Sunday 27 September, 2020

Government announces plans to open diplomatic missions in Africa

Prime Minister Mia Mottley and the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta on his visit to Barbados before COVID-19.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley and the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta on his visit to Barbados before COVID-19.

As part of a national effort towards economic reconstruction and business generation, Government will be strengthening its geopolitical ties by establishing new diplomatic missions in Africa.  

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In the Throne Speech, Governor General Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason revealed that over the past 18 months, Government has established diplomatic relationships with 12 countries. She announced plans to establish High Commissions in Kenya and Ghana, as well as an embassy in the United Arab Emirates and a Consulate at Casablanca, Morocco. 

"This will assist us in broadening our options in diplomacy, trade and investment. Barbados will now have representation at only the location in the South of the globe, of the principal agencies of the United Nations, including UNEP and UN HABITAT," stated Dame Sandra. 
 
In the speech penned by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Dame Sandra also disclosed that the establishment of a Diaspora Unit within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was underway. She expressed that the office would help to advance the island's economic interest by way of using the skills and resources of the Barbadian community living overseas. 

"The power of the diaspora and friends of Barbados must now be leveraged systematically to facilitate and enhance their contribution to Barbadian society and economy, especially through innovation and entrepreneurship, partnerships in various sectors, sustainable philanthropic initiatives, and attractive investment opportunities," the Governor General remarked. 

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