Antigua and Barbuda has fostered a stable political climate since independence. The ruling party, the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) has maintained leadership for most of the country’s political freedom. The ABLP has served as government since 2014 and has again been returned to serve as government, after an overwhelming victory at General Elections on 21st March, 2018. The leader of the Party and Prime Minister is Hon. Gaston Browne, a Banker and Business man by profession.
Despite being considered a small island developing state, Antigua and Barbuda has managed to become one of the fastest growing economies in the region and is predicted to continue to grow more in 2018. Once a signatory to a loan from the International Monetary Fund, the twin island state completed all payments days before General Elections on March 21st, 2018 – well ahead of schedule.
Antigua and Barbuda is considered a high income country according to the World Bank. The island has also improved on their listing for ease of doing business. There is no income tax in the island.
Development on the island is vivid and evident from the moment you land at the V.C. Bird International Airport. This airport serves as a hub for the regions only regional airline, Leward Islands Air Transport (LIAT), as well as an in transit stop for most international carriers. Servicing daily international flights from Europe, Canada, America and Asia. The country also boasts a fully equipped and modernized Flight Base Operator (FBO) for private jets and aircraft handling and fueling.
Based on the size and growth of the economy, a high functional and busy shipping port can be found on this island. Recently, The Port Managers Association of the Caribbean (P.M.A.C) adjudged the Antigua Barbuda Port Authority as the PORT OF THE YEAR. This award goes to the port which demonstrated high productivity and efficiency. Due to the consistent yield of the port and economic expectations of the local economy, the government has announced a USD90 Million Port expansion project slated to take place in 2018.
The island is also a major cruise destination stop with three active berths and six marine ports of entries.
International sports and games are also hosted in Antigua and Barbuda such as Sailing, Transatlantic rowing and Cricket.
Strong Diplomatic Relations
Antigua and Barbuda maintains strong diplomatic ties with many developed countries and plays a significant role in International Relations. The strength of its diplomatic relations is seen within the foreign policies with the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and the Peoples Republic of China. Antigua and Barbuda recently celebrated 35 years of diplomatic and friendly relations with China. The island state is also a member of a number of International and Regional Organisations to include the United Nations, the Organisation of American States (OAS), The Commonwealth of Nations, CARICOM and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Low Crime Rate
Antigua and Barbuda has one of the lowest crime rates in the region.