Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean announced yesterday that Senior Foreign Service Officer, Yvette Goddard will be the island’s first resident Ambassador to Brazil. The mission is expected to open in January 2010.
Goddard has worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over 28 years, at headquarters and on overseas assignments in Washington, Caracas, Miami and Brussels. Presently, she is the Charge d’Affaires at the Barbados Embassy in Brussels.
Remarking on Goddard’s appointment to Brazil McClean stated, “Barbados attaches great importance to the strengthening of relations with Brazil. The opening of a resident mission will lead to a deeper, enhanced phase in our two countries’ already close relationship.”
McClean also highlighted Brazil’s importance and to a greater extent that of South America in developing new markets in the cultural industries, trade and investment and financial services.
Other foreign service appointments include that of Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford, who is the Ambassador Designate for China. He is expected to assume duties in January 2010. Senior Foreign Service Officer, Francios Jackman and attaché Felicia Inniss are already in Beijing to prepare for the official opening of the Barbados Embassy in the People’s Republic of China.
Barbados will also be opening an Embassy in Cuba. The Charge d’Affaires in Havana will be Donna Forde.