Friday, 16th February, 2018 – India’s High Commissioner to the region has met and held discussions with government officials on a range of topics, among them an Agreement for Exchange of Information and Assistance (AEI&ACT), a non-visa regime for diplomats and official passport holders between government of Antigua and Barbuda and India, MOU for Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy and also a proposed Agreement on International Solar Alliance.
High Commissioner Mahalingam told Acting Prime Minister Steadroy Benjamin, that the International Solar Alliance Agreement is being pioneered by India and France. He added that to date 50 countries to include Guyana, Cuba, Venezuela and Peru have already signed on to the agreement.
The High Commissioner said once the agreement has been signed Antigua and Barbuda will become eligible to receive various grants and assistance in the area of solar power and other fields. He further added that the MOU in traditional system of medicine will open up the country to Medical Tourism.
Acting Prime Minister the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin expressed appreciation on the government’s behalf to India for the assistance offered by the country to aid in the recovery of Barbuda.
Minister Benjamin noted that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has had a long outstanding relationship with India over the years and informed the High Commissioner that all matters discussed will be addressed.