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Date: 17 Jul, 2014
Source: Nation Newspaper

Invest Barbados joins in congratulating Honourary Consul of Mexico in Barbados, Sir Trevor Carmichael, Q.C., on his recent award of Mexico’s highest decoration for foreigners, the Order of Aztec Eagle (Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca).

The award was presented by Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña during the Sixth Mexican Honorary Consuls Meeting, which was held in Mexico City in June. It recognises the outstanding role of Sir Trevor, who has displayed an exceptional and highly professional manner, working to promote business, culture and tourism between Barbados and Mexico and providing an outstanding level of consular attention to the requirements of the office for more than 28 years.

Sir Trevor, who was humbled by the “extraordinarily special award”, expressed his sincere thanks for receiving such an honour. He emphasised the unswerving and dedicated service he had given to Mexico over the years.

“The opportunity to have been able to serve Mexico for close to 30 years in Barbados and other parts of the Caribbean has been an honour and a privilege which I have reverently respected, never taken for granted, and one which I have always thoroughly enjoyed in its many dimensions,” he said.

Mexico and Barbados established diplomatic ties in 1972, and have since maintained their long-standing relationship. Sir Trevor mentioned aspects of the relationship between the two nations, which had “achieved satisfying results”.

“First, together we have made travel between our two countries visa free, thereby encouraging even greater travel and the possibility of increased interaction for mutual benefit.

“Secondly, together we concluded a Double Taxation Treaty for the avoidance of Double Taxation, a landmark achievement which is already reaping significant mutual benefits in the areas of trade, investment and insurance, involving both the private and public sectors in their respective roles.”

Barbados’ Double Taxation Agreement with Mexico was signed in April 2008 and entered into force in January 2009