There is heightened anticipation for the arrival of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, who will be making his official visit to Antigua this afternoon.
During his visit, Prince Charles will visit Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands and Dominica to witness first-hand the widespread devastation in the region caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
This is His Royal Highness’s first official visit to Antigua and Barbuda to which his mother, Her Majesty the Queen is Head of State.
During the tour The Prince of Wales will meet members of the local communities and hear about the ways in which they have been recovering since the storms hit the Islands.
The Prince of Wales will arrive at the V.C Bird International Airport shortly after 2 p.m. today. While in Antigua, the Prince will hold discussions with the Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, and will leave with the Minister of Barbuda Affairs for a flight to Barbuda on Saturday.
His Royal Highness will then visit The British Virgin Islands on Saturday and on the final day of the tour, Sunday 19th November; The Prince will conduct engagements in Dominica.
Accompanying Prince Charles on his three-nation Caribbean visit will be the UK Secretary of State of the Department for International Development (DFID).
Antigua and Barbuda, The British Virgin Islands and Dominica were all severely affected when Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck in September 2017. The storms caused widespread devastation which led to the displacement of communities.
Legislation has been passed in the lower house to allow for the establishment of the fourth University of the West Indies Campus here in Antigua.
While introducing the “University College of Antigua and Barbuda (CUWI) 2017 Bill”, Education Minister Michael Browne emphasized the importance of the bill to the twin island state.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne has called on members of the Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM) who are reportedly spreading propaganda as it relates to government decisions concerning land on the sister island, to desist immediately.
The nation’s leader, who was speaking during the lower House of Parliament on Thursday, took a moment to address an issue he says has been recently brought to his attention by the press in the United Kingdom.
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The general public is being urged to take action to combat climate change as the Department of the Environment launches a series of activities so celebrate Arbour Month.
Arbour Month is an annual event celebrated in Antigua and Barbuda during the month of November and it is the time of year where individuals and groups are encouraged to plant more trees.
Under the theme “Ride the Climate Wave”, the DOE held a brief ceremony signalling the activities for Arbour month on Monday and began the annual tree planting exercise in which over ten palm trees were planted within the Botanical Gardens.
During his brief presentation, Minister of Health and the Environment, Hon Molwyn Joseph stressed the importance and reason for the celebration of Arbour Month, describing it as one of the most important days relevant to all living things in the world.