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Barbados signs agreement for electric buses

April 10, 2024

Barbados is continuing on its goal to become a fossil fuel-free country.

Government has signed an agreement with the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) for the acquisition of electric buses.

The Exchange of Notes agreement was inked Tuesday by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kerrie Symmonds, and CIDCA’s Chairman Luo Zhaohui.

The agreement comes as Barbados has requested a donation of electric buses from the People’s Republic of China.

While the request is being assessed by Chinese officials, the Exchange of Notes brings Barbados’ application steps closer to being approved.

During the bilateral engagement, the two countries expressed a desire to continue and deepen their diplomatic relationship.

CIDCA was established in March 2018, with the aim to formulate strategic guidelines, plans and policies for foreign aid.

The two officials also conversed widely on several subject areas, including the climate crisis, food security, entrepreneurship, educational scholarships, increasing people-to-people contact, and cultural exchanges.

Also present for the signing and bilateral meeting were several key officials in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, China’s Ambassador to Barbados, Yan Xiusheng and a CIDCA delegation.

Barbados and China established diplomatic relations on May 30, 1977.

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