BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados has signalled its willingness to
collaborate with Guyana on matters of mutual interest.
Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley expressed that during bilateral talks
with President of Guyana David Granger, on the sidelines of the 39th
CARICOM Heads of Government Conference held in Montego Bay,
Jamaica last week.
Mottley proposed the signing of an investment and development
agreement to further anchor the relationship between the two countries.
Granger indicated his willingness to work with his Caribbean colleagues
and mentioned that his country’s oil and gas resources could be used to
relieve energy supply pressures.
The two leaders also discussed food security and examined the
possibilities for joint ventures by the private sector. On the matter of the
Blue Economy agenda, the dialogue focused on coastal security and
Barbados and Guyana established diplomatic relations on November 30,
1966, and the Mottley administration said the Barbados/Guyana Joint
Commission is proof of the countries’ strong friendship. The Commission
laid the formal structure for realizing potential benefits to be gained under
the 2002 Bilateral Agreement for the Deepening of Bilateral Cooperation
between the Government of Barbados and the Government of the Co-
operative Republic of Guyana. – CMC