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UK Minister reaffirms strong links with Barbados


UK Minister reaffirms strong links with Barbados

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FOREIGN OFFICE MINISTER Baroness Anelay stressed the importance of a modern partnership based on shared interests during her first visit to Barbados last Friday as Minister of State for the Caribbean.

During the one-day visit, Baroness Anelay met with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley.

The Minister confirmed the United Kingdom’s commitment to the Caribbean and the strong relationship with Barbados built on long-standing connections.   

Together with the Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley, Baroness Anelay met some of the young people taking part in the Prince’s Trust International ‘Get Into’ programme at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel. 

Prince’s Trust International is a charity recently established in Barbados with the aim of helping disadvantaged young people gain vital skills to move into education, training or work. 

Baroness Anelay congratulated Prince’s Trust International on the launch of the programme and spoke to the young people about the skills they were developing on the course.

She ended her visit with a tour of the Regional Security System (RSS) Air Wing and had a briefing from law enforcement officials on the work they are doing to combat the threat from organised and transnational crime. 

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit Barbados and witness at firsthand how our two countries are working together to address a range of global challenges,” Baroness Anelaysaid near the end of her visit.

“I was particularly pleased to meet the young people participating in the Prince’s Trust International Get Into programme and to visit the staff at the Regional Security System (RSS) Air Wing. Both are excellent examples of UK-Barbados cooperation, showing how we can work together to the benefit of both our countries.” 

Minister Lashley said: “We are very proud of our partnership with Prince’s Trust International and welcome Baroness Anelay’s support. With one programme currently running and one more to start in the following weeks, this programme adds to the existing complement of diverse programmes currently offered by the Youth Division of the Ministry. 

“By joining forces, we are in fact able to offer our youth even more opportunities for their total development.  This certainly complements programmes such as “Endless Possibilities” and “Youth Mainstreaming Programme”.” (PR/SAT)