Select Committee Established to Review Cultural Heritage Protection Bill


The Parliament has announced the formation of a select committee to review the proposed Cultural Heritage Protection Bill 2024.

This committee is set to begin its deliberations urgently, given the bill’s importance and the upcoming international conferences that require its swift passage.

The committee, as proposed, consists of five members with a blend of government and opposition representatives, ensuring a bipartisan approach to the legislative process.

The government side will include three members: Member for St. Paul (Chairman), Member for Rural North, and the Member for Rural South. From the opposition, the Leader of the Opposition and the representative for Barbuda will participate.

The choice of committee members reflects a strategic emphasis on regions and sectors most affected by the bill. Notably, Barbuda, with its significant number of shipwrecks and natural heritage sites, will have a crucial voice in the committee through its representative. This inclusion underscores the bill’s potential impact on Barbuda’s cultural and natural landscape.

The formation of this committee follows discussions emphasizing the need for comprehensive legislation to protect the abundant cultural assets scattered across the nation, particularly around Barbuda.

The committee is tasked with refining the bill to ensure it effectively safeguards these heritage sites while respecting local communities’ rights and involvement.

The first meeting of the select committee is scheduled for today morning at 9:30 AM, underlining the urgency and importance of this legislative initiative.

The committee’s discussions are expected to play a pivotal role in shaping the final version of the Cultural Heritage Protection Bill, aiming for a balanced approach that supports both preservation and responsible development.

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  1. Our underwater and even land treasures are plundered by so call university students from the USA and elsewhere under guise of academic study’s, this bill must be to give them diplomatic rights to do so, since not one born Antiguan knows what’s under our sea since slavery leaved us in poverty we don’t have means of acquiring the infrastructure to patrol our resources.

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