CABINET NOTES – The Cabinet welcomed the Director of Analytical Services following a notice from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that its officials will visit Antigua, in less than two weeks.

The Agency is to help determine the scope of work and staff complement that will be required of Antigua and Barbuda. The Agency will assist in establishing an Institute of Applied Sciences and Research; Laboratory Services; Research and Development Services; and other important functions that will be carried on at the places where the very expensive equipment, provided by the IAEA, is installed.

The Department has two sites; one at Point Wharf and the other at Dunbars; repair work at Dunbars will soon be undertaken and Point Wharf will become the Center of the Department’s activities.

The Government will also enact legislation regarding the establishment of the new Institute and its operations, at the next sitting of Parliament.

The Director of Analytical Services remarked on the number of buildings occupied by Government employees that require repairs to many of the ventilation systems. As a consequence, the Central Government loses significant productive time by workers who call-in sick.

Mention was made of one Government Department of seventy staff that have exhausted their 2023 annual sick leave at this time.