Barbados & Japan: 51 Years Of Friendship

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Mutual respect and co-operation have been the foundation of the 51-year friendship between Barbados and Japan. This is according to Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands. Ambassador of Japan to Barbados, Teruhiko Shinada, similarly believes that during the reign of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Japan, Emperor Akihito, bilateral relations between both countries have been “cordial and …

Foreign Trade Division Meets With Private Sector

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Barbados is pushing ahead in its quest to expand trade to create economic growth by hosting consultations with representatives of the island’s private sector. The Foreign Trade Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has been hosting these meetings with the aim of sensitizing stakeholders about decisions taken by CARICOM Governments at the 47th COTED Meeting, held …

Caribbean A Prime Market For Local Businesses

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Haiti, Suriname and Guyana have been identified as three CARICOM countries ripe with opportunities, and Barbadians have been encouraged to position themselves and their businesses to penetrate these markets. Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, shared this advice on Tuesday, during a workshop held by the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) on the ISO 20700 …

Gov’t Procurement Open To Regional Companies

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Barbadian businesses will soon have the opportunity to bid on millions of dollars’ worth of government contracts across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This is according to Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, who was speaking at an ISO 20700 Standard in Management Consultancy Services workshop on Tuesday, which was organized by the Caribbean Institute Certified Management Consultants …

Students Awarded For Mastering Chinese

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Five students from the Confucius Institute of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus were awarded for their outstanding performance in learning the Chinese Mandarin language. Phillip Prescott, Alicia Harewood, Aliah-Rose Taitt, Asha John and Destinee Alexander were presented with the 2018 Chinese Ambassador’s Award during a recent ceremony at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Minister …

Commonwealth Members Urged To Boost Trade

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Commonwealth countries have been urged to boost trade among their members and to remove non-tariff barriers which are a major hindrance to intra-Commonwealth exports. This call has come from Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, at the start of a three-day Commonwealth Trade Policy Meeting being held at the Courtyard by Marriott, Hastings, Christ Church. The event, …

COTED Chair: We Must Make CARICOM Work

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CARICOM countries have been told to make CARICOM work. This call was made recently by Chairman of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), Sandra Husbands, at the 47th Meeting of the COTED, held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana, from November 15 to 16. Mrs. Husbands, who is also Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade …

Critical Time For Post Cotonou Negotiations

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Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, believes that discussions for a successor to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement are taking place at “a very critical juncture in history”. She made this observation during her feature address at the recently concluded African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Private Sector Consultation on Post-Cotonou Negotiations, held at the Accra Beach Hotel and …

Minister Husbands Talks Agriculture With IICA

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Barbados is looking at ways to capitalize on its agriculture niches and reduce this island’s food import bill. Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, alluded to these objectives during a recent courtesy call by Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Manuel Otero, and Representative of the IICA Delegation in Barbados, Ena Harvey, at the Ministry’s headquarters …

Husbands: We Must Never Forget Cubana Tragedy

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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, which exploded off the coast …