Barbados and Ghana have committed to developing a closer
relationship which would be beneficial to both countries.
This renewed commitment formed part of the discussion recently,
when Ghanaian High Commissioner, John Akologu Tia, met with acting
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Steve Blackett.
During the talks, which took place at the Ministry's
Culloden Road location, the High Commissioner noted that he was
keen to follow through with previous agreements made between the
two countries as it related to bilateral agreements and policies. A
Double Taxation Agreement has been signed between the two countries
and is currently awaiting ratification.
He was also of the opinion that Barbados and Ghana could support
each other in a number of ways. Citing collaboration on the
cultivation of sugar as one way of possible cooperation, Mr. Tia
explained that Ghana had a sugar factory which could benefit
significantly from the expertise of Barbadians.
Mr. Blackett agreed that the two countries should have closer
collaboration on a number of issues, and informed the High
Commissioner that there had been an "awakening" of
Barbados' connection to Africa over the past 20 years, with the
establishment of organisations like the Commission for Pan African
He also updated him about the Mabalozi Project, a school's
outreach initiative organised by the Commission which is designed
to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to create African
awareness among children.
The acting Minister added that a number of schools now
celebrated African Awareness Month in February, during which a day
was designated for students to wear African clothing and
participate in Afrocentric activities. The officials also discussed
cultural exchanges in a number of areas, including festivals and
Barbados established diplomatic relations with Ghana in
Adapted from the Barbados Government Information
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