Thursday, July 29, 2010
Despite the recent budget cuts Barbados will continue to benefit from Britains international development aid. British High Commissioner to the region Paul Brummell said, Despite the big spending cuts, what the government has made clear is, we will continue to see a strong and energetic programme delivered by our Department of International Development, and he pointed out the Caribbean was a beneficiary.
From the British perspective, measures taken by the new coalition government offered the proposition that Britain is very much open to business and served to emphasise the role of British embassies and high commissions around the world in supporting British business, supporting British exports into Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, and that Britain itself is an increasingly attractive destination for investment.
However, Brummell said: The relationship between the UK and Barbados was very strong under the old government and equally so under the new government
The high commissioner acknowledged there were challenges for Barbados and the region, noting that Barbados had faced a drop in British visitor arrivals; he stated that hes very optimistic that the UK will support Barbados in facing these challenges.