Antigua and Barbuda
Address

Resident Representative – Mr Albert Lockhart
Administrative Professional – Mrs Mary-Jean Benjamin Prime


ECCB Agency Office
P O Box 741 
Sagicor Financial Centre 
Factory Road
St John’s
Antigua and Barbuda

Tel: (268) 462 2489
Fax: (268)  462 2490
eccbanu@candw.ag
 
AREA
Antigua -108 sq miles Barbuda - 62 sq miles
Redonda -an uninhabited rock
CAPITAL
Antigua - St John's
Barbuda - Codrington Village
POPULATION
63,400 (1991 Population Census)
LOCATION
Antigua and Barbuda is located in the leeward chain at approximately 62° west longitude and 17° north latitude.
AIRPORTS
V C Bird International
GOVERNMENT
Antigua and Barbuda is an independent member of the Commonwealth, being the first of the Eastern Caribbean islands to attain internal self-government in 1967. Antigua and Barbuda attained Independence in 1981. The Queen is the Head of State, and she is represented by a Governor General. The Government is based on the British parliamentary system with two legislative chambers. The lower chamber or house of representatives consists of 17 members who are elected every five years; the upper chamber or the senate consists of 17 members who are nominated by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Antigua has had a long history of peaceful and constitutional political change.
CURRENCY
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar is legal tender and maintains an exchange rate of EC$2.70 = US$l.00.
COMMERCIAL BANKS
ABI Bank Ltd
Antigua Commercial Bank
Bank of Nova Scotia
Caribbean Union Bank Ltd
Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Barbados) Ltd
RBTT Bank Caribbean Ltd
Royal Bank of Canada
NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
New Year's Day
Good Friday
Easter Monday
Labour Day
Whit Monday
Caricom Day
Carnival Monday
Carnival Tuesday
Independence Day - November 1
Christmas Day
Boxing Day
IMPORTANT EVENTS
Annual Model Boat Race Competition - April
Sailing Week - last week in April to first week in May
Annual Antigua Tennis Week – May
Calypso Spektakula – June
Caribana (Barbuda) - June
Sports Fishing Tournament - June
Carnival - last week in July to first week in August
Antigua Open Golf Tournament - November
NATIONAL ANTHEM
NATIONAL FLOWER
The Hibiscus
NATIONAL BIRD
The White Crown Pigeon
MAIN ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
Historically, the economy of Antigua and Barbuda was dominated by agricultural production of sugar cane and cotton. By the 1960's falling international prices for sugar and cotton caused a shift in resources into tourism. At present the tourism industry is the largest industry in Antigua employing one quarter of the labour force. An attempt was made to develop a manufacturing industry in the 1970's. This has declined considerably but there is still industrial activity in the production of clothing, furniture, paints, mattresses, galvanise and electronic assembly. A resurgence in agricultural activity followed an agricultural diversification programme instituted in 1983. Production of non-traditional crops such as carrots, cabbages, tomatoes, onions and sweet potatoes is ongoing.
HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL DATA
Antigua and Barbuda are coral islands with rugged volcanic hills in the south and limestone deposits in the north. The island was sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and colonised by the British in 1632. After three hundred years as a British Colony, Antigua and Barbuda gained its independence on November 1, 1981. The islands have a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from an average low of 73°F in the winter months to 85°F in the summer. The cool climate, coupled with a number of sheltered coves and beaches which rise from the indented coastline, has made Antigua and Barbuda a top tourist destination in the Caribbean.
AGENCY OFFICE
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank has an Agency office under the management of a Resident Representative in each of its member territories. The last such office to be established was the Agency Office located in Antigua which was formally opened on July 16, 1992.
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