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Barbados & China discuss transport & trade

May 24, 2024

Barbados and China have discussed strengthening relations through transportation and trade.

The discussion took place between Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kerrie Symmonds, and Chairman of China’s Council for the Promotion of International Trade Ren Hongbin.

They met on the sidelines of the United Nations Trade and Development Global Supply Chain Forum at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Mr. Symmonds revealed Barbados aims to transition its transportation sector to renewable energy as part of efforts to become fossil-fuel free by 2030.

With regards to trade, the Minister shared Barbados’ goal of becoming an air, sea, and logistics hub for the southern Caribbean.

Other areas discussed during the bilateral meeting included developing green maritime transportation between Caribbean islands as part of the Belt and Road Initiative and the potential for collaboration in areas such as renewable energy and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

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