Barbados: Honorary And Consular Corps Play A Vital Role

The role of the Honorary Consular Corps and the Diplomatic Corps is still relevant, and they have an important contribution to make despite significant global challenges that have major implications for how Barbados engages at the bilateral and multilateral levels.

This reminder came recently from Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, as she addressed a luncheon hosted by the resident Honorary Consular Corps, at Southern Palms Hotel.

The Minister was addressing the topic: Consular and Diaspora Diplomacy: Catering to a Discerning Clientele in a More Complex World.

Emphasising the importance of the Corps in bilateral engagement and in ensuring connections with the diaspora, Senator McClean said: “I want to express the deep appreciation of the Government and people of Barbados to all members of the Honorary Consular Corps for the valuable contribution you have been making to fostering excellent bilateral relations between Barbados and the many countries you represent.

“In your capacity you engage on an ongoing basis with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Those of you who made Barbados your home are not only serving your respective countries well, but you have also been making significant contributions to the economic and social development of Barbados and for this I say thank you.”

Members heard that the very dynamic global environment in which they now lived, with economic, social and technological developments, had brought significant changes to lifestyles, business practices and generally how nations engaged with one another. This was said to have also contributed to the evolution of the roles, functions and importance of the Honorary Consul.

“No longer do you just facilitate the issuance of passports and visas or respond to emergencies associated with nationals of the countries you represent.

The complex and competitive nature of the global environment; the almost universal adherence to international instruments, especially in the areas of human rights; and an expanded definition of security, all serve to make the work of the Honorary Consuls more important and diverse,” the Foreign Affairs Minister noted.

Efforts at engaging the Barbadian diaspora was a key highlight of Senator McClean’s presentation and she reminded the group that as a small island state, migration had been a part of Barbados’ history, almost from its very beginnings. She said it was common to find our nationals in some of the remotest parts of the world living, working or sometimes merely visiting.

“We have come to recognise their role in shaping the image and reputation of our country.  The Barbadian diaspora has long been recognised as an important element of our relationship to the rest of the world. Thus, since 2008, this administration has developed a set of strategies to engage and support our citizens abroad.

“A critical mechanism for doing this is the Honorary Consular Corps at home and in the jurisdictions in which our people can be found,” she pointed out, recalling when Barbados was negotiating a Double Taxation Agreement in Qatar, the person to facilitate the officer was a Barbadian geologist living there at the time.

Senator McClean disclosed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade was working assiduously to formulate a database to capture the vast network of Barbadians in the diaspora.

“I am of the view that the diaspora could potentially unlock one of Barbados’ richest reservoirs of investment and promote sustained economic growth in the future.  As members of the Corps, you have the capacity to promote and influence dialogue, stimulate trade and investment and of course, your extensive network connects you to some of the world’s most vibrant and emerging markets. We rely on you to assist us in supporting our diaspora and those residing in the countries you represent.”

The luncheon was also attended by Heads of Mission and other diplomatic representatives, including China’s Ambassador to Barbados, Wang Ke.

In recognition of this, Senator McClean said it signalled there were many opportunities for collaboration between the diplomatic and honorary consular personnel that could be mutually beneficial.

The presence of so many Honorary Consuls here in Barbados, she stressed, was both an important symbol and signal that Barbados was still a leader in the Caribbean and western hemispheric space.

She further acknowledged that, though small, the island had a proud legacy of political stability; adherence to the rule of law; and well-established institutions that facilitated commercial enterprise.

It was also noted that despite some recent economic challenges, the island remained a vibrant destination for tourism, investment and the provision of financial services.  Maintaining it was for these reasons that influential Barbadians and others were highly sought after by foreign Governments as local representatives, Ms. McClean stressed that Barbados was open to engaging prospective international partners in its pursuit of sustained economic development, and Honorary Consuls had a significant role to play in this respect.

In concluding, Senator McClean revealed that the island was looking forward to the appointment of an Honorary Consul in Rwanda and was in the process of identifying their Honorary Consul in Barbados.

“And, most importantly, we have concluded with that country a Double Taxation Agreement, which I must also report was negotiated and concluded in record time,” she remarked.

The Honorary Consular Corps is made up of both nationals and others who have made Barbados their home.  Within the ranks of the resident Honorary Consular Corps, there is a cadre of representatives who have distinguished themselves in business, civic life and international relations, including professional ties, in some instances with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Adapted from the Barbados Government Information Service

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

To print this article, all you need is to be registered on

Click to Login as an existing user or Register so you can print this article.

In association with
Related Topics
Related Articles
Up-coming Events Search
Font Size:
Mondaq on Twitter
Register for Access and our Free Biweekly Alert for
This service is completely free. Access 250,000 archived articles from 100+ countries and get a personalised email twice a week covering developments (and yes, our lawyers like to think you’ve read our Disclaimer).
Email Address
Company Name
Confirm Password
Mondaq Topics -- Select your Interests
 Law Performance
 Law Practice
 Media & IT
 Real Estate
 Wealth Mgt
Asia Pacific
European Union
Latin America
Middle East
United States
Worldwide Updates
Registration (you must scroll down to set your data preferences)

Mondaq Ltd requires you to register and provide information that personally identifies you, including your content preferences, for three primary purposes (full details of Mondaq’s use of your personal data can be found in our Privacy and Cookies Notice):

  • To allow you to personalize the Mondaq websites you are visiting to show content ("Content") relevant to your interests.
  • To enable features such as password reminder, news alerts, email a colleague, and linking from Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) to your website.
  • To produce demographic feedback for our content providers ("Contributors") who contribute Content for free for your use.

Mondaq hopes that our registered users will support us in maintaining our free to view business model by consenting to our use of your personal data as described below.

Mondaq has a "free to view" business model. Our services are paid for by Contributors in exchange for Mondaq providing them with access to information about who accesses their content. Once personal data is transferred to our Contributors they become a data controller of this personal data. They use it to measure the response that their articles are receiving, as a form of market research. They may also use it to provide Mondaq users with information about their products and services.

Details of each Contributor to which your personal data will be transferred is clearly stated within the Content that you access. For full details of how this Contributor will use your personal data, you should review the Contributor’s own Privacy Notice.

Please indicate your preference below:

Yes, I am happy to support Mondaq in maintaining its free to view business model by agreeing to allow Mondaq to share my personal data with Contributors whose Content I access
No, I do not want Mondaq to share my personal data with Contributors

Also please let us know whether you are happy to receive communications promoting products and services offered by Mondaq:

Yes, I am happy to received promotional communications from Mondaq
No, please do not send me promotional communications from Mondaq
Terms & Conditions (the Website) is owned and managed by Mondaq Ltd (Mondaq). Mondaq grants you a non-exclusive, revocable licence to access the Website and associated services, such as the Mondaq News Alerts (Services), subject to and in consideration of your compliance with the following terms and conditions of use (Terms). Your use of the Website and/or Services constitutes your agreement to the Terms. Mondaq may terminate your use of the Website and Services if you are in breach of these Terms or if Mondaq decides to terminate the licence granted hereunder for any reason whatsoever.

Use of

To Use you must be: eighteen (18) years old or over; legally capable of entering into binding contracts; and not in any way prohibited by the applicable law to enter into these Terms in the jurisdiction which you are currently located.

You may use the Website as an unregistered user, however, you are required to register as a user if you wish to read the full text of the Content or to receive the Services.

You may not modify, publish, transmit, transfer or sell, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, link, display, or in any way exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part, except as expressly permitted in these Terms or with the prior written consent of Mondaq. You may not use electronic or other means to extract details or information from the Content. Nor shall you extract information about users or Contributors in order to offer them any services or products.

In your use of the Website and/or Services you shall: comply with all applicable laws, regulations, directives and legislations which apply to your Use of the Website and/or Services in whatever country you are physically located including without limitation any and all consumer law, export control laws and regulations; provide to us true, correct and accurate information and promptly inform us in the event that any information that you have provided to us changes or becomes inaccurate; notify Mondaq immediately of any circumstances where you have reason to believe that any Intellectual Property Rights or any other rights of any third party may have been infringed; co-operate with reasonable security or other checks or requests for information made by Mondaq from time to time; and at all times be fully liable for the breach of any of these Terms by a third party using your login details to access the Website and/or Services

however, you shall not: do anything likely to impair, interfere with or damage or cause harm or distress to any persons, or the network; do anything that will infringe any Intellectual Property Rights or other rights of Mondaq or any third party; or use the Website, Services and/or Content otherwise than in accordance with these Terms; use any trade marks or service marks of Mondaq or the Contributors, or do anything which may be seen to take unfair advantage of the reputation and goodwill of Mondaq or the Contributors, or the Website, Services and/or Content.

Mondaq reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to take any action that it deems necessary and appropriate in the event it considers that there is a breach or threatened breach of the Terms.

Mondaq’s Rights and Obligations

Unless otherwise expressly set out to the contrary, nothing in these Terms shall serve to transfer from Mondaq to you, any Intellectual Property Rights owned by and/or licensed to Mondaq and all rights, title and interest in and to such Intellectual Property Rights will remain exclusively with Mondaq and/or its licensors.

Mondaq shall use its reasonable endeavours to make the Website and Services available to you at all times, but we cannot guarantee an uninterrupted and fault free service.

Mondaq reserves the right to make changes to the services and/or the Website or part thereof, from time to time, and we may add, remove, modify and/or vary any elements of features and functionalities of the Website or the services.

Mondaq also reserves the right from time to time to monitor your Use of the Website and/or services.


The Content is general information only. It is not intended to constitute legal advice or seek to be the complete and comprehensive statement of the law, nor is it intended to address your specific requirements or provide advice on which reliance should be placed. Mondaq and/or its Contributors and other suppliers make no representations about the suitability of the information contained in the Content for any purpose. All Content provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Mondaq and/or its Contributors and other suppliers hereby exclude and disclaim all representations, warranties or guarantees with regard to the Content, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Mondaq expressly excludes all representations, warranties, obligations, and liabilities arising out of or in connection with all Content. In no event shall Mondaq and/or its respective suppliers be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action, arising out of or in connection with the use of the Content or performance of Mondaq’s Services.


Mondaq may alter or amend these Terms by amending them on the Website. By continuing to Use the Services and/or the Website after such amendment, you will be deemed to have accepted any amendment to these Terms.

These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and you irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales to settle any dispute which may arise out of or in connection with these Terms. If you live outside the United Kingdom, English law shall apply only to the extent that English law shall not deprive you of any legal protection accorded in accordance with the law of the place where you are habitually resident ("Local Law"). In the event English law deprives you of any legal protection which is accorded to you under Local Law, then these terms shall be governed by Local Law and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with these Terms shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts where you are habitually resident.

You may print and keep a copy of these Terms, which form the entire agreement between you and Mondaq and supersede any other communications or advertising in respect of the Service and/or the Website.

No delay in exercising or non-exercise by you and/or Mondaq of any of its rights under or in connection with these Terms shall operate as a waiver or release of each of your or Mondaq’s right. Rather, any such waiver or release must be specifically granted in writing signed by the party granting it.

If any part of these Terms is held unenforceable, that part shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to give effect to the intent of the parties, and the Terms shall continue in full force and effect.

Mondaq shall not incur any liability to you on account of any loss or damage resulting from any delay or failure to perform all or any part of these Terms if such delay or failure is caused, in whole or in part, by events, occurrences, or causes beyond the control of Mondaq. Such events, occurrences or causes will include, without limitation, acts of God, strikes, lockouts, server and network failure, riots, acts of war, earthquakes, fire and explosions.

By clicking Register you state you have read and agree to our Terms and Conditions