Chinese Ambassador, Xu Hong, during a courtesy call with Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo. (A.Gaskin/BGIS)??

The creation of training and apprenticeship opportunities was the focus this morning, when China’s Ambassador to Barbados, Xu Hong, met with Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, at her office, at the Warrens Office Complex.

Minister Suckoo explained that these two areas were of great importance to her department and noted that just recently, a delegation had been sent to Germany to look at training models which could benefit the island.

Ambassador Xu observed that employment was a priority for his government, as 20 million people entered China’s job market every year. He stated that an exchange of experiences between Barbados and his country could prove beneficial for both states.

The Labour Minister observed that the Social Partnership arrangement, between Government, the private sector and the work force, was strong and steps continued to be made to further develop that relationship.?? Ambassador Xu agreed that such connections were crucial for both social and economic development, and explained that social welfare and social security were essential issues for China.

Both Minister Suckoo and Ambassador Xu acknowledged the valuable contribution provided by the existing programmes and courses which facilitate the travel of Barbadians to China for training and academic study, and expressed a desire to see this link further strengthened, through the study of Mandarin and Chinese culture at the local level.??

Barbados and China established diplomatic ties in May 1977.


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