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Nation Poised to Become Rich

AntiguaThe positive recognition by the international community of the Antigua and Barbuda economy under the stewardship of the Baldwin Spencer administration continues with the inclusion of the twin-island state on a list of middle income countries poised to become rich.

A Forbes article reports that Senior Research Analyst of US Trust Bank of America Wealth Management Ehiwario Efeyini reviewed the 215 countries tracked by the World Bank.

The three attributes the report said Efeyini considered were “already being a middle to high income country; a high level of governance; and improvements to corporate securities monitoring agencies post-2008 financial crisis.”

Antigua & Barbuda is on a semi-final list with Brazil, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Botswana, Costa Rica, Seychelles, Tonga, and Mauritius.

“In a word, governance is the perennial issue that separates emerging from developed and low- or middle- from high-income economies,” Efeyini said in the report.



Minister of Finance, the Economy, and Public Administration Harold Lovell said the Forbes report reiterates sentiments made in the international fora concerning the country in recent years, and underscores the point local technicians and the ruling administration have been making about the government’s stewardship of the economy.

“This most recent designation is a natural corollary to the United Progressive Party’s management of our fiscal and economic portfolio since taking office in 2004. It follows our removal earlier this year from the Grey List of the Financial Action Task Force after demonstrating that Antigua & Barbuda is compliant with international standards and practices,” Lovell said.

He added, “It has been said before but it bears repeating that this administration was able to rebuild the economy and place it on a stable path in the face of the global economic crises which was coupled with the regional and homegrown realities of the CLICO/BAICO collapse and the Stanford debacle. We remain extremely proud of the fact we were able to weather the storm without laying off a single public sector worker and that we did so with a homegrown plan."

The United Progressive Party’s commitment to accountability and adherence to the National Economic and Social Transformation (NEST) plan is credited for placing Antigua & Barbuda on a path of transformation, growth, and sustainable development.

Through the NEST plan, the country was able to re-engage the world community and repair relations that were damaged during the tenure of the Antigua Labour Party administration.

Link to Forbes article, “These Middle Income Countries Are Poised To Become Rich” referenced above

 

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@Observer-Political History about Grays Farm area.

#62 Telluride » 2014-06-09 16:23

The Grays Farm/Greenbay areas were once the constituency of the late VC Bird.He was the Chief Minister and then Premier and Prime Minister.Those areas were neglected then under ALP and now under the Spencer Administration.What is most shameful to me.The Prime Minister along with persons like me grew up in that Constituency.I grew up in Donavans and played sports with the Prime Minister and Londell Benjamin.We would walk to PM School daily.The Prime Minister should have done more for that area.After all he is the leader of the Government.Instead in my opinion he turned his back on the people who elected him into public office many moons ago.He could have done more and he did not.I do not support ABLP and or the UPP.I support the truth and nothing else.Bloggers do not tell me about the economics downturn.That (ship)excuse sailed away a long time ago.Tenman where are you ?Hope you are okay brother.
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@ Antiguan Abroad » 2014-06-06 14:19

#61 Observer... » 2014-06-08 20:53

You are one of the Blind people coming to the shores refusing to see the suffering of the nation. If you really want to see poverty in Antigua let a real Antiguan take you around the ghettoes in Grays Farm, Point, Old Road and many other places. When Stanford toke a reality check and visit Grays Farm he literally cried. Shed big tears. Never knew about the poverty that existed right in the PM constituency. Looking right at the beautiful cruise ships bringing American and other tourist to our shores, who will never know about this. Antiguans hidden poverty. And since 2009 it has gotten worse. And people like you should stop it. The organization Food for the Poor have given their report for you to see how they had to increase their support to Antigua because of the poverty. So let Forbes write what they want to. We that live here know and feel it. More and more people young people are turning into beggars on the street of Antigua. Man you really make me sick with you statement. Trying to deny that poverty is rampant in this land of ours. You just hush.
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@Skyewill

#60 Observer... » 2014-06-08 20:40

Why do you bother with those illiterates of the UPP. They just cannot comprehend and anything they read that sound good to give the party a good name they jump at it. For many years Antigua has been classified as rich because of its per capita income that was second under that of the Bahamas. Reason why Antigua never qualified for those soft loans. But when Lester tried to explain that to them they didn’t understand. Now they think they suddenly do. This has nothing to do with our economy being on a good setting. The wealth of Antigua is for ten years back in the hands of a few. The middle class has been wiped out. Time for ABLP to bring back the middle class in Antigua.
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@ Julian » 2014-06-06 06:10

#59 Onlooker » 2014-06-08 20:14

What do you know of Forbes and the reporters “Freelance" that place article in their magazine? Perhaps you remember how they praise R Allen Stanford, being the best wealth management firm of the century. Forbes reporting is not worth a dime. Please refer to the IMF report if you want to have a true picture on Antigua’s economy. Forbes reporters are paid to write. Just like travel writers that write for travel magazines. When you pay them to write about your country they do so and say you are the best destination on earth or the best hotel to spend a vacation. Do your research and find out more about the writer.
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@ Skyewill » 2014-06-06 04:35

#58 Onlooker » 2014-06-08 20:07

Sky you think Caribarena stupid. They not like brother Baptiste. They cover themselves. But only observant people like you would notice things like that. I wonder if Tenman caught that one.
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LITTLE ANTIGUA, BIG BUSINESS.

#57 OUTOFANTIGUA » 2014-06-08 14:46

THE NATION OF ANTIGUA/BARBUDA IS POISED TO BECOME RICH; TO UNDERSTAND THE FORBES REPORT IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR LITTLE ANTIGUA.GOOGLE http:www.Antiguacomp anies.com/Tax-heaven -Antigua and check out the menu to be enlightened. I think forbs article was picked to deceive Antigua/Barbudans.
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#56 Telluride » 2014-06-08 13:30

Please do not hate me.Because I for one enjoyed paying my fair share of taxes here in the USA.Some of you are saying that you read "Forbes" big deal.Who cares if you read Forbes and I read comic books.In my opinion what really matters to me are the things that we as a team of two have accomplished.What we have given back to those less fortunate in our birth land.I can tell you that our the years.I have listened to the late Winston Derrick on Observer Radio.He always said Antigua people like too much"Freebs".And they are very bad minded.I do not see any Antiguans in the areas where I have lived in the USA.He knew I believed based on his experiences in dealing with them.Some of you would not want to pay for anything in Antigua.You moved to the USA and are taxed up your ** and pay.You pay for everything unless you joined the welfare brigade at the expense of working persons.In Antigua you would want to elect a Government that offers free Healthcare,Electrici ty,Water,Telephone,P roperty Taxes.Was the late Winston Derrick right when he said Antigua people like too much Freebs.People it is time to prove him wrong.You may give me the thumbs down.I do not care about that.I would continue to assist persons in Antigua financially.That is what I do best.I am not a yapper.
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Forbes acussed of taking a bribe

#55 JpFarnsworth » 2014-06-08 10:44

Yesterday on Observer just about 5pm Gaston Browne insinuated that the Forbes reporter could have been bought for 20,000 US dollars to write that story. He also insinuated that the Forbes writer just made things up.
I'm certain Forbes will be happy to know the Mr.Browne is such a financial wizard.
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#54 Telluride » 2014-06-07 23:38

If Labor were to win the elections.And things do not pan out based on all of those wonderful promises made.What would you Labor bloggers do then.Would you come on this portal and throw them uder the bus.I do not read Forbes and I never would.Forbes is too uppity for me.I read my fanancial statements very well and understand my investments.I do read the Wall Street Journal daily.
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#53 Telluride » 2014-06-07 21:06

Flew into San Antonio last night Frday.Headed to the next game Heat vs Spurs.Forbes just like all other financial magazines have made errors in judgement.As a matter of fact a Saudi Prince sued Forbes late last year.Forbes supposedly understated his worth by $5 Billion dollars.His world ranking dropped from number 20 to 25. If they are predicting that the economy would make an upturn.I am very happy for Antigua.That would be a good thing for most Antiguans.However the really comes next Thursday 12,2014.In my opinion the people would have spoken by the end of that day.Good luck Antigua and Barbuda.Please keep it clean.The Elections.No heart attacks and or strokes.
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@ Dessalines - Throwing The Cat Amongst The Pigeons When Numbers Get Serious! PT2

#52 John French II » 2014-06-07 14:42

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! JF had no intent to join the fray & was happily enjoying Skye's batting, not only in exhibiting the "Bull's" dominance but with masterly Lara like stokes dispatching all beyond the boundary until you threw a Cat amongst the Pigeons with the CIA Factbook, knowing fully well that The CIA was reporting "estimated" GDP vs Efeyini who was using Gross Domestic Income to add credence to your arguments. In the Academy, that is not acceptable to give to a "Bewildered & Bemused Electorate". You like those engaging in Geopolitical Intelligence & Operations using the Medium as the Massage were not acting in the best interest of the 95% people of African Descent. Quote:
Mark you this, ..., The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness Is like a villain with a smiling cheek, - Merchant Of Venice
Good News is to be Cherished, but Good News that flies in the face of hard facts & evidence should be shunned like the plague.
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Innovative good messaging is believable. It defines ideological differences in ways that mainstreams the Caribbean away from feelings of being bloodied. It captures undertones & connotations of positive attributes, which permits political discourse to highlight good management, creative solutions, personal freedom, and collective prosperity. It creates desire & interest in what we have to offer. Dr. Isaac Newton: The Innovative Good
Go Well My Brother!
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@ Dessalines - Throwing The Cat Amongst The Pigeons When Numbers Get Serious!

#51 John French II » 2014-06-07 14:15

Notes From A Native Son OF The Rock! When Numbers Get Serious.
The 95% of African Descent Begin the Begin In 1634 with Enslavement.
47 Years of Statehood In Association & 33 Years of Independence.
20 Years of North Atlantic Nordic & Middle Eastern Piracy.
4 Years of IMF Fiscal Adjustment & Structural Reform.
1 Year of World Bank Human Capacity Building through Public Sector Social Reform
Dessalines, Thanks for revisiting the Euromoney's **sment. A review of JFII's comments shows that this mere voice in the wilderness has remained true throughout. Your statement:Forbes is no different here.
confirms the subject title. Why! OH Why! At this critical Juncture?
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SHYLOCK: Antonio is a good man. BASSANIO:Have you heard any imputation to the contrary? SHYLOCK: Oh, no, no, no, no: my meaning in saying he is a good man is to have you understand me that he is sufficient. Yet his means are in supposition: he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand moreover, upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England, and other ventures he hath, squandered abroad. But ships are but boards, sailors but men: there be land-rats and water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves, I mean pirates, and then there is the peril of waters, winds and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient. Three thousand ducats; I think I may take his bond. Shakespeare: The Merchant Of Venice.
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@ OUTOFANTIGUA _ I am in good company

#50 Skyewill » 2014-06-07 04:42

They crucified Jesus the difference is he went like a lamb to the slaughter..NOT ME..You got my point. Is this a Forbes article? Blogger GENEV said I was Brain washed then added : "Everybody in Antigua will benefit" I say sure: They can come and hire maids, yardman, driver cook and personal ** washer. Thanks to the super RIGHT WING "Forbes Corporate Tool" written to tell the very well to do where to go to take advantage of the poor and hide their money from their governments i.e. TAX HEAVENS. As a Relationship manager working for the Saudi Prince owned bank, Forbes taught me how to talk the talk before I walked the walk. Antigua has always had the potential but who in their right mind believe that $13,000 per year income is real money when Forbes readers making that per hour/minute?
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FORBS IS RIGHT BUT;

#49 OUTOFANTIGUA » 2014-06-07 02:25

IN what Context? we might be missing the whole point here,and before we Crucify SkyWill for stating the obvious just google ( ATRIBUTABLE RISK PERCENT)and follow the calculations. We must not just accept nice sounding, or soft meaning words without finding out there real substance there's a basic calculation, and I don't see the g** root Antigua/Barbuda's people anywhere in this equation. FORBS is strictly about the very Rich Investors Speculating on Securities since the 2008 Financial Crisis. but as it relates to the here and now it all depends on Who's Analyzing it...
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#48 Get Real » 2014-06-07 01:57

I guess he thinks there's a bull market in Ponzi Schemes!
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#47 Plaid Mongoose » 2014-06-06 21:19

Does this include income from Ponzi schemes and illegal internet gambling?
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@ JF II

#46 Dessalines » 2014-06-06 20:57

Before you try to brand Jean Jacques as a traitor please get the perspective of the Hatian people and not the propoganda of the Geopolitical Intelligence. Dessalines brief coalition with LeClerc was a strategic gambit and not a defection from Toussaint as they would have you believe. This is borne out by not only his conquest of the French but also Haiti's national anthem La Dessalinienne and the city Dessalines named after him.
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@ JF II

#45 Dessalines » 2014-06-06 19:48

www.Caribarena.com/antigua/news/economy/97700-antigua-bombs-in-listing-of-safest-places-for-business.html
Just to jostle your memory. It was Dessalines who posited that in the vein of Jumbee Pickney that I lived in Antigua and needed to magazine to tell me what was happening in my backyard. It was Dessaline**ed out that these mega magazines like Euromoney, Economists, Bloomberg et al do gather data for countries with pop below 1 million. They just get the latest figures available from the World Bank and IMF and make estimates. Forbes is no different here. It was Skyewill, the shill and all other labourites who were touting the report as gospel. However if the labourites were so quick to accept Euromoney as gospel how is it that they are having problems with a much better respected magazine.
Personally I prefer HDI ranks and here Antigua is still ranked as a High Human Development rank coming in 4th in the Caribbean behind Barbados, Bahamas, Cuba and Grenada. Not bad.
However we take it, it is a far cry from the corruption capital, gun running, and bird crime dynasty labels we've had so far. Maybe after 50 plus years in the tourism business we can finally attract 1 brand name hotel to our shores.
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#44 SMDH Too » 2014-06-06 17:30

You have got to be of a special kinda person to support Labour. Even in the face of all the damning tapes, people like Skyewill (if we are to believe him), has refused to listen to them. Why wouldn't he want to hear the sordid corrupt details of his leaders. God forbid it was someone from the UPP (let alone the Leader and his top men), Antigua would have gone up in smoke. Now that there is something positive about Antigua which is as a result of the good governance of the UPP, they are all digging their heads into their backsides. Under their rule, Antigua was a pariah and Antiguans were the laughing stock of the world. UPP has restored Antiguan pride. People no longer snicker and pass snide remarks when an Antiguan passport is presented or the accent is heard. Aren't you Labourites ashamed?
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@ Deassalines – Pity My Simplicity! PT5

#43 John French II » 2014-06-06 16:57

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Wadadman1 was more strident. He shouted: that would lead you to conclude that 95%, to be more conservative will use the 2011 census information which would have you believe that, the 88% people of African descent in Antigua & Barbuda are poised to become rich given all of the data that is readily available from other reputable sources who have been engaged with & working with GoAB since Independence? Pay Attention: Illiteracy & Numeracy Stalks this Deserted Island of Pompey, but given that GoAB touts its 99.9% Literacy rate the distinction should not only be clear to the North Atlantic Nordic Privateers & those Living in the “Encirclement Ring” but “arl arwe”. The Sandaled Buccaneer, The Bereted Privateer, The Arab Traders & Merchants, Oriental Shop Keepers, Hercules the shipping magnate, Stratan-ryan, the developer & a ‘smattering” of a Africans most certainly understand and would agree with Brother Efeyini, JP Morgan & Forbes, but can you, ACB, ABIB, ECAB, & the ‘scatterlings’ of Africa look around and rejoice in the prognostication thatQuote:
in the developing nations (ANTIGUA & BARBUDA) in this group will rise up, their society will grow richer, the middle & working class making what is considered poverty wages in the U.S. will be on par with their richer brethren in Europe & Japan in the next decade.
Not even in the USVI said Jumbee Picknee! Did the Analyst come with The Arab's Space Technology?
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@ Deassalines – Pity My Simplicity! PT4

#42 John French II » 2014-06-06 16:40

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Tenman researched and found that since the UPP purge of the more progressive ACLM elements after 1994 and the period when “Ole Weird Harole” from the Cosby Cartoons noted that he had changed his Politics, ( Comrades would say when he had been turned by the feminine wiles of the Afro American agent and finalized by Money Penny in London) the Manifesto each year had carried The Divestment Program which was to be finalized following the period of Living In The IMF’s NEST of Fiscal Adjustment and Structural Adjustment. Grays Farm Man exhaled: That was and is music to the heirs of JP Morgan and Forbes. Always Follow The Money said Youth From The South.
CA openly turned UPP supporter; Observer the colonial rag which made it clear that “Ah Dem Mek UPP” and were handsomely rewarded for their Barbuda adventures, only to see the Leadership “Gi Dem De Bak ah De Han”, Dessalines, Julian, Just Saying, Ronin Ethiopia, Josephine Son, Genev, Inquiring Minds, SlyThatGuy, Truth, Morris et al should, rather than just reaching for any Good News like a drowning man grabbing at a straw, deconstruct analyst Efeyini’s three attributes: being a middle to high middle income country; a high level of governance; and improvements to corporate and securities monitoring agencies post-2008 financial crisis and tell us if “Yuh See Any Ting Fi Smile Fah”
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@ Nay Sayers

#41 The Raven » 2014-06-06 16:33

If this report had come out under the ABLP Government, skyewill, Observer and all the others haters would be leaping for joy. Gaston Browne would be Christ. This is a time for all true Antiguan to be proud, it tells us that we have risen from 28 years of slums and oppression, and it tell us that we are headed in the right direction with the right leader. A monetary value cannot be attached to the exposure Antigua got in Forbes magazine. I mean, can you imagine the possibilities? Who didn't know of Antigua/Barbuda, will certainly be curious as to know who this little power house in the Caribbean is. I'll share a secret with you, it's not that Skyewill and others are not excited, they just can't let their boss (GB) know. They have to continue the propaganda about starving people in Antigua/Barbuda.
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@ Deassalines – Pity My Simplicity! PT3

#40 John French II » 2014-06-06 16:26

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! A Coromantee noted that there were traitors running to the Sherkerly Mountains but in these last days before the Third Coming the horns were being examined & all of the fence sitters, deflectors & defectors were being exposed to the Youth From The South to be not only wolves in Sheep Clothing but dyed in the wool blue apologists for GoAB’s 10 year experiment & flirtations with North Atlantic Nordic Capitalism’s FDI while with schizophrenic ease eating & supping at the table of South Socialism for its lifeline & development.
Another Maroon quietly asked Morris, officer & gentleman, skilled in geopolitical strategies & expert in detecting hidden mines, who had only recently exposed his inner soul for all to see: How could you believe the hype? Quote:
Did you not read Madame Nadine Blackman’s blog where she noted The incumbent party’s manifesto can be considered its report card, because even though they will have added some more subjects, they are sure to be ticking off the ones that they passed. Hopefully you will be familiar with EACH (AB)STEP needed to LEAP to the NEST or get you through the GATE.
www.antiguachronicle.net/component/k2/item/1728-commentary-will-you-believe-the-hype
Jumbee Picknee asked Quote:
Did a Forbes Reporter go to Gray's Green, Old Road, Bethesda, ... Freetown, Willikie, Parham, Piggots, Clarehall, Point, Villa, Ottos, All Saints to all over?
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@ Deassalines – Pity My Simplicity! PT2

#39 John French II » 2014-06-06 16:07

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Anansi was not amused. He began spinning furiously. He called on the “Knights Calypso”: “Lord Up There Bless us in Song”. The residents of Eve’s Garden were most frightened when coming from the Bust they heard the melodious sounds of the Lord Obstinate with Children Melee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7yXpxvIWR0
Akan decided that first he would rescue Skye from Dessalines’ Forbes Inferno. That many of our CountryWoMen have taken Forbes to their bosom signals that many have cast off from their traditional political, educational and social moorings to a new found deepest dyed in the wool blue conservative, capitalist underpinning practiced by North Atlantic Nordic Buccaneers & Privateers. Jumbee Picknee shouted “en Garde” which on many a fencing encounter with Jean Jacques he was duty bound to say. Friends, please research your sources before foisting such examples as the Forbes family on the people of Antigua & Barbuda. That the analyst Brother Ehiwario Efeyini is a VP with JP Morgan does not provide the fig leaf. Examine the source! What is the genesis and rationale? Always Follow The Money! Good News is to be Cherished, but Good News that flies in the face of hard facts and evidence should be shunned like the plague. Youth Study and Contrast Jamaica's Nanny, Antigua's Klass or Court with Haiti's Jean Jacques Dessalines. Names are not useless appendages. They have meaning.
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@ Deassalines – Pity My Simplicity!

#38 John French II » 2014-06-06 15:52

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! The Discourse at the Amofah Market was measured and more balanced. A Yoruba asked that the Ethiopian Coptic address those gathered. An impatient Rasta in no mood to be bamboozled, shouted “You Will Know Them by Their Fruits!” An Igbo who had struggled with reason since the Biafra war suggested that they should hear out his Yoruba colleague and let all voices contend. The Ethiopian Coptic noted that he was not disagreeing with Rasta but would build on Rasta’s foundation:Quote:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Matthew 7:15-20
Anansi stated that Melee, even though the latest stealth like laser guided Geopolitical Intelligence and Operations Medium is the Massage “Feel Good” salvo, led by none other than Jean Jacques, who in numerous writings in this News Portal has shown with remarkable Xenophobia a love for all things Antiguan; and, superb Excellence in the art of the Shill, was not sucking the oxygen from the other discussions and the decision making processes.
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Antiguan Abroad

#37 skyewill » 2014-06-06 15:26

I have always said Antigua has potential. Why you think they are always trying to keep Antiguans out of Antigua Money? I have been saying that for years. What I am saying is that what Forbes is saying has nothing to do with the indigenous people but for the CIPers and the FDI's. It is written for wealthy people to let them know where the best TAX Heavens are. So they can go and get richer. Its Forbes own writers that is its biggest critics. What CA did, was claim a Forbes article and dresses it up for a UPP commercial. Antigua has never been at 3rd world level. This is not new news but an attempt to distract. I knew this since the 90’s. Most bankers get Forbes and many other Magazines we know the content.
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@ Skyewill

#36 Morris » 2014-06-06 15:16

Not only did I read it, but I was very satisfied with it.

Skye, I am a current subscriber to The Economist (have been for a few years), but how did you forget to mention that magazine was successfully sued in Singapore for libel? What about the stories they've retracted in the past for false reporting?

The point here is that every entity has their flaws...none is perfect.

Oh, by the way, The Economist is not ranked above Forbes Magazine.
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#35 Antiguan Abroad » 2014-06-06 14:19

Forbes has it right. In fact, all Forbes is doing is reporting on data from the World Bank that was disseminated by a bank research analyst. Antigua is a wealthy nation, whether or not Skyewill and others choose to believe it. The standard of "wealth", as described by the World Bank and Forbes, is not that difficult to achieve for the typical Antiguan family. After all, many large impoverished countries in the world have their people literally starving. I don't see mass starvation when I visit Antigua. In fact, I see exorbitant prices for food, gasoline, utilities and other basic needs. Yet the people are not riding broken down bicycles or driving broken down vehicles short distances while they attempt to pilfer some petrol. Instead, they chat on the latest cell phones, shop at the expensive supermarkets and have fun on weekends. Trust me, I know a lot of Antiguans are not satisfied with their current economic situation. But by standards adopted around the world (even US standards), the situation is not horrible.
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@ truth

#34 Kenneth » 2014-06-06 14:15

This guy skyewill sounds like he got it made. What he left you 4 she. You sound bex
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@ TRUTH

#33 skyewill » 2014-06-06 14:03

hand and foot - 8) 8) 8)
@ Jumbee Picknee - Tell them AGAIN! - got nothing to do with US...NAT-A-TING
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Give me a break

#32 TRUTH » 2014-06-06 14:00

the Governments a stifling the people, the poor man is not going to have a chance in this small country, even the woman selling in the tray in town is going to have problems. Why do the locals have to compete with foreigners with things like "Used tires" please, tell me why, we let Epicurean get to where they are today, and end up that certain heads there were allegedly xxxx, (thats another story). we have no way of fair retailing now because of the chinese, they will be well networked and any local who trys to do that type of business will not have a chance.
Its "walmart" effect I call it. the Chinese connection is also alleged to be from Chinese "heads" assigned here, with deep connections back to china, you cannot compete with that, they are in the retail, they are in the supermarket, they are in the restaurants, we are good for going on forums and on the radio and chat, chat, chat, and do nothing, in the end, YOU ALL WILL BE nothing but WORKERS around Antigua, Your elected leaders SOLD YOU OUT, and you are dumb enough to send a search party, hire a investigator, chat, chat chat and go looking for your "nose" its right in front of you people, right there. And thats the problem we have here. Even the great Sandals story is a Joke, Sandals money is in Miami, people who come here already made payments for their trips online, not in antigua, aslo, the MAJORITY of the staff at Sandals is NOT Antiguan. Go figure, ALL the POLITICIANS full of it, UPP and ABLP.
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@ Morris - I read Forbes

#31 skyewill » 2014-06-06 13:56

Did you read the entire article or just what was fed here on CA? Did you notice the word TAX HEAVEN? Which Antiguans are going to get rich, the ones born here or CIP and others? Antigua is NOT a third world country. According to WB stats, we have always been poised like this. Why do you think I always say all the money Antigua need is already in Antigua? Did you need Forbes when I told you years ago? The whole story is not being told here and it’s synopsizing of the truth here on CA. QOUTE: They included Antigua in their new rich list, but by World Bank standards, the tax haven island nation is already there even with a GDP per capita of just under $13,000. Did they say “under the stewardship of the Baldwin Spencer Administration?” NOPE! This is NOT a Forbes article. The reason they use the word TAX HEAVEN is for who, Which Antiguan? Any of them look like ME?
READ: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2014/06/02/these-middle-income-countries-are-poised-to-become-rich/
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@ Skyewill - Forbes in question now?

#30 Dessalines » 2014-06-06 13:45

When the Euromoney magazine listed Greece (just weeks before riots erupted in the streets and the EU had to bail them out for some 100 billion euros) and Somalia as safer investment climes than Antigua you (and the ALP shill) were the same ones touting their expertise, years of experience and solid data.
They were wrong then and wrong now. Greece is being threatened with expulsion from the EU and Somalia is still a basket case where you have to bribe armed militias to drive to traverse Mogadishu.
Now that a reputable magazine that all multimillionaires and billionaires (future bonafide investors unlike Stanford) subscribe to and read, gives Antigua a thumbs up you're **ing all over our parade. Just be happy for us.
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@ SMDH and No Truth Here

#29 Dessalines » 2014-06-06 13:25

Please read the article before commenting. The writer clearly states the three benchmarks looked at in evaluating the countries - high level of governance, being a middle to high income country and securities monitoring agencies post 2008 financial crash. They then go on to list Antigua's GDP as US $13,000.00 (UPP figures as you claim)
Well the UPP are selling Antigua short because the CIA Factbook (I know definitely they don't get their figures from the UPP) has Antigua's GDP as US$18,400.00 p.a which makes Antigua Barbuda the 4th wealthiest country in the Caribbean after Bahamas, Barbados and Trinidad and the 76th wealthiest country in the world beating countries like Turkey, Russia and even St. Martin.
Just be proud of your country's accomplishments and stop the hate.
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...words vs illusions...

#28 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-06-06 13:09

Words are used to convey, a message. The reality is whose message. Forbes, Remax etc are speaking to a particular type of client, the client whose interests need immediate attention, those who put, the decision makers there, to be able be en tree iched, share the wealth. The Ghettos, the disadvantaged elders who can't speak or comprehend Forbes, the teenage who now require effective, efficient, productive systems, to make the Forbes future, a Reality.
Did a Forbes Reporter go to Gray's Green to Old Road to Bethedda to Mill Reef to Freetown to Willikie to Parham to Piggots to Clarehall to Point to Villa to Ottos to All Saints to all over, photo, videos, instagrams, tweets, print, live 24/7?
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#27 Sweet rosie » 2014-06-06 12:04

Skywill
Take a pill and chill.
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#26 Morris » 2014-06-06 11:59

This news is a breath of fresh air...very refreshing.

@ Skyewill - Forbes is a lot more than that.
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#25 skyewill » 2014-06-06 11:56

A month ago IMF told you that you are living in an unsustainable environment and you are dying. Here comes CA with suggestions form Dessalines and the UPP propaganda machine using the new face of Antigua and all you jump up and down. Since when Antigua women ** so flat? This has nothing to do with Antiguans. look around you at the REGENTRIFICATION inprogress. yeh buddy, Antiguans will benefit for all the drinks we serve, beds we make and hous on Jumbee bay we clean. yes Sir Mass boss. if you think the battle is done my brotheren you are riding an Illusion....While we go back to slavery once again!
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Observer

#24 skyewill » 2014-06-06 11:41

On Wednesday, a Forbes staffer, copy editor and book reviewer Craig Silver, using even more sharply-worded critique: He calls co worker D'Souza's writing "a stupefyingly inane, quasi-racist bomb-toss" that was "utterly devoid of intellectual probity"

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has sued Forbes magazine for libel in a British court. The prince, a grandson of Saudi Arabia's founder and nephew of King Abdullah, had attacked the U.S. magazine's ranking of world billionaires as flawed and biased against Middle Eastern businesses. I guess you guys have never heard of the ECONOMISTS and magazing that is rated way above the quality of Forbes. Lots of their competition criticize them. Forbes is flawed, try reading the Bible! Proverbs.
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Skywill

#23 TRUTH » 2014-06-06 11:07

Skywill, is basically a angry and hurt soul that no matter what would not like someone or a group just because. Hes married to a african mostly because she waits on him hand and foot, he likes that, to be in authority, if he dont gets his way hes starts acting out. You remind me of a old white woman, who maybe got robbed by some punk who happened to be black and now hates ALL blacks, no matter what. Same as you hate the UPP, AND cannot see anything wrong with the ABLP or anything good with the UPP
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Brainwashed

#22 GENEV » 2014-06-06 11:06

Skyewill, your ignorance speak for itself...nough said.
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@ skyewill

#21 SlyThatGuy » 2014-06-06 10:51

Skyewiil, you're just jealous. You just don't want to give Baldwin Spencer and the UPP any credit for the good job they've done with this country. Despite working under difficult circumstances connected to the collapsed of the World's Financial Market, Prime minister Baldwin Spencer and the UPP kept Antigua and Barbuda afloat. That's the type of leadership we need, because if Antigua and Babuda were in the hands of Gaston Browne and the ABLP when this crisis struct, he would not have been able to bring us out of it as the UPP government just did.
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@Skyewill and Other ALP Apologists

#20 Inquiring Minds » 2014-06-06 10:36

Seems like the detractors and deniers of truth overlooked this paragraph so I reproduce it now "Sorting through 215 countries tracked by the World Bank, senior research analyst Ehiwario Efeyini of U.S. Trust Bank of America BAC +0.49% Wealth Management did an exercise in top down dirt digging looking for the new one-percenters. Efeyini considered three attributes while making his call. These attributes included already being a middle to high middle income country; a high level of governance; and improvements to corporate and securities monitoring agencies post-2008 financial crisis."

The research was done by staff in one of the largest banks in the world. They do this type of research and analysis so that they can guide their customers who wish to invest or do business in foreign countries. Just accept the fact that this Government has done an excellent job in enhancing the level of governance and transparency, over the last five years.

The international community sees and acknowledges this FACT. If you cannot acknowledge this reality, then have the decency to shut your clappers.
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@ Skyewill

#19 Observer » 2014-06-06 10:19

"Forbes magazine is a worthless pseudo-intellectual rag"? Based on whose **sment? Yours? And what are your credentials, my good man? Are you the editor-in-chief of its major competitor, or do you have empirical evidence to support your "findings"? I suggest you stick to what you know, buddy.
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Brainwashed

#18 GENEV » 2014-06-06 10:11

Skyewill, you are so brainwashed by ALP propaganda that you cannot even be happy for your country when it is being recognized in a favourable way internationally. For your information, this information was in the media since at least yesterday June 5th. I personally shared the Forbes article on my Facebook page yesterday. Everybody in Antigua will benefit if Antigua is portrayed in a positive way. BE HAPPY FOR YOUR COUNTRY and stop let these already rich ALP characters fool you.
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We subscribe to Forbes, DO YOU?

#17 skyewill » 2014-06-06 09:35

Forbes magazine is a worthless pseudo-intellectual rag geared to MBA fresh-outs who think they'll one day be discovered by mentioning its latest cover story to their CEO during an elevator conversation. in this fantasy, the CEO will say to the fresh-out, "You read Forbes?" and hand over the keys to executive suite.
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RFI...Request For Information

#16 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-06-06 09:24

The name of the Reality Show is...Rich Nation -Antigua Style.
Format...The Nation'$ History
Contestants...Anyone who has any affiliation with Our Nation.
Folks, as I stated in the blog for another topic, our Nation is rich, has always been rich and will forever be rich. The problem, issues are the distribution of this wealth/riches.
The proper management of our resources is the primary concern, NOW! Cut, the crap, it ain't rice pudding.
Forbes is correct, so are Remax, the Chinese, Russians, Europeans, North and South Americans, Asians, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION the mantra of Realtors/Financiers/ Philantropists/Money movers...goods, services etc. WE HAVE IT, cut the crap, it ain't rice pudding. Others are seeing it, have seen it. Why can't we?
@Gaston & Collin...big brother Vere, here, I'll be watching your development of City West for years now, we are way behind, what we should be...DO WORK OR WORK, WILL DO YOU!
Point & Villa have always been winners. We will be so again, but economically. Do work!
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Read and Learn

#15 Critical Thinking » 2014-06-06 09:20

Antigua and Barbuda on the list of country poised to become rich is actually a downgrade. According to the same article there are actually over 70 counties considered rich by the world bank and Antigua's per capita income should put it in the rich category.
So the fact that now we are, "poised to become rich," when years ago by our per capita standard we already in the rich category represents a downgrade.
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#14 Mala » 2014-06-06 08:39

It's ironic how this article has come out days before elections. Seriously if these are figures supplied by UPP you people can't be serious!
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#13 Smoke n Mirrors » 2014-06-06 08:33

As a rule of thumb, I do NOT believe anything that Harold Lovell says.
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#12 No Truth Here » 2014-06-06 08:29

The problem with this report is its based on figures the UPP government has supplied and we all know how unreliable they are.

The phrase "Garbage in Garbage Out" come to mind.

Seriously people how can you reconcile this report with the reality here on Antigua? Workers not being paid, unfinished projects, huge loans from the IMF and a complete absence of serious investors.
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goodwill

#11 josephine son » 2014-06-06 07:50

antiguans should be proud.if you allow political affiliation to cloud this good news you are not a true patriot.why cant you be state men and do whats best for your country without regards to which party gets credit
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RE: Nation Poised to Become Rich

#10 Ronin Ethiopia » 2014-06-06 07:48

Skyewill, you sound so sad, don't be my friend, be just glad for Antigua! It is so good to hear something good about Antigua!
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@ Dessalines

#9 Skyewill » 2014-06-06 07:28

I was involved in a car crash. A young man ran the red light and banged me up. so real busy. But to answer your allegations: The one thing I hate to do is to say the same thing over and over. NO, I did not listen to the tapes but I hope AG< GG< DPP< COP>PM and all you prostituting attorneys listened cause Skyewill got business to go about so he can pay fu he mortgage. When the case call, you and cool ruler can send me notice. Seriously, I get bored easily.
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@Skyewill

#8 Just Saying » 2014-06-06 07:28

Most of what you comment on this site is total hogwash. The Forbes article includes Antigua as one of only a select few countries that are poised for wealth, based in part on good governance. Who cares whether Caribarena makes a correction and cites Forbes as the source? Where is the relevance of pointing that out. Is that all you got from the article? Believe, as an Antigua living overseas, I take this as good news. You lost any credibility with your juvenile remarks.
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A JOKE YOU MAKING

#7 GRAY FARM MAN » 2014-06-06 06:49

Ofar, you seem to be working for Forbes. Their report came in on Friday 6th June 2014 , 04.00 and you have the same timeline. Now let us see how this wealth will be created. A new few million dollars to do over the jelly beans side walk in St. John's again in UPP colours. Fence some more sporting fields, build more unfinished car parks and build more six figure toilets and left them in a state of unfinished so they can't flush. Sell plenty passports to Iranians and som Talibans and wealth will flow. You must think we too drink Cooks Pond Water!
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Credit...

#6 Julian » 2014-06-06 06:10

Credit where credit is due...Forbes magazine is no pappyshow publication. It seems you're damned if you do & damned if you don't with some bloggers.
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Accept the Facts

#5 Lord Have Mercy » 2014-06-06 05:44

Hello guys! Just accept the facts and move on. We could have been in this position long time before if and only if those in the past that we trusted had done the best thing for this country.

If you want to fight against this information write or call the Forbes magazine editor and ask them to remove the article from their magazine and their site.

May God help us all in this upcoming elections. Blessings to all of you who read this article and comment.
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@ Skyewill

#4 Dessalines » 2014-06-06 05:36

Good to see you showed up finally, you were MIA yesterday on the latest confessions so I guess your conscience got the better of you.

Why can't you be happy for Antigua Barbuda. Getting a favourable review (god know we really need it now) can only be pluses and positives for Antigua regardless of who's in power.

Wha mek labour neaga so badminded eeh?
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@ skyewill

#3 wadadman1 » 2014-06-06 05:33

Antigua will definitely become richer when the ABLP take over this country. Everything will get better from june 13th.
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LOOK AREU SEE WHO IS GOING TO GET RICH

#2 Skyewill » 2014-06-06 04:35

PS all of a sudden the reporting goes from this; Friday, 06 June 2014 04:00 Caribarena news TO THIS: Friday, 06 June 2014 04:00 Forbes.

Areu mussa really think arewe fooley.
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LOOK AREU SEE WHO IS GOING TO GET RICH

#1 Skyewill » 2014-06-06 04:31

This has nothing to do with Antiguans especially those who live over seas who experienced how our assets are drained and depleted when we hit customs with stuff we collected for years being RE-TAXED. The lickle owl car you bring home will cost you an EXTRA $20,0000 to get through customs wen you done pay CST, ABST, DUTY on shipping, insurance, cost and foreign taxes. Yep, when you sell Pass Port to the Rich who will come so they can use ANU for a Tax heaven, Hell yea they going to be richer but we the 95% of African decent will not realize non of this.
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