With recent complaints by some residents that the Gaston Browne Administration appears to be “giving away” ambassadorships, two other people – both American actresses – have received such appointments,
According to this week’s Cabinet Notes, the Executive has agreed to appoint Angela Bassett and Dawnn Lewis as tourism ambassadors, with the responsibility for promoting Antigua and Barbuda.
The Notes say that Bassett has shown her love for Antigua by visiting frequently and by using her “star power,” while Lewis, known mostly for her roles in television sitcoms, reportedly also loves the island.
While some may be concerned that this is going to cost taxpayers, the Cabinet says the appointments are voluntary and do not involve any remuneration.
Both actresses are currently on island to participate in Antigua Sailing Week 2023 and in the entertainment events that form part of the activities.
Meanwhile, some residents are claiming that Antigua and Barbuda has more ambassadors, knights and dames than any other country more than three times its size.
Many ask how effective these ambassadorial appointments have been, given that the Government’s financial struggles continue.
“If they (the ambassadors) are promoting Antigua, should we not have many more investors knocking at our doors?” one woman asks.