Sunday 21 July, 2019

Birthday Big Up: PM Mottley's birthday gift a huge deal for Barbados

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has been very busy since assuming office on May 25, 2018. (Photo Credit: Mia Amor Mottley Facebook page)

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has been very busy since assuming office on May 25, 2018. (Photo Credit: Mia Amor Mottley Facebook page)

Prime Minister Mia Mottley is celebrating 53 years of triumph, as many of her biggest dreams have recently come true.

Maybe it was intuition, as she is reported to have told a secondary school teacher that she would become the first female Prime Minister of Barbados. Whatever the case, Mottley is making history.

And look at our gallery of images to see how.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley, the journey from May 25, 2018

After entering political life at the age of 26 in 1991, she recently fulfilled that dream and became the first female Prime Minister of the island. 

But if that wasn't enough, her Barbados Labour Party won all 30 seats in that May 24 General Election - a feat that had never been achieved in the country previously. 

And today she got a birthday gift with a difference.

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Since taking responsibility as the head of government in Barbados, her administration reached a US $290 million staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) early in September. 

An agreement Mottley noted would not only provide much-needed funds to the island, but would also open doors to international lending agencies such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

Now as she celebrates her 53rd birthday, the IMF's Board of Directors approved the distribution of funds over the next four years, giving the government access to the finances needed to carry out its Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) Plan.

Happy birthday PM Mottley!  

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