Barbados is looking forward to deepening its relationship with New Zealand.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Dr Jerome Walcott gave this assurance during a courtesy call on him by outgoing New Zealand High Commissioner to Barbados Jan Henderson.
During the meeting held recently at Parliament, it was acknowledged that though the two countries established diplomatic relations on July 4, 1974, a resident diplomatic post was not created until March 2014.
Walcott said he looked forward to deepening relations with New Zealand and thanked the High Commissioner for her work, particularly in the areas of renewable energy and agriculture.
Henderson, whose office played an integral role in the staging of an Agriculture is Food cooking competition to promote agriculture as a viable career choice to secondary school children, and also supported work done with this island’s Blackbelly sheep, said she enjoyed working with Barbados and the other Caribbean islands.
She noted that her country and the region shared a love for cricket and netball, and said she hoped to eventually see the sharing of coaching expertise.
The envoy called for more Barbadians to take advantage of post-graduate scholarships offered by the government of New Zealand, especially since they were in critical target areas, such as agriculture and fisheries, conservation, renewable energy and disaster risk management.
Her discussions with Dr Walcott also touched on issues of climate change, small island developing states and the blue Economy.
Henderson’s tour of duty ends this month, after serving since March 2014.