Barbados establishes High Commission in Ghana

Barbados has opened a High Commission in Ghana as part of efforts to strengthen the bilateral relations with Ghana.

The Charge d’Affaires of the Barbadian High Commission in Ghana, Juliette Babb-Riley, disclosed this on Wednesday when she paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Ebenezer Kojo Kum.

Mrs Babb-Riley said the establishment of the High Commission in Ghana was to deepen the bilateral, cultural and historical bonds between the countries.

“Many Barbadians trace their ancestral lineage to Ghana and hence the need to create the needed synergy between the two countries,” she said.

Mrs Babb-Riley said both countries were part of the Organisation of African Caribbean and Pacific States which was aimed at sustainable development and poverty reduction within its member states, as well as their greater integration into the world’s economy.

 She indicated Barbados had recognised a number of practices and traditions common to both countries and “we are therefore hoping to create synergies among communities in Ghana and that of Barbados.”

Mr Kum said there were a lot of things both countries could collaborate in, including exchange programmes for which some Ghanaian nurses were already in Barbados.

 He said there was an intention to have a media launch for the Muslims in Ghana and Barbados to buildand foster friendship, as well as to share ideas.

The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs said Ghana and Barbados were considering ways to promote Christianity where there would be exchange programmes to create the needed cooperation.

“So after the “Beyond the Return,” it should not end there, there is still chances that both countries can be together for mutual benefits,” he added.

Mr Kum said his outfit was looking forward to a lasting relationship between it and the Barbados High Commission.

BY JEMIMA ESINAM KUATSINU

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