Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has welcomed the recent signing of the Air Services Agreement between Barbados and India, saying it could potentially bring the citizens of the two countries together.
During a recent farewell call by the outgoing High Commissioner of the Republic of India, Murugesan Subashini, at Ilaro Court, Stuart also identified sports and youth affairs among areas for deeper cooperation with India.
“Sports development is critical and it is a way to beneficially engage the younger cohort of our population, and India has a good record in that area,” he said.
The Prime Minister also praised the outgoing envoy for her contribution, while noting that several Barbadians had benefited from India scholarships over the years.
During the meeting, the outgoing Indian diplomat, who was accompanied by India’s Honorary Consul in Barbados Dr Mohini Harris, also hailed the new air services agreement, saying it would pave the way for more people-to-people contact between the two countries.
However, she noted that “a few minor changes” had been suggested for a new memorandum of understanding covering other areas of cooperation and expressed hope that it would be signed soon.
The High Commissioner, who will be retiring next month, also hopes to see an improvement in trade between the two countries. She pointed out that India was putting greater emphasis on the growth of its renewable energy sector.