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Barbados Seeks To Build On Ties With CARICOM, Panama

by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
09 April, 2015

Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is attending high-level meetings in Jamaica and Panama to explore areas of common interest, and potential collaboration in the area of international business.

Stuart joined Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government in Jamaica for a meeting with US President Barack Obama to discuss critical issues of interest to the two sides, including competitiveness, on April 9.

Stuart is also to attend the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama, titled "Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas," which is to be held on April 11, 2015.

There will be youth, civil society, and business forums during the summit. The business forum will analyze opportunities for promoting investment, facilitating trade and fostering development, particularly in the energy, agri-business, finance, information technology, and public infrastructure sectors.

During the visit, his first to Panama, he will meet with Panamanians of Barbadian descent, government officials, and key contacts in the private sector, and lay the foundation for the exchange of official visits between the two countries at a later date. "We want to strengthen our relationship, not only for historical reasons and the Diaspora connection, but we see potential for cooperation in several areas, including trade, tourism, international business, air services and culture," Stuart said.

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