Special Economic Zone Amendment Aimed At Preventing State Within a State

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Antigua’s Special Economic Zone Amendment Bill 2024: Attorney General Highlights Police Role to Prevent State Within a State

Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin emphasized the critical role of law enforcement in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Amendment Bill 2024.

He stressed that the proposed amendments are aimed at preventing the SEZ from becoming a “state within a state.”

The Attorney General highlighted that the presence of the commissioner of police within the SEZ’s Advisory Board is crucial.

This ensures that the SEZ remains subject to the laws and jurisdiction of Antigua and Barbuda.

Benjamin underscored that while the SEZ can have its own security forces for internal purposes, any breaches of the state’s laws would require intervention by the central police.

” We can’t have a state within a state,” Attorney General Benjamin declared. He clarified that while the SEZ operates as an economic development tool, attracting foreign direct investment and promoting industries, it must remain under the purview of the country’s laws and regulations.

The SEZ Amendment Bill 2024 aims to maintain law, order, and development within the SEZ, ensuring that it functions as an integral part of Antigua and Barbuda’s economic landscape without undermining the country’s sovereignty or legal framework.

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