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Antigua and Barbuda: Bilateral relations Antigua and Barbuda

04.11.2019 - Article

Political relations are friendly and untroubled. Cooperation mainly takes place in the form of individual development cooperation and cultural projects and within the United Nations.

Bilateral economic relations with Antigua and Barbuda are relatively insignificant. German holidaymakers generate considerable revenue. Antigua and Barbuda’s main exports to Germany are agricultural products.

A bilateral investment protection and promotion agreement has been in place since 2001. A bilateral agreement on mutual assistance and exchange of information on tax matters and tax offences was signed in October 2010. Other cooperation and trade accords exist within the framework of the agreements between the European Union and the so‑called ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) states as well as between the EU and CARIFORUM (CARICOM member states plus the Dominican Republic). The further development of trade relations with the EU is being followed closely in Antigua and Barbuda and in the entire region against the background of the ongoing negotiations on the EU’s new partnership agreement with the states of Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean (Post-Cotonou Agreement).

In development cooperation, Antigua and Barbuda has indirect links with Germany through German agreements with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), cooperation focusing on sustainable economic development, the promotion of renewable energy and adaptation to climate change. In addition, Germany provides assistance in the region through micro-projects and sports promotion measures.

Following the almost total destruction of Barbuda by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, Germany provided emergency humanitarian relief. Reconstruction in Barbuda is likely to take years.

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