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Date: 22 May, 2015
Source: Barbados Government Information Service

Barbados has a New Zealand High Commission on the island.

The official opening ceremony of the High Commission of New Zealand took place recently at the Embassy’s Collymore Rock, St. Michael location.

Barbados’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, who addressed persons at the opening ceremony, witnessed New Zealand’s Minister, Murray McCully cut the ribbon to officially open the office. Also present was New Zealand’s Ambassador to Barbados, Jan Henderson.

Senator McClean acknowledged that the establishment of a diplomatic presence in Barbados by the Government of New Zealand is a strong signal of the friendship between the two countries and the intent to enhance relations. Diplomatic relations between Barbados and New Zealand were established in 1974.

“On the bilateral level, the Barbados-New Zealand relationship has been strengthened by, among other things, technical cooperation and collaboration in education, sports and disaster risk management. In addition, we are encouraged at the potential for cooperation in other areas such as security, renewable energy, oceans and fisheries and people exchanges.”

She also noted that, “due to its close relationship with the Pacific Islands, New Zealand has a special understanding of the challenges facing small island developing states (SIDS). Barbados and the Caribbean Community therefore consider New Zealand to be a valuable interlocutor on issues affecting small states.”

Senator McClean also expressed gratitude to that country for the work it does in international fora to bring attention to issues which affect SIDS.

The Minister added that Barbados welcomed an offer of assistance from the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, in the areas of skills development, renewable energy, agriculture and disaster risk management. The New Zealand Embassy is located in the building that houses the British High Commission, and will serve Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.