antigua 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 U.K. Agents playing mas’ Antigua Carnival 2010 Continue on page 7

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 6 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 communiqué 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 NonAligned 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, Mediterranean 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 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. Photo caption: Antigua and Barbuda UN Ambassador Ashe (r) and his Egyptian counterpart, Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz (l) are all smiles after signing communique establishing diplomatic relations between Antigua and Barbuda and Egypt.

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 7 Port Reception Facilities (PRF) Management 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 apply to 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 port waste 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, cruise 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). Continued from page 5 September this year. Summer Gold card holders benefit from exclusive discounts at over 30 participating companies 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 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. 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 territorial integrity, as well as non-interference in the internal affairs of each other. Both Ambassadors also co-signed a letter address to the SecretaryGeneral of UN, informing the latter of the agreement and requesting that it be circulated to the remaining 190-member States of the organization. “Although we have long enjoyed cordial relations and have worked 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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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 8 Anti-money laundering experts urge adherence to high standards If Antigua and Barbuda and other regional jurisdictions want to ensure continued 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 antimoney 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. “Money laundering and fraud activities are primarily driven by greed 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. Meanwhile, manager of Scotiabank, Marlon Rawlins stressed the 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. Source: The Daily Observer 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 HIV/AIDS 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’ activities and Madhuri Supersad and HIV/AIDS specialist. “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 HIV/AIDS 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 HIV/AIDS and World of Work facilitated by Supersad and the AIDS Secretariat. Areas covered, according to the release, included an overview of the HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan, Implementation of a workplace response in the country, as well as priorities and next steps for a workplace response to HIV/AIDS 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 . Source: The Daily Observer (Left) Market Stall Lady (Right) Fig Tree Drive

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 9 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 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 country, 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. Source: The Daily Observer 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. 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 pyramid scheme. Stanford was once the largest private employer in Antigua with 800 workers. He has pleaded not guilty to charges included money laundering and wire fraud in the US. Sticky Wicket Restaurant over-looking the Stadium in Antigua Source: www.caribbeanlifenews.com Antigua and Barbuda Independence 29th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving at the The Church of Saint Matthias (Stoke Newington), Wandsworth Road, London N16 8DD On Sunday 31st October at 3:00 pm

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 10 UN Launches DecadeLong 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 change, 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 begin the Decade on Deserts and the Fight 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 Conference: Climate, Sustainability and Development in Semi-arid 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 desertification 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 characterised 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 Agricultural 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, live in the world’s deserts and drylands · 90% of this population 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. For more information, please contact: Ms. Cadija Tissiani UNCCD/Ceara, (+55) 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

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 11 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 again afforded the opportunity to 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 successful event 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 Henry-Jackman, Marketing 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 lll 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 CPTM Fellow.

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 12 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 countries 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 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 letter to 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 intergovernmental process to address climate change and supports the twotrack negotiating process within the framework of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long Term Co-operative Action and the Ad Hoc Working Group 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 temperatures 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. Beach Bash

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 13 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. Real GDP contracted 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 many years of accumulation of arrears 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, recorded primary expenditure rose by 4.5 percent of GDP due to higher-thanbudgeted 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 market-based petroleumproduct 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 total 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 June in support of a comprehensive reform strategy aimed at restoring fiscal and debt sustainability. The reforms include a significant and sustained tightening of fiscal policy supported by a comprehensive debt restructuring and structural reforms to strengthen the customs and inland revenue departments. The approved 2010 budget built on the fiscal measures taken in mid2009, 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 Barbuda. The already unsustainable fiscal position, with high public debt and a large stock of arrears turned critical and problems also mounted in the financial sector. Directors endorsed the authorities’ threepronged 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. Directors welcomed the authorities’ commitment to a Continue on page 20

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 14 Continued from page 1 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 as we strengthen the economy and improve our revenue situation. 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 Government 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-Ministerial 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 Government has started a process to 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 31 st 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 discussed was the reconstruction and

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 15 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 WTO 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 WTO 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 WTO, and in the face of inaction on the part of the US, Brazil applied to the WTO for the right to impose retaliatory sanctions against the US under WTO dispute settlement rules. After Brazil was granted WTO 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 WTO 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 WTO 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. 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 Government 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.” Frigate Bird in flight Barbuda

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 16 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 which is the Caribbean’s number 1 employer. “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 (WTTC) 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 Caribbean’s economies. “Travel and Tourism is a major economic and social driver in the Caribbean,” said Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President & CEO of WTTC. “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 Limitless Opportunities through Smart Partnership Smart Partnership is about creating limitless 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 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 crosscutting 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 works by putting ideas and principles into action that can 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 Continue on page 18

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 17 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 Caribbeanthemed restaurant at a time when there were few such establishments. He didn’t like the fact that tourists would visit Antigua and 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 décor, the restaurant and its owners saw many locals and high profile tourists filter 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." Home Restaurant closes

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 18 Continued from page 16 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, continuously 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 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 successful response unveils new aspirations and reveals new means of achieving them. On behalf of CPTM ‘Farmhouse Group’ Omar A Rahman, Tom DeGregori. Keith Jordan and Mihaela Y Smith CPTM Hub London, November 1998 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 Group/Dialogue 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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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 19 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 Social Development (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 compensation. 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. Signing on behalf of Portugal was Professor Sergio Vasques, Secretary of State for Fiscal matters.

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The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Issue 140 June/July/August 2010 20 Continued from page 13 strong fiscal adjustment program, which will constitute a decisive step towards restoring debt sustainability. They observed that the combination of both, raising tax revenue 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 taken 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 central to further fortifying the fiscal position. Directors emphasized that comprehensive domestic and external debt restructuring is paramount for achieving debt sustainability, given that the public debt of Antigua and Barbuda is unsustainable even with the significant fiscal adjustment envisaged. They welcomed the authorities’ first steps to engage in open and transparent negotiations with external creditors as part of a restructuring strategy. In this context, Directors considered it essential to engage also non-Paris Club creditors and to seek treatment comparable to Paris Club creditors. Directors stressed that, since the bulk of the interest relief will come from restructuring domestic debt, the parametric reform envisaged by the authorities for the social security scheme, a key domestic creditor, will be essential to ensure its long-term viability. Directors agreed that the financial sector reform agenda is well focused on both bank and nonbank segments. Onsite inspection of the banking system by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank will provide important and timely information and form the basis to deal with fragilities of domestic banks. Strengthening the regulation and supervision of offshore financial services and nonbanks will address major shortcomings in the regulatory framework. Directors welcomed the ongoing efforts to strengthen legislation concerning anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism, and encouraged the authorities to persevere in these efforts. 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. 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 2 nd 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 all the colours 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 eventful and almost trouble-free Carnival which leaves many looking forward to the revelry, music and excitement for 2011’s Super Festival. Burning Flames