A Centre for Brazilian Studies could soon be established at the University of West Indies in Barbados to facilitate language exchange programmes between Barbados and Brazil. This prospect was mentioned by Brazil’s Ambassador to Barbados, Luiz Gilberto Seixas De Andrade, as he paid a courtesy call recently on Barbados’ Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Ronald Jones at his office.
Stressing the desire to see Barbados place more emphasis on learning to speak Portuguese, the Ambassador, who was in the process of looking for a building to house the proposed Centre, indicated that it would be accessible for both Barbadians and Brazilians.
“It will be accessible since we have flights of out Brazil; they can bring people here and I think to have this Portuguese programme in place would be very useful for business.”
Minister Jones expressed his commitment to working with Brazil in relation to language development, and also noted other areas of interest in which the two countries could forge partnerships, including science, technology and innovation.
“Brazil is not only developing its educational structure and system but also technological developments are occurring as well as research, as [Brazil is] … one of the world’s leaders in bio-fuel technology,” the minister said.
Minister Jones also indicated that Barbadian students participating in university research in Brazil, particularly at the Masters and Doctoral levels, was something to be explored, especially in relation to renewable energy. Other areas of interest mentioned were research in agriculture, agro-processing and other areas with a science orientation, paving the way for Barbados to further develop its research culture.
The two officials also discussed aspects of trade with both agreeing there was a need to work together to realise benefits that could accrue from South-South trading and cooperation.