02nd February 2016
Prime Minister Browne expressed regret at the Ambassador’s departure from the region; however, he wished him well in his future posting. Ambassador Polenov thanked the Prime Minister for his kind sentiments and stated his gratification in serving the Russian Federation in the Caribbean. The Prime Minister also expressed gratitude at Russia’s support throughout the years in the areas of tertiary education and training of national security personnel.
During the discussions, Ambassador Polenov extended a special invitation to the Prime Minister to attend the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia in June, which the Prime Minister graciously accepted. During the meeting an invitation was also extended to the Russian Federation to establish diplomatic representation in Antigua and Barbuda.
Additional matters discussed were investment in the West Indies Oil Company (WIOC), Antigua and Barbuda’s candidature for membership to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council, visa waiver agreements, double taxation agreements, and investment protection agreements between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Government of the Russian Federation.
During his visit, Ambassador Polenov paid farewell calls on His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, the Honourable H. Charles Fernandez, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration, the Honourable W. Baldwin Spencer, Leader of the Opposition, His Excellency Colin Murdoch, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration and other senior officials within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration. (Ends)