Bim and Zambia talk finance and tourism

Zambia’s High Commissioner to Barbados

Bobby Samakai recently paid a courtesy call

on Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign

Trade Senator Maxine McClean and learnt

of the island’s successful cooperative credit

union model.

McClean, offering ways in which

cooperation could be facilitated between the

two countries, said: “Financial cooperative

credit unions are a very huge business here.

We have used the model to mobilize financial

and other resources. It is a principal resource for average

Barbadians . . . . It is one of the businesses we can facilitate. We

have had good success [with it] across the region.”

High Commissioner Samakai, while noting that this was

“definitely something to consider” told the minister that

Barbados’ success with tourism was another area that would be

of interest to Zambia.

He said: “Tourism is something we made a priority in recent

years and we want to learn from you who have been in it for a

longer time.”

The two also discussed issues related to renewable energy

and the sugar cane industry.

Zambia and Barbados established relations in 1971. (BGIS)

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