Barbados is looking to make its stamp far and wide.

That is according to Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, who would be leading a 15-person delegation to engage his counterparts in Colombia.

Speaking ahead of his trip last Saturday evening, the Minister stated that he would hold talks with influential members of Colombia???s business community on matters such as a Double Taxation Agreement, Air Services and also discussions that would lead to Barbados getting an increase in business in its Financial Services and international business out of Colombia; whilst at the same time facilitating investments from further afield through Barbados into Colombia.

Stating that Colombia remained an attractive place for this country???s international business sector to be conducting business with, Mr. Inniss indicated that he planned to ???robustly engage them over the next few days???.??In addition, he pointed out that based on what was happening in Africa, he also planned to ???work hand in hand,??? with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to further strengthen and deepen relations with the continent.

???We are ???upping??? our work on the African continent diplomatically through the work there in terms of diplomatic relations therein but in addition to that we are looking to attract inward investment, but notwithstanding also facilitate investment through Barbados into key African countries, namely, Rwanda, Kenya, Burkina Faso and South Africa. So, the international business sector continues to be very buoyant and vibrant for us.???

The delegation comprises representatives from the Ministry of International Business; Invest Barbados; the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation; the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.; the Blue Financial Group; Chancery Chambers; Harridyal-Sodha & Associates; JLT Barbados; Scotiabank and Thompson Henry & Associates.??The Minister and his team will return to the island on Thursday, July 9.

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