Let Dogs Bark: PM Responds To Protesters

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne has dismissed protesters and touted the benefits of the Global Ports Holdings agreement for the management of local cruise ports.

“Let the dogs bark, the wagon will roll on,” Browne wrote on his facebook page.

He said “GPH investments will result in more tourism traffic and increased profits for store owners, vendors, taxi operators, tour operators etc.”

But D Gisele Isaac Chairman of the main opposition United Progress Party said the 30-year deal with the London-based group is a “gave away of our patrimony.”

The UPP was among several opposition groups protesting outside of government offices today.

The protest was to call for the removal of Education Minister Michael Browne as the e-books scandal is investigated.

It was also to protest the “unlawful” release of prisoners including murder convicts and child molesters who were also sent back to jail.

The groups are also calling for the Global Ports agreement to be scrapped.

Parliament will next meet on Thursday, March 21, 2019. On the public business agenda of that sitting will be a Resolution that will give further legal authority to the Global Ports Holding (GPH) Agreement with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.

The Agreement has already been laid on the table in Parliament, immediately following its signature on January 31, 2019.

The government says GPH Agreement will cause no displacement of workers; it will lead to a vast improvement in the cruise tourism product, as US$80 million are to be spent on various improvements.

The agreement will result in the debts owed by the cruise-ship port being repaid; and it will result in $5 million dollars going into funding entrepreneurial drive, among other undertakings.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Before our prime minister takes note of what is happening around him and tried to address them positively, such dismissive remarks?!!
    Well, well, well! Antigua has really gone to the dogs.

  2. To get Gaston Brown and his ministers to listen to the cries of the people is to shut down the country.

  3. If what the article above states is correct about the Port then why protest? Do they know of any underhand deal that we the public should know about or is it that the opposition just came out of their convention so they need to make some noise? It appears they will have a very long time to do so as the ABLP just won an election and they are also swinging. Until some concrete information is revealed and can be corroborated mek dem walk antil dem shoes sole wear off.

  4. wow, the prime minister needs to realize that we are all human, whether they agree with him or not. He should not have referred to them as dogs.

  5. This is a WONDERFUL deal . Hope Antiguans will get on board. This is a GREAT deal for Antigua and Barbuda.

  6. U.P.P. just criticize without any alternatives. UPP will remain in opposition for many many years to come. So no need to worry about Them. We shall win ALL 17 seats next election ( including Barbuda ).

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