Israrel???s Ambassador, Amiram Magid, has described the raising of Israel???s profile in the Caribbean as one of the highlights of his tour of duty.

The official was discussing the existing bilateral relationship and ways in which it can be further strengthened, during a farewell call on Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, recently.

Ambassador Magid said he, along with two of his colleagues, had been able to secure 25 scholarships for studies at the Masters level in Public Health. Of that number, five scholarships had been allocated to the Caribbean region.

???This [initiative] in a nutshell, are some of the things that I have tried to do in the last five years to intensify the bilateral relationship with Israel in the seven countries to which I am accredited,??? he stated.

Meanwhile, Senator McClean expressed Government???s appreciation for the training opportunities provided by Israel and added: ???I am happy to hear about scholarships in health because I think Barbados, as part of CARICOM, has placed the issue of non-communicable diseases on the global agenda. It is not only a regional problem for us, but a global problem.???

The two officials also discussed the conclusion of a Double Taxation Agreement, and Barbados as the ideal place for investment.??Barbados and Israel established diplomatic ties on August 29, 1967.

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