BIMAP Encouraged To Forge New Links

Julie Carrington Top Stories

Officials of the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity (BIMAP) are being encouraged to look to such places as Sub-Saharan Africa for new partnership opportunities. This advice has come from Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, as she addressed the institution’s 39th graduation ceremony at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre recently. The Minister told the gathering …

Foreign Minister Praises China Relations

Julie Carrington Top Stories

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, has praised the long-standing diplomatic relations between China and Barbados that have resulted in a strong and rewarding partnership. The Minister pointed to the successes of the partnership over the last four decades, while delivering an address at the Chinese Ambassadors’ Awards ceremony at the Chinese Embassy, Rockley, Christ Church, …

Flying The Bajan Flag High In Japan

Julie Carrington Top Stories

Dawn Springer spent an entire summer studying the basic characters of the Japanese language, and now it has paid big dividends for the unassuming 21-year old. She is now the chief Japanese interpreter for Nanyo City, Japan – the host town for the Barbados Olympic team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. She recounted her road there, and her experience …

Good Relations Between B’dos & India

Deirdre Gittens Top Stories

India wants to continue its “very good relations” with Barbados. That country’s High Commissioner to Barbados, Satendar Kumar, expressed this view recently during a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean. Mr. Kumar said India enjoyed a good relationship with Barbados and was focused on improving those relations even further. Senator McClean thanked the …

McClean Bids Farewell To Chinese Envoy

Deirdre Gittens Top Stories

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, recently bade farewell to outgoing Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Barbados, Wang Ke. During a recent courtesy call at the Ministry’s Culloden Road, St. Michael location, Ambassador Wang conveyed good wishes to the Foreign Minister and revealed that she found it difficult to say goodbye. She also …

B’dos & China Visa Waiver Agreement

Joy Springer Top Stories

Barbadians wishing to travel to the People’s Republic of China for 30 days or less, no longer require a visa to enter that country. A reciprocal visa waiver agreement between the Government of Barbados and the People’s Republic of China, which came into effect on June 1, 2017, allows citizens holding ordinary passports of both countries to travel visa free …

Barbados Lauded By New UN Women’s Head

Joy-Ann Gill Top Stories

Barbados’ selection of a Permanent Secretary with responsibility for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came in for high praise recently, when new Head of UN Women, Mary McLean, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean. Senator McClean, in acknowledging that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had identified a Permanent Secretary within his Ministry …

Friendly Relations With Israel Assured

Joy-Ann Gill Top Stories

Barbados has been assured that the friendly relations it has cultivated with Israel will continue. This assurance came recently when outgoing Israeli Ambassador to Barbados, Mordehai Amihai-Bivas, paid a farewell visit on Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, at her Culloden Road office. Acknowledging that meetings with the island’s Prime Minister and others had convinced him …

Agreement Signed With C’bean Export

Deirdre Gittens Top Stories

Barbados has signed on to a Host Country Agreement with the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) to receive support for private sector development. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, and Executive Director of Caribbean Export, Pamela Coke-Hamilton, recently signed the agreement in the Ministry’s conference room, Culloden Road. Senator McClean stated that she was very …

Diplomatic Corps Have A Vital Role

Joy-Ann Gill Top Stories

The role of the Honorary Consular Corps and the Diplomatic Corps is still relevant, and they have an important contribution to make despite significant global challenges that have major implications for how Barbados engages at the bilateral and multilateral levels. This reminder came last Friday from Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, as she addressed a …