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Antigua and Barbuda to launch direct air transport route between Caribbean and Africa: PM Gaston Browne

Antigua and Barbuda: Prime Minister Gaston Browne joined the Caribbean Community to commemorate the Africa-CARICOM Day 2023. This auspicious event emerged from the historic Africa-CARICOM Summit held on 7th September 2021 to enhance social, economic and cultural connections between the Caribbean and the African continent.

Sunday, 7th July 2024

Antigua and Barbuda to launch direct air transport route between Caribbean and Africa: PM Gaston Browne (PC - Facebook account of office of the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda)
Antigua and Barbuda: Prime Minister Gaston Browne joined the Caribbean Community to commemorate the Africa-CARICOM Day 2023. This auspicious event emerged from the historic Africa-CARICOM Summit held on 7th September 2021 to enhance social, economic and cultural connections between the Caribbean and the African continent.

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PM Browne addressed the nation on this auspicious occasion. He said, "I am pleased to recall that the delegation of Antigua and Barbuda led this charge to establish the link between the African continent and the countries of the CARICOM."

The Prime Minister announced that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has determined to establish a direct air transport route between the African continent and the Caribbean to improve people-to-people relations.

He added that his visionary approach will ensure that new trading routes are established along with new opportunities for the tourism sector.

"My Government views this venture as a necessary element to increase trade, investment and people-to-people connectivity through the Orange Economy," outlined Gaston Browne.

While talking about regional connectivity, PM Browne highlighted that the partnership between LIAT 2020 and Air Peace Limited will result in improved regional connectivity, which is critical to the integration movement to which all CARICOM Member States subscribe.

He recalled the historic Summit of 2021 and said, " Today, two years following the historic Summit, while the momentum of the Summit propels our binding ties, we are furthering and deepening our relations with our brothers and sisters of Africa through frequent dialogue on a bilateral basis, and collaboration within public-private-partnerships."

According to Gaston Browne, Antigua and Barbuda have also seen increased cooperation through multilateral organizations such as the United Nations, the Commonwealth, and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), which has ultimately assisted the citizens of this Region.

The PM added that the Caribbean and Africa have had a long 500-year history. He explained it has been well documented that many of the forbearers were plucked from Africa during the dark period of the transatlantic slave trade. However, emerging from this horrid history were resilient people who, to this day, have sought to shape their societies and countries in their own unique manner.

The governments have also sought to improve the lives and livelihood of the people through strategic alliances aimed at lessening their dependence on the global North while furthering economic prosperity and enabling justifiable pride. With shared values and collaboration based on key principles, the future of African-Caribbean relations will only grow from strength to strength, stressed the Antiguan PM.

PM Gaston Browne expressed pride in reporting that Antigua and Barbuda has engaged in deepening relations with the African continent through its foreign policy initiatives.

The establishment of the Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean States in the Kingdom of Morocco in 2019, along with the Member States of the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States, has highlighted the importance and Antigua and Barbuda's determination to engage directly with Africa.

Additionally, the opening of the AFREXIMBANK Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Branch in Barbados this year has facilitated new trade and investment opportunities for the private sector of CARICOM, which will unquestionably strengthen South-South cooperation.

In its conclusion message, the PM said, "I wish to encourage all citizens to embrace Africa-CARICOM Day, which not only seeks to highlight our historical linkage but will enforce the bonds of our friendship."

He added, "I believe that the vision of great leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela and V.C. Bird to see greater unity between the Caribbean and Africa is being realized through our people. Let us explore the opportunities that exist amongst our Regions and embrace all possibilities to drive our development through a shared vision and common purpose."

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