The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has congratulated the Government and People of Antigua and Barbuda on the country’s Fortieth Anniversary of Independence which it celebrates on 1 November 2021.
“Forty years of statehood is a milestone in the history of a country, and there is much for Antigua and Barbuda to be proud of as a nation,” CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett said in a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Hon Gaston Browne.
“This year’s theme “Resilience, Reflection and Recovery” is relevant for the challenging times that Antigua and Barbuda is traversing as the country strives to recover from the devastating health, social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Secretary-General added, noting that the strength and indomitable character of the People of Antigua and Barbuda, guided by the Government, augur well for a better future.
Dr Barnett commended Antigua and Barbuda’s historic commitment to regional integration, and the Prime Minister’s leadership as Head of Government with lead responsibility in the Quasi-Cabinet for Services and as current Chair of the Community.
“The Community wishes you, Honourable Prime Minister, and the People of Antigua and Barbuda continued success in your sustained efforts at nation building,” the Secretary-General said.