Antigua and Barbuda accepts several proposed laws in parliamentary sitting of Cabinet

The Cabinet firstly received reports from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration on the amnesty programme and also stated various regulations of the programme

Various proposed laws approved by Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda
Various proposed laws approved by Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda: The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda accepts two proposed laws and received various reports on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, during the parliamentary sitting of the country. 

The Cabinet firstly received reports from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration on the amnesty programme and also stated various regulations of the programme: 

  • The Amnesty Programme took effect from March 1, 2022. 
  • The Cabinet learned that the Immigration Department could effectively process eighty persons daily, which may prove to be insufficient for the forty working days, six hours per day, to achieve the object of addressing the needs of the Amnesty Program. 
  • If necessary, the law was adjusted to give the Minister authority to go beyond the time frame.
  • Lawful residents of Antigua and Barbuda from the Dominican Republic do not require visas to re-enter Antigua after visiting their home country. 
  • If their visit abroad exceeds six months, the Immigration Department regards their residence status as abandoned under the law.

Further, the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda also accepted the proposal to create a CIP Regulatory Commission among the Caribbean countries that market their citizenship.

About CIP Regulatory Commission:  

  • The Commission would seek to blunt the announcement that European countries are moving to block CIP states from enjoying the privileges of Schengen visa waivers.
  • The OECS Assembly meets in Antigua on Friday, and there is every possibility that the Antigua and Barbuda delegation will broach the subject.

The Cabinet also agreed to amend the CIP law of 2013 so that the program can be known as The Residency and Citizenship by Investment Programme. 

The amended law of CIP: 

  • Those who wish to establish residence in Antigua and Barbuda will do so under identical conditions as under the citizenship program. 
  • It will allow those who wish to retain the citizenship of their place of birth to enjoy virtually all the benefits of the Citizenship by Investment Programme without having citizenship conferred.

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda also accepted the replacement of several broken and abandoned trucks and notified the government to purchase three firetrucks. Moreover, the delivery will likely be within months. 

  • The Cabinet nevertheless made it clear that there are sufficient firetrucks in Antigua and Barbuda to adequately address any of the fires that have thus far occurred. 
  • Water trucks accompany firetrucks to fires, such that the availability of the additional truck may exceed the ability of a single loaded firetruck to extinguish a fire.
  • Another reverse osmosis plant is expected to arrive in Antigua in thirty days. It is anticipated that by September 2022, the country’s reverse osmosis capability will approach 10 million gallons daily.

The Cabinet has further noted the number of accidents on recently-re-surfaced smooth roads, including Friars Hill Road and Sir George Walter Highway. 

The Cabinet wishes to remind drivers that accidents cause death, serious injury, and the destruction of property. Driving above the speed limit is an offence. The Cabinet joins with the MSJMC/SLBMC hospital to plea to the public to provide blood to the recent victims of car accidents.