Dario Item joined the diplomatic corps of Antigua and Barbuda in 2016. He currently serves as the diplomatic representative of the Caribbean state in Spain, the Principality of Monaco and Liechtenstein.
He holds a degree in law and political science, specialising in criminal law, banking law, financial markets law and consular diplomatic law.
In the performance of his duties, he will be responsible for strengthening cooperation between Antigua and Barbuda and the states in which he has been accredited as ambassador and head of mission: promotion of ecoomic, commercial and cultural relations with the Kingdom of Spain, the Principality of Monaco and the Principality of Liechtenstein.
The priorities are to protect the interests of the state he represents and, on the foreign front, to support international and regional organisations such as the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
The state of Antigua and Barbuda is an archipelago of the Antilles located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of three major islands: Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda, and other smaller islands.
They were discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. During the seventeenth century, they became British colonies.
Currently, Antigua and Barbuda is a constitutional monarchy belonging to the Commonwealth. The state achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1981.
The sovereign is Queen Elizabeth II, represented on the territory by the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams. The government of Antigua and Barbuda is composed of a Prime Minister (currently Gaston Browne, elected in 2014) and a Council of Ministers appointed by the Governor General. The law provides for a bicameral parliament.
The official language is English. However, Creole is also widespread among the population.
Antigua and Barbuda have a population of about 102,102 (2017 data). The black population of African origin is in majority (about 91%), the crossbreeds are about 4% of the population, the white Europeans are a minority (1.7%).
The capital is Saint John’s, the most populous town and beating heart of the island of Antigua. It has about 22 thousand inhabitants. The island of Barbuda, on the other hand, is less populated and wilder from a naturalistic point of view.
Differences between Antigua and Barbud
The economy of the state is based mainly on tourism. Yet the two largest islands are different. Antigua is definitely more lively and crowded and densely populated: it is home to the capital, numerous luxury resorts and more marinas.
Antigua, on the other hand, is quiet, the context is more naturalistic and the rhythms much more relaxed. Although there is no shortage of services and opportunities for sports and entertainment, Barbuda is perfect for those who are looking for a closer contact with nature and a stay of relaxation.
Antigua also has a unique mountain range, Mount Boggy with the famous Shirley Height, the panoramic hill of the island. Barbuda, on the other hand, is completely flat.