Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda and Patron of the Antigua China Friendship Association, Sir Rodney Williams, is scheduled to speak at the fifth China-Latin America and Caribbean Region People to People Friendship Forum in Hangzhou , China from September 15 to 17, 2015. This forum is jointly sponsored by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Counties (CPAFFC), China-Latin America and the Caribbean Friendship Association, Friendship Federation of Latin America and the Caribbean, and the People’s Republic of China and Zhejiang Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
Antigua and Barbuda continues to strengthen its relationship with the People’s Republic of China with the recent formation of the Antigua China Friendship Association (ACFA). The Association, which is a voluntary non- profit organization, has as one of its objectives to promote cultural ties and exchanges between both countries. President of the Association, Lady Sandra Williams, remarked: “The Association is currently working on its blueprint for fundraising activity which will partially facilitate our goal of developing educational, cultural and technological links between the two nations”. Other executive members of the Association are Lady Joan Shoul (Vice President). Ms. Amaya Athill (Secretary), Mr. Trevor Parker (Public Relations Officer), Mr. Clement Samuel, Mrs. Asha Christian Phillip and Ambassador Anthony Liverpool.
The mechanism of China-Latin America and Caribbean Region People-to-People Friendship Forum was established in 2007. Since then, the Forum has offered a significant platform for the friendly exchanges between China and Latin American and Caribbean Region. In July of 2014, the Forum became one part of the mechanism of China-CELAC Forum, which aims to provide more scope to jointly develop future collaborative opportunities. This vision is suitably captured in the ACFA’s motto, “Bringing our People Together”.