Four Bajans for agrostudies in Guyana

Four young Barbadians will be winging their way to Guyana next month to pursue studies in agriculture, thanks to the government of that country. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean made this announcement today at a Press briefing in the conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Culloden Road, St Michael.

McClean named the successful candidates as: Warren Ashby and Tonya Ifill, who will pursue a one-year certificate course in agro-processing; Hallam Connell, who will pursue a two-year diploma course in agriculture; and Saskia Vaughn, who will pursue a two-year diploma course in animal health and veterinary public health.

Scholarship winners, from left, Hallam Connell, Saskia Vaughn and Tonya Ifill.
Scholarship winners, from centre, Hallam Connell, Saskia Vaughn and Tonya Ifill, speaking with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean (left).

The minister said the agreement concluded between Barbados and Guyana had played a pivotal role in laying the foundation for the excellent bilateral relations currently enjoyed between the two countries. She said the Barbados-Guyana Joint Commission had been established under the agreement “for the deepening of bilateral cooperation between the Government of Barbados and the government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana signed on February 17, 2002”.

McClean further stated that the second meeting of the Barbados-Guyana Joint Commission had been held in Guyana on October 4, 2013. The minister pointed out that at that meeting the ministers of Barbados and Guyana had expressed their recommitment to the bilateral cooperation agreement and had engaged in discussions on possible specific areas of cooperation in the areas of agriculture and fisheries, education, tourism immigration and trade and investment.

At the second joint commission meeting held in Guyana, the Guyanese government offered five scholarships to Barbadian nationals desirous of pursuing studies at the Guyana School of Agriculture, whereby the government of Guyana would cover tuition and accommodation costs.

Speaking on behalf of the government of Guyana, Counsul General of Guyana to Barbados Michael Brotherson said: “Firstly, I am happy that some young bright Barbadian students are helping to give practical meaning to the ongoing efforts to deepen regional integration by choosing to further their studies in a sister CARICOM state, Guyana; and, secondly, this ceremony is representative of yet another manifestation of the excellent relations that exist between Guyana and Barbados.

“While our two countries have long enjoyed strong and mutually beneficial relations, more and more, it seems that our co-operation and collaboration can be described as exemplary, especially within the context of our efforts to focus on the positive things that bind us together, such as further educating our young people and building capacity to meet our respective and collective developmental goals,” Brotherson added.

In a brief address, High Commissioner of Barbados to Guyana Robert Bobby Morris traced the relations of the countries from Barbados’ settlement in 1627 to the present, pointing out that several Barbadians had ancestral roots in Guyana.


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