Barbados and Slovakia discuss green energy
DISCUSSIONS ON INVESTMENT in renewable energy and tourism featured prominently when the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Ladislav Straka, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart recently at Government Headquarters.
Straka disclosed that a green energy company from his country was interested in investing in the Caribbean. He also revealed that tourists from Slovakia were looking for new destinations to visit, and expressed the view that Barbados would fit the bill.
In response, Stuart said Government had recently embarked on developing its renewable energy sector, had replaced existing legislation, and had introduced a new Electric Light and Power Act. “So, we have put energy on a new platform … and Barbados is open for that kind of business,” he stressed.
He also pointed out that Barbados has a very vibrant and modern tourism sector, and that it was seeking to attract tourists, not only from its traditional markets – the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada – but from other countries, like Slovakia.
The Prime Minister told Ambassador Straka that Barbados was committed to developing its relations with Slovakia and said that their discussions had laid the foundation for a deeper relationship.
Barbados established diplomatic relations with the Slovak Republic in 1994. (BGIS)