The Honorable Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, in bidding farewell to Cuban Ambassador Francisco Fernandez at the end of his four-year tour of duty in the country and wishing him success in his future tasks, evaluated the main results of the bilateral relationship, pondering her first priority to a technical assistance project for teaching the Spanish language, which she considers essential to comply with her Government strategy with a view to ensuring that all Barbadian youths are bilingual by the year 2030. In that interview, in which Cuban Consul Ana Labaut was also present, the Barbadian Premier considered the aforementioned project as the axis of articulation to make more effective cooperation in other spheres such as health, education and culture.
With an affectionate message extended by the Chancellor, the Honorable Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott, the Barbadian Chancellery offered a farewell lunch to the Ambassador and the Consul of Cuba, Francisco Fernández and Ana Labaut de Dios. On such a special occasion that served to showcase the excellent bilateral relations, Dr. Walcott was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, the Deputy Minister Simone Rudder, the regional policy directors and the Protocol and Ceremonial director of that ministry, to which the heads of diplomatic missions accredited in the country were invited. In a similar subsequent activity, the Deans of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador Luis G. Seixas, and the Consular Corps, Mr. Selwyn Smith, as well as the Ambassador to CARICOM and ACS, David Comissiong, took the floor to highlight the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation among our Caribbean nations. In the social segment, good music was enjoyed and the expressions of affection towards Cuba were appreciated, culminating with a fraternal exchange of gifts.
Moments that are recorded as testimony of fraternal relations between Barbados and Cuba, in particular inter-party ties. Sharing with Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Leader of the Labor Party of Barbados (BLP), shortly after she delivered a substantive speech to officially open the Annual Conference for the 80th Anniversary of the Party, the first to be held after his resounding victory in las May general elections. Cuba has always been represented among the special guests at the annual editions of the major partisan event.
Dr. Jerome Walcott, Barbadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, chaired the government delegation that attended the reception organized by the Embassy of Cuba to farewell the head of mission, Francisco Fernandez, and the consul Ana Labaut de Dios, at the end their four years of a fruitful tour of duty in this friendly country. The Ministers of the Interior, Health, Youth and Community Affairs, the President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Vice Ministers and Directors of State agencies accompanied the Chancellor. Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps as well as representatives of the UN and CARICOM agencies resident in Bridgetown, were together with personalities from academia, business and representatives of the various social organizations that make up the active movement of solidarity with Cuba.
Feature Address by the Hon. Senator. Dr. Jerome Walcott, J.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados, on the occasion of the farewell reception to mark the end of the tour of duty of H.E. Dr. Francisco Fernández Peña, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Barbados.- The Hon. Sir Marston Gibson, Chief Justice of Barbados, members of Cabinet of Barbados, Your Excellency Dr. Francisco Fernández Peña, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba in Barbados and Mrs. Ana Labaut de Dios, Ambassadors, Heads of Mission, the Dean and other Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, members of the Cuban Community in Barbados, distinguished guests, good afternoon all.- Ambassador Fernández, it is my great pleasure to be here today and to be joining with this wide cross-section of the Barbadian community for the sole purpose of bidding you and your very supportive wife Ana a fond farewell, as you end your assignment in Barbados. Over the past four years, we have all become your friends. So, for us, it is an occasion of pleasure but with a tinge of sadness to see you go. I believe the same is true for you.