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Aiming to attract investments and business opportunities from the United Kingdom, Antigua and Barbuda has recently sent a high-level delegation to host the 3rd Business and Investment Forum in London.
The forum has brought together captains of industry and senior government officials to explore potential opportunities for growth across a wide range of sectors in Antigua and Barbuda.
In addition to the forum, the Antigua and Barbuda delegations participated in the inaugural Ireland-Latin America and the Caribbean Business and Economic Forum held at the Dublin Castle, which focused on strengthening connectivity between Ireland and the Latin American and Caribbean territories in the fields of trade, tourism, and people-to-people links.
The forum discussed business trends and opportunities, demonstrated innovations with the potential for future growth, and highlighted the rich Irish presence in the Caribbean dating back to the 1600s.
Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister E.P. Chet Greene addressed the forum as a keynote speaker, emphasizing the importance of the historical linkages between Ireland and the Caribbean, and the attractiveness of the twin island state to discerning investors.
Minister Greene also advocated for air linkages between Ireland and Antigua and Barbuda via Aer Lingus airline to further cement bilateral ties between the two countries.
With a warm tropical climate, low crime rate, and favourable business incentives, Antigua and Barbuda offers competitive investment opportunities in various sectors, such as upmarket real estate developments, sports, and wellness tourism, and port logistics services.
Furthermore, the Antigua and Barbuda delegation engaged in a bilateral session with the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defense, Micheál Martin TD, to discuss upcoming SIDS conference in 2024, the Citizenship by Investment Programme, and the blacklisting of Antigua and Barbuda by the European Union as it related to tax matters.
The forum and the bilateral session aim to strengthen the relationship between Antigua and Barbuda and the UK, Ireland, and other Latin American and Caribbean territories by exploring potential investment opportunities and addressing concerns related to tax and citizenship.
The delegation was comprised of:
- Honourable E.P Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Trade and Barbuda Affairs;
- Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill, High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to Ireland;
- Chantal Phillip, Minister Counsellor within the High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda in London;
- Jomica Carbon-Constant, Senior Trade Policy Analyst, Department of Trade
- Garfield Joseph, Executive Director, Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority;
- Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, Chief Executive Officer, Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Unit
- Darwin Telemaque, Chief Executive Officer, Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority;
- Gregory Georges, Chief Executive Officer, West Indies Oil Company Ltd.
- Craig Christopher, Legal and Business Consultant, The August Group Ltd.
- Patrick Lay, Advisor for Agriculture to the Cabinet