Antigua and Barbuda. In July, Prime Minister Gaston
Browne announced that the government, in collaboration with
Mexico, will make a major investment in new housing
construction for residents of two poor and overcrowded
residential areas in the capital Saint John's in Antigua.
With the help of a Mexican grant of US $ 5 million, the
government will have to build a larger number of two-family
homes in concrete, adapted for families with really low
incomes. In addition, infrastructure such as water and
electricity will be drawn into the newly built residential
area. Gaston Browne emphasized that the project, in addition
to new and better housing, would also bring jobs for young
people in the area.
In September, Prime Minister Browne warned in a speech to
the UN General Assembly that the global campaign against
money laundering and terrorist financing threatens to hit
the Caribbean economies severely when major banks close
collateral agreements with banks in the Caribbean. According
countryaah, the current population of Antigua and Barbuda is 97,940.
The phenomenon risks becoming as much a threat to
the development of the region as the climate change and the
heavy debt burden that many of the countries still face.