Barbados: Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley welcomed Ambassador of France to the Eastern Caribbean States, to Barbados and to the OECS Jacques-Henry Heuls to the Barbados on 30th July 2021.
She said, “We used the opportunity to discuss ways of deepening our relations with the French Republic.”
“With almost 55 years of diplomatic ties, if we are going to ever overcome the language barrier, it has to be now as it is in our interest to see France as a gateway for us into the European Union, and for France to see us as a keen partner in the Americas.” Prime Minister Mottley added.
She further noted that I hope to be able to speak with President Macron – whether it is defence and security…whether it is climate change, coronavirus, or the OECD or other financial blacklisting, or the new global corporation tax, which we understand that countries will soon introduce.
“What is at stake is 13 % of our tax revenue and in circumstances where we are not like the other tax jurisdictions,” she noted.
Barbados France relations :
The bilateral relations and trade between the two nations remain modest. In 2006, France exported to Barbados mainly: electrical equipment, wood, paper, and cardboard products. Barbados also has traded with France’s territories in the Caribbean, such as Guadeloupe and Martinique. The Government of France supports 22 programmes in Barbados. Ties, including trade between Barbados and the French Departments in the Americas, have been steadily increasing. Attention in Barbados is currently being paid towards the creation of the “CARIFORUM French Caribbean Task Force”, which will guide the way forward on regularised cooperation with the overseas areas of France.
Barbados is an eastern Caribbean country and an independent British Commonwealth nation. Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port among colonial buildings and Nidhe Israel, a synagogue founded in 1654.