Under the provisions of the current Cultural Cooperation Agreement two specialists from the "Restaura" Design Company of the Office of the Historian of Havana (OHC) were invited by the National Cultural Foundation (FNC) of Barbados, to make a technical evaluation of three centenary buildings of Bridgetown to be repaired and preserved, since they belong to the international heritage site recognized by UNESCO. The Minister of Culture, John King, exchanged with the architect Anibal del Prado and the engineer Rolando Salazar at the beginning of their intense and fruitful advisory work in the island and described as excellent and very timely this collaboration, which took place just before his planned official visit to Cuba next January, aimed at to exploring new avenues of bilateral cooperation.
The administrative manager of the FNC, Wayne Webster, received the final report with technical recommendations to repair those very old buildings, such as the Queen's Park House (1782), home of the iconic Daphne Joseph Hackett Theater, the Carnegie Library (1903), where the oldest public library in the city was located, and that of the National Archives of Barbados. The Cuban ambassador, Francisco Fernández, expressed his appreciation to the Barbadian government for the attention given to the professionals of the OHC in this laudable experience, which has once again demonstrated the potential of collaboration among our Caribbean nations, in this case to preserve the cultural heritage. (Cubaminrex - Embacuba Barbados)