Gaston Browne

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Gaston Browne said : “So there are some prospects that the administrator is pursuing and we believe that ultimately on the basis that the administrator is successful in getting the cooperation of creditors LIAT will be reorganised and be back in the air and take its pole position,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:41:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Whereas LIAT is on life support as far as we are concerned…what is required is reorganisation and to bring LIAT back to good health and so far some progress has been made, but the situation remains somewhat tenuous (and) again all depends on the negotiations, how successful the negotiations with our creditors go and that will determine whether or not we will be able to reorganise it,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:41:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Most recently, when appointed by Barbados as the chairman of LIAT, he evinced his commitment to the future of our regional air carrier. He encouraged me to fight on to save LIAT from liquidation, embracing it as a regional institution that was worthy of a future,” “When I spoke with him last, from my Cabinet meeting room, he congratulated the shareholder governments for making the compromise that has led to LIAT’s re-organisation” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, July 28, 2020 11:33:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “What that will do, that will help to literally eliminate the debt from LIAT’s books for those planes, and in addition, the proceeds will be utilised to pay down the loan, even though there would be a residual value. The governments will continue to make payments on the residual value after the proceeds of the planes are applied to the loans at the Caribbean Development Bank,” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, July 26, 2020 3:23:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne indicated : “some form of balance and at the same time come up with an operational plan, which will see a very lean LIAT, especially during this period of COVID-19” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The interventions were heard and we came to the consensus that we should sell the three planes that are owned by LIAT and charged to the Caribbean Development Bank” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “What that will do, that will help to literally eliminate the debt from LIAT’s books for those planes, and, in addition, the proceeds will be utilized to pay down the loan, even though there would be a residual value. The governments will continue to make payment on the residual value after the proceeds of the planes are applied to the loans at the Caribbean Development Bank,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, July 22, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Even though there will be a residual value the governments will continue to make payments on the residual value after the proceeds of the planes is applied to the loans at CDB,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, July 21, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “One of the reasons why I thought that the matter was being handled by the police is because one of the Customs brokers who allegedly was involved in defrauding Customs… was arrested by the police, but he was arrested on a different matter,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne declared : “It will fly again, even if it’s one plane,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:02:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Antigua and Barbuda will be forced to take defensive measures in order to protect the interest of all stakeholders to include the staff at LIAT and other creditors” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:02:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “In the likely or unlikely event that those discussions fail, Antigua and Barbuda will have no choice but to move immediately to take defensive action to protect LIAT from any brutish aggression to destroy it,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, July 21, 2020 4:58:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : ”Subsequently, we have been given notice as well for a second meeting to take place on the 31st of July for shareholders to come together again with the purpose of winding up LIAT,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, July 19, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “In the likely or unlikely event that those discussions fail, Antigua and Barbuda will have no choice but to move immediately to take defensive action to protect LIAT from any brutish aggression to destroy it,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, July 19, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Ralph Gonsalves ) : “Even though our request for a meeting last Monday represented a reorganization effort, that meeting was denied on the basis, I was told by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, that the Prime Minister of Barbados indicated that she had no interest in our reorganization plan,” “I’m also told that even though there is a meeting scheduled for Monday, that she still has no interest in any reorganization plan, but I still remain hopeful that I’ll be able to convince her otherwise” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, July 19, 2020 2:12:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : ”Subsequently, we have been given notice as well for a second meeting to take place on the 31st of July for shareholders to come together again with the purpose of winding up LIAT,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, July 19, 2020 2:12:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “In the likely or unlikely event that those discussions fail, Antigua and Barbuda will have no choice but to move immediately to take defensive action to protect LIAT from any brutish aggression to destroy it,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, July 19, 2020 2:12:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “Covid would have actually, let’s say increased the losses exponentially, so whereas in all of 2019 LIAT made a loss of about EC$12 million, that was within the means of the shareholder governments to subsidise,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:53:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “So I just hope that we are not going to have countries within the region opportunistically fighting us to get the headquarters in their country to displace Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:53:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “As we collapse these institutions, we collapse the integration movement,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, July 4, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We have to protect the image of the country,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, July 3, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “The type of impudence we have seen — let me call his name — from Deputy Commissioner Wade, is extremely egregious and I think it’s a matter of national security to the extent that I don’t wish to go any further,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, July 3, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne announced : "From all indication, LIAT will be liquidated," External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne announced : "From all indication, LIAT will be liquidated," External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Antigua and Barbuda’s position is that, whereas we recognise that the four shareholding governments cannot carry LIAT presently…the losses would have increased exponentially, which means that LIAT – which was always in a very precarious position – is literally now inviable. A decision will have to be made potentially to collapse it and then maybe, countries within the region will have to come together to form a new entity,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, June 29, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “we have also had a situation too, in which several of the guests who actually had tested positive for Covid, what they did is that they changed their flights and they returned to the United States the following day even though they were placed in isolation,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, June 29, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne announced : “From all indication, LIAT will be liquidated,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “COVID would have actually, let’s say increased the losses exponentially, so whereas in all of 2019 LIAT made a loss of about EC$12 million, that was within the means of the shareholder governments to subsidize,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “A decision will have to be made to collapse it and then maybe the countries within the region will have to come together to form a new entity,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “What I’m hoping that we do not have going forward with the new entity, is any squabble over the location of the headquarters,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “So I just hope that we are not going to have countries within the region opportunistically fighting us to get the headquarters in their country to displace Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “And these creditors, including the staff of LIAT, have to understand that there will have to be some level of cooperation to include possibly some cuts on their liabilities in order to facilitate the creation of a new, viable and sustainable entity,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “LIAT only owns three planes and those planes are charged to the Caribbean Development Bank, so clearly they have a superior claim and after they would have covered their claim there will be hardly any assets available to liquidate severance and other liabilities to staff and other creditors, so there has to be a negotiated position,” “The governments won’t be bandits and just walk away from the staff, they will have to pay some form of compassionate payments to assist them. But they have to understand that they are legally vulnerable and that they have to look at the bigger picture and to cooperate, not to become litigious and to prevent the creation of a new LIAT” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “And that is why you need this level of creditor cooperation in order to ensure that we can form a new entity,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Let’s face it, it’s going to be a right-sized entity. You are going to have significant job losses, there’s no doubt about it. Hundreds of people are going to lose their work, it is inescapable” “But if you are going to have a new entity that is scaled down, that is viable, that is efficient, that can meet the connectivity needs of the Caribbean people, then clearly that has to be the option that we pursue” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Everyone who enters Antigua and Barbuda, including returning nationals, to live within communities with relatives and friends, with no exception, will be tested and will be quarantined mandatorily,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “No one is exempt from them now, nor will they be at any time in the future. That includes me, every Government minister, the governor general; simply put, everyone who enters the country from abroad will be tested and quarantined or isolated as appropriate while this pandemic continues. We are learning from experience,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “After the widest consultation with various sectors of the society, including local businesses, the hotel sector and trade unions, we decided to reopen the border,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “I have no doubt that at the end of the day there will always be a LIAT, even if it is not in its present form,” External link

nowgrenada Friday, June 26, 2020 9:28:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne declared : “no one is exempt from them now, nor will they be at any time in the future … everyone who enters the country from abroad will be tested and quarantined or isolated as appropriate while this pandemic continues” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, June 26, 2020 11:13:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The remaining individuals are in hotel properties which are equipped with facilities to isolate, monitor and treat these individuals who tested positive for Covid. The staff at these hotels are also fully trained to deal with such guests who will not be allowed to venture outside of the hotel’s compound and who will also be under constant medical surveillance,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, June 26, 2020 11:13:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Each Antiguan and Barbudan should exercise a heightened level of vigilance and personal responsibility to avoid local transmission from these imported cases that will occur, from time to time,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We think that this is extremely unfortunate…that for over 30 years we have been utilising Cuban specialists, Cuban nurses and doctors to augment our health facilities. In fact, Cuban nurses and doctors are a significant part of the health infrastructure of many Caribbean countries and if they were to force us to get rid of these Cuban professionals, then they will dismantle our health system,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 22, 2020 9:43:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I just hope that the embassy in Barbados, in particular, will take up this issue with the State Department to let them know that this kind of policy is going to create a problem for Caribbean countries and undermine the good relations we enjoy with the United States,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 22, 2020 9:43:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne disclosed : “former Stanford site where he had the Pavilion restaurant,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, June 22, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I want to take this constituency forward. As a matter of fact, I was very embarrassed lately, and it happens very often, when [it was] mentioned that you know where you can recognise if Columbus comes back, and that’s St Phillip’s North. And it’s an indictment on the person who has been there for over four decades. That will have to change, and so I am putting myself forward to make sure that we change that and change that in a major way,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:08:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “It may not shoot up to 100 percent because we moved quickly to re-open, but I’m pretty sure that our debt to GDP ratio now will be 80-something percent and even the debt service ratio will increase,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, June 15, 2020 11:59:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “My attempts have been in vain. Your relationship with your staff in the ministry is toxic, and a continuous decline is evident from the reports that have reached me. The relationship with the farmers is also toxic and deteriorating further,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 16, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “This is what will help us to manage both the health and economic situation associated with Covid and as you know it requires restricting certain personal freedoms, [and] civil liberties of our people,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, May 15, 2020 1:19:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “If the international community cannot assist us at a time when we are seeing the worst crisis, when are they going to assist us? When are they going to be able to assist these micro-states?” “Forcing us to carry high debt loads and then to find monies to stimulate and to stabilize, [will mean] we are not going to be able to achieve the SDGs” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, May 11, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I believe that they are actually close to the period for quarantine or isolation and I believe they will be back into the domestic community very shortly with the exception of the youngster,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, May 4, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It has nothing to do with us” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 11:36:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I know some people are anxious to see increased testing. Unfortunately, we have had to send samples to CARPHA and we have a limited amount to send on a weekly basis. That is why we have had to follow the protocols that are established by PAHO to determine who gets tested,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, April 28, 2020 1:44:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne remarked ( about Harold Lovell ) : “They are making a call for us to put all political parties on the steering committee…what utter nonsense. Now we have several sub-committees so that if they have individuals within the party; if Harold Lovell himself or any other within the party wish to serve on the various sub-committees which we will establish, they will have an opportunity so to serve,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Protecting lives and preserving livelihoods is the balance we are seeking to create. Therefore, preserving public sector jobs is an imperative,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, April 24, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It is estimated that we may raise about 25 of the 80 million dollars that we were projected to raise for the month. That means the government will have to borrow even to pay salaries and wages,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, April 20, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Up until now there is no rescue plan for the Caribbean and we need a rescue plan. This is not a situation where we are trying to ask for assistance conveniently. It is an absolute necessity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 19, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “We find it astonishing that this program, which has helped to deliver good healthcare services to our people, is conveniently characterized by others as human trafficking,” External link

repeatingislands Saturday, April 18, 2020 6:45:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “We also draw to your attention that, apart from the huge, sudden and unbudgeted costs with which my Government and other Caribbean governments are confronting to tackle COVID-19 in our countries, we are also beleaguered by an unexpected economic decline that has already stripped us of more than 20 per cent of our GDP [gross domestic product] in some cases and the certain prospect of further and prolonged deterioration,” External link

sunstkitts Saturday, April 11, 2020 8:12:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “In the region’s already precarious state, the effects of a hurricane would be beyond catastrophic,” External link

sunstkitts Saturday, April 11, 2020 8:12:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “This is to caution our people to continue to respect the protocols of personal hygiene etiquette, social distancing, quarantining and isolation as appropriate,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, April 4, 2020 1:58:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “Several of our countries are highly tourism-dependent. The stoppage of airlines and cruise ships has devastated our tourism industry. Hotels and other tourism facilities have been forced to close because of a loss of business as well as domestic measures to try to contain COVID-19 and to arrest its spread. The effect of this is a significant and unsustainable drop in government revenues, including foreign exchange, occurring simultaneously with demands for increased government spending to institute new health facilities and to provide such assistance as possible to families whose only money earner has been laid-off,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 3, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We are also mindful that the Caribbean region is now two months away from the annual hurricane season, predicted this year to be above average with 16 named storms of which 7 will be hurricanes: 3 to 4 being major ones. In the region’s already precarious state, the effects of a hurricane would be beyond catastrophic” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 3, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “We also draw to your attention that, apart from the huge, sudden and unbudgeted costs with which my Government and other Caribbean governments are confronting to tackle COVID-19 in our countries, we are also beleaguered by an unexpected economic decline that has already stripped us of more than 20 per cent of our GDP [gross domestic product] in some cases and the certain prospect of further and prolonged deterioration,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “In the region's already precarious state, the effects of a hurricane would be beyond catastrophic,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “There is no way that… we could adequately treat the numbers of individuals who would become critically ill …. The reality is, we do not have enough ventilators,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We have to go the extra mile to protect the population because we do not have the capacity to treat a large number of individuals,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:19:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne concluded : “More drastic action must be taken to contain the virus,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:25:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne concluded : “More drastic action must be taken to contain the virus,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:18:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “For example a tyre repair shop, that ordinarily may not be considered an essential service… provided that there is no large gathering, we expect them to continue to operate just in case someone has an emergency,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:18:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Given the highly contagious nature of the virus, and the pattern elsewhere in the world, I expect that we will experience further community spread and contagion. That too is inescapable,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 27, 2020 4:32:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “A word to the wise is sufficient,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “All Antiguans and Barbudans should stay put. None of us should be travelling at this point unless it is critical. Within the public sector, we have a ban on travel at this time and it will be extended to include all travel,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 16, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne announced ( about British ) : “It is my unfortunate duty to advise you that our country has recorded our first confirmation of someone who has contracted the coronavirus,” “On March 10, a passenger arrived from the United Kingdom aboard a British Airways plane, went directly to her mother’s home and on March 11 she visited a private medical facility. We took the required samples and sent them to CARPHA [Caribbean Public Health Agency]. The following day, the positive results of the test were returned to Antigua and Barbuda” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 14, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Most of the damage has been done out of fear,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “It has been promoted globally that if you contract COVID-19, that it is an automatic death sentence. It is not,” “So there has to be a re-calibration of that narrative and for people to look at the issue responsibly and intelligently” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne responded : “I sent back a message to tell [the judge] that I am not giving any such undertaking. So if they want to put me in jail, put me in jail,” “I just want to signal my public disgust with that type of consideration,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “All they are going to do is to destroy the effectiveness of NAMCO,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne argued : “We’re not saying that we’re not [going to pay], but we need time. We have other creditors. We have lots of contractors who worked for the government over the years who have not been paid,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “I believe that we should be developing our people to the extent that these banks should be managed by Antiguans and Barbudans,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I take objection to domestic banks in particular, bringing in people, even from within the sub-region, to manage our banks,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I cannot understand that 20-something years later that we are struggling to find a local bank manager to manage our banks. I mean, there is some level of retrogression within that space,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne announced : “We have extended the opportunity for you to identify a number of young, bright people in this bank and other local banks who you can fast-track through the system” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It’s all part of developing your human resource capabilities so that you can deliver a better service,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “It was a sensible transaction, to save money, to save jobs that we could have transitioned the bank from a loss-making institution into a profit-making one. And, it has worked,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Our investment into the Caribbean Union Bank was done with the understanding that there would be consistent returns for the government and the people of Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “So, I just want you all to know that you have a prime minister that is working for his money. I’m not here to loaf. I’m here to perform,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “If you give these written reports from the onset, and you say that the project cannot happen, because you have these concerns, what if the environmentalist is wrong?” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, March 5, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne asserted : “It is not for the technicians to make decisions. Politicians make decisions. The executive, we make the decisions,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, March 5, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “We’re not being dictatorial here. We’re not asking them not to be professional or for them to make any decision to satisfy any outcome of any politician. But if they are going to exercise that kind of authority in which they can stop projects on their own, they are making us redundant,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, March 5, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We will be going to Parliament in about two weeks and we’re going to change the law and give that authority to central government. I believe, too, they have the authority for subleases. We’re going to change it and give it to the central government,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, March 4, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “These people are taking some level [of] risk, of course. Even to build on Barbuda is a risk because Barbuda is a low-lying island,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, March 4, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “It is the primarily [sic] reason why Barbudans are significantly shorter than they were decades ago, and is the cause of the health problems among some,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:10:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Where there is collusion, fire them,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, February 12, 2020 3:25:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “We’ve noticed that the individuals at solid waste that perhaps they have not been paying attention,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, February 12, 2020 3:25:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Maybe too, the time has come to cut down the six days and give them three days and rotate them to get better value for money,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, February 12, 2020 3:25:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “How could a man be paid $1.4 million to collect dead dogs – to quote him – in this country, during a seven-year period? How could that happen? There are times when he said that he added some debris, but we do not know that to be the case,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, February 11, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne noted : “a global health emergency is also defined by the WHO as a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ and as ‘an extraordinary event’ that is ‘serious’” External link

thedailyherald Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The concern shown by China for the rest of the world is highly commendable,” External link

thedailyherald Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “Now we have to have a discussion with the staff to determine whether or not they would want some collective ownership in the company going forward, or if we will have to pay them out or maybe a combination of both. I mean I don’t know what the liability is, I’m just speaking hypothetically,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The concern shown by China for the rest of the world is highly commendable” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 31, 2020 7:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “When the Chinese give a loan of two percent interest, which ordinarily we would have to borrow at seven or eight percent, they are [essentially] providing a subsidy on the interest [amounting to] six percent for 20 years,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Out of an abundance of caution, we have chosen not to go with Huawei,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne responded : “The People’s Republic of China has never approached us to take any action against the United States or any other country for that matter,” “This idea about security threats of China as a result of them helping countries to build capacity, I really cannot see the rationale in that type of thinking,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I express on behalf of our government and our people, our gratitude to those countries that have contributed, through loans, grants and technical assistance, to our economic and social advancement. Among these countries are the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Cuba, Japan, the Russian Federation, Venezuela, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, the Republic of Korea, India, New Zealand, the United States,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 27, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I am honour-bound to thank especially the People’s Republic of China because of its responsiveness to our needs, and the extent of its contribution to almost all sectors of our economy and social development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 27, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Other economies that grew at a much slower rate, and are much smaller than ours, had tax to GDP ratios above the Currency Union average of 20 percent and some even collected more revenues than we did in nominal terms,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Such behavior is unfair and unjust,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “My attempts have been in vain. Your relationship with your staff in the Ministry is toxic, and a continuous decline is evident from the reports that have reached me. The relationship with the farmers is also toxic and deteriorating further,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:43:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “History will absolve us because I don’t think there is any government in the history of Antigua and Barbuda that would have done more for the Barbudan people than my government,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, January 10, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I don’t think there could be any better candidate,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, January 10, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “I do accept that if we lose the revenue, it will create some difficulties. And, maybe under those circumstances, we will be forced to maybe downsize, which is something that we’re totally against. But, provided that those revenues remain viable and consistent, we’re going to utilise them to cover our expenditure,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, January 8, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “You would recognise there will be a new chairman. In fact, former prime minister of Barbados Owen Arthur, he will take over as the new chairman of LIAT,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Owen Arthur ) : “Owen Arthur would have spent a large amount of his prime ministerial equity ensuring the survival of LIAT, and now that it is at the crossroads again, I think that Owen is the right person to lead LIAT out of these difficulties,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We have come to a consensus on the way forward, so a lot of the differences that existed we've been able to resolve them, and I believe LIAT has a very bright future ahead of it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I don’t think there could be any better candidate,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, January 6, 2020 1:19:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “History will absolve us because I don’t think there is any government in the history of Antigua and Barbuda that would have done more for the Barbudan people than my government,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, January 6, 2020 1:19:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Climate Action ) : “We know and live the terrible reality of Climate Change,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 1, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “She has made a claim that a nurse informed her that the infants died in childbirth,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 30, 2019 2:45:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Dominica has sent a resounding message to the rest of the world. You have said to them, especially the powerful, that notwithstanding your small size, that you will not subject Dominica to hegemonistic control,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, December 20, 2019 6:02:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It provides a full registration even for those who are not registered at this point, so that they can be virtually brought on to the register,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, December 5, 2019 2:00:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “You know Sean Bird [spoke with] our chairman, the Honourable Chet Greene, just last week,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Lester Bird ) : “That is Sean Bird’s problem. That is Vere Bird III’s problem. They cannot accept the fact that the Bird’s are no longer running this country… and they want power at all costs,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “A calm end to violence and other disruptive activity is essential to ensuring that the general elections in Dominica are conducted in an atmosphere that is free and fair,” External link

htsstlucia Tuesday, November 26, 2019 5:02:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “A calm end to violence and other disruptive activity is essential to ensuring that the general elections in Dominica are conducted in an atmosphere that is free and fair,” External link

htsstlucia Tuesday, November 26, 2019 5:02:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “We would like the demands of both sides to be satisfied, but not at the expense of the advancement of Dominica. We are part of an Economic Union with free movement and, therefore, have a significant stake in the maintenance of peace and stability in DA, which could destabilise our small and fragile union,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, November 25, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Canada Place ) : “This is now easily the most impressive building on the island, hands down. There is no other office complex on the island that could actually challenge Canada Place,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, November 25, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “calm, an end to violence, and other disruptive activity are essential to ensuring that the general election in Dominica is conducted in an atmosphere free of fear” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 20, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne announced : “further tax incentives for contractors wishing to take the government up on their offer to construct homes” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, November 16, 2019 12:50:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “With the continuously rising demand for climate resilient homes, it is important for private contractors to be given equal opportunity to access the market. Under this new arrangement, we will extend the same concessions to the small contractors that are being offered to National Housing in the construction of the new homes. I believe that this method will lead to the empowerment of many Antiguans and Barbudan,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, November 16, 2019 12:50:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “Isaac Royall derived his wealth from the labour of persons he enslaved on a plantation in Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

thegrio Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “Reparation from Harvard would compensate for its development on the backs of our people,” “Reparation is not aid; it is not a gift; it is compensation to correct the injustices of the past and restore equity. Harvard should be in the forefront of this effort” External link

thegrio Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “He has acknowledged the veracity of our claim that Harvard Law School benefited from endowments funded from profits associated with the enslavement … at Royall Estate in Antigua, but he has failed to address the issue of reparations in a meaningful way,” “If they fail to engage meaningfully, we will be forced to pursue all legal remedies available to us to ensure … justice” External link

thegrio Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “We consider Harvard’s failure to acknowledge its obligations to Antigua and the stain it bears from benefiting from the blood of our people as shocking if not immoral,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “Reparation from Harvard would compensate for its development on the backs of our people,” “Reparation is not aid; it is not a gift; it is compensation to correct the injustices of the past and restore equity. Harvard should be in the forefront of this effort” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote ( about Harvard College ) : “Reparation from Harvard would compensate for its development on the backs of our people,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:54:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Harvard College ) : “He has acknowledged the veracity of our claim that Harvard Law School benefited from endowments funded from profits associated with the enslavement ... at Royall Estate in Antigua, but he has failed to address the issue of reparations in a meaningful way,” “If they fail to engage meaningfully, we will be forced to pursue all legal remedies available to us to ensure ... justice” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:54:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne asked : “And where you have that type of conflict, how do you reconcile that conflict?” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:33:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We have to make sure that we have a cadre of competent people and we may even create the space for members in the private sector as well to participate,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 1, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “Now clearly this matter has not been approved by the shareholder group as yet, but recognising that LIAT is in need of urgent money, I cannot see the existing shareholder governments refusing to have a capital call to ensure viability or survivability for that matter of LIAT in the first instance and ultimately its viability and sustainability,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 1, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “A condition of this new capital would be that there has to be cuts including a reduction in salary and wages…I’m pretty sure that there’ll be some changes even with the directorship of LIAT. We have to make sure that we have a cadre of competent people and we may even create the space for members in the private sector as well to participate,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne expressed : “I believe the debate should start as to the most appropriate day to celebrate National Heroes Day as a public holiday,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:45:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “I believe that the time has come for us to make National Heroes Day a holiday. An existing holiday should be designated as National Heroes Day. Maybe we could consider the first Monday of August when we celebrate our carnival and to designate that Monday as National Heroes Day because truth be told we are diminishing their contributions by not celebrating National Heroes Day as a public holiday,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:45:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “It is not to say that it is any big money. They pointed out that at South Mall he is collecting rent of $600,000-plus a year so, they can’t say that he cannot afford a transaction of $100,000-plus dollars,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, October 28, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Asot Michael ) : “When Aziz Hadeed was in government, he never gave up his interest in business; Asot Michael has a building that is being rented by the government, and no one making a big fuss about that. But when they see a black man making a few dollars they get vex,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, October 28, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I believe the matter would be better resolved if he would agree to be transferred into a different position,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Mary Robinson ) : “I would want to encourage Mr. Robinson,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It’s a racket…Many of them do not do any work. What kind of agricultural station they are guarding, and if they are not paying, then discontinue the service,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, October 24, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne outlined : “We saw a situation in which a particular company,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:04:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “One particular broker is responsible for over $3 million in losses. That is what we have uncovered so far,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:04:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It is very difficult to get a conviction based on certain circumstances and I am of the view that unless there is overwhelming evidence and individuals to corroborate what happened, then it is an exercise in futility,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, October 14, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Our reliance on fossil fuels will be reduced in the next 30 years,” “We’re trying, as a government, to transition to green energy applications. That, in itself, represents a risk for West Indies Oil Company” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:49:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Our reliance on fossil fuels will be reduced in the next 30 years,” “We’re trying, as a government, to transition to green energy applications. That, in itself, represents a risk for West Indies Oil Company” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 8, 2019 2:41:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Clearly, as the executive, we don’t have eyes and ears to be all over the country and having responsible citizens providing that type of surveillance is important and I want to commend those who literally brought it to the attention of the officials and also the quick action of the officials to stop them from destroying the environment,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, October 7, 2019 2:06:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I believe that it is incumbent upon us to call upon these individuals — these landlords who rent these properties to the government — to repair their properties and if they fail to do so we should give them notice and vacate those properties,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, October 2, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Why must we pay for someone else’s greenhouse gas emissions? Why should we carry the burden for their unsustainable growth model? Why should our existence be threatened while they live comfortably within their homes?” “We are small, peaceful states. We pose no threat to anyone, yet our very existence is threatened” External link

caycompass Tuesday, October 1, 2019 6:15:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live," External link

Stuff Sunday, September 29, 2019 11:56:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live,” External link

therepublic Sunday, September 29, 2019 11:41:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live,” External link

680news Sunday, September 29, 2019 11:17:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live," External link

startribune Sunday, September 29, 2019 11:12:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live,” External link

tribtown Sunday, September 29, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live," External link

beaumontenterprise Sunday, September 29, 2019 10:58:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live," External link

ABCnews Sunday, September 29, 2019 10:30:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Mehul Choksi is a crook and will be deported ultimately after he exhausts all his options,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, September 27, 2019 2:02:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "I can assure you that he will be ultimately deported after exhausting all his appeals. He will be extradited back to India to face whatever charges against him. It is just a matter of time" External link

outlookindia Friday, September 27, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : "They can come and if they wish to interview Choksi based on his willingness to participate, it has nothing to do with my government," External link

outlookindia Friday, September 27, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “You know we had the unfortunate situation where he was cleared by Indian officials as a person of good standing,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 27, 2019 12:31:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “However, I can say to you that we are not interested in having Mehul Choksi in Antigua and Barbuda, he really brings no value to the country” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 27, 2019 12:31:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “You know we had the unfortunate situation where he was cleared by Indian officials as a person of good standing,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “He would be repatriated and sent back to India to face charges as he brings no value to Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

expressindia Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “He would be repatriated and sent back to India to face charges as he brings no value to Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

financialexpress Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "His citizenship was processed; he got through but the reality is his citizenship will be revoked and he will be repatriated to India; so there is recourse. It's not a case that we are trying to provide any safe harbour for criminals, for those who are involved in financial crimes," External link

ibtimes-in Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:24:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : "Got subsequent information that Mehul Choksi is a crook, he does not add value to our country. He will be deported ultimately after he exhausts appeals. Indian officials are free to investigate based on his willingness to participate," External link

ibtimes-in Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:24:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “We are a country of laws, the matter is before the judiciary,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 26, 2019 8:13:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “We are a country of laws, the matter is before the judiciary,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:45:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : "I can assure you that he will be ultimately deported after exhausting all his appeals. He will be extradited back to India to face whatever charges against him. It is just a matter of time," External link

dnaindia Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:33:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : "They can come and if they wish to interview Choksi based on his willingness to participate, it has nothing to do with my government," External link

dnaindia Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:33:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : "Got subsequent information that Mehul Choksi is a crook, he does not add value to our country. He will be deported ultimately after he exhausts appeals. Indian officials are free to investigate based on his willingness to participate," External link

timesofindia Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:50:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : "Got subsequent information that Mehul Choksi is a crook, he does not add value to our country. He will be deported ultimately after he exhausts appeals. Indian officials are free to investigate based on his willingness to participate," External link

business-standard Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:23:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It seems as though there are some who are literally wishing the collapse of LIAT but they have to understand that LIAT is the fundamental institution to regional air travel and to the integration movement and I find that that type of reporting is very irresponsible. What they should be doing, they should be calling on all the stakeholders within the region to come together to ensure that LIAT is placed on the path of sustainability and viability but instead they continue undermine LIAT is a very important regional institution,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, September 23, 2019 1:30:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “Their interest goes beyond marijuana products or hemp products; they are also looking at the whole area of entertainment and leisure and one of the most exciting projects that they will establish within the next nine months is the establishment of an annual marijuana conference here in Antigua,” “It will be like the Davos of cannabis; it will take place on an annual basis and will bring stakeholders from throughout the globe for that matter right here on Antigua to discuss various opportunities within the industry. So, we are very excited about that. They are also interested in establishing a hotel accommodation property and they will be looking at a number of sites to determine suitability” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:46:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The big issue is that we have to contend with these storms year after year, becoming more frequent, more ferocious and we therefore have to pay great attention to building more resilient homes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 3, 2019 6:46:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Here we are saying to Republic Bank: ‘Okay you can take 60 percent and we will take 40 but we are paying 40 percent of what you pay Scotia’. They don’t want that. They want to have some kind of sophisticated evaluation, 10 times cash flow, so we have to pay four times the amount as though we can’t count,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, September 2, 2019 12:57:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It means that in order for our banks to command sustainable correspondent banking relations, they have to become bigger. There is almost a rule of thumb that in order to be banked for correspondent banking relations you must have at least one billion US dollars in assets, and even with a billion US dollars it does not quite guarantee you correspondent banking; but at least you stand a better chance at getting correspondent banking relations ,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, September 2, 2019 12:57:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “No court can tell us to whom we can license our spectrum, our national asset, so we are allowing for due process, we are allowing for a period of negotiation,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 30, 2019 2:26:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Digicel and Flow can jump high, they can jump low, but they have to share [the spectrum],” “It is either share or leave and we make no apologies about it [because the spectrum] is our asset. It does not belong to any court either” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 30, 2019 2:26:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We had started construction of what was supposed to be some temporary homes, but because of the timeline we don’t think that we are going to make the timeline by building the homes. So we have put the construction on pause and we are now purchasing containers, which should be here within the next six to eight weeks,” “We are building these container homes in Point on some land available in Bay Street and thereafter, as soon as we are finished assembling them, the moving process will start in earnest; although we will, in the interim, try to move out a few on individual parcels of land” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, August 26, 2019 2:33:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “a counter offer was made by Antigua” External link

nationnews Saturday, July 13, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I am not at liberty to discuss the details,” External link

nationnews Saturday, July 13, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “He said to me, ‘I wish if you guys within OECS would go for the purchase of Scotia’. He is quite sure that the pension fund in Bermuda would be happy to have a significant stake in the bank in the Caribbean,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I thought that was an excellent opportunity for the region, which would have helped us to have one major bank that would have branches in the diaspora to provide banking services to Caribbean people in the diaspora,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “He said to me I wish if you guys within OECS would go for the purchase of Scotia. He is quite sure that the pension fund in Bermuda would be happy to have a significant stake in the bank in the Caribbean,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 8, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I thought that was an excellent opportunity for the region which would have helped us to have one major bank that would have branches in the diaspora to provide banking services to Caribbean people in the diaspora,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 8, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I thought that was an excellent opportunity for the region which would have helped us to have one major bank that would have branches in the diaspora to provide banking services to Caribbean people in the diaspora,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We have to allow for due process. He has a matter before the court and as we said to the Indian government, criminals have fundamental rights, too, and Choksi has a right to go to court and defend his position. But I can assure you, after he has exhausted all of his legal options, he will be extradited” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:23:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "We have conveyed to the Indian government that criminals also have fundamental rights and Choksi has a right to go to court to defend his position. But I can assure you, after he has exhausted all of his legal options, he will be extradited," External link

outlookindia Tuesday, June 25, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : "Criminals have fundamental rights too, and Choksi has a right to go to court and defend his position. But I can assure you, after he has exhausted all of his legal options, he will be extradited," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Digicel and Flow can jump high, they can jump low, but they have to share [the spectrum],” “It is either share or leave and we make no apologies about it [because the spectrum] is our asset. It does not belong to any court either” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:20:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Sir Hilary called myself, and the Honourable Attorney General (Steadroy Benjamin) and he informed us that the members of the University Council have now unanimously approved the fourth landed campus for Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:16:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “My understanding now is that the chancellor will inform the various council members; he would then issue a formal statement to that effect and he will then mandate the university to establish an implementation committee,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:16:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The government has in the past said it would fund the university by a windfall tax on financial institutions and by diverting some funding to the prime minister's scholarship programme,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:16:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne says : “I have every confidence that St Vincent and the Grenadines will give a strong voice to the causes of small states in the Security Council…Antigua and Barbuda is proud of St Vincent and the Grenadines and we send our best wishes for a successful tenure on the Security Council and we assure you of our unstinting support” External link

abstvradio Friday, June 7, 2019 9:39:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Our domestic banks are so small that generally speaking they are not quite bankable for corresponding banking services,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 28, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The only how are banks are going to get to the stage where they are large enough is through inorganic growth, through acquisitions. So whereas the Canadian banks have signalled their intention to leave it is quite an opportunity for the local banks to build capacity and grow rapidly so that they can become more resilient,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 28, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “But you have certain individuals, certain members of the council who turned the issue into a political issue. It ought not to be a political issue. For the last 18 months we have been negotiating with UWI to establish the fourth landed campus here,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The technical committee of the university approved our university plan. Unfortunately, you have some politics that is taking root now with some of the campus countries – if I may call them that – expressing concerns. They have all kind of fears. They have all kind of innuendoes and subterfuge they now bring to the fore,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We are giving the staff options. The right to . . . taking the severance and continue to work, take the severance and leave, or if they wish to commute their service. The employee must have that right. It’s his labour; it is his fundamental right to determine for whom he works,” External link

nationnews Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We are extremely pleased to have come to an agreement with our very valued partner. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship that will bring even greater prosperity to our people,” External link

nationnews Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We are giving the staff options, the right to exercise options of taking the severance and continue to work, take the severance and leave or if they wish to commute their service. The employee must have that right. It’s his labour, it is his fundamental right to determine for whom he works,” External link

nationnews Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told ( about Petroleos de Venezuela ) : “That is certainly a decision we abhor, we believe that sanctions kill and whereas the United States may be seeking to force regime change, the reality is they are bringing extreme poverty and hardships to innocent people in Cuba, in Venezuela,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:41:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We are giving the staff options, the right to exercise options of taking the severance and continue to work, take the severance and leave or if they wish to commute their service. The employee must have that right. It's his labour, it is his fundamental right to determine for whom he works,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 3, 2019 12:41:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “Inasmuch as we have no such legal responsibility, we have undertaken to build them back, but it is going to take some time,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, April 1, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The Caribbean Development Bank did a study some time last year in which they concluded that the most expensive option to pursue is to allow LIAT to collapse because we would have to form a new entity. That is just more expensive than having a restructuring of LIAT,” External link

nationnews Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:03:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “There is a need for us to have a model of shared burden, recognising that from time to time LIAT would need some level of support. We have recognised that LIAT is making a significant contribution, not only in terms of the connectivity of people within the region, but even the airport taxes, the landing charges and so on that are earned by the various governments,” “Even if LIAT was to collapse, LIAT would have to be replaced. We must be in a position to move people within the region. So If LIAT collapses you will have to re-invent it,” External link

nationnews Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:03:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “If you have such an important institution, labor institution, and its members are lethargic, they themselves are helping to entrench a lethargic culture within the country,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 29, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “By the start of the new school year for sure, all of the secondary schools will be outfitted with the necessary infrastructure and the increased broadband so they can do their exams online,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:59:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Already we have a third broadband supplier that is offering the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) 10 gigs at a cost of US $20,000 or $22,000 somewhere around there, so APUA will be able to buy cheaper by bypassing Cable and Wireless or Flow and get it a little cheaper, so that we can have greater capacity. And by having greater capacity at APUA, it means that we could better equip the schools. So rather than them having 20 megs they can probably have 100 megs” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:59:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The Minister was forewarned. He was told in Cabinet that in the event that this paper was to be released and, based on the language that was used in a way which it ridiculed the Prime Minister, ‘it may have consequences for you’,” “We were surprised that one [of the papers that was retracted by the Education Minister] was eventually leaked” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 26, 2019 3:00:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Well, no, I am not aware of that but I have no objections to meeting with anyone. If it is they are on the agenda and there is a meeting scheduled I will meet with them,” “Even if there isn’t one scheduled, I would meet with them” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 26, 2019 3:00:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Where they need to apply the pressure is with the public servants who are preparing the vouchers…. get them to Treasury and we’ll pay” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 26, 2019 3:00:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The position that I took, which was not specific to Carnival, I spoke about the industry structure and the exploitation that would have taken place over the decade. It is a position of fact and I reiterated my position last week,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 25, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It is evident that a rational discussion took place on Friday. The temperature has been cooled and, clearly, they [Carnival] were reacting to the fact that we are pushing for an increase in the head tax, and they were concerned about an exclusivity clause in the agreement – which will be addressed,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 25, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We now have a trade deficit with the U.S. of almost $500 million annually. The social programs that are being funded have been severely undermined. These along with the hardships of the sanctions on the Venezuela people are among the consequences of the sanctions,” External link

haitian-truth Sunday, March 24, 2019 2:01:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I remain hopeful that the talks will result in a win for all stakeholders,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 18, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The reality is that a failed LIAT will have monumental consequences for Antigua and Barbuda. Whereas other countries are in a position to hold LIAT at ransom, in terms of putting in funds, we have no choice. We have to continue to support LIAT,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 18, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “This means well for us …we have had a common history; a history of colonialism and slavery and we have similar cultures and we have even had cultural exchanges over the decades,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 18, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne ajouté : "Barbuda n'avait pas la moindre chance face à (un ouragan) d'une telle taille, d'une telle férocité, d'une telle intensité" External link

la1ere Saturday, September 23, 2017 9:45:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne dijo : "Barbuda no tenía la menor chance frente a un huracán de este tamaño, de esta ferocidad, de esta intensidad" External link

teletica Friday, September 22, 2017 11:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne ajouté : "Barbuda n'avait pas la moindre chance face à (un ouragan) d'une telle taille, d'une telle férocité, d'une telle intensité" External link

rtl-BE Friday, September 22, 2017 10:25:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne déclaré : "Chaque Floridien devra faire le maximum pour protéger sa famille. Les biens peuvent être remplacés, pas votre famille, c'est sérieux, on ne peut pas prendre de risque. Ce n'est pas une tempête qu'on attend en restant assis" External link

francetvinfo Friday, September 8, 2017 1:06:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne disse : "A ilha está literalmente debaixo d'água" External link

noticias-r7 Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:29:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne řekl : "Přiletěli jsme na Barbudu a viděli jsme naprostou zkázu. Nikdy jsem necítil takový zmar," External link

ceskenoviny-en Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:22:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne uvedl : "Zatím máme nicméně informace pouze o jednom mrtvém," External link

ceskenoviny-en Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:22:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne disse : "Por enquanto temos apenas registo de uma morte" External link

jn Thursday, September 7, 2017 10:26:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne uvedl : "Zatím máme nicméně informace pouze o jednom mrtvém," External link

ceskenoviny-en Thursday, September 7, 2017 7:16:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne disse : "Por enquanto temos apenas registo de uma morte" External link

cmjornal Thursday, September 7, 2017 6:14:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne disse : "Por enquanto temos apenas registo de uma morte" External link

cmjornal Thursday, September 7, 2017 6:14:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne declaró : “Nos concentraremos en convertir nuestro capital humano en personas capaces de competir a escala internacional y de ser el motor del crecimiento y el desarrollo social de nuestro país” External link

caribseek Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:38:00 AM EAT



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Ralph Gonsalves added ( about Gaston Browne ) : “We’ll see what assets there are and see what’s the best we can make of these things in the short term, while persons gather steam, to see if they will have another airline. I see my brother Gaston [Browne] is interested in something continuing with the name LIAT…but I have to begin to think about moving people tomorrow morning,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, June 29, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Harold Lovell said ( about Gaston Browne ) : “the Party is unwilling to continue exposing its leaders and its reputation to the unabated disrespect and disparagement of Prime Minister Gaston Browne, the Chairman of the ERC” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Randeep Surjewala told ( about Gaston Browne ) : "I think, the Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne has squarely indicted the BJP government for protecting those who have committed fraud and theft of public money, people like Mehul Choksi. He (Browne) said and I quote 'we got flawed information. The Indian officials have to take responsibility for that situation'," External link

news18 Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:12:00 PM EAT

Harold Lovell said ( about Gaston Browne ) : “I do not believe that there is any one way to negotiate, there’s no one way to be aggressive and there’s no one way you should be soft. You have to be effective and sometimes they say honey is better than vinegar to achieve what you want to achieve. Sometimes you have to be aggressive, but what the Prime Minister has done … is really for the benefit of his ego and not for the benefit of the people of Antigua and Barbuda,” “And because of that he has ended up with a lose-lose situation where the Bank of Nova Scotia, they have threatened to close the bank if the government refuses to issue the vesting order. At the same time Republic Financial Holdings do not appear to have any appetite to do business with the Gaston Browne administration,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, August 26, 2019 2:33:00 PM EAT

Harold Lovell said ( about Gaston Browne ) : “I do not believe that there is any one way to negotiate, there’s no one way to be aggressive and there’s no one way you should be soft. You have to be effective and sometimes they say honey is better than vinegar to achieve what you want to achieve. Sometimes you have to be aggressive, but what the Prime Minister has done … is really for the benefit of his ego and not for the benefit of the people of Antigua and Barbuda,” “And because of that he has ended up with a lose-lose situation where the Bank of Nova Scotia, they have threatened to close the bank if the government refuses to issue the vesting order. At the same time Republic Financial Holdings do not appear to have any appetite to do business with the Gaston Browne administration,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, August 26, 2019 2:33:00 PM EAT

Ronald Sanders said ( about Gaston Browne ) : “They are in keeping with the policies of the Gaston Browne administration to maintain friendly and cooperative relations with as many nations as possible and to abolish the requirements for visas for tourism, business and investment” External link

sunstkitts Thursday, July 25, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Charles Fernandez said ( about Gaston Browne ) : “Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne and my Cabinet colleagues must be commended for their constant support and assistance in getting us to this stage. The teams from the Ministry of Tourism, the Antigua Port Authority and the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Ambassador Gilbert Boustany all worked tirelessly in the interest of getting the best deal for Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

abstvradio Wednesday, May 29, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Ralph Gonsalves said ( about Gaston Browne ) : “He (PM Browne) gave some elements of his program and said that within the month, he will put it in writing and the shareholders will give a serious consideration,” External link

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Gaston Browne said : “So there are some prospects that the administrator is pursuing and we believe that ultimately on the basis that the administrator is successful in getting the cooperation of creditors LIAT will be reorganised and be back in the air and take its pole position,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:41:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Whereas LIAT is on life support as far as we are concerned…what is required is reorganisation and to bring LIAT back to good health and so far some progress has been made, but the situation remains somewhat tenuous (and) again all depends on the negotiations, how successful the negotiations with our creditors go and that will determine whether or not we will be able to reorganise it,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:41:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Most recently, when appointed by Barbados as the chairman of LIAT, he evinced his commitment to the future of our regional air carrier. He encouraged me to fight on to save LIAT from liquidation, embracing it as a regional institution that was worthy of a future,” “When I spoke with him last, from my Cabinet meeting room, he congratulated the shareholder governments for making the compromise that has led to LIAT’s re-organisation” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, July 28, 2020 11:33:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “What that will do, that will help to literally eliminate the debt from LIAT’s books for those planes, and in addition, the proceeds will be utilised to pay down the loan, even though there would be a residual value. The governments will continue to make payments on the residual value after the proceeds of the planes are applied to the loans at the Caribbean Development Bank,” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, July 26, 2020 3:23:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne indicated : “some form of balance and at the same time come up with an operational plan, which will see a very lean LIAT, especially during this period of COVID-19” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The interventions were heard and we came to the consensus that we should sell the three planes that are owned by LIAT and charged to the Caribbean Development Bank” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “What that will do, that will help to literally eliminate the debt from LIAT’s books for those planes, and, in addition, the proceeds will be utilized to pay down the loan, even though there would be a residual value. The governments will continue to make payment on the residual value after the proceeds of the planes are applied to the loans at the Caribbean Development Bank,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, July 22, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Even though there will be a residual value the governments will continue to make payments on the residual value after the proceeds of the planes is applied to the loans at CDB,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, July 21, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “One of the reasons why I thought that the matter was being handled by the police is because one of the Customs brokers who allegedly was involved in defrauding Customs… was arrested by the police, but he was arrested on a different matter,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne declared : “It will fly again, even if it’s one plane,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:02:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Antigua and Barbuda will be forced to take defensive measures in order to protect the interest of all stakeholders to include the staff at LIAT and other creditors” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, July 21, 2020 11:02:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “In the likely or unlikely event that those discussions fail, Antigua and Barbuda will have no choice but to move immediately to take defensive action to protect LIAT from any brutish aggression to destroy it,” External link

guyanachronicle Tuesday, July 21, 2020 4:58:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : ”Subsequently, we have been given notice as well for a second meeting to take place on the 31st of July for shareholders to come together again with the purpose of winding up LIAT,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, July 19, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “In the likely or unlikely event that those discussions fail, Antigua and Barbuda will have no choice but to move immediately to take defensive action to protect LIAT from any brutish aggression to destroy it,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, July 19, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Ralph Gonsalves ) : “Even though our request for a meeting last Monday represented a reorganization effort, that meeting was denied on the basis, I was told by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, that the Prime Minister of Barbados indicated that she had no interest in our reorganization plan,” “I’m also told that even though there is a meeting scheduled for Monday, that she still has no interest in any reorganization plan, but I still remain hopeful that I’ll be able to convince her otherwise” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, July 19, 2020 2:12:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : ”Subsequently, we have been given notice as well for a second meeting to take place on the 31st of July for shareholders to come together again with the purpose of winding up LIAT,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, July 19, 2020 2:12:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “In the likely or unlikely event that those discussions fail, Antigua and Barbuda will have no choice but to move immediately to take defensive action to protect LIAT from any brutish aggression to destroy it,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, July 19, 2020 2:12:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “Covid would have actually, let’s say increased the losses exponentially, so whereas in all of 2019 LIAT made a loss of about EC$12 million, that was within the means of the shareholder governments to subsidise,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:53:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “So I just hope that we are not going to have countries within the region opportunistically fighting us to get the headquarters in their country to displace Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:53:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “As we collapse these institutions, we collapse the integration movement,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, July 4, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We have to protect the image of the country,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, July 3, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “The type of impudence we have seen — let me call his name — from Deputy Commissioner Wade, is extremely egregious and I think it’s a matter of national security to the extent that I don’t wish to go any further,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, July 3, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne announced : "From all indication, LIAT will be liquidated," External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne announced : "From all indication, LIAT will be liquidated," External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Antigua and Barbuda’s position is that, whereas we recognise that the four shareholding governments cannot carry LIAT presently…the losses would have increased exponentially, which means that LIAT – which was always in a very precarious position – is literally now inviable. A decision will have to be made potentially to collapse it and then maybe, countries within the region will have to come together to form a new entity,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, June 29, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “we have also had a situation too, in which several of the guests who actually had tested positive for Covid, what they did is that they changed their flights and they returned to the United States the following day even though they were placed in isolation,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, June 29, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne announced : “From all indication, LIAT will be liquidated,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “COVID would have actually, let’s say increased the losses exponentially, so whereas in all of 2019 LIAT made a loss of about EC$12 million, that was within the means of the shareholder governments to subsidize,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “A decision will have to be made to collapse it and then maybe the countries within the region will have to come together to form a new entity,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “What I’m hoping that we do not have going forward with the new entity, is any squabble over the location of the headquarters,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “So I just hope that we are not going to have countries within the region opportunistically fighting us to get the headquarters in their country to displace Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “And these creditors, including the staff of LIAT, have to understand that there will have to be some level of cooperation to include possibly some cuts on their liabilities in order to facilitate the creation of a new, viable and sustainable entity,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “LIAT only owns three planes and those planes are charged to the Caribbean Development Bank, so clearly they have a superior claim and after they would have covered their claim there will be hardly any assets available to liquidate severance and other liabilities to staff and other creditors, so there has to be a negotiated position,” “The governments won’t be bandits and just walk away from the staff, they will have to pay some form of compassionate payments to assist them. But they have to understand that they are legally vulnerable and that they have to look at the bigger picture and to cooperate, not to become litigious and to prevent the creation of a new LIAT” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “And that is why you need this level of creditor cooperation in order to ensure that we can form a new entity,” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Let’s face it, it’s going to be a right-sized entity. You are going to have significant job losses, there’s no doubt about it. Hundreds of people are going to lose their work, it is inescapable” “But if you are going to have a new entity that is scaled down, that is viable, that is efficient, that can meet the connectivity needs of the Caribbean people, then clearly that has to be the option that we pursue” External link

guyanachronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Everyone who enters Antigua and Barbuda, including returning nationals, to live within communities with relatives and friends, with no exception, will be tested and will be quarantined mandatorily,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “No one is exempt from them now, nor will they be at any time in the future. That includes me, every Government minister, the governor general; simply put, everyone who enters the country from abroad will be tested and quarantined or isolated as appropriate while this pandemic continues. We are learning from experience,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “After the widest consultation with various sectors of the society, including local businesses, the hotel sector and trade unions, we decided to reopen the border,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “I have no doubt that at the end of the day there will always be a LIAT, even if it is not in its present form,” External link

nowgrenada Friday, June 26, 2020 9:28:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne declared : “no one is exempt from them now, nor will they be at any time in the future … everyone who enters the country from abroad will be tested and quarantined or isolated as appropriate while this pandemic continues” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, June 26, 2020 11:13:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The remaining individuals are in hotel properties which are equipped with facilities to isolate, monitor and treat these individuals who tested positive for Covid. The staff at these hotels are also fully trained to deal with such guests who will not be allowed to venture outside of the hotel’s compound and who will also be under constant medical surveillance,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, June 26, 2020 11:13:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Each Antiguan and Barbudan should exercise a heightened level of vigilance and personal responsibility to avoid local transmission from these imported cases that will occur, from time to time,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We think that this is extremely unfortunate…that for over 30 years we have been utilising Cuban specialists, Cuban nurses and doctors to augment our health facilities. In fact, Cuban nurses and doctors are a significant part of the health infrastructure of many Caribbean countries and if they were to force us to get rid of these Cuban professionals, then they will dismantle our health system,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 22, 2020 9:43:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I just hope that the embassy in Barbados, in particular, will take up this issue with the State Department to let them know that this kind of policy is going to create a problem for Caribbean countries and undermine the good relations we enjoy with the United States,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 22, 2020 9:43:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne disclosed : “former Stanford site where he had the Pavilion restaurant,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, June 22, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I want to take this constituency forward. As a matter of fact, I was very embarrassed lately, and it happens very often, when [it was] mentioned that you know where you can recognise if Columbus comes back, and that’s St Phillip’s North. And it’s an indictment on the person who has been there for over four decades. That will have to change, and so I am putting myself forward to make sure that we change that and change that in a major way,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:08:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “It may not shoot up to 100 percent because we moved quickly to re-open, but I’m pretty sure that our debt to GDP ratio now will be 80-something percent and even the debt service ratio will increase,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, June 15, 2020 11:59:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “My attempts have been in vain. Your relationship with your staff in the ministry is toxic, and a continuous decline is evident from the reports that have reached me. The relationship with the farmers is also toxic and deteriorating further,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 16, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “This is what will help us to manage both the health and economic situation associated with Covid and as you know it requires restricting certain personal freedoms, [and] civil liberties of our people,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, May 15, 2020 1:19:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “If the international community cannot assist us at a time when we are seeing the worst crisis, when are they going to assist us? When are they going to be able to assist these micro-states?” “Forcing us to carry high debt loads and then to find monies to stimulate and to stabilize, [will mean] we are not going to be able to achieve the SDGs” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, May 11, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I believe that they are actually close to the period for quarantine or isolation and I believe they will be back into the domestic community very shortly with the exception of the youngster,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, May 4, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It has nothing to do with us” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 11:36:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I know some people are anxious to see increased testing. Unfortunately, we have had to send samples to CARPHA and we have a limited amount to send on a weekly basis. That is why we have had to follow the protocols that are established by PAHO to determine who gets tested,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, April 28, 2020 1:44:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne remarked ( about Harold Lovell ) : “They are making a call for us to put all political parties on the steering committee…what utter nonsense. Now we have several sub-committees so that if they have individuals within the party; if Harold Lovell himself or any other within the party wish to serve on the various sub-committees which we will establish, they will have an opportunity so to serve,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Protecting lives and preserving livelihoods is the balance we are seeking to create. Therefore, preserving public sector jobs is an imperative,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, April 24, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It is estimated that we may raise about 25 of the 80 million dollars that we were projected to raise for the month. That means the government will have to borrow even to pay salaries and wages,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, April 20, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Up until now there is no rescue plan for the Caribbean and we need a rescue plan. This is not a situation where we are trying to ask for assistance conveniently. It is an absolute necessity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 19, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “We find it astonishing that this program, which has helped to deliver good healthcare services to our people, is conveniently characterized by others as human trafficking,” External link

repeatingislands Saturday, April 18, 2020 6:45:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “We also draw to your attention that, apart from the huge, sudden and unbudgeted costs with which my Government and other Caribbean governments are confronting to tackle COVID-19 in our countries, we are also beleaguered by an unexpected economic decline that has already stripped us of more than 20 per cent of our GDP [gross domestic product] in some cases and the certain prospect of further and prolonged deterioration,” External link

sunstkitts Saturday, April 11, 2020 8:12:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “In the region’s already precarious state, the effects of a hurricane would be beyond catastrophic,” External link

sunstkitts Saturday, April 11, 2020 8:12:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “This is to caution our people to continue to respect the protocols of personal hygiene etiquette, social distancing, quarantining and isolation as appropriate,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, April 4, 2020 1:58:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “Several of our countries are highly tourism-dependent. The stoppage of airlines and cruise ships has devastated our tourism industry. Hotels and other tourism facilities have been forced to close because of a loss of business as well as domestic measures to try to contain COVID-19 and to arrest its spread. The effect of this is a significant and unsustainable drop in government revenues, including foreign exchange, occurring simultaneously with demands for increased government spending to institute new health facilities and to provide such assistance as possible to families whose only money earner has been laid-off,” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 3, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We are also mindful that the Caribbean region is now two months away from the annual hurricane season, predicted this year to be above average with 16 named storms of which 7 will be hurricanes: 3 to 4 being major ones. In the region’s already precarious state, the effects of a hurricane would be beyond catastrophic” External link

guyanachronicle Friday, April 3, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “We also draw to your attention that, apart from the huge, sudden and unbudgeted costs with which my Government and other Caribbean governments are confronting to tackle COVID-19 in our countries, we are also beleaguered by an unexpected economic decline that has already stripped us of more than 20 per cent of our GDP [gross domestic product] in some cases and the certain prospect of further and prolonged deterioration,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “In the region's already precarious state, the effects of a hurricane would be beyond catastrophic,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “There is no way that… we could adequately treat the numbers of individuals who would become critically ill …. The reality is, we do not have enough ventilators,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We have to go the extra mile to protect the population because we do not have the capacity to treat a large number of individuals,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:19:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne concluded : “More drastic action must be taken to contain the virus,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:25:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne concluded : “More drastic action must be taken to contain the virus,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:18:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “For example a tyre repair shop, that ordinarily may not be considered an essential service… provided that there is no large gathering, we expect them to continue to operate just in case someone has an emergency,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:18:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Given the highly contagious nature of the virus, and the pattern elsewhere in the world, I expect that we will experience further community spread and contagion. That too is inescapable,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 27, 2020 4:32:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “A word to the wise is sufficient,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:55:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “All Antiguans and Barbudans should stay put. None of us should be travelling at this point unless it is critical. Within the public sector, we have a ban on travel at this time and it will be extended to include all travel,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 16, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne announced ( about British ) : “It is my unfortunate duty to advise you that our country has recorded our first confirmation of someone who has contracted the coronavirus,” “On March 10, a passenger arrived from the United Kingdom aboard a British Airways plane, went directly to her mother’s home and on March 11 she visited a private medical facility. We took the required samples and sent them to CARPHA [Caribbean Public Health Agency]. The following day, the positive results of the test were returned to Antigua and Barbuda” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 14, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Most of the damage has been done out of fear,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “It has been promoted globally that if you contract COVID-19, that it is an automatic death sentence. It is not,” “So there has to be a re-calibration of that narrative and for people to look at the issue responsibly and intelligently” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne responded : “I sent back a message to tell [the judge] that I am not giving any such undertaking. So if they want to put me in jail, put me in jail,” “I just want to signal my public disgust with that type of consideration,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “All they are going to do is to destroy the effectiveness of NAMCO,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne argued : “We’re not saying that we’re not [going to pay], but we need time. We have other creditors. We have lots of contractors who worked for the government over the years who have not been paid,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “I believe that we should be developing our people to the extent that these banks should be managed by Antiguans and Barbudans,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I take objection to domestic banks in particular, bringing in people, even from within the sub-region, to manage our banks,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I cannot understand that 20-something years later that we are struggling to find a local bank manager to manage our banks. I mean, there is some level of retrogression within that space,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne announced : “We have extended the opportunity for you to identify a number of young, bright people in this bank and other local banks who you can fast-track through the system” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It’s all part of developing your human resource capabilities so that you can deliver a better service,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “It was a sensible transaction, to save money, to save jobs that we could have transitioned the bank from a loss-making institution into a profit-making one. And, it has worked,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Our investment into the Caribbean Union Bank was done with the understanding that there would be consistent returns for the government and the people of Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “So, I just want you all to know that you have a prime minister that is working for his money. I’m not here to loaf. I’m here to perform,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “If you give these written reports from the onset, and you say that the project cannot happen, because you have these concerns, what if the environmentalist is wrong?” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, March 5, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne asserted : “It is not for the technicians to make decisions. Politicians make decisions. The executive, we make the decisions,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, March 5, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “We’re not being dictatorial here. We’re not asking them not to be professional or for them to make any decision to satisfy any outcome of any politician. But if they are going to exercise that kind of authority in which they can stop projects on their own, they are making us redundant,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, March 5, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We will be going to Parliament in about two weeks and we’re going to change the law and give that authority to central government. I believe, too, they have the authority for subleases. We’re going to change it and give it to the central government,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, March 4, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “These people are taking some level [of] risk, of course. Even to build on Barbuda is a risk because Barbuda is a low-lying island,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, March 4, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “It is the primarily [sic] reason why Barbudans are significantly shorter than they were decades ago, and is the cause of the health problems among some,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:10:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Where there is collusion, fire them,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, February 12, 2020 3:25:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “We’ve noticed that the individuals at solid waste that perhaps they have not been paying attention,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, February 12, 2020 3:25:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Maybe too, the time has come to cut down the six days and give them three days and rotate them to get better value for money,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, February 12, 2020 3:25:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “How could a man be paid $1.4 million to collect dead dogs – to quote him – in this country, during a seven-year period? How could that happen? There are times when he said that he added some debris, but we do not know that to be the case,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, February 11, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne noted : “a global health emergency is also defined by the WHO as a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ and as ‘an extraordinary event’ that is ‘serious’” External link

thedailyherald Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The concern shown by China for the rest of the world is highly commendable,” External link

thedailyherald Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “Now we have to have a discussion with the staff to determine whether or not they would want some collective ownership in the company going forward, or if we will have to pay them out or maybe a combination of both. I mean I don’t know what the liability is, I’m just speaking hypothetically,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The concern shown by China for the rest of the world is highly commendable” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 31, 2020 7:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “When the Chinese give a loan of two percent interest, which ordinarily we would have to borrow at seven or eight percent, they are [essentially] providing a subsidy on the interest [amounting to] six percent for 20 years,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Out of an abundance of caution, we have chosen not to go with Huawei,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne responded : “The People’s Republic of China has never approached us to take any action against the United States or any other country for that matter,” “This idea about security threats of China as a result of them helping countries to build capacity, I really cannot see the rationale in that type of thinking,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I express on behalf of our government and our people, our gratitude to those countries that have contributed, through loans, grants and technical assistance, to our economic and social advancement. Among these countries are the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Cuba, Japan, the Russian Federation, Venezuela, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, the Republic of Korea, India, New Zealand, the United States,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 27, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I am honour-bound to thank especially the People’s Republic of China because of its responsiveness to our needs, and the extent of its contribution to almost all sectors of our economy and social development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 27, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Other economies that grew at a much slower rate, and are much smaller than ours, had tax to GDP ratios above the Currency Union average of 20 percent and some even collected more revenues than we did in nominal terms,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Such behavior is unfair and unjust,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “My attempts have been in vain. Your relationship with your staff in the Ministry is toxic, and a continuous decline is evident from the reports that have reached me. The relationship with the farmers is also toxic and deteriorating further,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:43:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “History will absolve us because I don’t think there is any government in the history of Antigua and Barbuda that would have done more for the Barbudan people than my government,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, January 10, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I don’t think there could be any better candidate,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, January 10, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “I do accept that if we lose the revenue, it will create some difficulties. And, maybe under those circumstances, we will be forced to maybe downsize, which is something that we’re totally against. But, provided that those revenues remain viable and consistent, we’re going to utilise them to cover our expenditure,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, January 8, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “You would recognise there will be a new chairman. In fact, former prime minister of Barbados Owen Arthur, he will take over as the new chairman of LIAT,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Owen Arthur ) : “Owen Arthur would have spent a large amount of his prime ministerial equity ensuring the survival of LIAT, and now that it is at the crossroads again, I think that Owen is the right person to lead LIAT out of these difficulties,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We have come to a consensus on the way forward, so a lot of the differences that existed we've been able to resolve them, and I believe LIAT has a very bright future ahead of it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I don’t think there could be any better candidate,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, January 6, 2020 1:19:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “History will absolve us because I don’t think there is any government in the history of Antigua and Barbuda that would have done more for the Barbudan people than my government,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, January 6, 2020 1:19:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Climate Action ) : “We know and live the terrible reality of Climate Change,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 1, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “She has made a claim that a nurse informed her that the infants died in childbirth,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 30, 2019 2:45:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Dominica has sent a resounding message to the rest of the world. You have said to them, especially the powerful, that notwithstanding your small size, that you will not subject Dominica to hegemonistic control,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, December 20, 2019 6:02:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It provides a full registration even for those who are not registered at this point, so that they can be virtually brought on to the register,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, December 5, 2019 2:00:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “You know Sean Bird [spoke with] our chairman, the Honourable Chet Greene, just last week,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Lester Bird ) : “That is Sean Bird’s problem. That is Vere Bird III’s problem. They cannot accept the fact that the Bird’s are no longer running this country… and they want power at all costs,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “A calm end to violence and other disruptive activity is essential to ensuring that the general elections in Dominica are conducted in an atmosphere that is free and fair,” External link

htsstlucia Tuesday, November 26, 2019 5:02:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “A calm end to violence and other disruptive activity is essential to ensuring that the general elections in Dominica are conducted in an atmosphere that is free and fair,” External link

htsstlucia Tuesday, November 26, 2019 5:02:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “We would like the demands of both sides to be satisfied, but not at the expense of the advancement of Dominica. We are part of an Economic Union with free movement and, therefore, have a significant stake in the maintenance of peace and stability in DA, which could destabilise our small and fragile union,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, November 25, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Canada Place ) : “This is now easily the most impressive building on the island, hands down. There is no other office complex on the island that could actually challenge Canada Place,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, November 25, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “calm, an end to violence, and other disruptive activity are essential to ensuring that the general election in Dominica is conducted in an atmosphere free of fear” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 20, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne announced : “further tax incentives for contractors wishing to take the government up on their offer to construct homes” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, November 16, 2019 12:50:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “With the continuously rising demand for climate resilient homes, it is important for private contractors to be given equal opportunity to access the market. Under this new arrangement, we will extend the same concessions to the small contractors that are being offered to National Housing in the construction of the new homes. I believe that this method will lead to the empowerment of many Antiguans and Barbudan,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, November 16, 2019 12:50:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “Isaac Royall derived his wealth from the labour of persons he enslaved on a plantation in Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

thegrio Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “Reparation from Harvard would compensate for its development on the backs of our people,” “Reparation is not aid; it is not a gift; it is compensation to correct the injustices of the past and restore equity. Harvard should be in the forefront of this effort” External link

thegrio Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “He has acknowledged the veracity of our claim that Harvard Law School benefited from endowments funded from profits associated with the enslavement … at Royall Estate in Antigua, but he has failed to address the issue of reparations in a meaningful way,” “If they fail to engage meaningfully, we will be forced to pursue all legal remedies available to us to ensure … justice” External link

thegrio Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “We consider Harvard’s failure to acknowledge its obligations to Antigua and the stain it bears from benefiting from the blood of our people as shocking if not immoral,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote : “Reparation from Harvard would compensate for its development on the backs of our people,” “Reparation is not aid; it is not a gift; it is compensation to correct the injustices of the past and restore equity. Harvard should be in the forefront of this effort” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne wrote ( about Harvard College ) : “Reparation from Harvard would compensate for its development on the backs of our people,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:54:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Harvard College ) : “He has acknowledged the veracity of our claim that Harvard Law School benefited from endowments funded from profits associated with the enslavement ... at Royall Estate in Antigua, but he has failed to address the issue of reparations in a meaningful way,” “If they fail to engage meaningfully, we will be forced to pursue all legal remedies available to us to ensure ... justice” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:54:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne asked : “And where you have that type of conflict, how do you reconcile that conflict?” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:33:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We have to make sure that we have a cadre of competent people and we may even create the space for members in the private sector as well to participate,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 1, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “Now clearly this matter has not been approved by the shareholder group as yet, but recognising that LIAT is in need of urgent money, I cannot see the existing shareholder governments refusing to have a capital call to ensure viability or survivability for that matter of LIAT in the first instance and ultimately its viability and sustainability,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 1, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “A condition of this new capital would be that there has to be cuts including a reduction in salary and wages…I’m pretty sure that there’ll be some changes even with the directorship of LIAT. We have to make sure that we have a cadre of competent people and we may even create the space for members in the private sector as well to participate,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne expressed : “I believe the debate should start as to the most appropriate day to celebrate National Heroes Day as a public holiday,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:45:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “I believe that the time has come for us to make National Heroes Day a holiday. An existing holiday should be designated as National Heroes Day. Maybe we could consider the first Monday of August when we celebrate our carnival and to designate that Monday as National Heroes Day because truth be told we are diminishing their contributions by not celebrating National Heroes Day as a public holiday,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:45:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “It is not to say that it is any big money. They pointed out that at South Mall he is collecting rent of $600,000-plus a year so, they can’t say that he cannot afford a transaction of $100,000-plus dollars,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, October 28, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Asot Michael ) : “When Aziz Hadeed was in government, he never gave up his interest in business; Asot Michael has a building that is being rented by the government, and no one making a big fuss about that. But when they see a black man making a few dollars they get vex,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, October 28, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I believe the matter would be better resolved if he would agree to be transferred into a different position,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said ( about Mary Robinson ) : “I would want to encourage Mr. Robinson,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It’s a racket…Many of them do not do any work. What kind of agricultural station they are guarding, and if they are not paying, then discontinue the service,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, October 24, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne outlined : “We saw a situation in which a particular company,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:04:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “One particular broker is responsible for over $3 million in losses. That is what we have uncovered so far,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:04:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It is very difficult to get a conviction based on certain circumstances and I am of the view that unless there is overwhelming evidence and individuals to corroborate what happened, then it is an exercise in futility,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, October 14, 2019 12:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Our reliance on fossil fuels will be reduced in the next 30 years,” “We’re trying, as a government, to transition to green energy applications. That, in itself, represents a risk for West Indies Oil Company” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:49:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Our reliance on fossil fuels will be reduced in the next 30 years,” “We’re trying, as a government, to transition to green energy applications. That, in itself, represents a risk for West Indies Oil Company” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 8, 2019 2:41:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Clearly, as the executive, we don’t have eyes and ears to be all over the country and having responsible citizens providing that type of surveillance is important and I want to commend those who literally brought it to the attention of the officials and also the quick action of the officials to stop them from destroying the environment,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, October 7, 2019 2:06:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I believe that it is incumbent upon us to call upon these individuals — these landlords who rent these properties to the government — to repair their properties and if they fail to do so we should give them notice and vacate those properties,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, October 2, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Why must we pay for someone else’s greenhouse gas emissions? Why should we carry the burden for their unsustainable growth model? Why should our existence be threatened while they live comfortably within their homes?” “We are small, peaceful states. We pose no threat to anyone, yet our very existence is threatened” External link

caycompass Tuesday, October 1, 2019 6:15:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live," External link

Stuff Sunday, September 29, 2019 11:56:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live,” External link

therepublic Sunday, September 29, 2019 11:41:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live,” External link

680news Sunday, September 29, 2019 11:17:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live," External link

startribune Sunday, September 29, 2019 11:12:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live,” External link

tribtown Sunday, September 29, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live," External link

beaumontenterprise Sunday, September 29, 2019 10:58:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "There is only one common homeland and one human race. There is no Planet B or viable alternative planet on which to live," External link

ABCnews Sunday, September 29, 2019 10:30:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Mehul Choksi is a crook and will be deported ultimately after he exhausts all his options,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, September 27, 2019 2:02:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "I can assure you that he will be ultimately deported after exhausting all his appeals. He will be extradited back to India to face whatever charges against him. It is just a matter of time" External link

outlookindia Friday, September 27, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : "They can come and if they wish to interview Choksi based on his willingness to participate, it has nothing to do with my government," External link

outlookindia Friday, September 27, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “You know we had the unfortunate situation where he was cleared by Indian officials as a person of good standing,” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 27, 2019 12:31:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “However, I can say to you that we are not interested in having Mehul Choksi in Antigua and Barbuda, he really brings no value to the country” External link

HindustanTimes Friday, September 27, 2019 12:31:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “You know we had the unfortunate situation where he was cleared by Indian officials as a person of good standing,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:28:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “He would be repatriated and sent back to India to face charges as he brings no value to Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

expressindia Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “He would be repatriated and sent back to India to face charges as he brings no value to Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

financialexpress Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "His citizenship was processed; he got through but the reality is his citizenship will be revoked and he will be repatriated to India; so there is recourse. It's not a case that we are trying to provide any safe harbour for criminals, for those who are involved in financial crimes," External link

ibtimes-in Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:24:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : "Got subsequent information that Mehul Choksi is a crook, he does not add value to our country. He will be deported ultimately after he exhausts appeals. Indian officials are free to investigate based on his willingness to participate," External link

ibtimes-in Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:24:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “We are a country of laws, the matter is before the judiciary,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 26, 2019 8:13:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “We are a country of laws, the matter is before the judiciary,” External link

HindustanTimes Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:45:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : "I can assure you that he will be ultimately deported after exhausting all his appeals. He will be extradited back to India to face whatever charges against him. It is just a matter of time," External link

dnaindia Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:33:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : "They can come and if they wish to interview Choksi based on his willingness to participate, it has nothing to do with my government," External link

dnaindia Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:33:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : "Got subsequent information that Mehul Choksi is a crook, he does not add value to our country. He will be deported ultimately after he exhausts appeals. Indian officials are free to investigate based on his willingness to participate," External link

timesofindia Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:50:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told : "Got subsequent information that Mehul Choksi is a crook, he does not add value to our country. He will be deported ultimately after he exhausts appeals. Indian officials are free to investigate based on his willingness to participate," External link

business-standard Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:23:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It seems as though there are some who are literally wishing the collapse of LIAT but they have to understand that LIAT is the fundamental institution to regional air travel and to the integration movement and I find that that type of reporting is very irresponsible. What they should be doing, they should be calling on all the stakeholders within the region to come together to ensure that LIAT is placed on the path of sustainability and viability but instead they continue undermine LIAT is a very important regional institution,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, September 23, 2019 1:30:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne explained : “Their interest goes beyond marijuana products or hemp products; they are also looking at the whole area of entertainment and leisure and one of the most exciting projects that they will establish within the next nine months is the establishment of an annual marijuana conference here in Antigua,” “It will be like the Davos of cannabis; it will take place on an annual basis and will bring stakeholders from throughout the globe for that matter right here on Antigua to discuss various opportunities within the industry. So, we are very excited about that. They are also interested in establishing a hotel accommodation property and they will be looking at a number of sites to determine suitability” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:46:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The big issue is that we have to contend with these storms year after year, becoming more frequent, more ferocious and we therefore have to pay great attention to building more resilient homes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 3, 2019 6:46:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Here we are saying to Republic Bank: ‘Okay you can take 60 percent and we will take 40 but we are paying 40 percent of what you pay Scotia’. They don’t want that. They want to have some kind of sophisticated evaluation, 10 times cash flow, so we have to pay four times the amount as though we can’t count,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, September 2, 2019 12:57:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It means that in order for our banks to command sustainable correspondent banking relations, they have to become bigger. There is almost a rule of thumb that in order to be banked for correspondent banking relations you must have at least one billion US dollars in assets, and even with a billion US dollars it does not quite guarantee you correspondent banking; but at least you stand a better chance at getting correspondent banking relations ,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, September 2, 2019 12:57:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “No court can tell us to whom we can license our spectrum, our national asset, so we are allowing for due process, we are allowing for a period of negotiation,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 30, 2019 2:26:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Digicel and Flow can jump high, they can jump low, but they have to share [the spectrum],” “It is either share or leave and we make no apologies about it [because the spectrum] is our asset. It does not belong to any court either” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 30, 2019 2:26:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We had started construction of what was supposed to be some temporary homes, but because of the timeline we don’t think that we are going to make the timeline by building the homes. So we have put the construction on pause and we are now purchasing containers, which should be here within the next six to eight weeks,” “We are building these container homes in Point on some land available in Bay Street and thereafter, as soon as we are finished assembling them, the moving process will start in earnest; although we will, in the interim, try to move out a few on individual parcels of land” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, August 26, 2019 2:33:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “a counter offer was made by Antigua” External link

nationnews Saturday, July 13, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I am not at liberty to discuss the details,” External link

nationnews Saturday, July 13, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “He said to me, ‘I wish if you guys within OECS would go for the purchase of Scotia’. He is quite sure that the pension fund in Bermuda would be happy to have a significant stake in the bank in the Caribbean,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I thought that was an excellent opportunity for the region, which would have helped us to have one major bank that would have branches in the diaspora to provide banking services to Caribbean people in the diaspora,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “He said to me I wish if you guys within OECS would go for the purchase of Scotia. He is quite sure that the pension fund in Bermuda would be happy to have a significant stake in the bank in the Caribbean,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 8, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I thought that was an excellent opportunity for the region which would have helped us to have one major bank that would have branches in the diaspora to provide banking services to Caribbean people in the diaspora,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 8, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I thought that was an excellent opportunity for the region which would have helped us to have one major bank that would have branches in the diaspora to provide banking services to Caribbean people in the diaspora,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We have to allow for due process. He has a matter before the court and as we said to the Indian government, criminals have fundamental rights, too, and Choksi has a right to go to court and defend his position. But I can assure you, after he has exhausted all of his legal options, he will be extradited” External link

expressindia Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:23:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : "We have conveyed to the Indian government that criminals also have fundamental rights and Choksi has a right to go to court to defend his position. But I can assure you, after he has exhausted all of his legal options, he will be extradited," External link

outlookindia Tuesday, June 25, 2019 9:12:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : "Criminals have fundamental rights too, and Choksi has a right to go to court and defend his position. But I can assure you, after he has exhausted all of his legal options, he will be extradited," External link

newindianexpress Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Digicel and Flow can jump high, they can jump low, but they have to share [the spectrum],” “It is either share or leave and we make no apologies about it [because the spectrum] is our asset. It does not belong to any court either” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:20:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Sir Hilary called myself, and the Honourable Attorney General (Steadroy Benjamin) and he informed us that the members of the University Council have now unanimously approved the fourth landed campus for Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:16:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “My understanding now is that the chancellor will inform the various council members; he would then issue a formal statement to that effect and he will then mandate the university to establish an implementation committee,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:16:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The government has in the past said it would fund the university by a windfall tax on financial institutions and by diverting some funding to the prime minister's scholarship programme,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:16:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne says : “I have every confidence that St Vincent and the Grenadines will give a strong voice to the causes of small states in the Security Council…Antigua and Barbuda is proud of St Vincent and the Grenadines and we send our best wishes for a successful tenure on the Security Council and we assure you of our unstinting support” External link

abstvradio Friday, June 7, 2019 9:39:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Our domestic banks are so small that generally speaking they are not quite bankable for corresponding banking services,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 28, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The only how are banks are going to get to the stage where they are large enough is through inorganic growth, through acquisitions. So whereas the Canadian banks have signalled their intention to leave it is quite an opportunity for the local banks to build capacity and grow rapidly so that they can become more resilient,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 28, 2019 9:54:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “But you have certain individuals, certain members of the council who turned the issue into a political issue. It ought not to be a political issue. For the last 18 months we have been negotiating with UWI to establish the fourth landed campus here,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:23:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The technical committee of the university approved our university plan. Unfortunately, you have some politics that is taking root now with some of the campus countries – if I may call them that – expressing concerns. They have all kind of fears. They have all kind of innuendoes and subterfuge they now bring to the fore,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We are giving the staff options. The right to . . . taking the severance and continue to work, take the severance and leave, or if they wish to commute their service. The employee must have that right. It’s his labour; it is his fundamental right to determine for whom he works,” External link

nationnews Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We are extremely pleased to have come to an agreement with our very valued partner. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship that will bring even greater prosperity to our people,” External link

nationnews Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We are giving the staff options, the right to exercise options of taking the severance and continue to work, take the severance and leave or if they wish to commute their service. The employee must have that right. It’s his labour, it is his fundamental right to determine for whom he works,” External link

nationnews Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:35:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne told ( about Petroleos de Venezuela ) : “That is certainly a decision we abhor, we believe that sanctions kill and whereas the United States may be seeking to force regime change, the reality is they are bringing extreme poverty and hardships to innocent people in Cuba, in Venezuela,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:41:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We are giving the staff options, the right to exercise options of taking the severance and continue to work, take the severance and leave or if they wish to commute their service. The employee must have that right. It's his labour, it is his fundamental right to determine for whom he works,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 3, 2019 12:41:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne stated : “Inasmuch as we have no such legal responsibility, we have undertaken to build them back, but it is going to take some time,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, April 1, 2019 2:38:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The Caribbean Development Bank did a study some time last year in which they concluded that the most expensive option to pursue is to allow LIAT to collapse because we would have to form a new entity. That is just more expensive than having a restructuring of LIAT,” External link

nationnews Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:03:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “There is a need for us to have a model of shared burden, recognising that from time to time LIAT would need some level of support. We have recognised that LIAT is making a significant contribution, not only in terms of the connectivity of people within the region, but even the airport taxes, the landing charges and so on that are earned by the various governments,” “Even if LIAT was to collapse, LIAT would have to be replaced. We must be in a position to move people within the region. So If LIAT collapses you will have to re-invent it,” External link

nationnews Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:03:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne added : “If you have such an important institution, labor institution, and its members are lethargic, they themselves are helping to entrench a lethargic culture within the country,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 29, 2019 2:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne told : “By the start of the new school year for sure, all of the secondary schools will be outfitted with the necessary infrastructure and the increased broadband so they can do their exams online,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:59:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Already we have a third broadband supplier that is offering the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) 10 gigs at a cost of US $20,000 or $22,000 somewhere around there, so APUA will be able to buy cheaper by bypassing Cable and Wireless or Flow and get it a little cheaper, so that we can have greater capacity. And by having greater capacity at APUA, it means that we could better equip the schools. So rather than them having 20 megs they can probably have 100 megs” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:59:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The Minister was forewarned. He was told in Cabinet that in the event that this paper was to be released and, based on the language that was used in a way which it ridiculed the Prime Minister, ‘it may have consequences for you’,” “We were surprised that one [of the papers that was retracted by the Education Minister] was eventually leaked” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 26, 2019 3:00:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Well, no, I am not aware of that but I have no objections to meeting with anyone. If it is they are on the agenda and there is a meeting scheduled I will meet with them,” “Even if there isn’t one scheduled, I would meet with them” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 26, 2019 3:00:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “Where they need to apply the pressure is with the public servants who are preparing the vouchers…. get them to Treasury and we’ll pay” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 26, 2019 3:00:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The position that I took, which was not specific to Carnival, I spoke about the industry structure and the exploitation that would have taken place over the decade. It is a position of fact and I reiterated my position last week,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 25, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “It is evident that a rational discussion took place on Friday. The temperature has been cooled and, clearly, they [Carnival] were reacting to the fact that we are pushing for an increase in the head tax, and they were concerned about an exclusivity clause in the agreement – which will be addressed,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 25, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “We now have a trade deficit with the U.S. of almost $500 million annually. The social programs that are being funded have been severely undermined. These along with the hardships of the sanctions on the Venezuela people are among the consequences of the sanctions,” External link

haitian-truth Sunday, March 24, 2019 2:01:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “I remain hopeful that the talks will result in a win for all stakeholders,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 18, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “The reality is that a failed LIAT will have monumental consequences for Antigua and Barbuda. Whereas other countries are in a position to hold LIAT at ransom, in terms of putting in funds, we have no choice. We have to continue to support LIAT,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 18, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne said : “This means well for us …we have had a common history; a history of colonialism and slavery and we have similar cultures and we have even had cultural exchanges over the decades,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 18, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne ajouté : "Barbuda n'avait pas la moindre chance face à (un ouragan) d'une telle taille, d'une telle férocité, d'une telle intensité" External link

la1ere Saturday, September 23, 2017 9:45:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne dijo : "Barbuda no tenía la menor chance frente a un huracán de este tamaño, de esta ferocidad, de esta intensidad" External link

teletica Friday, September 22, 2017 11:47:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne ajouté : "Barbuda n'avait pas la moindre chance face à (un ouragan) d'une telle taille, d'une telle férocité, d'une telle intensité" External link

rtl-BE Friday, September 22, 2017 10:25:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne déclaré : "Chaque Floridien devra faire le maximum pour protéger sa famille. Les biens peuvent être remplacés, pas votre famille, c'est sérieux, on ne peut pas prendre de risque. Ce n'est pas une tempête qu'on attend en restant assis" External link

francetvinfo Friday, September 8, 2017 1:06:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne disse : "A ilha está literalmente debaixo d'água" External link

noticias-r7 Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:29:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne řekl : "Přiletěli jsme na Barbudu a viděli jsme naprostou zkázu. Nikdy jsem necítil takový zmar," External link

ceskenoviny-en Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:22:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne uvedl : "Zatím máme nicméně informace pouze o jednom mrtvém," External link

ceskenoviny-en Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:22:00 PM EAT

Gaston Browne disse : "Por enquanto temos apenas registo de uma morte" External link

jn Thursday, September 7, 2017 10:26:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne uvedl : "Zatím máme nicméně informace pouze o jednom mrtvém," External link

ceskenoviny-en Thursday, September 7, 2017 7:16:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne disse : "Por enquanto temos apenas registo de uma morte" External link

cmjornal Thursday, September 7, 2017 6:14:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne disse : "Por enquanto temos apenas registo de uma morte" External link

cmjornal Thursday, September 7, 2017 6:14:00 AM EAT

Gaston Browne declaró : “Nos concentraremos en convertir nuestro capital humano en personas capaces de competir a escala internacional y de ser el motor del crecimiento y el desarrollo social de nuestro país” External link

caribseek Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:38:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister41.31%EN12/12/201712/12/2017
prime minister41.22%EN12/12/201712/12/2017
prime minister of antigua and barbuda6.46%EN12/08/201708/12/2017
minister of antigua and barbuda2.67%EN12/08/201708/12/2017
prime minister of antigua0.47%EN12/08/201708/12/2017
minister of antigua0.37%EN12/08/201708/12/2017
ministre2.39%FR09/22/201722/09/2017
minister of finance0.23%EN09/14/201714/09/2017
primer ministro de antigua y barbuda0.19%ES09/12/201712/09/2017
ministro de antigua y barbuda0.19%ES09/12/201712/09/2017
primeiro-ministro0.33%PT09/10/201710/09/2017
primeiro ministro de antígua e barbuda0.05%PT09/10/201710/09/2017
ministro de antígua e barbuda0.05%PT09/10/201710/09/2017
primer ministro0.28%ES09/08/201708/09/2017
ministro0.14%ES09/08/201708/09/2017
primeiro-ministro de antígua e barbuda0.23%PT09/07/201707/09/2017
président0.19%FR09/07/201707/09/2017
president0.09%EN09/07/201707/09/2017
minister of tourism0.09%EN03/01/201701/03/2017
foreign affairs minister0.05%EN02/23/201723/02/2017
finance minister0.09%EN01/21/201721/01/2017
minister of energy0.05%EN01/14/201714/01/2017
governor0.05%EN12/10/201610/12/2016
premier0.28%EN11/23/201623/11/2016
leader0.52%EN11/22/201622/11/2016
leader of antigua and barbuda0.09%EN11/22/201622/11/2016
visiting prime minister of antigua and barbuda0.09%EN10/11/201611/10/2016
minister of foreign affairs0.05%EN10/01/201601/10/2016
attorney general0.05%EN09/10/201610/09/2016
senator0.05%EN09/07/201607/09/2016
Names Lang Count
Gaston BrowneEN85.95%
Gaston BrowneFR9.31%
Gaston BrownePT3.02%
Gaston BrowneES1.31%
Gaston BrowneSA0.25%
Gaston BrowneDE0.08%
Gaston BrowneCS0.08%


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Ralph Gonsalves added ( about Gaston Browne ) : “We’ll see what assets there are and see what’s the best we can make of these things in the short term, while persons gather steam, to see if they will have another airline. I see my brother Gaston [Browne] is interested in something continuing with the name LIAT…but I have to begin to think about moving people tomorrow morning,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, June 29, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Harold Lovell said ( about Gaston Browne ) : “the Party is unwilling to continue exposing its leaders and its reputation to the unabated disrespect and disparagement of Prime Minister Gaston Browne, the Chairman of the ERC” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, April 27, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Randeep Surjewala told ( about Gaston Browne ) : "I think, the Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne has squarely indicted the BJP government for protecting those who have committed fraud and theft of public money, people like Mehul Choksi. He (Browne) said and I quote 'we got flawed information. The Indian officials have to take responsibility for that situation'," External link

news18 Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:12:00 PM EAT

Harold Lovell said ( about Gaston Browne ) : “I do not believe that there is any one way to negotiate, there’s no one way to be aggressive and there’s no one way you should be soft. You have to be effective and sometimes they say honey is better than vinegar to achieve what you want to achieve. Sometimes you have to be aggressive, but what the Prime Minister has done … is really for the benefit of his ego and not for the benefit of the people of Antigua and Barbuda,” “And because of that he has ended up with a lose-lose situation where the Bank of Nova Scotia, they have threatened to close the bank if the government refuses to issue the vesting order. At the same time Republic Financial Holdings do not appear to have any appetite to do business with the Gaston Browne administration,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, August 26, 2019 2:33:00 PM EAT

Harold Lovell said ( about Gaston Browne ) : “I do not believe that there is any one way to negotiate, there’s no one way to be aggressive and there’s no one way you should be soft. You have to be effective and sometimes they say honey is better than vinegar to achieve what you want to achieve. Sometimes you have to be aggressive, but what the Prime Minister has done … is really for the benefit of his ego and not for the benefit of the people of Antigua and Barbuda,” “And because of that he has ended up with a lose-lose situation where the Bank of Nova Scotia, they have threatened to close the bank if the government refuses to issue the vesting order. At the same time Republic Financial Holdings do not appear to have any appetite to do business with the Gaston Browne administration,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, August 26, 2019 2:33:00 PM EAT

Ronald Sanders said ( about Gaston Browne ) : “They are in keeping with the policies of the Gaston Browne administration to maintain friendly and cooperative relations with as many nations as possible and to abolish the requirements for visas for tourism, business and investment” External link

sunstkitts Thursday, July 25, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Charles Fernandez said ( about Gaston Browne ) : “Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne and my Cabinet colleagues must be commended for their constant support and assistance in getting us to this stage. The teams from the Ministry of Tourism, the Antigua Port Authority and the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Ambassador Gilbert Boustany all worked tirelessly in the interest of getting the best deal for Antigua and Barbuda,” External link

abstvradio Wednesday, May 29, 2019 2:29:00 PM EAT

Ralph Gonsalves said ( about Gaston Browne ) : “He (PM Browne) gave some elements of his program and said that within the month, he will put it in writing and the shareholders will give a serious consideration,” External link

searchlight Friday, May 10, 2019 8:49:00 AM EAT