Activists say that WISEZ Agreement does not benefit the people, and should spark widespread outrage


REAL NEWS: Vernon Hall, a community activist and member of The Movement, is calling for the Western Imperial Special Economic Zone (WISEZ) to be scrapped, since there will be no benefit for Antiguans and Barbudans.

The Government recently passed a statutory instrument that established this Zone on over 500 acres of land in Five Islands and Jennings.

The deal has sparked outrage among  many locals, and Hall describes it as the Browne Administration having sold out the country – once again – to foreign investors.

Hall says his call for scrapping the project has nothing to do with being opposed to development. But it is necessary that the Government and  people work along with whoever is undertaking projects in certain parts of the island.

He says the Administration should not enter blindly into an agreement with a developer without having proper control or supervision in place.

Therefore, Hall advises that the agreement be taken back to the drawing board and the authorities should come up with one that benefits the people.

Meanwhile, an Executive Member of The Movement, David Spencer, says  that more outrage should be shown – and from a much wider cross-section of the society, including NGOs, and religious, civil and social groups – against this development.

Spencer accuses politicians of putting laws in place only to break them, since developments of such magnitude often cause some environmental damage.

As an example, he speaks about the negative impact the YIDA project has had on the North East Marine Management Area (NEMMA).

Spencer says that residents should not think that politics is outside the domain of their involvement.  The time has long passed, he says, for the people of this country to be masters of their own destiny.

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  1. @Vernon HALL – oh please!!! Your lastname alone is a dead giveaway as to your motives. Go sit your little colonial ass somewhere little boy. How is it that your kinfolk ROBERT HALL, Minister of Agriculture under the PLM end up with sooooooo much land???????

    Teef never lub fee see teef wid Lang bag

    • Well well well…you obviously don’t know your Antiguan history! Those lands have been in that family for over 80 years. Legally purchased with the help of two local Antiguans because Mr. Hall did not have all of the money at the time. He borrowed this money and repaid every cent. By the way, the Hall land is not the issue here, it’s the wetlands and the protection of this very important and very much needed habitat and sanctuary!

  2. @ WELL WELL WELL: The Hall Family owned those lands at New Division Estate for over 100 years and at Smith’s Estate for over 70 plus years.

    • Wow! Somebody really can hoodwink you if you truly swallowed that lie into your bosom.

      “Emanipate yourself from mental slavery”

    • Owned which lands for over 100 and 70 years? Go back and check the Cadastral Survey that was done BEFORE the PLM became government, then compare the land ownership AFTER they left government. Plenty lands were stolen, not the least of which were by those responsible the safe keeping of the people’s land. Bunch of crooks masquerading as paragons of virtue.

      • Why don’t you name names if you have the evidence and go to court and take the lands. Are you sorry that you were not in power then to get some. We know only you and family should own lands.

        • As to your assertion about “only you and your family should own lands.” I own one parcel of land in Antigua and Barbuda, and it is the 1/4 acre plot that I bought and built my house on many moons ago so if you think I’m of the privileged class, I’m not. I am just a simple Antiguan who has lived long enough to know the shenanigans of people like Robert Hall.

      • I say without fear,the Hall Family owned New Division Estate for over 100 years.New Division Estate is south of Seaforth Estate and North of Hermitage Estate.I know that of which I speak,not freaking hear say.

        • yeah because the late Robert Hall was Agriculture Minister under PLM. hint, hint. Wake up wanna bee. That Caucasian don’t care about you or your descendants.

    • Wondered if i was alone in seeing it, Man have plenty gall. His family sell the people the land and he now here chatting *. A special economic zone is hardlly different from a free trade zone and I for one know I benefited from said zones in the past. The UPP during their tenure claimed they supported said zones especially the gaming companies that existed in said zones. For some reason they pretend that the (Offfhore) meical schools are not a part of the same arragement. People now must pretend the offshore label provides no distinction hence benefit

      • Hall family never sold any land to the developers. It’s the surrounding lands and mangroves swamp that is the issue. Many families own land in the same area where Halls also have land.

        • yeah because the late Robert Hall was Agriculture Minister under PLM. hint, hint. Wake up wanna bee. That Caucasian don’t care about you or your descendants.

  3. Still a Bull Shit deal for the people of Antigua and Barbuda, Will we get water in Johnston Village? Will the Parking lot of the Hospital get a wheelchair ramp? Will the 50 year old pothole in potters get filled ever? or a decent playground for our toddlers built? just 1, EG? This Artcle is misleading. It talks as if no one is benefiting. Somebody is benefiting big time WHO? Can someone who is in favor please explain the features and benefits Antigua and Barbuda and it’s people?

    • When will you do something for your country other than criticize?? No mention of the monies wasted on the CAN’T PARK or the “NEW” ENGINES WADADLI POWER PLANT??? You have selective eyesight and your claim to fame is going to Grammar School with Harold “King Lyadd” Lovell and selling 2 half-dead soursop leaf here and there.

      Why don’t you VOLUNTEER to build the ramp? You nah sell enough soursop leaves fu source the materials????

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