21st January 2016
Government is making moves to revitalize the manufacturing sector, with Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne announcing that his government has signed an MOU with Brewtech to establish to establish a modern brewery that will manufacture a range of products for domestic use and export.
It was also announced that the new company, to occupy the former premises of the Antigua Brewery at Crabbs, will produce products to include beers, stouts, malts, aerated beverages, sodas, juices and sports drinks.
Prime Minister Browne also stated that government will hold up to twenty percent equity in Brewtech, providing direct benefits to the people of Antigua and Barbuda.
It was also announce that the government engaged the Chinese Government and received equipment and trainers for the execution of a Garment manufacturing workshop. Over 180 persons participated in all aspects of garment construction.
“Building on the success of this initiative, talks are well advanced for a joint venture initiative with a Chinese firm to establish a manufacturing plant to boost our export earnings,” the Prime Minister outlined.
Government will also continue to diversify its energy mix into green energy, to reduce the cost of energy and to increase competiveness in the productive sectors, including manufacturing.