Barbados, Jamaica officials, hold talks

Barbados and Jamaica have identified several areas of cooperation after Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw and Jamaica’s High Commissioner, Arthur Williams, held wide-ranging talks on Tuesday during a courtesy call at Ilaro Court.

The High Commissioner said he is keen to assist Barbados in sports development, given his country’s success in the region and internationally.

Williams said there was a sporting institution in Jamaica that produced highly qualified people in sports and sports administration.

Bradshaw said Barbados would benefit from Jamaica’s expertise in sports, and that this could be achieved by partnering with the University of the West Indies.

“Even though we are known for cricket, Barbadian athletes are good at sports and can definitely benefit from such a partnership, and perhaps some of your coaches can come here,” she stated.

The two officials also discussed the role of music and culture as a unifying force.

Bradshaw explained the work of the National Cultural Foundation and the number of Jamaican artistes who have performed at major events held here, while Williams stated that he was familiar with the Crop Over Festival.

Williams said the two countries had excellent ties in music, sports, culture, and gender affairs.

Bradshaw noted Jamaica’s contribution to the Barbadian economy by way of investment, and expressed optimism about new opportunities. On this point, Minister of State in Foreign Trade and Business Development, Sandra Husbands, who was also present, suggested that the sharing of best practices with this island’s stock exchange was an “excellent area to pursue”.

She also noted opportunities for trade missions for entrepreneurs, fashion, the signing of a cooperation agreement and labour exchanges. Williams promised to take the ideas on board, pointing out that “he was happy to make all the right connections”.

Other areas discussed were the COVID-19 situation in the region, tackling noncommunicable diseases, and tourism. Those present at the meeting included Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Paula Byer, and Acting Chief of Protocol, Resa Layne. (BGIS)

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