Zambia’s High Commissioner to Barbados
Bobby Samakai recently paid a courtesy call
on Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign
Trade Senator Maxine McClean and learnt
of the island’s successful cooperative credit
McClean, offering ways in which
cooperation could be facilitated between the
two countries, said: “Financial cooperative
credit unions are a very huge business here.
We have used the model to mobilize financial
and other resources. It is a principal resource for average
Barbadians . . . . It is one of the businesses we can facilitate. We
have had good success [with it] across the region.”
High Commissioner Samakai, while noting that this was
“definitely something to consider” told the minister that
Barbados’ success with tourism was another area that would be
of interest to Zambia.
He said: “Tourism is something we made a priority in recent
years and we want to learn from you who have been in it for a
The two also discussed issues related to renewable energy
and the sugar cane industry.
Zambia and Barbados established relations in 1971. (BGIS)