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Date: 15 Mar, 2014
Source: Barbados Government Information Service

Barbados and China have enjoyed 37 years of cordial relations. The governments of both countries are keen to build stronger linkages through business and trade.

These sentiments were expressed when Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, recently when the newly appointed Chinese Ambassador, Wang Ke, called on him at his Reef Road office.

Mr. Inniss stated that it would be ideal if Barbados could increase its exports to China as he believed that this country had some niche products that could be marketed to the Far-East.

Stating that Barbados was open to learning how to do business in China, the Minister said this was evident by the presence of a Barbadian delegation currently undergoing a three-week business seminar in Beijing. He also told the Ambassador that Barbados received two visits from Provinces in China and several Chinese entrepreneurs came here not only to offer their products, but to also see what Barbados offers.

Ambassador Wang said she was “all for” improving on the already strong bond that existed and identified agriculture, education, bilateral trade and solar energy as areas worth exploring.

In turn, Mr. Inniss said that the Ministry of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development is “eager” to learn more about China’s industrial sector as Barbados needed to retool and rethink how it is conducting its business. He mentioned agro-processing as a possible area of collaboration, noting that Barbados could learn from China as that country had done well in agriculture and manufacturing.