I am writing this letter merely to inform your bloggers that the idea of offering residency to visitors wishing to work here was an idea that the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda Gaston Browne proposed before.
I recall on a May 25, 2020 programme on Pointe FM, the Prime Minister invited residents to who had the means to invest 500k in the Willoughby Bay Project. He said one of the reason behind this project would be to allow people abroad to come to work in Antigua & Barbuda remotely in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
At time I thought the idea was genius, who wouldn’t want to work in beautiful Antigua?
Later I began seeing international media reports that of Barbados with same idea. I am not saying the idea was stolen. However, based on the comments I have been on your newspaper, some people are of the view that our Prime Minister stole the idea but this is far from the truth.
I fault the government though for not acting on it faster. Barbados obviously did a better job marketing the idea with Mia Mottley making personal media appearances on several international news networks.
Just to set the record straight I heard it from Gaston first.