Antigua and Barbuda. The integration between the country and the other members of the eastern Caribbean cooperation organization OECS was deepened during the year. From spring, residents could travel freely within the region for up to six months. According to Countryaah website, national day of Antigua and Barbuda is every November 1. A joint passport for the OECS countries would be issued on January 1, 2003. An economic union would also be formed at year-end 2002/2003 to strengthen the region in the international export market.
In the spring, Antigua and Barbuda were removed from the OECD’s list of tax havens with weak rules on money laundering since the country opened its financial sector for better transparency.
Saint John’s – city of Antigua and Barbuda
Saint John’s, the capital of the Caribbean island state of Antigua and Barbuda; 43,400 residents (2007). The city is located by a good natural harbor on Antigua’s northwest coast and has a modern deep-water port that can receive the largest cruise ships. Hurricane Luis destroyed a large part of the country’s buildings in 1995, but the city is still characterized by 18th-century architecture, now mixed with modern houses.