Her Excellency Dame Sandra Prunella Mason, Governor General of Barbados, bid farewell to the Cuban ambassador, Francisco Fernández Peña, and to the consul Ana Labaut, upon finishing their four-year diplomatic mission in the country. The occasion was propitious to exchange on the most relevant historical moments of bilateral relations, which will soon be 46 years since its establishment in 1972, as well as the current prospects for its development, which was ratified by the Governor when highlighting the first official meeting recently held in New York by the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, and the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.
The Speaker of the House of the Barbadian Parliament, the Honourable Arthur Holder, accepted the courtesy call by the Cuban Ambassador, Francisco Fernández, to follow up initiatives previously discussed with the Deputy Speaker, the Honorable Gline Clarke, especially aimed at strengthening the bonds between both legislative bodies and contributing to the integral development of bilateral relations between both countries. To this end, a draft Resolution to support Cuba in its struggle for the lifting of the blockade was reviewed and there was consensus on the relevance of submitting to the assembly the decision to create a Parliamentary Friendship Group.
The organizations that make up the Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, this time led by the Caribbean Committee against Apartheid in Palestine, presided over by lawyer Lalu Hanuman, commemorated two historical dates of great significance: the 71st Anniversary of the illegal partition of Palestine and the second of the passage to the immortality of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Dr. Fidel Castro. For the purposes of the first date an allegorical documentary was exhibited to the indiscriminate exclusion of the Bedouins in their own land, on the basis of which a debate was later generated to stimulate the exchange of information and the mobilization of public opinion around the Palestinian cause . The Cuban Ambassador was invited to speak on the legacy of Fidel, with emphasis on his contribution to the liberation of Africa and the right of the Palestinian people to have a sovereign and independent State.
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 Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, the Honourable Cynthia Forde, evaluated with Cuban Ambassador Francisco Fernández the possibility of implementing a technical assistance project with Cuban experts to deal with Alzheimer's disease, for which there is available the financing of the Pan American Health Organization´s office for the Eastern Caribbean. Accompanied by Deputy Minister Carolyn Springer and other senior officials of her team, the Minister expressed her satisfaction at having the experience and willingness of cooperation of the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba, as it has been historically, and highlighted the value of this action because both countries have a large segment of their population over sixty years of age, but in the case of Barbados it is necessary to carry out a study on the ground as proposed in order to elaborate a Strategy and a National Plan to determine more precisely the steps that must be followed to face that disease more effectively.