Barbados & China Sign Agreement For Electric Buses

Barbados & China Sign Agreement For Electric Buses

By Sheena Forde-Craigg

Government has signed an Exchange of Notes agreement for the acquisition of electric buses with the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) of the People’s Republic of China.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kerrie Symmonds, and CIDCA’s Chairman Luo Zhaohui, signed the agreement this morning at the Ministry’s Office, Culloden Road, St. Michael.

The agreement is based on a request by the Government of Barbados for the donation of electric buses from the Government of the People’s Republic of China, as part of the effort to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and to reduce the island’s carbon footprint.

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The specifications have been submitted and the Chinese authorities are in the process of assessing the request.  The Exchange of Notes is a further step in the process of acquiring approval for the Barbados request.

CIDCA was established in March 2018, with the aim to formulate strategic guidelines, plans and policies for foreign aid; coordinate and offer advice on major foreign aid issues; advance the country’s reforms in matters involving foreign aid; and identify major programs and supervise and evaluate their implementation. Specific assignments will be allocated to different departments.

During the bilateral engagement, Minister Symmonds and Chairman Zhaohui both acknowledged the longstanding, cooperative, friendly diplomatic relations between the two countries and expressed a desire for deepening their levels of engagement.

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The two officials also conversed widely on several subject areas, including the Bridgetown Initiative, the Global Development Initiative; climate crisis, the Belt and Road Initiative, the Hope Agricultural Training Institute, The UWI Centre for Food Security and Entrepreneurship, educational scholarships, increasing people-to-people contact, and cultural exchanges.

Also present for the signing and bilateral meeting were Permanent Secretary, Joy-Ann Skinner; Director General of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Donna Forde; Senior Foreign Service Officer, Trecia King; Foreign Service Officer II, Asha Pitt; China’s Ambassador to Barbados, Yan Xiusheng; and a delegation from the CIDCA.

Barbados and China established diplomatic relations on May 30, 1977.

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