His Excellency Scott Furssedonn-Wood, the UK’s High Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, the other Eastern Caribbean islands, and Barbados, officially visited Antigua and Barbuda last week.
On Friday, the High Commissioner met with Prime Minister Browne, accompanied by the Resident British Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, Her Excellency Lindsy Thompson.
He congratulated the leader of the twin-island state on Team Antigua Island Girls’ recent completion of the World’s Toughest Row – Pacific and on mother-daughter duo Keisha Schahaff and Anastasia Meyers’ historic Virgin Galactic space flight.
The High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean firmly assured PM Browne that despite circulating reports, the global implementation of the UK’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) system has not yet started.
Its global rollout will begin in October, with Antigua and Barbuda’s rollout date set for 2024.
Resident Commissioner Ms Thompson confidently reassured PM Browne that the British High Commission would provide advance notice of the rollout date.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gaston Browne expressed gratitude to His Excellency Furssedonn-Wood for the UK’s support of Antigua and Barbuda’s hosting of the fourth UN Conference on SIDS, slated for May 2024.
The three officials continued to discuss various matters of mutual interest between Antigua and Barbuda and the United Kingdom.
Later that day, Mr Furssedonn-Wood and Ms Thompson met with Jamale Pringle, the leader of the opposition, Senator Shawn Nicholas, and Jason Mannix, the deputy chair of the United Progressive Party.