Barbados’ and Brazil’s trade and investment opportunities need to be further encouraged given the deep and long-standing relationship the two countries have enjoyed over the years, dating back to 1971 when the countries first established diplomatic ties.
These sentiments were expressed when Brazil’s Ambassador to Barbados, Luiz Gilberto Seixas De Andrade paid separate courtesy calls to Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Barbados’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean recently.
In his visit to the Prime Minister at Parliament, the Ambassador indicated an interest in organising a trade mission from Brazil to Barbados, where Brazilian businessmen would meet with Barbadians. “… There is no better way to do business than bringing people together,” the Ambassador said.
The Prime Minister indicated that he had noticed a deepening of the relationship between the two countries, through Brazil’s GOL Airlines plying the Barbados/Brazil route. He further noted that there were other matters that required discussion. One such matter was the conclusion of the Double Taxation Agreement between the countries.
Meanwhile, during Ambassador De Andrade’s visit with Senator McClean at her Ministry, the Senator had high praise for the relationship between Brazil and Barbados. She referred to Barbados’ political and commercial mission to Brazil last September, noting that it went “quite well”. She also said that the Brazilian officials were extremely helpful and willing to share information with the delegation, resulting in beneficial contacts being made by the Barbados private sector.