On behalf of the Minister of Culture and Sports of Barbados, John King, the Executive Director of the National Sports Council, Mr. Jerry Blenman, recognized the effort, dedication, humility and discipline of the Cuban coaches, whose valuable presence has been felt in the primary and secondary schools of the island as in the bosom of national federations and different clubs with which they have interacted. In particular, he highlighted the continuity of the work carried out during six consecutive years by three technicians: Felipe Alvarez (boxing), Mijail Santos (cycling) and Julio Madrazo (volleyball), who were awarded with a trophy with an autochthonous Barbadian symbol, a beautiful flying fish sculpted in precious wood. Their most relevant outcome is as follows:
When Commander in Chief Fidel Castro participated in the March for Emancipation Day on August 1, 1998, accompanied by then prime minister Owen Arthur, he closed his fiery speech with the following words: "To our brothers from the Caribbean and from Barbados, we tell you that Barbados and the Caribbean can count with Cuba as a tree counts with the sap that flows through his veins", and twenty years later the Cuban ambassador, Francisco Fernández, resumed those words to thank the invitation by the Pan-Africanist movement to share the celebration of the date. Before the crowd gathered at the monument erected to the National Hero Bussa, the Barbadian slave who led the first Caribbean anti-slavery revolt on April 16, 1816, recalled the validity of the ideas expressed by the leader of the Cuban Revolution about the necessary unity of the Caribbean nations to face the current common challenges to their development, and also highlighted the historical coincidence existing on April 16 in Cuba, when in 1961 our people starred in Playa Girón another heroic battle for freedom and independence.
With the presence of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, two heroic events coinciding in the history of Barbados and Cuba took place in a joint political-cultural event on July 26: the Barbadian National Day of Significance and the Day of Cuban National Rebellion, the first one commemorating the workers' rebellion led in 1937 by today's National Hero Clement Payne and the second recalling the armed uprising against the Moncada and Céspedes barracks, led by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.
The Minister of Tourism and International Transportation of Barbados, Kerrie Symmonds, received Cuban Ambassador Francisco Fernández to discuss the possibilities of bilateral cooperation with Cuba in multi-destination tourism, based on the projections contained in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the national authorities of that branch of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba during the last bilateral Summit Meeting of Heads of Government held in Antigua and Barbuda in December 2017.
Minister of Maritime Affairs and Blue Economy Barbadian, Kirk Humphrey, received the Cuban Ambassador, Francisco Fernandez, to whom he brought a general overview on the priorities of this new ministry created after the electoral victory by the Barbados Labor Party last May, led by its prime minister, Mia Mottley. This ministry aims to enhance the economic and social benefits of the fishing industry, port activity and resources from adequate exploitation of the Caribbean Sea, including ocean energy.