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A very ‘fruitful’ visit

The recently concluded visit of President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to Barbados is being described as “fruitful”. During the three-day visit, Kenyatta held discussions with Prime Ministers Mia Mottley and Allan Chastenet, Ministers representing Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Suriname, and CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque. Following those discussions, […]

Kenya’s President to visit Barbados

President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, will pay an official visit to Barbados from Wednesday, August 7, to Friday, August 9. During his visit, he will pay a courtesy call on Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, which will be followed by a reception at Government House. President Kenyatta will participate in a bilateral […]

Mottley in Morocco to forge closer links

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has signalled her intention to forge deep ties with countries outside of North America and Europe. The latest effort saw a delegation of government officials and key business figures meet in the Moroccan capital of Rabat, where the Prime Minister, along with Foreign Minister Senator Dr Jerome Walcott, pledged to good […]

Argentina´s National Day: A night to be remembered

Last Friday night, the Embassy of Argentina in Barbados opened its doors to celebrate their National Day. In a relaxed environment, Ambassador Gustavo Martinez Pandiani received in his residence, dyed blue and white for the occasion, “the dearest friends of Argentina”, as he described the more than 200 hundred distinguished guests. Among those present, the […]

Jerome Walcott

Visas cut

Government now has 30 ‘new friends’ following a decision to abolished visa restrictions on those countries. This was revealed Friday afternoon by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Dr Jerome Walcott during a post-Cabinet press conference at Government headquarters, Bay Street, St Michael. The minister said the decision to remove the visa restrictions was made during a Cabinet […]

Husbands: We must never forget Cubana tragedy

Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, believes that the “act of terrorism” which occurred in territorial waters off Barbados 42 years ago “is forever etched in our memories,” and commemorating it should continue. She was speaking during a memorial service to commemorate the October 6, 1976 downing of Cubana Airlines Flight 455, […]

Barbados remains committed to OAS: Walcott

Barbados is committed to building a strong and effective Organisation of American States (OAS), Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr Jerome Walcott said. Walcott made these remarks recently at the opening of an exhibition and reception to celebrate the OAS’ 70th anniversary, at the Inter-American Development Bank in Christ Church. He said the event’s theme: OAS: […]

McClean addresses de-risking, SDGs at UN

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maxine McClean, has taken Barbados’ concerns over de-risking on correspondent banking activity to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In her address to the 71st session of the UNGA this afternoon, McClean said “the negative impacts of the economic and financial decisions of international financial and other institutions”, as well as “persistent […]

Barbados wary of Panama Papers threat

Three weeks after the release of the so-called Panama Papers placed the global offshore financial services industry under more intense scrutiny, Barbados is undertaking a review of its own international financial services sector to counter the perception that the island is a tax haven. Minister of International Business Donville Inniss, in making the disclosure, said […]

Fresh talks

Barbados is preparing to start a new round of negotiations on its maritime boundaries. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Maxine McClean made the disclosure in the Senate this morning while leading off debate on the 2015-2016 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure. McClean, who is leader of Government Business in that Chamber, revealed that […]

Japan to establish embassy in Barbados

The Government of Japan is moving ahead with its preparations to establish a Permanent Mission in Barbados by January 2016. Japanese Ambassador Yoshimasa Tezuka updated Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean on the move today during a courtesy call at the Ministry’s Culloden Road, St. Michael, location. Senator McClean welcomed the […]

Bim to benefit from CELAC/China initiative

Barbados is in line to benefit from billions of dollars in investment opportunities, over the next decade, under a new initiative between the Republic of China and Latin America and the Caribbean. Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean highlighted this yesterday, following her attendance at the first ministerial meeting of the Community of Latin […]