|Barbados and the People’s Republic of China signed an Economic and Technical Agreement today. ??Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean and Chinese Ambassador to Barbados, Mr. Xu Hong were all smiles after signing the agreement at the ministry’s Culloden Road headquarters. ??(C.Pitt/BGIS)??|
The signing of an Economic and Technical Agreement by Barbados and the People’s Republic of China is a signal that the relationship between the countries is strengthening.??
|Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean (left), accompanied by Senior Foreign Service Officer, Trecia King; and Chinese Ambassador to Barbados, Mr. Xu Hong, accompanied by Commissioner & Trade Councilor at the Chinese Embassy, during the signing an Economic and Technical Agreement between Barbados and China today. ??(C.Pitt/BGIS)??|
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, made this assertion today, as she and Chinese Ambassador to Barbados, Xu Hong, signed the agreement at the Ministry’s headquarters at Culloden Road, St. Michael.
Assuring Ambassador Xu that Barbados would take full advantage of China’s generosity, Minister McClean pointed out: "In May 2012, we celebrated 35 years of diplomatic relations and this Economic and Technical Agreement [further] demonstrates the strengthening of our friendship and bilateral relations."
Moreover, the Foreign Affairs Minister noted that Barbados was identifying a number of developmental initiatives that could benefit from the new agreement.
In turn, the Chinese envoy noted that it was an honour to sign the agreement on behalf of his country, and outlined that the agreement would assist Barbados in its development and economic growth.
Over the years, China has provided assistance for numerous development projects, including the construction of the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, and the Elsie Payne Complex – the headquarters of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development.