Guyana/Barbados to work jointly in overlapping boundaries

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By Kurt Campbell

Barbados Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade Senator Maxine McClean  and Guyana's Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett. [iNews' Photo]
Barbados Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade Senator Maxine McClean and Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Government and the Government of Barbados have agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will guide its joint operations in its overlapping maritime boundaries.

This was disclosed following the completion of the second session of the Guyana/Barbados Joint Commission meeting on Friday October 4.

The MOU seeks to develop a joint fisheries license for Guyanese and Barbadians operating in that area.

Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett explained that an agreement was signed in 2003 but was never implemented.

“It is unacceptable that since then we have not managed to do it… We are committed now and today’s meeting is a signal to that commitment,” she told a news conference.

This meeting for which the Barbados Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade Senator Maxine McClean has travelled to Guyana will culminate on October 6.

The two Countries also reached agreement on how it can assist each other in the areas of education, tourism and hospitality, transport, immigration, security and legal services, and investments and export.

In July 2002, Guyana and Barbados signed an agreement to establish a commission to examine ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The inaugural session of the Guyana /Barbados Joint Commission was held in October 2007.

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