(Pictured above) Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott and British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Scott Furssedonn-Wood in discussion at their courtesy call. (S. Forde-Craigg/BGIS)
Barbados is keen to continue and strengthen its bilateral relationship with the the United Kingdom (UK).
During a recent courtesy call with British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Scott Furssedonn-Wood, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott, expressed appreciation to the UK government for its financial and technical assistance throughout the years. He also identified several areas of interest for collaboration including such as climate change, energy and security.
In turn, High Commissioner Furssedonn-Wood acknowledged the historical connection between both countries and the good working relationship that has existed over the years, while reaffirming his country’s commitment to continue working with Barbados in several areas, including the COVAX facility and the Multinational Coordination Cell Caribbean (MNCCC), which assists with disaster response. He noted that two British vessels would be in the region to assist with disaster relief during this hurricane season, the HMS Medway and the RFA Wave Knight.
The discussion also focused on the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), genomic sequencing, tourism, vulnerability index, UK blacklisting of Barbados, UK-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and training for officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
The Deputy High Commissioner Craig Fulton, Political Officer Tom Hines and Senior Foreign Service Officer Trecia King participated in the bilateral engagement. (BGIS /MFAFT)