Antigua and Barbuda 2006

Antigua and Barbuda 2006

Yearbook 2006

Antigua and Barbuda. The protracted trade dispute between Antigua and Barbuda and the United States over the availability of foreign Internet gaming companies to the US domestic market continued during the year. Antigua and Barbuda have become increasingly dependent on foreign currency from Internet casinos based in the country as a result of reduced tourism income. In February, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda accused the United States of not following the decision of the World Trade Organization in April 2005 on the issue. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda include Independence Day (November 1) and New Year (January 1). The WTO then determined that some of the US federal laws discriminate against foreign-based Internet gaming companies. Following the protests of Antigua and Barbuda in July, the WTO issued an investigation into whether or not the United States is following the WTO’s decision. Violation of WTO decisions may involve financial penalties, e.g. penalties on the country’s exports.

Antigua and Barbuda Map with Surrounding Countries

Antigua and Barbuda Overview

Antigua and Barbuda is an island nation in the Caribbean. It is dotted with three different islands; Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda. About 97% of the state’s population lives on the island of Antigua. The island of Redonda is not inhabited at all due to the rocky soil.

Antigua and Barbuda have a hurricane season from June to November. The most recent devastating hurricane visited the island of Barbuda in 2017. The main industry of the island state is tourism, which overshadowed the cultivation of sugar, which was previously the main industry.

Area: 440 km²

Population: 98,179 (estimate 7/2020)

Capital: Saint John’s

Language: English (official language)

Main products: Tourism

Form of government: Parliamentary democracy, constitutional monarchy