PM THOMPSON HOLDS TALKS WITH DIPLOMATS

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Prime Minister David Thompson (right), greets Canada’s High Commissioner to Barbados, David Marshall, during a courtesy call at Ilaro Court

Barbados and CARICOM may be looking to re-visit the feasibility of introducing a ferry service that could enhance travel and transport within the region.

Prime Minister David Thompson alluded to such a possibility during talks today with the Canadian High Commissioner to this country, David Marshall. He told the envoy that the idea was raised at a recent meeting of the Caribbean Development Bank and it deserved some consideration.

That prospect was one of a number of matters the Prime Minister discussed with the High Commissioner and three other diplomats accredited to this country, in separate meetings at his official residence, Ilaro Court. The other envoys who called on Mr. Thompson were:

the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, Duncan Taylor;

Australia’s High Commissioner to Barbados, Philip Kentwell;

and the Cuban Ambassador, Pedro Garcia Roque.

The wide-ranging discussions touched on some recent initiatives of Government, including the proposed Constituency Councils and integrity legislation; as well as the RSS and regional security; climate change; the seasonal overseas workers programme; a new Canada/CARICOM free trade agreement; and the upcoming summit of CARICOM leaders in Washington. Other areas that got attention were: health care; housing; education and training; technical assistance, particularly in the area of sports and medicine; and matters of mutual interest to the respective countries.

All of the diplomats are based here, except the new Australian High Commissioner, Mr. Kentwell, who is stationed in Port of Spain. He presented his letters of credence to Prime Minister Thompson during today’s talks.

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