Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party announced their plans and agendas for the water, electricity, and internet technology for the upcoming 18 January general elections. The party has declared various schemes and policies to resolve the problems related to water, and electricity and outlined ways to strengthen the internet and technology in the country if they came into power.
ABLP cited,” The ABLP fully recognizes that guiding our nation to the next level of progress and prosperity must prioritize the supply of water, electricity and internet technology.”
The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party pledges:
- To continue and accelerate the programme of expanding and improving water supply by installing more reverse osmosis (RO) plants and replacing the existing delivery system with pipes made of larger and more durable material. The ABLP is determined that the water difficulties, which have plagued our drought-prone country for decades, will not continue.
- To expand the plants for delivering electricity so as to surpass demand in order to have spare capacity to cater for break downs, maintenance, and repair in particular, the ABLP will encourage private sector investment including by home and business owners, in renewable energy sources such as solar power. Agreements will be pursued with private sector partners, and home and business owners, to produce and sell excess power generation to the national grid. Incentives will also be provided to homes and businesses that install solar power and green alternative energy systems.
- To provide incentives to hotels, resorts, and other large users of water and electricity to build and install their own RO water plants and solar power plants to reduce their demand on the Antigua and Barbuda public utilities authority (APUA) and so contribute to a greater and uninterrupted supply of water and electricity to homes and small and medium-sized businesses.
- To continue to build out its better broadband network to promote social progress, equality, and sustainability. To help achieve these goals, the ABLP is building out high-speed fibre broadband to every home, business, farm, and school. This programme will be accelerated, including by APUA buying its own space on undersea fibre optic cables that allow large amounts of data tobe transmitted very fast. Costs will be considerably reduced by cutting out the external “middle companies” that charge APUA large sums to utilize their space on the cables.