Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has lauded the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), saying it has done a lot of ???good work??? in Barbados and the Caribbean.

Mr. Stuart made the comments recently when the new UNDP Resident Representative, Stephen O’Malley, paid him a courtesy call at Government Headquarters.

The Prime Minister said Barbados had benefitted substantially from the support of the United Nations system and stressed that the UNDP had served the country ???quite well???.

He congratulated Mr. O’Malley on his new assignment and promised Government’s full support as he urged him to do the best he could with the resources at his disposal.

Mr. O’Malley stated that those involved in the UN system were continuing to make it as relevant as possible. He commended the Government for its leadership and for hosting the three-day SIDS Inter-Regional Preparatory Meeting, currently being held at Hilton Barbados.

He pointed out that the UN had attached great importance to this meeting and said he was hopeful that a comprehensive document would be created following the intensive discussions.

Prime Minister Stuart stressed that Government remains committed and interested in matters concerning small island developing states.

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