Housing Minister named Acting Prime Minister during Suriname visit
Acting Prime Minister, George Payne Q.C. MP (center)
Prime Minister Mia Mottley is on official business in Suriname and the Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development is the acting Prime Minister in her absence.
George Payne is also the Member of Parliament for St. Andrew, and he is Chairman of the ruling-Barbados Labour Party. He was a lawyer by profession. He is a Queen's Counsel and according to the Barbados Bar Association website, he was admitted to the Bar in 1975.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley was reportedly invited to Suriname by the President of Suriname, Desiré Bouterse.
Barbados and Suriname established diplomatic relations in March 1978. This friendship was strengthened in February 2005 with the signing of the Agreement for the Deepening of Bilateral Cooperation between both Governments. This Agreement provides for joint action in several areas, including trade and investment, agriculture, housing, the environment, education and training, science and technology, marine affairs, culture and sports. It also made provision for a Joint Commission to facilitate implementation of the agreement via the execution of projects.
Those accompanying Prime Minister Mottley on the official visit include Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on International Business, Ben Arrindell.
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