Barbados–Suriname relations

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Barbados–Suriname relations

Barbados

Suriname

Barbadian–Surinamese relations are diplomatic relations between Barbados and Suriname. Both countries established diplomatic relations on 8 March 1978.[citation needed] Neither country has a resident ambassador. Barbados is accredited to Suriname from Bridgetown. Suriname is represented in Barbados through its embassy in Port of Spain, (Trinidad and Tobago).

Bilateral relations[edit]

On 17 February 2005 the leaders of Barbados and Suriname signed the "Agreement for the deepening of bilateral cooperation between the Government of Barbados and the Government of the Republic of Suriname."[1]

On 23–24 April 2009 both nations formed a Joint Commission in Paramaribo, Suriname to improve relations between both countries and to expand into various areas of cooperation.[2] Since the first meeting a second one was held on 3-4 of March 2011 in Dover, Barbados.[3] At the second meeting several areas of mutual interest were reviewed including: agriculture, trade, investment, as well as international transport.[3][4]

Trade[edit]

Trade between both nations is in Suriname's favour due to Barbados importation of Suriname's Bunker ‘C’ grade fuel oil.[3] Because of the importance of natural resources, both governments discussed their overlapping maritime boundaries in 2007.[5]

Early history[edit]

In 1650, the governor of Barbados Francis Willoughby, 5th Baron Willoughby of Parham sent a ship to start a colony in Surinam. Lord Willoughby visited the colony, to assist with its development. Fort Willoughby, under the command of Governor Lieutenant-General William Byam, was captured by Dutchmen from the State of Zeeland under the command of Abraham Crijnssen on 27 February 1667 after a 3-hour fight. The Dutch changed the name of Fort Willoughby to Fort Zeelandia and Willoughbyland to Suriname.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Admin. (17 February 2005). "STATEMENT BY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE OWEN S. ARTHUR, PRIME MINISTER, BARBADOS, ON THE OCCASION OF THE SIGNING OF THE AGREEMENT FOR THE DEEPENING OF BILATERAL COOPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF BARBADOS AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SURINAME, 17 FEBRUARY 2005, PARAMARIBO, SURINAME". Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Agreement for the Suriname-Barbados Joint Commission
  3. ^ a b c Staff writer (5 March 2011). "Second Meeting Of The Barbados/Suriname Joint Commission". Bajan Sun Online. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Staff writer (4 March 2011). "TRADE TALKS". CBC.bb. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Suriname, Barbados to discuss expansion of EEZ". Caribbean News Agency (CANA). 7 March 2011. Archived from the original on 13 November 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2007. 
  6. ^ Staff writer (29 April 1997). "50 YEARS 'STICHTING SURINAAMS MUSEUM'". Suriname Museum Foundation. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 

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