Ambassador-designate to Caracas, Sandra Phillips, during a courtesy call with Acting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart earlier today.????

Strategies for strengthening relations between Barbados and Caracas were the focus of discussions between Acting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Ambassador-designate to Caracas, Sandra Philips, today.

The talks took place at the Prime Minister’s Office at Government Headquarters, ahead of Ms. Phillips’ departure on Wednesday, September 1, to assume her new role.

Outlining what she envisaged with respect to relations between the two countries, Ms. Phillips said that culture, especially the areas of music and craft, and technical cooperation, were two possibilities for enhancing ties.

The Ambassador-designate told the Acting Prime Minister that some of the other areas to be explored were the exportation of services to Venezuela; attracting students to study English here; and establishing direct airlift.????

Mr. Stuart congratulated Ms. Phillips on her appointment which he said was "richly deserved" and wished her a successful tour of duty. He noted that her previous posting at the Embassy in Caracas from 1988 to 1991, would certainly assist her in performing her role.??

Ms. Phillips joined the Barbados Foreign Service in 1987, where she has served with distinction, both at Headquarters and on overseas assignments.

In addition to Venezuela, it is anticipated that the new Ambassador will cover several Latin American countries on a non-resident basis, once the necessary arrangements have been completed.??gapplewhaite@barbados.gov.bb

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