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.
The enthusiasm and the numerous messages of friendship and brotherhood received in the name of our government, organizations and people in general were overflowing and contagious. For obvious reasons, the mutual gratitude, the exaltation to the virtues of the progressive and revolutionary thought of the large group of friends of the Cuban Revolution was concentrated. It has been an immense pleasure and an infinite pride that filled us with so many beautiful phrases, just for being humble representatives of that Cuban Revolution that is so big and generous. In moments like these we reaffirm ourselves more in the legacy of Fidel and Martí. All the glory of the world fits in a grain of corn, Fidel confessed to the world, as the best disciple of Martí.
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.