Antigua and Barbuda. In August, the US Treasury
Department softened the warning issued for financial deals
with people or institutions based in Antigua and Barbuda.
Countryaah, the same thing the UK did a month earlier. The reason was
that Antigua and Barbuda were considered to have taken a
number of measures against money laundering. However, the
island state was included in a list of 35 countries that the
OECD classified as "tax haven" and threatened with financial
sanctions if the tax system was not tightened by 1 June
In response to the terrorist attacks against the United
States on September 11, a law was passed in October that
allowed foreign financial authorities to more easily obtain
information on transactions conducted in Antigua and Barbuda
and that the country's own authorities could freeze assets
for groups or individuals suspected of terrorism.
On May 22, Health Minister Bernard Percival was forced to
leave his post after he was accused of directing a state
pharmaceutical agency to place his orders with a
pharmaceutical company in Florida that he himself was
instrumental in starting. In the spring, the
government-critical daily Daily Observer, despite opposition
from the government, began broadcasting its own radio
programs, thereby breaking the dominance of the
government-controlled etheric media.
In connection with the International Whaling Commission's
meeting in London during the summer, Prime Minister Bird
acknowledged that Antigua and Barbuda partially voted for
whaling due to financial support from the major whaling
nation Japan. Accusations had previously been made that the
protection of whales in the world was threatened by Japan
bribing small nations to support the whaling.