The establishment of an Honorary Consulate General of Poland in Barbados has the potential for cooperation between the two countries in a number of??areas, including tourism and security.

This view was expressed recently by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, at a reception to recognise the establishment of the Consulate General and the appointment of Michael Armstrong as Honorary Consul. It was held at George Washington House, Bush Hill, The Garrison, St. Michael.

Senator McClean said she was encouraged by this potential, and was also interested in concluding a Double Taxation Agreement with Poland.

???Despite the several differences between our two countries, in size, economies and populations, I believe that we have together laid the foundation for nurturing a solid and productive relationship based on common interests and shared perspectives. Let us use every opportunity to continue to build on this foundation,??? she added.

The Minister also highlighted the fact that the two countries, which established diplomatic relations on September 13, 1996, shared similar views on the serious threat posed by climate change.

Noting that this connection strengthened their relationship at a bilateral level, she said the Government of Barbados commended and supported the Polish Government in its view that climate change was a threat to security, and welcomed that country???s willingness to advocate on behalf of Small Island Developing States internationally.

Mr. Armstrong agreed with the Minister that the establishment of the Consulate General would strengthen ties between the two countries. He explained that he would seek to facilitate increased trade, as well as explore joint initiatives in tourism, education and culture.

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