Barbuda continues to play a pivotal role in the entire development of the twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda. In his 2020 Budget statement, Prime Minister The Hon. Gaston Browne addressed the false allegations on the rebuilding efforts in Barbuda and provided factual information on the progress of development in Barbuda.
“During 2019”, PM Browne began, “250 homes that suffered level 1 and level 2 damage during Hurricane Irma, were repaired under the China Aid project. The Barbuda Energy Resilience Project was finalized after in-depth collaboration with the Barbuda Council. This is a US$4.2 million project to be funded through a grant from the UK-Caribbean Infrastructure Fund with counterpart funding provided by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.”
PM Browne continued by giving in-depth details of the ongoing work in Barbuda
“The components of this project are Providing Underground Electricity Lines to specific areas within Codrington Village; and Providing Hybrid Solar Systems to critical buildings including emergency shelters and government buildings. Additionally, the rebuilding of the Hannah Thomas Hospital will be completed by the end of February, and financing arrangements have been put in place to ensure funding for the renovation of Sir McChesney George Secondary School and to construct the new Holy Trinity Primary School.”
Private investments in Barbuda was another key area PM Browne spoke on during his budget presentation.
“The developers of the PLH Ocean Club made considerable progress with their project. The result has been that, in 2019, many residents in Barbuda have benefitted from employment opportunities, even at this initial stage of the hotel development process,” Browne highlighted.
PM Browne will address the investments projected for Barbuda throughout his budget statement today.
Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced that he has advised the Governor General that he wishes Barbudan Senator Knacyntar Nedd to serve as the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs. Senator Nedd has since taken up her role with an undeviating focus on Barbuda.