Barbados’ relationship with Rwanda was memorialised with the planting of pink and yellow Acacia trees in the National Botanical Gardens by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, this afternoon.
They were joined by Senior Minister coordinating Social and Environmental Policy and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. The Most Honourable Jerome Walcott; Minister of the Environment and National Beautification, Adrian Forde; Dendrologist and Director of the National Botanical Gardens, Nigel Jones, and other officials.
During the tree planting ceremony, Ms. Mottley explained that the garden allowed those who visited to plant a tree and leave a lasting memory of their visit and provide the young constituents of Barbados the opportunity to learn more about the island’s biodiversity.
The Prime Minister further noted that she hoped the planting of trees would inspire the future of Barbados.
During the short ceremony, Ms. Mottley said she shared plans with President Kagame to construct a burial ground at Newton, Christ Church, as the island sought to establish a memorial to prevent a repetition of slavery and forced labour.
Meanwhile, the Rwanda President said he was honoured to join other dignitaries who planted trees in the National Botanical Gardens, and noted that the trees were a tribute to Barbados’ commitment to preserving the quality of life for its citizens.
In a short address, he described it as a fitting way to conclude his visit to the island, which, he said was “memorable and meaningful”.
Following the planting of each tree, Prime Minister Mottley and President Kagame, unveiled a plaque to symbolise the occasion.