The importance of tourism in Antigua and Barbuda’s economy is objectively undeniable. The tourism sector accounts for more than 60 percent of the islands’ GDP and employs a large portion of the population. So it’s no surprise that Antigua and Barbuda’s government, particularly Prime Minister Gaston Browne, is eager to reinvigorate the flagging industry after it was decimated by lockdowns enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, MP Asot Michael has been striking a more cautionary-albeit still optimistic tone. Both during his remarks in the debate over the 2021 Budget Statement and through his recent actions to prioritize the…

In a passionate speech, MP of Antigua and Barbuda, Asot Michael, fought an effort to repeal emergency legislation enabling the government to impose social distancing measures, such as curfews. Even though, as Michael pointed out at the time, Antigua was fortunate to have received many vaccines, he emphasized the importance of continued vigilance.

Today, Antigua and Barbuda are well underway in building on that initial momentum of vaccination, buttressed by the government’s continued vigilance.

Asot Michael Buying Time for Vaccination

As countries throughout the world have learned, the margin for error in the fight against COVID-19 is vanishingly small. Fortunately for the people of Antigua and…

Asot Michael, the Member of Parliament for the Civil Parish of St. Peter in the House of Representatives for Antigua and Barbuda, is under no delusions about who stands to benefit from tax concessions and who does not. Like their neighbors, Antigua and Barbuda depend predominantly on tourism for their GDP. As such, tax concessions like the ones on the islands are meant to attract developers from abroad. But what of the people of Antigua and Barbuda? Not just Asot Michael’s constituents in St. Peter, but the majority of both islands’ local populations are struggling to make ends meet, the…

Antigua and Barbuda have an estimated population of 96,286, a number that seems significant but in reality, is smaller than some cities. Disparities in living conditions, public works, streets, and sidewalks are strongly felt. In 2017, the island of Barbuda was devastated by Hurricane Irma, whose 295 km/h winds destroyed 95% of the islands’ buildings. Nearly every resident of Barbuda was evacuated to Antigua, and efforts to rebuild are still ongoing. Meanwhile, Parham is often called the “first town” of Antigua and home to the majority of the inhabitants of St. Peter’s Parish is a city that has been in…

Asot Michael, the MP for St. Peter’s in the Antigua and Barbuda House of Representatives, gave an inspirational Easter message last Sunday, over a year after the global COVID-19 pandemic began. The speech served as both a commemoration of the twin-island state’s perseverance and a call to action against social and economic injustice. “We pause to reflect on the challenges facing our beloved nation,” Michael said, calling to mind the severe economic hardships the islands have faced following a major drop-off in tourism brought on by the pandemic, “and renew our faith and hope in the promise of the best…

Member of Parliament for St Peter’s

My beloved constituents of St Peter’s, My Dear citizens of Antigua and Barbuda:

For the second year in a row, we celebrate the miracle of Easter in the uncertainty of the Covid 19 pandemic that has claimed millions of lives around the world. Covid 19 stunned us, it surprised us. It filled us with fear. It burdened us with emotion and great confusion. But it also blessed us with the understanding and appreciation that the pandemic would change our lives in protection of health and in defense against disease forever.

Now, at this time of rebirth, let us renew our…

We are not out of the woods just yet. Global cases for coronavirus may be dropping, but more nations are reporting variant strains emerging. While the world steadily climbs out of the 2020 recession, it’s unclear whether all jobs, especially in tourism and hospitality industries such as food service, will ever be fully restored. Now more than ever, there is increased pressure on our political leaders to assuage our concerns. Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, is under that pressure especially. Tourism accounts for over 60% of the islands’ GDP and accounts for the lion’s share of…

In the words of the Michael Jackson classic:
“Like A Comet, blazing ‘Cross the Evening Sky

Like A Rainbow, Fading in The Twinkling of An
Eye, Shiny and Sparkly and Splendidly Bright

Here One Day, Gone One Night

“Like the Loss of Sunlight, On A Cloudy

Afternoon, Gone Too Soon

“Like A Castle, Built Upon a Sandy Beach
Like A Perfect Flower, that Is Just Beyond Your
Reach, Born to Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight

Here One Day, Gone One Night

“Like A Sunset, dying With the Rising of The

Moon, Gone Too Soon

Priscilla Cavella Allan, my beloved and…

On January 6th, 140 people were injured and 5 killed during an attack on the U.S. Capitol. Rioters infiltrated the building and forced a lockdown. A few weeks later, 232 members of the Congress and 43 Senators voted to convict the former president of inciting an insurrection. However, because 57 Republican Senators voted to acquit, and a two-thirds majority is needed, Trump was not convicted. That didn’t stop those like Asot Michael, Parliamentary Representative for St. Peters, from speaking out on what they see as a clear crime.

Ahead of the impeachment, Michael wrote on Medium, “Now the world waits…

By Asot Michael

Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

After the fears, anxieties, and emotions of the past two months, America transitioned to a new presidency at the appointed time, the noisy, anti-democracy theater and shenanigans of the out-going president notwithstanding.

Congratulations and best wishes for success to US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, of Jamaican and Indian descent, the first woman to occupy America’s second most powerful office.

The US President was sworn in on January 20th, 2021, noted in his victory speech last year that the black people of America always had his back and he is going to have theirs…

Asot Michael

Economic Development, Investment & Energy | Parliamentary Representative for St. Peters and Former Minister of Tourism

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