Antigua and Barbuda concludes trade and tourism mission in China

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Tourism officials joined an Antigua and Barbuda delegation led by Minister of Foreign affairs Immigration and Trade, E.P Chet Greene to mainland China.

This was to ensure that Antigua and Barbuda took advantage ofthe unique opportunity presented by the People’s Republic of China to be a partof its International Trade Expo in Shanghai. The Expo which attracted over250,000 visitors was held over a five-day period from November 5 – November 10,2018

The delegation included CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin C. James, Senior Sustainable Tourism Officer in the Ministry of Tourism Vashti Casimir, Babu Browne of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Managing Director of Shell Beach Seafoods Company Ltd Wilbur Edwards, who currently exports Lobsters to Hong Kong and took advantage of the opportunity to expand into mainland China.

Antigua and Barbuda was among five other Caribbean countries being housed in the Caribbean Pavilion during the five-day Expo.  The booth was a hub of activity as hundreds of Chinese business executives sampled the award-winning Susie’s Hot Sauce and both the English Harbour and Cavalier rum. Numerous enquiries were received from Chinese importers desirous of introducing these products into China.  These contacts have been saved and will be passed to the relevant companies for fulfillment.

Minister Greene met with several Chinese based companies seeking to start new businesses and develop trade opportunities not just with Antigua and Barbuda but ultimately to expand to the rest of the Caribbean region. These potential areas of trade ranged from the cutting and sewing of disposable bags and t-shirts to the roasting and packaging of South American coffee beans in Antigua for export to the Chinese Market.

A key focus of the country’s booth was to raise the awareness of Antigua and Barbuda as a top aspirationa destination for affluent Chinese visitors. During the visit, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin C. James shared Antigua and Barbuda’s airlift and tourism potential with several prospective investors who were keen to explore travel opportunities for Chinese Tourists, who by 2025will comprise the globe’s largest group of outbound travelers.

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  1. Waste of tham money them people ya serious the country broke and they keep travelling…..stop this shit y is this still going on can u guys let the country breath tham….pensioners na get pay yet have some tham considerations please

    • Why is it that you people of the UPP never seem to have a vision outside the box. Not because we are a small country we should not think big and try to do big things. China is a large potential market for us if we only get our act together. I wish some hoteliers would have been out there with the Tourism Authority. China create more millionaires every month than any other country. And the language barrier is slowly going away. One because quite some of our youth are studying in China, but also because these days you have apps that translate any language for you on the spot. And when it comes to our small manufacturing industry,if Susie gets a large contract from a Chinese firm she may have to consider expanding big time. Because they would not be ordering small amounts. And it would help us to balance the one way trade that is presently going on.

  2. What was the cost of this trip?

    Accountability is a must.

    It is not their personal bank account.

    The permanent secretaries need to start give account for the public purse.

    • You do not seem to be familiar with government spending. It is called the Budget. Anything not budgeted need a special warrant. And the Annual Reports are due each June to be submitted to the Director of Audit. And he will highlight any inconsistencies in his report. And than you have the Ombudsman and the Audit Committee. There is enough oversight of government spending. What you guys are asking is simply not done.

      • It’s the familiarity of government spending that prompts my response.

        Did ABLP lament that Mr Harold Lovell travelled excessively and it was a burden on the public purse. This man was on a plane almost every week sponserd by the public purse.

        The Hon Chet Green said on ZDK that video conferencing etc is available and can and will be utilize by ABLP to reduce travel expenditures.

        Did you know that certain high ranking individuals who claims to be patriotic has vowed they will not travel until they receive their stipend.

  3. Antigua needs to have a visa-free agreement with China ASAP. Grenada has a visa-free agreement with China, why can’t we?

  4. Happy to hear that they got to sample “the award-winning Susie’s Hot Sauce ” and our rums. Hoping that this will lead to mass exports of these products.

    • HYPOCRITES

      Susie’s have been suffering for years begging on her knees for government support.

      ALP, UPP, ABLP has failed to support Susie’s in a significant way.

      Their capacity to produce is quite limited the operation is still not robotic, still labour intensive.

      The lady has done well and personally someone I look to for inspiration to keep going inspite of

      • Therefore this marketing effort by the Minister and the Antigua Trade Group should be applauded. And lets hope this will strengthen and grow her business

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