Barbados and Mexico have worked closely at the multilateral level for years but particularly so in the area of climate change.
This is one of the reasons why this country regards its relationship with Mexico as extremely important.??
Pointing to the "Conference of Parties Meeting" (16th Cancun Climate Change Conference) which was hosted by Mexico, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean noted that the Central American country was a strong advocate in the fight against climate change.
She was speaking ?? last Sunday, after the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding between CARICOM and Mexico during the Second CARICOM-Mexico Summit which was held at the Hilton Barbados.
The Foreign Affairs Minister noted that Barbados was a major player in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) – a coalition of 43 low-lying island and coastal nations that were highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Disclosing that Barbadian Foreign Service Officer, Selwyn Hart was instrumental in climate change deliberations, she reported that he was highly respected for his contributions to the negotiations and his efforts to help create the global climate fund.
Barbados also engages with Mexico on a number of other multilateral issues.?? "We also cooperate with Mexico on the level of the Organisation of American States (OAS) and in a more recent entity, CLAC, which is the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries," Minister McClean confirmed.
Referring to Barbados and Mexico’s bilateral relationship, she noted: "To date, we have not maximised on the cooperation agreements that we have with them but we are seeking to do that."??