Anguilla Country Report
Anguilla is a self-governing British Overseas Territory (BOT), with autonomy over internal affairs, but with the UK retaining control over most foreign policy. Since April 2015, Victor Banks has served as chief minister, with his Anguilla United Front (AUF) party holding six of the seven seats in the territory’s legislature. Hurricanes in September 2017 caused 'moderate to severe' damage to electricity, cable, and water networks, although power has now been restored across the island. The UK government has allocated Anguilla GBP60 million in reconstruction funding. Luxury hotels and tourist infrastructure were also badly affected, which will undermine the prospects for the key tourism sector in 2018. The UK has placed pressure on local authorities to clamp down on tax avoidanceand offshore secrecy.
With a reasonable road network and good access to major airports, ongoing investment in upgrading port facilities, and a modern telecommunications system, infrastructure in Anguilla is relatively good by regional standards. Recovery of infrastructure – including roads and ports – post Hurricane Irma in September 2017 is continuing steadily with support from the UK. The island's offshore financial sector will have to adopt a public ownership register by end 2020 or have it imposed by the UK government. However, corruption is not a major concern on Anguilla. Disruptive strike action is uncommon in Anguilla by regional standards.
The terrorism risk is low. There are no known domestic or foreign terrorist groups that would target Anguilla.
The war risk is low. Anguilla is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom and would benefit from its protection if threatened by another state.
Strike action in Anguilla is relatively uncommon by regional standards. One of the most major recent incidents occurred in March 2015 when local ferry operators held a strike over fare controls. Protest risks have increased in light of the widespread destruction caused by hurricanes in September 2017. Should locals begin to perceive that the government is not handling the relief and reconstruction effort competently, it will likely face demonstrations in the areas worst affected by the hurricane damage. However, to date, there have been no reported demonstrations in the six-month period following the hurricanes.