Barbados continues to treasure its relationship with India.

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, made this known recently, when he met with Special Secretary to the Americas Consular and Passport, Ministry of External Affairs, the Republic of India, Mr. R. Swaminathan, during a courtesy call at his Reef Road office.

During the talks, Minister Inniss pointed out that Barbados has always sought to have bilateral relations with India and has benefited from opportunities offered through scholarships and various activities.

He added that he looked forward to ???deepening and further strengthening the relationship between Barbados and India???.??Mr. Swaminathan said both countries could stand to benefit from capacity building and noted that India could learn from Barbados in areas such as Tourism.

Both officials also touched on the topic of micro and small enterprises, with the Minister suggesting that further collaboration in this field would prove to be of ???great benefit to Barbados???. He said areas of interest include renewable energy, training for individuals who regulated the renewable energy sector and agro processing.

The Indian official informed the Minister that his country was more than willing to partner in these fields, stating that, ???distance and size should not hinder our relationship???.

The areas discussed for future cooperation include business and investment; sports and youth affairs; scholarships and training; information and communication technology, medical professional exchanges and pharmaceuticals, and the creative arts sector (film).

Barbados and India established diplomatic ties on November, 30, 1966. This early recognition was based on the British heritage which the two countries shared.

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