Cuba in Antigua and Barbuda

Message delivered by The Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams KGN, GCMG, KSt.J, MBBS on the occasion of the Celebration of the 59th Anniversary of the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution

Hon Minister of Foreign Affairs and other Members of Parliament
Cuban Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, His Excellency Gustavo Veliz Olivares and Mrs. Olivares
Other Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

Good Evening

Tonight, I express heartiest congratulations to the Government and People of the Republic of Cuba on the celebration of your 59th Anniversary of the Revolution.

Statement for the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, CARICOM-Cuba Summit. Friday 8th December 2017

Your Excellency Raul Castro Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba, Your Excellencies, Heads of Government of CARICOM, Your Excellency Irwin LaRocque, Secretary General of CARICOM Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen; It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to Antigua and Barbuda on the occasion of this CARICOM-Cuba Summit, and on this very important day marking the Forty-Fifth Anniversary of the establishment of CARICOM-Cuba diplomatic relations. The Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda are privileged to host this very significant event.

Cuban President arrives in Antigua for CARICOM-Cuba Summit

OLD ROAD – ST. MARY, Antigua and Barbuda – 8th December 2017…..President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Mr. Raúl Castro arrived in Antigua on Thursday for the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit today at the Carlisle Bay Resort and Spa.

President Castro was met on arrival at the V.C. Bird International Airport, by Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne and members of his Cabinet and Cuban Government Ministers and officials from the Cuban Embassy in St. John. The Cuban President was given a Guard of Honor for his first official visit to Antigua and Barbuda.

The Sixth CARICOM-Cuba summit will be co-chaired by the Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada, and the President of Cuba, Raúl Castro.

This Meeting marks 45 years of diplomatic relations between CARICOM and Cuba, and will examine issues of regional and global importance including climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and Cuba’s Agency for Civil Defence which will provide opportunities for closer collaboration, especially following the devastating impact of the September 2017 hurricanes across the region, and the increased focus on climate change resilience.

Friday’s discussions will also review the status of the decades-old CARICOM-Cuba cooperation in commercial and economic areas. Trade relations between the two parties were strengthened in November 2017 with the signing of the Second Protocol to the CARICOM-Cuba Trade Agreement.

Cuba, a significant development partner, has supported the Community in building its human resource capacity through scholarship programs offered in several areas of study, including health and medicine, sports, agriculture and trade.

The Summit will conclude with the adoption of a CARICOM-Cuba Joint Declaration.

Cuba reaffirms its solidarity with the Caribbean

St. John, September 12, 2017.A group of 12 Cuban electricians began their work in Antigua in collaboration with APUA as part of the electrification and modernization of the national electricity system. In the next few days they will join the work of recovery of the network in Barbuda, totally affected by the passage of Hurricane Irma. At present they have already began the electrification of a community under construction in Antigua.