ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 26th March, 2021…….Another member of the corporate community has come forward to support government’s efforts to acquire COVID-19 vaccines for the population. Government recently announced that it is desirous of vaccinating at least 80 percent of the population to create heard immunity in its fight against the pandemic.
On Thursday, Sir Gerald A Watt, Chairman of Antigua Investment Group (AIG), and Mr. Robert Reis, General Manager of Falmouth Harbour Marina made a donation of $75,000.00 towards the Programme. Antigua Investment Group Limited operates Falmouth Harbour Marina, an Antiguan and Barbuda company operating for 25 years.
During the Cheque handover ceremony, Chairman of AIG, Sir Gerald A Watt said, “Mr. Prime Minister we are particularly pleased to present this cheque in the sum of $75,000.00 towards your vaccine drive. We do so because we are very pleased with the way in which the health officials have proceeded to deal with this matter in the face of much criticism, not all sensible. We also are pleased with the way in which you have shouldered the responsibility and the active way in which you have proceeded to source vaccines rather than sitting back and hoping for the best. And as I have said before, you have done so amongst grave criticism.”
Sir Gerald also outlined that his company would have wished to make a larger contribution towards the effort, however the yachting sector suffered a 60% drop in profit the last year. He however stated that they are standing ready to help in some other way as they have done in the past.
In responding, Prime Minister Gaston Browne thanked the company on behalf of the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda for the generous contribution.
“$75,000 is a sizeable contribution and is certainly among the size of the other contribution we have received. So we are very appreciative of it and we know it comes at a very difficult time during a period of COVID where you would have seen a reduction in your revenue by about 60%. So the fact that you are making such a sizeable contribution demonstrates your commitment and certainly your social responsibility to the people of Antigua and Barbuda. We hope that other companies will follow your lead.”
According to Robert ‘Bobby’ Reis, General Manager for Falmouth Harbour Marina, the donation represents the company’s culture of strong corporate social responsibility. Mr. Reis explained that during the height of the pandemic in 2020, the company prepared and delivered food packages to families in need and single-parent families for six months.
Antigua Investment Group (AIG) is the first locally owned company that operates a marina in Antigua and Barbuda.