Antigua & Barbuda China Friendship Association
The Antigua & Barbuda China Friendship Association is a non-profit organization which was formed in Antigua & Barbuda in 2015. The organization is managed by a voluntary board of elected members, and its main objective is “to promote cultural ties and exchanges between the peoples of Antigua and Barbuda and China.” Other major goals include: the undertaking of fundraising activities; the facilitation of educational opportunities; the fostering of relations with counterpart friendship associations; the informing of developments in science and technology; the establishment of links with governments, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, corporations, churches, associations or individuals which may enhance its charitable and non-profit activities; and the encouragement of travel exchanges between the people of the two nations.
The Antigua and Barbuda China Friendship Association has as its motto “Bringing Our People Together.” The vision of our Association is to foster a greater understanding of the two very diverse countries of Antigua and Barbuda and China through the continued exchange of ideas and the increased people –to-people opportunities for educational, cultural, commercial and scientific interaction.
Antigua and Barbuda is an independent, twin island state located at the heart of the Eastern Caribbean chain. The population is (approximately) 80, 000 people and the capital city is St. John’s. The combined land mass of Antigua and Barbuda is 170 square miles, and the temperature ranges from twenty-four to thirty degrees Celsius year round. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, which makes the climate one of the sunniest and most pleasant in the sub-region.
With its sprawling white sand beaches and peaceful, pristine environment, it is little wonder that tourism continues to dominate Antigua and Barbuda’s economy, accounting for almost 60% of GDP and approximately 40% of investment. The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is constantly taking steps to improve the visitor experience, and has recently opened a state of the art terminal building at the V.C Bird International Airport, with amenities which include 4 jet bridges, modern security screening/passenger processing and monitoring equipment, sophisticated baggage sorting and scanning system, 46 check-in counters and 15 self-check-in kiosks, mini food court, 2 restaurants, and 21 retail stores. The project was facilitated by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.
The country welcomed 814,000 visitors (both air and sea arrivals) in 2015, and has an inventory of approximately 3,000 rooms in the accommodation sector. There is recognition of scope for further hotel plant development, and there are a number of such projects currently slayed for commencement. Antigua also offers a Citizenship by Investment program which features clear legal guidelines and uncomplicated processes.
Other sectors which contribute to the state’s GDP are services (over 70%), industries (20%) and agriculture (approximately (3%). The currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, which is pegged to the US$ at EC$2.7 = US$1.
Antigua and Barbuda maintains diplomatic relations with several nations around the world, including the People’s Republic of China. It is a member of many International organizations such as the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organization of American States, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)