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Antigua

Antigua and Barbuda is a twin island state located in the Eastern Caribbean. The major island Antigua is 108 square miles in size with a population of approximately 65,000.

Antigua is an English-speaking island with a parliamentary democracy fashioned from the British Parliamentary system.

Antigua possesses the most thriving tourist industry in the Eastern Caribbean and with its modern, multinational community, enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean. Its financial/offshore industry and commercial activities have grown tremendously since its independence from Britain in 1981 and there has been the collateral development of a unique infrastructure to support its commercial and financial activities.

In Antigua business communications are excellent. World-wide direct dialing systems of telephone, telex and facsimile are supported by daily airlinks to the major cities of the USA, Canada and Europe and to the world's major capital markets.

Antigua is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) an economic organization of Caribbean States.


Nevis

Nevis and St. Kitts were discovered by Columbus in 1493 and settled by the English in 1625. They remained British colonies until they gained their independence in 1983, as the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis.

The legal system is based on English common law. It is a part of the West Indies court system with the British Privy Council being the final appellate Court.

English is the official language of Nevis and St. Kitts.

Both Nevis and St. Kitts boast modern public utilities including communications systems.

Both the Federation Government and the locally elected Assemblies are based on the British parliamentary system. The Prime Minister of St.Kitts and Nevis holds a position akin to the Prime Minister of Canada , while the Premier of Nevis holds a position akin to a US State Governor or a Premier of a Canadian province. Nevis and St. Kitts are vigorous, conservative democracies and have an excellent education system with a literacy rate of 96%, the highest in the Western Hemisphere. The Freedom Foundation (in the United States) has declared the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis as one of the 10 most free nations in the World.

Nevis and St. Kitts are located about 250 miles southeast of Puerto Rico in the Leeward Islands group of the Lesser Antilles.

The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is one of eight island governments using the Eastern Caribbean dollar ($EC). It is pegged to the US dollar at a fixed rate of $US 1.00 to $EC 2.70. That rate of exchange has remained constant for over 20 years, and all eight participating Governments must agree on any change in currency value. It is a very stable currency.


Commonwealth of Dominica

Dominica is an island of 289 square miles and is located between the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Northeastern Caribbean or the Lesser Antilles. Notwithstanding its location and its strong French influences its official language is English.

Dominica is the "nature island" of the Caribbean a name befitting it as a consequence of its topography, rainfall, and vegetation. Forests cover over 60% of the country with scenery and rainforests so unique, making it attractive for the eco-tourist. The island boasts of 365 rivers and has hot springs and boiling lakes which endow it with tremendous potential for geo-thermal energy.

Although Dominica has had a chequered history of French occupation, the political system is based on the British Parliamentary System. Since its Independence from Britain in 1978 it has become a member of the Commonwealth Group of Countries, with the President as the ceremonial Head of State; however with all executive power residing with the Prime Minister and his cabinet.

The island economy is primarily agricultural, an agricultural sector almost entirely reliant on banana production. In recent years there has been a steady increase in the importance of tourism to the economy complimented by a thriving construction industry.

Dominica is one of the eight members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States , a member of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom) , a political and economic grouping of Caribbean States.

State of the art fibre-optic digital communications systems are available in Dominica and hence world-wide direct dialing and high speed internet access lines make communication easy. Airline connections from Caribbean hubs such as Barbados, Antigua and Puerto Rico. into the island are readily available.

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