Antigua and Barbuda

France and Antigua and Barbuda

Political relations

  • French Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda (in residence in Saint Lucia): Mr Philippe Ardanaz
  • Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to France (in residence in London): Mr Carl B. W. Roberts

Bilateral relations are relatively limited. A maritime delimitation agreement between the two countries was signed on 15 March 2017. In 2011 and 2012 respectively, the French territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique signed declarations of intent with Antigua and Barbuda aimed at establishing cooperation in the areas of tourism, healthcare, culture, education and agriculture.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Most French development assistance is now channelled via the European Union. In 2010, the EU approved additional funding of €9 million under the V-Flex facility in order to reduce the country’s fiscal deficit by half. As a member of CARICOM and a signatory of the EU/CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement in 2008, Antigua and Barbuda also benefits from numerous regional programmes financed through the European Development Fund (EDF). Bilateral EU funding for Antigua and Barbuda under the 11ᵗʰ EDF totals €3 million, and seeks to improve the management of public finances.

At bilateral level, priority is given to academic cooperation (Passport for French Higher Education) and health cooperation.

Other cooperation

Exchanges of sections between the French armed forces and the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force are organized at regular intervals. An agreement by exchange of letters provides the legal framework for this neighbourhood military cooperation.

Updated: 30.01.18