Colombia agrees to further assistance for Antigua and Barbuda


Colombia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo Garcia has pledged to further sssista Antigua and Baruda in sports and other areas.

The minister paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Monday.

At the onset of the meeting, the Prime Minister extended a warm welcome to the Colombian Foreign Minister and expressed his appreciation for the bilateral cooperation extended in the realms of agriculture, and disaster risk management. He also affirmed that South-South cooperation is vital for the enhancement of the potential of the countries of the region.

In response, the Colombian Foreign Minister underscored that the main purpose of the courtesy call was to further deepen the friendship between Antigua and Barbuda and Colombia and to pave new avenues for future cooperation possibilities. He informed that the promotion of sustainability and entrepreneurship are among the main priorities of the Government of Colombia.

In addition, during the meeting, Minister Trujillo and his delegation touched upon Colombia’s readiness to build local capacity in Antigua and Barbuda in the areas of sports, early childhood education, and the creative industries, now known as the “orange economy.”

In response, the Prime Minister noted the proposals and expressed his enthusiasm to embark on the offers of collaboration. The Prime Minister subsequently stated that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda is keen to assist young people to develop the skills needed to produce globally-competitive products, including in the area of creative industries.

Prime Minister Browne also stressed that both sides should seek to increase bilateral ties in areas such as bilateral trade and investment, and spoke of the need for more people to people exchange to move the relationship forward.  

Foreign Minister Trujillo highlighted the development of bilateral initiatives in the area of tourism, including the intention to sign an “Air Services Agreement” between Antigua and Barbuda and Colombia, which would allow for the launching of flights between Antigua and Barbuda and Colombia.

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  1. Flights between Antigua and Columbia. I guess there has to be an avenue to get that white cargo out because there is no way air travel between the two countries by be sustainable by passenger load.

  2. What kind of help can Columbia give Antigua when half of Colombians are running to the US Border …

  3. The shipping port is ready..the economic free zone is ready…so all we need now is the white cornmeal express and BINGO!! the power house is flying!…lmao.

  4. How about assistance in finding Jonathan Phillips who has been missing in their country since September 15th 2018. A body has never been located and no closure for the family . Around the same time there were other reports of several people being washed away in other rivers and their bodies were found. For all we know, he could have been found by a Guerrilla group in the forest and being held as some drug worker. It may sound unrealistic, but this is Colombia we’re talking about!

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