Barbados has officially opened a new consulate in Cuba. And Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, is hailing the move. The opening of the Embassy in Cuba comes just over a year after Prime Minister David Thompson, during an official visit to that country in 2009, made the announcement of Barbados’ intent to establish a diplomatic presence in Cuba.
The Embassy will be instrumental in the establishment of business contacts and the identification of emerging opportunities within Cuba for Barbados’ services, trade and commercial sectors. The increasing consular needs of the growing number of Barbadian students in Cuba all provide strong rationale for the establishment of a resident Embassy in Cuba.