Antigua and Barbuda: ABLP shares plans implemented by its government for development 

Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party shared the programmes, plans and investments made by their administration in the last eight years in the Manifesto for the January 18 general elections. 

Antigua and Barbuda: ABLP shares plans implemented by its government for development 
Antigua and Barbuda: ABLP shares plans implemented by its government for development 

Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party shared the programmes, plans and investments made by their administration in the last eight years in the Manifesto for the January 18 general elections. 

The Manifesto reads that the government on which people can rely: 

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The economic and social Improvement of Antigua and Barbuda today stands above many countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific.

Our people enjoy one of the highest per capita incomes in the world; our society enjoys great freedom of expression, a free media, and the right to disagree; Investment by the public and private sectors have enlarged and employment has increased; the level of poverty is low; more people own homes, motor vehicles and businesses now than at any time in our history; health services are also at a level never before experienced in our

country and our access to education from primary school to University has never been so great.

HIGH INCOME PER PERSON IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Of 192 countries in the world, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) rates Antigua and Barbuda at number 56 in terms of average high income per person in the total population. For instance, among the countries whose income per person is less than our people’s, are Russia, Colombia, Chile, the Peoples Republic of China, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Mexico, Panama, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand, and Venezuela.

LESS TAXES, MORE TAKE HOME PAY FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

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In the Caribbean, only the people in Barbados, The Bahamas, St Kitts-Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago earn more per person than Antiguans and Barbudans. But it must be recalled that, except for The Bahamas, the people in the other three Caribbean countries pay personal income tax, interest income on savings, and several other taxes which are not applied to Antiguans and Barbudans.

In other words, Antiguans and Barbudans keep a greater portion of their earnings in their pockets and bank accounts. They can invest and spend more on their needs in Antigua and Barbuda. 

Our nation has steadily climbed the ladder of Improvement and development since our independence in 1981. For 31 of the 41 years since our independence, it is the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) that has piloted our constant progress and growing prosperity.

TEN YEARS OF HARDSHIP UNDER THE UPP: RETARDED OUR GROWTH in Antigua and Barbuda: 

The ten-year period of hardship and regression from 2004 to 2014, was

under the mismanagement of the United Progressive Party (UPP). The

ABLP recovered our nation from the precipice of disaster to which the

UPP pushed it. The economy was rebuilt; jobs were restored; public safety was secured; private sector confidence in the country soared; investment increased; more employment was created; opportunities were opened to all; and the economy flourished.

ABLP GUIDED NATION SAFELY THROUGH COVID

Between 2020 and 2022, the ABLP government confronted two of the biggest challenges any government has had to face the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and revenue loss of up to 50 percent from the global policies to close borders and lock down work-places.

The ABLP government implemented policies and that programmes protected the lives of our people and preserved their livelihoods. Antiguans and Barbudans emerged safe, secure, strong, and vibrant – ready to resume the upward momentum of their lives.

Sound management, visionary leadership and caring government are the hallmarks of the ABLP’s stewardship of the nation’s affairs. It is tried and tested leadership that has proven its dependability, reliability,

and capacity to deliver.

ECONOMY AND EARNINGS RESTORED RAPIDLY UNDER Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party

The ABLP steered the economy upwards from a decline in 2020 of 20.19 percent, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, to spectacular growth of 7.43 percent in 2021. In 2022 we are forecast to climb even higher to 8.3 percent, bringing more jobs, more investment and more upward movement of our entire Antigua and Barbuda. 

This Manifesto details many of the initiatives and investments already underway to create jobs and to empower Antiguans and Barbudans in tourism expansion, in profitable service industries, in improved roads, expanded water supply, affordable homes, in higher education. In the use of modern technology and, essentially, to continue to provide the conditions for a better and happier life for all.