Antigua and Barbuda - Foreign policy

Antigua and Barbuda continue to have strong extraregional ties with the United States, Britain, and Canada. The nation participates in several international organizations, such as the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Countries (ACP), Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), IMF, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the World Health Organization (WHO), among others.

The ALP has pledged to give continued assistance to countries within the region. Bird has already demonstrated his willingness to assist others by absorbing natives of Montserrat who had to flee their homeland due to volcanic eruptions. Other nationals from the region have also been given employment in Antigua and Barbuda, especially in the fields of nursing, teaching, and law enforcement. Bird sees this as a positive step towards Caribbean integration. By providing others with employment, he has stated, "we [Antiguans] benefit as much as they. It is not a one-way street." However, during the last general elections, Bird promised that priority would be given to Antiguans in employment.

Bird has managed to give Antigua and Barbuda a more outward-looking development policy, especially in the OECS and CARICOM. As minister of external affairs, Bird participated in several international forums and has sought to address global issues that not only affect Antigua and Barbuda but the entire Caribbean region.

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