ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
 
Also known as: The Island of 365 Beaches.  (Root:  Waladli and Wa'onomi (Amerindian))
Motto:
Each Endeavouring All Achieving
Location:
Located in the Eastern Caribbean  at the southern end of the Leeward Islands, 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Montserrat.
History:
Columbus landed on Antigua in 1493 and named the island after the church of Santa Maria de la Antigua in Seville, Spain. It was colonised by the English in 1632 and apart from a brief French occupation in 1667, remained British until becoming an 'Associated State' in 1967. The islands attained full independence on November 1, 1981. In the late 18th century the islands  served as a major naval dockyard for the British fleet in the Eastern Caribbean.
Elections:
Last elections were held in 2009. Next elections due 2014
Ruling Party:
Antigua Labour Party (ALP)
Major Political Parties:
Antigua Labour Party (ALP), United Progressive Party (UPP),  Barbuda People's Movement for a Change (BPMC), Barbuda People's Movement
Head of State:
Dame Louise Agnetha Lake-Tack, GCMG, DStJ, Governor-General
Head of Government: (Antigua)

 

The Honourable Gaston A Browne
Prime Minister

DATE OF BIRTH
: February 9, 1967

MARITAL STATUS: Married

Education: Villa Primary, Princess Margaret, Antigua State College, City Banking College (UK) and University of Manchester (UK). Gaston Browne is post graduate trained with a first degree in banking, a degree programme he completed in record time and graduated within the top twenty of several thousand students.
Party Leader: November 25 2012
Gaston Browne’s life as a teenager was extremely tough. As a child, he lived in Grays Farm with his paternal great-grandmother who was born in 1894. She at the time, was in her eighties, partially blind, poor and aging. After her passing, he later grew up in Point, as the second child of a poor, at times unemployed, single parent, who struggled relentlessly to even provide the basics for him and his siblings.
Browne admitted that there were some benefits for him starting off in abject poverty. It has motivated him to prepare himself physically and academically to acquire the skills that would be of service not only for his own survival and advantage, but more importantly, to uplift and empower all the people.
He has always pursued academic excellence. He served continuously as a legislator for the past 15 years, (entered Parliament in 1999) five of which he served as our country’s Minister of Planning & Trade. Previously, he managed a banking group comprising a domestic bank, an offshore bank and a trust company rising to the position of Deputy General Manager of the Swiss American Banking Group managing in excess of EC$400 million. He is also a successful property developer. Most recently, Browne has owned and operated a number of successful private businesses, while also serving on the board of several private and publicly owned corporations.
He is an acknowledged advocate of the interests of Antigua and Barbuda at the United Nations General Assembly, CARICOM, the World Bank, the IMF and the OAS.
He regards poverty as the greatest scourge on the planet and is dedicated to its eradication in his constituency and in Antigua and Barbuda in general.
His vision is to transform Antigua and Barbuda into a globally competitive, premier tourism and financial services economy, producing well-paying jobs and a higher standard of living for the people. Essentially, he will work to build a society where citizens live prosperously and happily in a crime free, low tax, egalitarian and harmonious society.
His track record of service:
Represented the community in sports and drama
Served as a member of Ranks International & West Ham Football Clubs
Represented Princess Secondary and Antigua State College Champion Teams in Inter-Schools Football
Resides in Villa among his constituents
Patron Ð Youth on the Move Social Club, a community based club focused on youth empowerment and community development.
Economic Summary:
Tourism is the main national income earner.  Dry climate and a large number of white sand beaches play an important role in the growing cargo and cruise passenger traffic.
The services sector has steadily grown to become an area of significant economic activity.
Agriculture, fishing and a growing manufacturing sector also contribute to national economic development.
Airport:
V. C. Bird International (Antigua)
Codrington (Barbuda)
Status:
Independent - 1 November 1981
Capital:
St. John's
Area:
442 km2 (170 miles2)
Population:
89,138 (2009)
Currency
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
GDP EC$2,209.8 Mn (2004)
GDP Per Capita:
EC$27,575 (2004)
Total Exports:
EC$164.1 Mn (2004)
Total Imports:
EC$1,074.2 Mn (2004)
Intra-Regional Exports:
EC$7.6 Mn (2001)
Intra-Regional Imports:
EC$92.3 Mn (2001)
Business Hours:
Commercial: 08:00-12:00 hrs; 13:00-16:00 hrs (Monday to Saturday).  Closed on Thursday afternoons.
Government: 08:00-16:30 hrs. (Monday to Thursday); 08:00-15:00 hrs (Friday)
National Holidays:
New Year's Day (01 January), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labour Day (First Monday in May), Whit Monday (First Monday in June), Summer Carnival (Monday and Tuesday of first week of August), Independence Day (01 November), Vere Cornwall Bird, Snr Day (09 December), Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December).   Holidays that fall on a Sunday are observed the following Monday
National Anthem:

Fair Antigua and Barbuda

Fair Antigua and Barbuda
We thy sons and daughters stand
Strong and firm in peace or danger
To safeguard our native land
We commit, ourselves to building
A true nation, brave and free
Ever striving, ever seeking
Dwell in love and unity. Raise the standard!  Raise it boldly!

Answer now to duty's call
To the service of your country
Sparing nothing, giving all
Gird your loins and join the battle
'Gainst fear, hate and poverty
Each endeavouring, all achieving
Live in peace where man is free. God of nations, let thy blessings
Fall upon this land of ours
Rain and sunshine ever sending
Fill her fields with crops and flowers
We her children do implore thee
Give us strength, faith, loyalty
Never failing, all enduring
To defend her liberty.
(Words by Novelle H. Richards; Music by Walter P. Chambers)

Highest National Award:
Order of the Nation
Favourite dish:
Antigua pepperpot
Date of CARICOM Membership:
4 July 1974
Government web page:

National Symbols:

(January 2012)

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