Timely support

BDF receives $6M in equipment from China

China is supporting this island’s disaster preparedness and response efforts, with a donation this week of $6 million in equipment to the Barbados Defence Force (BDF).

The gift from the People’s Liberation Army, comprises 4×4 vehicles, a mobile kitchen, a refrigerator van, a tractor and a vessel.

The items were officially handed over by Chinese Ambassador Yan Xiusheng to the BDF’s Chief of Staff Colonel Glyne Grannum during a brief ceremony at St Ann’s Fort on Wednesday.

In accepting the donation, Colonel Grannum said it was “very timely”, as the BDF prepared for the hurricane season, which forecasters predict will be as active as 2017.

He also said the equipment would enhance the BDF’s disaster preparedness and response capabilities to effect search and rescue operations, flood relief and distress response operations, among other things.

“We had a very bad hurricane season in 2017, so we are very grateful that we have additional tools to help with disaster response in Barbados and enhance our ability to return the island to a state of normalcy in the fastest possible time,” he added.

Ambassador Yan said the equipment was a demonstration of the strong friendship between China and Barbados, and represented the fourth largest amount of aid from the People’s Liberation Army to Barbados since the two countries established diplomatic ties 41 years ago.

He stressed that over the past four decades, China and Barbados have enjoyed a healthy and stable relationship based on mutual trust, fruitful pragmatic cooperation, enhanced people-to-people exchanges and deepened military cooperation.

“A friend in need is a friend indeed,” the diplomat said, while expressing hope that the military aid would enhance the BDF’s defence capacity.

He also thanked the BDF for its assistance in the evacuation of Chinese nationals from Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria last September.

Ambassdor Yan also gave the undertaking that China would join with its international counterparts to tackle global and regional security challenges by providing public security solutions and expanding its “friends circle”.

Source: (BGIS)

8 Responses to Timely support

  1. Wayne Dread March 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Wonder what all de bees got to say now….. see who Money Spends

    • Belfast March 2, 2018 at 9:12 pm

      The Bees would probably say that the father of Independence and the DLP was dead set against what amounts to begging.

      He who pays the piper calls the tune.

  2. hcalndre March 2, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    @Wayne Dread; you should ask what Barbados have to offer the Chinese in return? Since the man talk about cracking heads and blood flowing in the streets, take a close look at the stop and search, entering a man`s home with out a warrant, cordoning off neighborhoods which you know is not going down well with the people and those military vehicles coming with the guise that they are only for hurricanes and disasters and in the case of any real disasters they`re going to call on Uncle.

  3. jrsmith March 2, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    If the people is out of control more so is the politicians , the difference the politicians set themselves and they friends above the law , because that makes them not accountable to our black masses …. Then they do as they please and that’s our people’s fault…………………..
    The Chinese is the worlds money box , when last have you seen any country challenge them about they human rights, where is that Comissong fellow …………..

  4. Belfast March 2, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    At least we can be sure that the Barbados Defence Force, unlike the Ministry of Health, will maintain those gifted machines and keep them in service for a very long time.
    What a blow to hear the Minister of Transport reporting that some seventy buses operated by the Transport Board are “broken down’ every day. Previously we have been told that the Transport Board can only field some 68 buses daily to service the whole of Barbados. The Minister’s revelation puts the Transport Board rolling stock operating figures at -2 Buses.

  5. Wendy Went March 2, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    As a Bajan abroad who listens to down to Brasstacks, it is really disappointing to hear how the people are being let down by the current government .

  6. Cecil P March 3, 2018 at 12:08 am

    the Chines are coming the Chines are coming Prepare y’all selves for them .nothing is free u will pay a price and the price will be a whole lot of Chines in BIM and the Caribbean . THE chines government is shipping them out too many there .@ the north pole there’s so many supermarkets and all Chines are working there .when u need to ask a question u have a problem they don’t understand u . and u don’t understand them. oh my goodness

  7. Wendy Went March 3, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Agree Chinese giving us a donation, for what in turn? Please don’t sell out the country.


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