Barbados has taken steps to enhance its relationship with St. Vincent and the Grenadines with the formal accreditation of H.E. the Hon. Robert Morris CHB, as Barbados??? High Commissioner to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
High Commissioner Morris, who is also Barbados??? Ambassador to CARICOM, will be the non-resident representative of Barbados to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
He presented his Letter of Introduction to the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Honourable Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves during a ceremony at the office of the Prime Minister on April 7, 2015.
Prime Minister Gonsalves expressed the interest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in forging closer bilateral ties with Barbados through various areas of cooperation. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is one of Barbados??? strategic partners within the Caribbean region.
In turn, High Commissioner Morris referred to the relationship which exists between the two countries and the significant community of St. Vincent and the Grenadines nationals who reside in Barbados.
He also expressed the interest of Barbados in facilitating cooperation in several areas, including: air transport, maritime affairs, agriculture, security and technical assistance.
While in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, High Commissioner Morris also led a delegation which engaged maritime officials in preliminary discussions to negotiate a maritime boundary treaty between the two countries.
The delimitation of the maritime boundary between Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines will create a zone of certainty within which both countries can pursue closer collaboration in maritime affairs.
High Commissioner Morris also paid courtesy calls on His Excellency Sir Frederick Ballantyne, Governor General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Mr. Nathaniel Williams, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, Commerce and Information Technology.
The move will reinforce the bonds of friendship and solidarity which the two countries enjoy within the Caribbean Region.