Antigua and Barbuda 2019
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. The government of Antigua and Barbuda also hopes to benefit from Dominican Republic’s knowledge when training the country for new diplomats.
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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.
According to CountryAAH, the population of Antigua and Barbuda in 2019 was 97,007, ranking number 201 in the world. The population growth rate was 0.860% yearly, and the population density was 220.7227 people per km2.