Barbados is looking to Argentina to help make this country a fully bilingual state.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Jerome Walcott today discussed with Gustavo Martinez Pandiani, the South American country’s ambassador to Barbados, the possibility of developing a programme aimed at enhancing the skills of teachers to teach English and Spanish as a second language, according to the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) is a release this evening.
It said the subject was raised during a courtesy call by Martinez on Walcott at the minister’s office on Culloden Road, St Michael.
“Noting he felt strongly about getting Barbadians to be bilingual, the . . .minister said given the close proximity of Latin America to the island, Spanish was an obvious choice,” the BGIS release stated.
In turn, it said, Martinez “endorsed the prospects for training exchanges and technical cooperation” between the two countries to enhance the Spanish speaking skills of Barbadians and Argentinians’ ability to speak English.
The two also discussed cultural activities to celebrate 50 years of relations between Barbados and Argentina, double taxation, an air services agreement, and bilateral cooperation in agriculture and fisheries.
Barbados and Argentina established diplomatic relations in August 1968.