Barbados signs agreements with Guyana and Suriname
The island nation of Barbados has signed agreements with two of its CARICOM neighbors, providing for enhanced cooperation between governments and the exploitation of opportunities in several areas of economic activity for their people.
The Agreement for a Platform for Strategic Dialogue and Cooperation between Barbados and Suriname was signed by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and President of Suriname Chandrikapersad Santokhi at the Presidential Palace in Paramaribo, while the Barbados/ Guyana was signed during a break in talks at the 43rd Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government.
Prime Minister Mottley said: “The truth is that we have already seen substantial engagement between our private sectors. We have seen substantial engagement with ordinary people in sports and other areas. And we also see a very strong and ongoing relationship with the government and people of Suriname, because we believe we have an obligation to work with the people in our neighborhood.
“And you are one of those for whom, for all the reasons, only language and history have separated us so far. And we’ve come to this point over the last few years that it shouldn’t be a barrier anymore.