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Senator Lynette Eastmond, Barbados' Minister of
Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development, speaking recently
at a business seminar, at United Nations (UN) House, in association
with the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC),
is of the view that the "synergies to be derived from Barbados'
reconnection with Africa, have great potential for culture, the
economy, trade and investment".
Senator Eastmond commented that as part of the foreign
policy, "Barbados has set for itself a goal of reconnecting
with the African continent". She shared several ways in which
the current has achieved this goal.
"We have established formal
diplomatic relations with Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania, Niger, Lesotho,
Namibia, South Africa, Ghana and Botswana. Barbados has signed bilateral
agreements with some of these countries which we consider necessary
for cementing a firm and meaningful relationship. Some of the agreements
are technical scientific and cultural cooperation agreements,"
It is our government's intention to foster greater ties with the
African. Senator Eastmond urged the private sector to "explore
the possibility of engagement in meaningful commercial activity
with Africa with the support and facilitation of government".
Mr. Anton Norris, formerly of the BIDC, commented that despite sharing
a unique cultural history with the African continent, "Barbados
was yet to build a lasting bridge for trading with our neighbours
across the Atlantic.
September 13, 2006 -