No real US fallout to speak of from sewage woes – diplomat

Despite the ongoing sewage problems plaguing the south coast of Barbados for over a year, this country’s ambassador to the United States Selwin Hart says there is still strong interest among persons living in Washington DC and Baltimore in investing in and vacationing on the island.

Speaking on the sidelines of a presentation of $10,000 cheques to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and Caribbean Science Foundation on behalf of the Barbados Association of Washington DC Area Inc., Hart said that from the feedback received after the Spirit of Barbados Gala held last November there is “a huge demand for Barbados in the US, including the Washington DC and Baltimore areas.

“There is a tremendous amount of demand,” Hart stressed, adding that the team was pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response they received to the gala.

“It was sold out a week in advance and we were surprised by the demand, interest and goodwill towards Barbados in the Washington, DC area and that level of interest has continued and it is growing,” he said.

Hart also said there was significant interest “not only in visiting Barbados, but in doing business in Barbados from the Washington DC area”.

In this regard, he said he was working with Export DC, which is the international business arm of the Washington DC government, to put on a seminar on the business opportunities available on the island.

However, in the wake of a health alert issued by the US government last week warning its citizens that there was an overflow of raw sewage due to mechanical failure on the island’s south coast, the Barbadian diplomat acknowledged that there were persons who had concerns about travelling to island. “We have been obviously providing information from the relevant authorities coming from the Ministry of Health and from other official channels [and] we’ve been transmitting that information to individuals who may have concerns,” he added.

6 Responses to No real US fallout to speak of from sewage woes – diplomat

  1. John Everatt January 16, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Yes Mr. Ambassador. Blow the trumpets and bang the drums as this is what you are paid to do. But at the end of the day you are forced to admit that there is indeed a problem that is affecting tourism and business decisions.

  2. Mark Rosmar January 17, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Of course.

  3. jrsmith January 17, 2018 at 7:18 am

    And when it happens again which is 99% surety , because it wasn’t professionally fix , as the people said ( A temporary fix) watch this space , you are right Donald trump………………..

  4. Ann Thomas January 17, 2018 at 10:45 am

    You should keep your mouth shut, Mr. Ambassador!

    Enjoy the pleasant sites and smells in Washington. The people who live in Barbados and have been putting up with the smell and sight of sewage for two years, don’t really care that there is no fallout in the US. The fallout is here and it is now! Barbadians first!

  5. Mack January 17, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Mr. Ambassidor!! Are you saying that USA citizens don’t have a problem coming and strutting through the sewage water???

    I was of the opinion that you was a diplomat worth your posting. Now I am thinking other wise.

  6. Helicopter(8P) January 17, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Washington D.C and Baltimore historians would always have Barbados at heart. Why ? George Washington’s first Surveyor General Paul Carrington was born at Three Houses in St. Phillip and Barbadians were instrumental in building the settlement of Baltimore. Historical data.


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