Barbados and Malaysia are close to signing a Double Taxation Treaty, which should strengthen relations and deepen cooperation between the two countries.

This was one of the areas discussed yesterday when Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato??? Sri Anifah Hj. Aman called on Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Steve Blackett, at Mr. Blackett???s office, located on the 4th Floor Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael.

Another area of cooperation discussed was the finalisation of a Bilateral Investment Treaty, which would outline the terms and conditions for private investment by nationals and companies of both states.

Both officials touched on the ways in which the two countries as small island developing states were dealing with the negative effects related to climate change and spoke about expectations for the upcoming SIDS conference to be held in Samoa later this year.

The Ministers also dealt with matters related to education and the ways in which the scholarships and training processes currently being offered to Barbadian students, through the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme, could be improved.

Additionally, there was some discourse on the Curriculum Development Based on Ability Structure, which is supported by Malaysian companies like Canon and Hitachi, and how this could be used in Barbados.

Ways in which both countries could facilitate cultural exchanges to improve ???people to people??? relations were also discussed.??Diplomatic relations between Barbados and Malaysia were established on April 10, 1992.

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