Standards and Regulation in Antigua and Barbuda

In spite of its relatively small land area, Antigua and Barbuda takes place 57 out of 183 in The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index (2011), outdoing countries like Italy or China and also coming out significantly better that the regional average of Latin America and the Caribbean. In particular, construction permits for new businesses can be acquired fairly easily. The state, furthermore, provides two main economic regulators, namely the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) that strives to represent Antigua and Barbuda as a regulated provider of financial services and the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) that deals with the regulation of matters in telecommunication, electricity and water supply. The national institution for standardization is the Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards (ABBS). The government has also signed the Caribbean standardization code CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standard and Quality (CROSQ) and the internationally approved WTO/TBT Code of Good Practice for Standardization.

Standards and Regulation organisations in Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards