British minister to visit next week
United Kingdom Foreign Office Minister James Duddridge is due to pay his first official visit to Barbados as Minister of State for the Caribbean next week.
The visit was announced in a press release issued by the British High Commission in Bridgetown earlier today, which said Duddridge will stress the importance of a modern partnership based on shared interests.
In meetings with government ministers, Duddridge is scheduled to discuss the strong links between the UK and Barbados and explore further co-operation in areas of shared interest, including the promotion of bilateral trade and investment, tackling the shared threat from drugs and organised crime and renewable energy, the release added.
Speaking ahead of his visit, Duddridge said: “The relationship between Barbados and the United Kingdom is strong and vibrant. It is rooted in our long-standing economic, political and cultural connections, our shared values, and the deep links between our nationals. I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit Barbados and witness firsthand how our two countries are working together to address a range of global challenges”.
During his visit Duddridge will call on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to discuss shared foreign policy priorities. He will also have talks with Leader of the Opposition, Mia Mottley and speak to local businesses at the BIBA International Business Week reception.
Duddridge will visit local company Megapower at their Wildey charging station to test out a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. The British Government is looking to encourage greater resilience to the impacts of climate change by the development of low carbon alternatives in the Caribbean. The wider use of electric cars will be one delivery mechanism for this objective.