|Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine??McClean,??meets with newly appointed High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados, Richard Hanley, yesterday during a courtesy call. (A.Miller/BGIS)??|
Barbados will continue to enhance its longstanding relationship with Canada.
This assurance has come from Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, during a recent courtesy call from newly appointed High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados, Richard Hanley.
Stating that Canada has contributed to the economic development of this island, Minister McClean said, "Barbados is an international jurisdiction which operates an open, transparent financial services regime and we are happy that Canada is an important part of that."
Pointing out that Canadian businesses made up the majority of the island’s international business sector, she added, "There is a renewed tourism thrust in Canada which has resulted in Barbados gaining significant increases in Canadian arrivals. ??We also have a long tradition of scholarships and exchange programmes."
Mr. Hanley agreed that both nations maintained a mutually beneficial relationship, with an increase in economic activity and people to people relations.?? He added that Barbados was a stable, secure destination and an attractive place to visit.??
The new Canadian envoy outlined that priority areas during his tour of duty included labour, environment and security.??