Prime David Thompson today bade farewell to outgoing Brazilian Ambassador, Orlando Galveas Oliviera, during a courtesy call at Ilaro Court.

Mr. Thompson said the two nations had established a good platform to move forward, and expressed hope that progress would be made on areas of mutual interest. He wished the Ambassador all the best in his next posting.

In turn, the Ambassador Oliviera spoke about the highpoints of the relationship between Barbados and Brazil, including the signing of six agreements, with two more to be negotiated, and the visit of his country’s Foreign Minister to Barbados. He also mentioned the possibility of having cultural activities which could form part of the tourism calendar.

Mr. Oliviera noted that his country had offered HIV/AIDS training to Barbadians and that this could be expanded. He also lamented the absence of a direct flight from Barbados to Brazil, which would significantly reduce the flying time from 24 hours, to two or three hours. He said it would encourage other South Americans to visit.

Discussion also focused on cooperation in agriculture and the possible conclusion of a double taxation agreement.

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