Guyana???s Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl B. Greenidge, will pay an official visit to Barbados this Thursday, October 29, to Saturday, October 31.

The Vice President will also participate in the Third Session of the Barbados-Guyana Joint Commission from October 29 to 30.

During his three-day visit, Mr. Greenidge will meet with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean; Minister of Industry, Donville Inniss; Minister of Education, Ronald Jones; and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner.

A cocktail reception will be held in the Vice President???s honour on Thursday, October 29, at the Accra Beach Hotel, Rockley, Christ Church, at 7:00 p.m.; while on Friday, October 30, also at the Accra Beach Hotel, at 5:00 p.m., he will participate in the signing ceremony of the Third Barbados Joint Commission.

This ceremony will comprise the signing of the Agreed Minutes of the 3rd Joint Commission; the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and the Guyana Tourism Authority; and the initialling of a MOU between the Barbados Port Inc. and the Guyana Port Authority.

On Saturday, October 31, Guyana???s Minister of Foreign Affairs will receive a tour of the West India Biscuit Company (WIBISCO), Gills Road, St. Michael, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This will be followed by a meeting with seven Guyanese hospitality workers on internship at the Crane Beach Hotel, at noon.

Barbados and Guyana established formal diplomatic relations on November 30, 1966, and, over the years, the two countries have worked together, both bilaterally and through various regional projects.

At the inaugural Joint Commission meeting in 2007 in Georgetown, Guyana, it was agreed that Joint Commission meetings should take place biennially and alternately in Guyana and Barbados. This meeting resulted in the two sides identifying a number of agreed areas of cooperation in which joint endeavours could be pursued.

Specific areas in which decisions have been made include investment and exports, tourism, hospitality and air services, agriculture and fisheries, maritime administration and marine affairs, education, immigration and security, culture, and youth and sports.

The Third Session of the Joint Commission is expected to facilitate follow-up on the agreed outcomes of the Second Session of the Joint Commission, and craft a work programme for the period 2015 to 2017.

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