Press briefing on Independence Events – November 18, 2021. (PMO)

Regional heads of government and state are expected on island to join Barbadians in the celebrations to mark the transition to republic status come November 30. 

Cabinet Secretary, Hughland Allman, made the announcement during a press conference this evening.

He disclosed that based on several requests from the regional and international community to attend this “very auspicious occasion” that invitations had been sent to all CARICOM Heads of Government and State.

So far, approximately seven CARICOM heads confirmed their attendance, with others expecting to do so in the coming days.  

In addition, Mr. Allman stated that the heads of government from Liberia and Ghana had been invited to the celebrations and in the event that they are unable to attend may send messages to Barbados.

“It’s a historical occasion for us and with Barbados’ international reputation…a lot of our friends are seeking to share [in the celebrations],” he underlined.

Additionally, the Cabinet Secretary described His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales’ attendance and participation in the celebrations as a “good indication of the relationship that exists not only between the countries, but between His Royal Highness and our head of government, basically, where he himself has indicated his desire to attend”.

Prince Charles, who arrives on Monday, November 29, as Queen’s Elizabeth’s representative, will be accorded full military royal honours.

As is customary, Mr. Allman said the local resident diplomatic corps, which include heads of overseas missions, heads of international organisations, and the Honorary Consular Corps, and non-resident Ambassadors will participate in the celebrations.

The Cabinet Secretary added that all dignitaries arriving in the island would be in compliance with the country’s COVID-19 protocols.

julie.carrington@barbados.gov.bb

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