ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer received a high-level delegation from Nigeria and engaged in a series of meetings designed to promote trade and investment between Antigua and Barbuda and the leading African nation of Nigeria.
The Nigerian delegation was led by Obong Elder S. Jackson, member of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council Governing Board, and included Mr. Lenny Duncan of Global E-management Services and the Chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria. Also present was Chief Wallace Williams whom the Prime Minister described as a person who had expended considerable effort to promote the interests of Antigua and Barbuda in Nigeria.
Prime Minister Spencer welcomed the delegation to Antigua and Barbuda and noted that the agenda included areas that were of vital importance to the economy of Antigua and Barbuda.
The meeting discussed establishing Antigua and Barbuda as a digital hub for the Eastern Caribbean and beyond. Mr. Duncan made a presentation that elaborated on the opportunities for positioning Antigua and Barbuda as a key digital platform for sports, entertainment, music, education, trade and tourism in the region.
The meeting further discussed the opening up of direct airline routes between Antigua and Barbuda and Nigeria; the prospects for investment in and the regulation of the offshore banking sector; and the establishment of Antigua and Barbuda as a trade hub for the Eastern Caribbean.
Included in the Prime Minister’s delegation for the meeting were Ambassador Colin Murdoch of the Ministry of Trade; Mr. Paul Ashe of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission; Mr. Gatesworth James of the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority; Mr. Zoral Barthley of PIC Insurance; and Ms. Adele Blair of the Environment Division.
PM Spencer undertook to establish concrete steps for follow-up, and agreed to a further meeting in Port-of-Spain. (Ends)