Rwandans And Antiguans Could Soon Begin Studying In Each Other’s Country


Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Walton Alfonso Webson, and Her Excellency Mrs. Valentine Rugwabiza, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda  took steps in the deepening of the relationship between both countries by signing a Joint Communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations.


During the bilateral meeting which preceded the signing ceremony, both ambassadors agreed that there was the need to strengthen the relationship and gave their respective government’s commitment to promote a mutual understanding of strengthening the friendship and cooperation.


Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. E. P. Chet Greene in welcoming the signing of diplomatic relations said that his government’s foreign policy is geared toward expanding its relations with nations around the world in the interest of advancing peace, mutual respect and complementarity.  He noted that there is also an historical emphasis in developing and reconnecting with countries in the African continent with links to the region.


The engagement between both Ambassadors in New York last week, concluded with the undertaking of the exemption of visa waiver upon arrival for diplomats from both countries in the first instance and then exploring exemption of visa waiver upon arrival for regular passport holder from both countries.


Their Excellencies also agreed on student exchange programmes where nationals of Antigua and Barbuda will be afforded the opportunity to study at universities in the Republic of Rwanda and nationals of the Republic of Rwanda will have the opportunity to study at the University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus.


Ambassador Webson took the opportunity to put forward his government’s interest in having a more physical presence in Rwanda and vice versa with the intention of having an OECS diplomatic office in the Republic of Rwanda and a diplomatic office of the Republic of Rwanda in Antigua and Barbuda serving as the hub for the OECS.



  1. Antigua…Best Country in the WORLD. Check out the following…:
    1. Best Medical Facility in the OECS (MSJ)
    2. Among the fastest growing economies in not only just the region, also the World
    3. Tourism numbers breaking records
    4. A&B has been on no blacklist unlike many of our regional counterparts
    5. University of A&B
    6. Best regulated CIP program in the OECS region (most transparent program)
    7. Our HDI scores continue to increase during this administration tenure
    8. Nation at the forefront for reparatory justice
    9. Leading in the region when it comes to reducing the use of plastics.
    10. 33 ranking in the rule of law report (2019), which places us ahead of your USA (50)

    Yet you prefer to find some small issue to blow out of proportion to justify your need for the sky to be falling. Boss we live in a blessed though imperfect country


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