Ways in which Barbados and Italy could work together were discussed recently when Special Envoy of Italy, Paolo Serpi, met with this island???s Foreign Minister.

The Special Envoy, who was on the island to sign a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA), met with the Minister, Senator Maxine McClean, prior to the signing.

The two discussed possible collaboration on Climate Change, energy and illegal trafficking. There was also some discussion regarding continued cooperation in the area of cultural heritage.

During the talks Mr. Serpi pointed out that Italy had a good relationship with Barbados and other countries in the region and that his country would like to form even closer ties. He noted that the signing of the DTA was a step in that direction as it would improve the business relationship which currently exists, through the facilitation of trade and the provision of more investment options.

Minister McClean noted that it was imperative that collaborative efforts between the two countries yield tangible results. ???One critical thing is that resources are put into initiatives beyond studies and evaluation. It is time for action; we need to move beyond institutional strengthening and move into areas like market development and creating opportunities for young people,??? she stressed.

Mr. Serpi served as the non-resident Ambassador to Barbados from July 2011 to October 2014. Honorary Consul of Italy to Barbados Paola Baldi was also present at the meeting.


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