Antigua and Barbuda s continuing to build resilience following the COVID-19 pandemic and the Triple Crisis


Antigua and Barbuda Government addresses resilience post Triple Crisis

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, is continuing to build resilience following the COVID-19 pandemic and the Triple Crisis, with a focus on protecting the most vulnerable and accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As part of ongoing efforts, the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Governance, in collaboration with the United Nations Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, today hosted a panel discussion that brought together key development partners and members of the international community, to explore effective policy solutions to enhance future resilience.

The high-level panel included representatives from the Ministry of Social Transformation, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Talks centred on the impact and response to the crisis of food, energy, and finance, as well as means to foster economic transformation, promote renewable energy, and strengthen food security.

With a primary focus on advocating for those furthest behind, the discussion also explored financing options available to help Caribbean SIDS to bounce back from the Triple Crisis, and how best Antigua and Barbuda could speedily access these resources.

In addressing the launch, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Corporate Governance, Gaston Browne, noted the link between resilience and vulnerability. “SIDS vulnerability is unique. Resilience is the opposite side of the vulnerability coin; we cannot speak of resilience without addressing the vulnerability of SIDS, which cannot be understated,” he told participants noting, “We must redouble our efforts to build resilience and protect the most vulnerable.”

“Antigua and Barbuda as part of its quest to build resilience is on a mission to rescue the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs represent a call to action to end poverty and inequality, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy health, justice, and prosperity. It aims to transform our world and it is critical that no one is left behind,” he asserted.

UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Didier Trebucq also addressed the forum, reiterating that building resilience was critical to the survival of Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

“With the climate crisis hitting the region, the task of building resilience is critical. The passage of tropical storm Brett yesterday was just another reminder. SIDS remain exposed to climate change related disasters, volatile food and energy markets, and unfortunately declining official development assistance,” the Resident Coordinator noted.

“Rest assured that the UN stands committed to Antigua and Barbuda to build resilience. This is at the core of our cooperation agenda for Caribbean SIDS. But if we are to be successful, strong partnerships are critical. Today’s panel discussion provides, in my view, a great opportunity for meaningful conversation on how we can strengthen our collaboration in practical ways,” he added.

Fast-growing indebtedness and low access to concessional financing have made it difficult for Eastern Caribbean SIDS to achieve self-sufficiency in the energy and food sectors, whilst building resilience against inevitable external shocks and stressors.

The Government of Antigua believes that a critical step towards building resiliency and achieving the ambition of the SDGs – prosperity for people and planet – is to establish a joint commitment between the Government and development partners to create a viable roadmap.

Advertise with the mоѕt vіѕіtеd nеwѕ ѕіtе іn Antigua!
We offer fully customizable and flexible digital marketing packages.
Contact us at [email protected]


  1. ANR your readers are not interested in any good news of this government, so do not bother posting anything good, if you want to increase your readership.
    That should tell you who your readers are. But I guess you already knew that.

    • You despicable individual @ Sideline, why should the citizens of Antigua & Barbuda forget after being vilified for taking a valid stance on the trial vaccines and the coercion to take them?

      I admire those of us who stood strong and refused.

      I ended up having to wear a Covid-19 monitoring bracelet on returning back home (after being refused re-entry) from business you numbskull.

      Antiguans I know have had strokes, heart issues, mobility problems and tinnitus after taking Covid-19 vaccines.

      Also, why on earth should anyone forget about Gaston Browne’s overreaching tactics on Teargas Sunday on women and children. Furthermore, I’ll never forget about a young Antiguan man losing his life to Covid, and the PM virtually saying the young man died because he refused vaccination.

      You are one evil and bad-minded individual.

Comments are closed.