Antigua and Barbuda Aiming to Become Caricom’s More Developed Country in Two Decades

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**Antigua and Barbuda Aiming to Become Caricom More Developed Country in Two Decades**

Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Hon. Gaston Browne, has expressed optimism that Antigua and Barbuda could emerge as one of Caricom’s More Developed Countries (MDCs) within the next two decades.

This belief is based on the country’s continued robust socio-economic development.

Caricom’s MDCs currently include Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. Prime Minister Browne made these remarks in light of Antigua and Barbuda’s recent climb of 17 places to 54th in the latest Human Development Index from the United Nations.

He emphasized, “Perhaps in the next 15 to 20 years, Antigua and Barbuda will be considered to be an MDC within Caricom, not necessarily an LDC (Less Developed Country), based on the trajectory.” Browne also highlighted the importance of ambitious visions in driving performance, stating, “There was always a saying that you should not limit your ambition. We had set a very noble vision of transforming Antigua and Barbuda into an economic powerhouse within the Caribbean. That powerhouse is obviously taking root, and I believe that these types of large visions and ambitions help to drive performance.”

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