Antigua and Barbuda. In July, Antigua and Barbuda formed
closer ties with the Dominican Republic, which this month
opened an embassy in the capital Saint John's in Antigua.
The foreign ministers of both countries highlighted
everything that the island states have in common, and
pointed out the recurring natural disasters in the region as
a special priority area of cooperation.
CountryAAH, the government of
Antigua and Barbuda also hopes to benefit from Dominican
Republic's knowledge when training the country for new
In September, it was announced that the UAE-Caribbean
Renewable Energy Fund, funded by the United Arab Emirates,
will contribute to a new facility to supply Barbuda with
electricity. Other contributors are the Caribbean
cooperation organization Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and
New Zealand. In 2017, 95% of the Barbuda settlement was
destroyed by the tropical cyclone Irma and the entire
population was forced to leave the island.