Trade Minister, Hon. E.P Chet Greene has received high marks for his role in attracting Harris Holdings (Antigua) Ltd. to Antigua and Barbuda with the company slated to begin production within two months.
The praise came from Governor General Sir Rodney Williams, during the presentation of the annual Throne Speech to a joint sitting of the parliament on Thursday.
According to Sir Rodney, Minister Greene is to be commended for taking advantage of Antigua and Barbuda’s inclusion among CARICOM’s Lesser Developed Countries by urging Cabinet to agree to the phased implementation of Article 164 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas list of products to include paints.
“As a result, Harris Holdings (Antigua) Ltd. will be establishing a paint manufacturing plant at Coolidge, with all rights and privileges afforded the firm by the provision of the CARICOM Treaty,” the Governor General disclosed.
Harris Paints will build an environmentally-friendly, state-of-the-art manufacturing plant that embraces the very latest innovations. The plant will be a full-fledged manufacturing facility, receiving raw materials from around the world and transforming them into finished products that are canned and labelled on site.
Starting in March, Harris Paints will manufacture approximately 60,000 gallons of water-based, architecturally-decorative paint; that amount will rise to 200,000 gallons annually by 2025.
Minister Greene, who holds the portfolio for foreign affairs, also received the nod for his leadership of a team of professionals which has successful negotiated several agreements that benefit Antigua and Barbuda.
“The excellent management of our nation’s bilateral and multi-lateral relations, by our Minister of Foreign Affairs, is to be celebrated. The project to construct 100 new homes on Barbuda, funded by the European Union, is scheduled to commence in a few weeks,” Sir Rodney reported.
That project aims at providing homes to Barbudan families who are unable to build their own, following the passage of since Hurricane Irma more than two years ago. Additionally, he said The People’s Republic of China has also agreed to build 100 homes on Barbuda as part of a larger project to build 300 homes in the nation on a grant basis.
Barbuda is also to benefit from assistance from the Dominican Republic which plans to construct a school there.
According to Sir Rodney, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has transformed the power of sovereignty into material advantages, as any wise sage would have done. “He deserves our applause,” he added.