No significant progress

The Baldwin Spencer government says it has sought to keep the trade dispute with Washington on “the front burner” of the WTO meetings even as it continues to seek an amicable solution to the matter.

“The delegation of Antigua and Barbuda has so far not seen substantial progress on compliance by the United States with the DSB’s decision…Nor have they seen substantial progress by the United States in achieving a settlement with Antigua and Barbuda,” the government said in a statement.

In 2007, the WTO awarded Antigua and Barbuda the right to target US services, copyrights and trademarks in retaliation for its online betting ban. But the WTO capped the limit of annual trade sanctions at US$21 million.

The Spencer administration had sought the right to impose US$3.4 billion in retaliatory measures, while Washington offered a mere US$500,000.


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