Antigua Finance Minister Errol Court travelled to Washington recently, and will meet with USTR representative Susan Schwab soon in an effort to resolve the ongoing Internet gambling trade dispute between the two nations.

The time allotted for the conclusion of the current round of talks is drawing to a close. The two countries applied to the WTO to suspend all legal efforts in Geneva until 6 June. If no resolution is achieved before then, the legal trade battle will be automatically resumed.

Both Cort and Antigua and Barbuda’s attorney at the WTO Mark Mendel have expressed the opinion that an amicable resolution would be preferable to the continuation of the protracted WTO battle.

Meanwhile, the Antigua Sun has been informed that the finance minister will travel from Washington to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to attend the 38th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

The CDB meeting will run from 26 - 29 May and will be attended by several Caribbean heads of government and finance ministers along with regional and international banking officials and representatives from major international organisations.