|??Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, greets Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, at the start of the two-day, 2nd CARICOM-Mexico Summit, while Secretary-General of CARICOM, Irwin LaRocque watches. (C.Pitt/BGIS)|
If Barbados and other CARICOM nations are to fully make the most of the tremendous opportunities afforded by Mexico, then transportation is of critical importance.
This is the view of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, who made this clear during a press briefing at the 2nd CARICOM-Mexico Summit.
Indicating that this was an area that would have been discussed by the Heads of Governments during the two-day conference, she pointed out that transportation was identified as critical to furthering the stated objectives.
She noted: "As we look at what is happening internationally, the development of economies such as Mexico and Brazil are those which suggest… we are near, but yet so far.?? But there are tremendous opportunities and if we are to actualise those opportunities, then transportation, whether maritime or air, would be critical, and that is appreciated as we look at Central and South America.?? So moving forward, transportation must be a critical part of any initiatives to strengthen our relationships especially our economic and trade relationships."