For the second time in a row, the Antigua Port Authority has received the coveted Novaport plaque and Cup after being voted the most improved in the region at the annual Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC).
The 20th annual PMAC general meeting was held in the Cayman Islands on Friday with Chairperson of the Board Senator Mary Claire Hurst and Port Manager Darwin Telemaque representing Antigua. Senator Hurst broke the news on ZDK’s Conscious Vibes Programme on Saturday.
“For the second time in a row, we have won the Novaport Cup and it is a remarkable achievement because little Antigua won it second time in a row based on performance, not necessarily the size of the port, but how the port performed over the year,” she revealed.
Apart from the team work of the management and staff at the Port, the chairperson credited the win to the ability of the port to manage a growing economy which reflected in an increased profit recorded over the past year.
“The Port Authority collect the data and provide the service but it is the economy that drives the business that goes on at the port, so as our economy grow so too does the port performance. We are doing exceptionally well,” she added.
Last year, the Port Authority, although small in comparison to those at other Caribbean countries, was able to edge out major ports from larger countries including Suriname, Barbados and, Turks & Caicos. Some of the factors for this recognition include their ability to eliminate a $5 million dollar deficit looming over the authority, their ability to begin paying a backlog of workers, increase tourist arrival, and the ability of staff to perform despite challenges affecting the authority.
Senator Hurst said the improvement at the port was acknowledged along with an increase in the importation of items by residents.
She further praised Prime Minister Gaston Browne to allow the port to be managed by those placed in authority and for implementing one of the best corporate governance structure.