Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne has issued a note of caution to all Antiguans and Barbudans that despite the country’s constant economic growth over the past four years, each person has a part to play in the continued development of the nation.
“Improving revenues to meet our development objectives requires effort by everyone. So, everyone, individuals and companies, must pay our education levy, social security, medical benefits, import duties, RRC, ABST, and corporate income taxes,” Prime Minister Browne said.
He noted that any person or company, who reneges on these payments, evades paying them, or uses corrupt means to deprive the Treasury of revenue, is hurting every other person and company in our nation.
“They should be warned now that our government will not allow this behaviour to continue; it is not fair; it is not just; and it is not acceptable. Our government, as the wardens of the interests of all the people, will clamp down on the excesses of the few,” Prime Minister Browne said.
In 2018, Antigua and Barbuda’s economy was the fastest growing in the entire CARICOM area, bar none. The country recorded economic growth of 5.3 per cent.
According to the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in the period, 2014 to 2018, the average growth of Antigua and Barbuda’s economy was 4.5 per cent annually.