Barbados’ Ambassador to Cuba presents credentials

Barbados’ Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba, Donna Forde, presented her credentials on Thursday, January 25, to Cuba’s Vice President of the Council of State, Gladys Bejerano Portela,

Vice President Bejerano Portela expressed Cuba’s appreciation for the positive and fruitful relations which the two countries have enjoyed since establishing diplomatic relations in December 1972.

Ambassador Donna Forde

The Vice President commended the Barbados Government on its nomination of Ambassador Forde, and expressed optimism about this new chapter in the ongoing engagement between the two countries.

Ambassador Forde extended greetings from Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Maxine McClean, to their Cuban counterparts.

She also  conveyed Prime Minister Stuart’s appreciation for the opportunity which the 5th Cuba-CARICOM Summit, held last December in St. John’s, Antigua, presented for him to engage with President Raúl Castro.

Ambassador Forde discussed her long stewardship with Cuba, which started when she served as Desk Officer in her early days in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She expressed appreciation for the honour of being Barbados’ first resident diplomat to that country and her first Ambassadorial appointment there.

Vice President Bejerano Portela and Ambassador Forde also spoke of the effective collaboration of the two countries in the multilateral fora and the potential for continued efforts within the framework of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

The Ambassador praised Cuba’s recently announced programme for Climate Resilience “Tarea Vida”, a 100-year programme to protect that country from climate change. She noted its potential to serve as a model for Barbados and other Caribbean countries, who, like Cuba, were vulnerable to natural disasters.

Forde was responsible for establishing Barbados’ Embassy at Havana, and served as Chargé d’Affaires there for the past seven years. Prior to her posting in Cuba, she served at the Embassy of Barbados to the United States and the Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States at Washington DC, and to Barbados’ Permanent Mission to the United Nations at New York.

The Ambassador has a Bachelors Degree in French and Spanish from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) Campus.   She completed post-graduate studies at Institut d’Études Politiques, Paris, France, and American University, Washington DC, USA.  (BGIS)

7 Responses to Barbados’ Ambassador to Cuba presents credentials

  1. Tony Webster January 28, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Quanto dollares Estsdo Unidos esta en perdido grande aqui? Si, excusamente mi povrecita espanol . Muy gracias.

  2. Mack January 29, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I am wondering when a man will be appointed to anything in Government.

    I don’t remember the last time I see a man being appointed to anything, not even dog catcher. I wonder why?? Do you Know why??

    • allison archer January 29, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      the politicians are appeasing the UN demands for equal rights of the female, it truly sickens me that most leadership roles are given to females
      I have a son and can point him to nowhere on earth in seeking the role of a man executing his authority that he may imitate

      then they ask why are our males so effeminate, this is a sick world

    • Jennifer January 29, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      The whole world is up side down. And make a guess who is doing this. And it ain’t no two horned invisible man with a pitch fork.

      • Jennifer January 29, 2018 at 8:08 pm

        It is the same lot who got these basic/weak governments legalizing bulli^g etc. elevating children above parents, laws against men for women etc. The WOman/WOmen go up and the man/men goes down. But the female (weaker vessel) will EVENTUALLY fall. All that Jack and Jill scenario bs being played out..

  3. Mack January 29, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Allison! Thanks so much for explaining this to me. I am now enlightened.
    Now I understand why the male section at Dods prison is so full of males.

  4. J. Payne January 31, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Time is ripe for further integration with Cuba. They have pack-mentality and we need that now to get through.


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