Scholarships a Symbol of Regional Integration

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Consul General of Guyana to Barbados, Michael Brotherson, has lauded the award of four scholarships to Barbadians to study at the Guyana School of Agriculture, describing it as a symbol of deeper regional integration.

He made these comments this morning while addressing a press conference to present four Barbadian students with their acceptance letters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Consul General Brotherson said: ???I am happy that some bright Barbadian students are helping to give practical meaning to the ongoing efforts to deepen regional integration by choosing to further their studies in a sister CARICOM State ??? Guyana in this instance. The second reason why I am happy [this morning] is that this ceremony is representative of yet another manifestation of the excellent relations that exist between Guyana and Barbados.???

In acknowledging the long-standing bilateral relationship, he said this was further enhanced with an emphasis on positive things that bind the two countries together such as the provision of opportunities for educating young people and ???building capacity to meet our respective and collective developmental goals???.

???Guyana is mindful of its relations with Barbados and we are committed to working to ensure that those relations grow from strength to strength???,??? Consul General Brotherson added.

The diplomat thanked Minster of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, for helping to maintain the harmonious relationship between Barbados and Guyana.

He also noted that this relationship was necessary at a time when ???extra-regional pursuits seemingly appear more appealing and attractive than regional endeavours and every effort at enhancing relations between countries of the region must be recognised and lauded???.

Consul General Brotherson congratulated the students and urged them to enjoy the vastness of Guyana and its many attractions including the Kaieteur Falls.

The scholarship awardees are: Hallan Connell, who will be pursuing a Diploma in Agriculture; Warren Ashby and Tonya Ifill, a Certificate in Agro Processing; while Saskia Vaughan, will be studying for a Diploma in Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health.

julie.carrington@barbados.gov.bb

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