Barbados: Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley met with Foreign Affairs Minister of the UK- David Cameron, amid COP 28. The meeting featured a discussion on regional and global geopolitical importance and climate issues.
The meeting was held on Tuesday at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
They exchanged their views, in particular on Loss & Damage and Climate Resilient Debt Clauses. The discussion also went further with matters of regional and global geopolitical importance and other necessary requirements to be cared about by both sides.
PM Mia Mottley expressed gratitude for the cooperation and a meaningful discussion on not just the current concerns of the country but also the issues beyond that.
After the optimistic session, both sides came in front of the media and shared their views and expectations on the meeting, plans and the future of both nations together in the upcoming times.
Prime Minister Mottley said, “I am confident that Barbados and the UK can build on our close partnership to seek solutions to these poly-crises that continue to undermine our development.”
Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron also shared similar words about the relations between the UK and Barbados and also appreciated the stance of the country on climate and its conservation.
He said, “With COP28 underway, it was great to meet Barbados PM, one of the world’s most powerful advocates for climate action and a bigger, better, fairer international finance system.”
On a question about the future alignment of both nations, he added, “On this, and so much else, the UK and Barbados are close partners and will continue to work together to make progress.”
The voice matched from both sides and highlighted the importance of mutual cooperation in addressing multiple issues that come as barriers in the way of the progress of both nations and also the world together in terms of climate, economy, and geopolitical stability.
In a press conference, the leader of Barbados, Mia Mottley, also thanked the President of COP28, Sultan Al Jaber, for the progress that has been made on climate finance.
She said, “Adaptation, mitigation, loss, and damage are the main three areas that we’ve been focused on for the last few years and intent to achieve great heights in the process.”
Other than the British, Barbados also signed a new bilateral investment treaty with the United Arab Emirates for the protection of investments between both nations and the development and expansion of economic relations in different areas.
Also, for the development of a new wind energy project that will be at Lamberts in St. Lucy, Barbados, partnered with IFC.
“The project is likely to attract an investment of nearly US$80M in wind-generated RE, adding 30-40MW to the grid.”, PM said.
Mottley also attended meetings with Alexia Latortue, Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury; James Scriven, CEO of IDB; and Hong Paterson, CFO of GCF at COP28 entitled, Small Islands, Big Challenges.
Regarding Barbados-UK relations, the normal people of Barbados have very mixed feelings about this cooperation of their own nation.
Many people see it in a very optimistic way and say, “This is great that our nation is doing so good on an international platform and putting necessary concerns ahead that may be of the region to the whole world. This is a great thing also about our growth and what we can achieve in future.”
On the other hand, There are also a good amount of count of people who don’t feel very positive about this cooperation; they say, “We want our nation to do good and grow better, but we also need to think about the trust factor. About the UK, we don’t feel very good and optimistic due to their known past record. They being friendly seems like a wolf in a herd of sheep.”
Meanwhile, on the Diplomatic level, the relationship of Barbados with the UK seems to be getting stronger, and both sides promising to work together on the mentioned issue, not just on paper but in reality.