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Date: 11 Jul, 2014
Source: Barbados Government Information Service

Barbados has a new Honourary Consul General for Switzerland. Swiss, Mr. Claudio Macchi received the Exequatur from Barbados’ Chief of Protocol Mr. Philip St. Hill during a brief ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign trade recently. An exequatur guarantees a foreign consul’s rights and privileges of office and the right to exercise such powers.

Mr. Macchi, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Manufacturers P&C Limited, Barbados, expressed his desire to promote and strengthen the relationship between Barbados and Switzerland.

“I see my role as threefold. First, to establish stronger relations between Barbados and Switzerland, to keep in contact with the Embassy in Venezuela to let the Ambassador know what is happening here in Barbados and to be better acquainted with the Swiss community,” he said.

Barbados currently has a Bilateral Investment Treaty with Switzerland, which was signed in March of 1995 and entered into force on June of the same year. In addition, Barbados has a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) with Switzerland, dating back to 1963 when it was entered into force. At that time, the DTA was extended to Barbados by virtue of an Agreement between Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Mr. St. Hill indicated that the Government of Barbados was anxious to continue discussions on negotiations for a new DTA with Switzerland.

The new Honourary Consul General is a graduate of the Swiss Institute for Business Administration Studies and the KV Zurich Business School.