Antigua y Barbuda

Geography:

  • Location:
    • Independent island state, West Indies, in the eastern Caribbean Sea. It consists of three of the Leeward Islands-Antigua and to smaller islands, Barbuda to the north and Redonda, an uninhabited rocky islet, to the south-west.
  • Area:
    • Total: 443 sq km (Antigua 280 sq km; Barbuda 161 sq km)
    • Water: 0 sq km
    • Land: 443 sq km (includes Redonda, 1.6 sq km)
  • Coastline:
    • 153 km
  • Maritime claims:
    • Contiguous zone: 24 NM
    • Territorial sea: 12 NM
    • Exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
    • Continental shelf: 200 NM or to the edge of the continental margin
  • Natural resources:
    • NEGL; pleasant climate fosters tourism

People:

  • Population: 67,897 (July 2003 est.)
  • Nationality: Antiguan(s), Barbudan(s)
  • Ethnic groups: black, British, Portuguese, Lebanese, Syrian
  • Religions: Christian (predominantly Anglican with other Protestant, and some Roman Catholic)
  • Languages: English (official), local dialects

Government:

  • Country name: Antigua and Barbuda (conventional short form)
  • Government type: constitutional monarchy with UK-style parliament
  • Capital: Saint John's
  • Administrative divisions: 6 parishes and 2 dependencies*; Barbuda*, Redonda*, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Mary, Saint Paul, Saint Peter, Saint Philip
  • International organization participation: ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO (subscriber), ITU, OAS, OECS, OPANAL, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO

Economy:

  • Inflation rate (consumer prices): 0.4% (2000 est.)
  • Industries: tourism, construction, light manufacturing (clothing, alcohol, household appliances)
  • Agriculture - products: cotton, fruits, vegetables, bananas, coconuts, cucumbers, mangoes, sugarcane; livestock
  • Exports: $40 million
  • Exports - commodities: petroleum products 48%, manufactures 23%, machinery and transport equipment 17%, food and live animals 4%, other 8%
  • Imports: $357 million (2000 est.)
  • Imports - commodities: food and live animals, machinery and transport equipment, manufactures, chemicals, oil
  • Currency: east Caribbean dollar (XCD)

National Policy:

  • Marine Affairs Policy
  • Marine Science & Research Policy
  • Coastal Area Policy.
  • Environment Policy

Institutional Structure:

    Fisheries Division
    Temple & Cooperatives, Temple & Nevis Street
    St. Johns, Antigua.
    Telephone: 268 462 1372
    Fax: 268 462 1372

    Development Control Authority
    Cecil Charles Building, Cross Street, P.O. Box 895
    St Johns, Antigua.
    Telephone: 268 462 6427
    Fax: 268 462 1919

    Port Authority
    Deepwater Harbour
    St. John´s, Antigua
    Telephone: 268 462 0050

Government Ministries:

    Office of the Prime Minister
    St John's, Antigua and Barbuda, WI
    Tel: 268 462 0773

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    St John's, Antigua and Barbuda, WI
    Tel: 268 462 1052 Fax: 268 462 2482

    Ministry of Finance
    Long And High Streets
    St John's, Antigua and Barbuda, WI
    Tel: 268 462 3438 Fax: 268 462 3233

    Ministry of Trade, Industry Commerce and Consumer Affairs
    P O Box 1550, Redcliffe Street,
    St John's, Antigua and Barbuda, WI
    Tel: 268 462 1542 Fax: 268 462 1625

    Ministry of Tourism and the Environment
    Redcliffe St
    St John's, Antigua and Barbuda, WI
    Tel: 268 462 6265

    Ministry of Education, Culture and Youth Affairs
    St John's, Antigua and Barbuda, WI
    Tel: 268 462 2387 Fax: 268 462 4970

    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Lands
    Temple Street
    St John's, Antigua and Barbuda, WI
    Tel: 268 462 1213 Fax: 268 462 6104

    Ministry of Health, Labour, Housing and Co-operatives
    Redcliffe Street
    St John's, Antigua and Barbuda, WI
    Tel: 268 462 0011/0014

    Ministry of Public Works, Communications and Transport
    St John's Street
    St John's, Antigua and Barbuda, WI
    Tel: 268 462 3588 Fax: 268 462 3249

    National Focal Point for IOCARIBE
    Mrs. Cheryl Appleton
    Chief Fisheries Officer
    Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Environment & National Plans
    Queen Elizabeth Highway
    St. Johns, Antigua
    St. Johns, Antigua & Barbuda
    Tel: (1-268) 1372
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