Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott and Ambassador of the United Mexican States to Barbados, Rosario Asela Molinero, recently discussed enhancing trade and cooperation between Barbados and Mexico.
During a courtesy call held at the Ministry on Culloden Road, St. Michael, Minister Walcott welcomed Ambassador Molinero to the island.
Ms. Molinero, who had presented her credentials to Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason, earlier that day, said it was her honour to work on enhancing relations between both countries.
The officials discussed proposed topics for inclusion in a cooperation framework, which included an air services agreement, as well as double taxation agreements and bilateral investment treaties. It was noted that airlift between the countries would benefit tourism and trade.
In addition, the Minister pointed out that Barbados places importance on ocean governance, including the management of Sargassum seaweed. The Mexican envoy indicated that her country has found ways to monetize the seaweed, as it is used to make bricks and other products.
On the matter of trade, the Ambassador suggested that Barbados could consider diversifying its trade with Europe, by sourcing products and services from the regional/hemispheric market. She also proposed that Mexico could assist Barbados with the development of its artisanal industry.
Barbados and Mexico established diplomatic relations in 1972.