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India-Barbados Bilateral

Barbados and India enjoy close and cordial relations and interact actively in the UN, Commonwealth and NAM.  . Barbados has supported India’s successful candidacies in the elections to International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Tribunal of the Laws of the Seas (ITLOS) and Executive Board of UNESCO and International Maritime Organizations (IMO).Barbados supported India’s candidature for Non-Permanent seat at UNSC and has also committed support for India’s bid for Permanent Membership of UNSC.

Visits

            Minister of State for External Affairs, ShriDigvijay Singh paid a bilateral visit to Barbados from 15-17 June 2003. During the visit, he called upon Ms. Mia Mottley, Deputy Prime Minister and Attorney General and also had bilateral discussions with Ms. Billie Miller, Senior Minister and Foreign Minister.

Finance Minister of India, Shri P. Chidambaram, visited Barbados to attend the Commonwealth Finance Ministers’ Meeting in September, 2005. 

Mr R. Swaminathan, Special Secretary visited Barbados from April 28-May 01, 2015 to hold the first ever  Foreign Office Consultations(FOC) with his counterpart Ms Simone Rudder, Permanent Secretary. EAM Mrs. Sushma Swaraj met Senator Hon’ble Ms. Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados on the sidelines of 3rd India-CARICOM meeting held in New York on September 19, 2017.Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry with Mr. Donville Inniss, Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development of Barbados on October 30, 2017 in Havana.

Shri Shri P.P.Chaudhary Minister of State Law & Justice and Corporate Affairs visited  Barbados  from April 25-28, 2018 under  MEA’s innovative outreach programme met the then PM Freundel Stuart during a community reception on April 26, 2018.  He held extensive bilateral discussions with Mr. Adriel D. Brathwaite Q.C, Attorney General & Minister of Home Affairs, ,Mr Donville Inniss, Minister of Industry, International Business Commerce & Small Business Development, Ms. Maxine Mc Clean, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade and Mr. Dacosta Jones J.P, Minister of Education, Science, Technology & Innovation. The entire gamut of bilateral relations between the two countries  was reviewed during the meetings.

 

Bilateral cooperation

            Barbadian government has expressed interest in pursuing cooperation with India in the field of information technology, cotton cultivation and textile industry, film industry, academic exchanges, cultural cooperation etc.  Given the size of this country, it enjoys relatively high prosperity owing to its flourishing tourism industry.

An MOU between Federation of Indian Export Organization (FIEO) and Barbados Chamber of Commerce was signed on trade cooperation.

 

MOU signed/Agreements to be signed 

An Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation(DTAA)  with India is under consideration   at the moment. Both the governments had agreed to sign on to the multilateral convention on mutual administrative assistance in tax matters (the convention) to which the government of India is a signatory too.  Barbados has signed on Oct 28, 2015 the OECD’s global standard for the automatic exchange of information (AEOI) and committed itself to transparency in international tax matters.        

An agreement on cooperation in sports and Youth Affairs is also expected to be finalized soon between the two countries.

India and Barbados have signed Air Services Agreement on October 6, 2015, for facilitation of travel arrangements for the citizens and the possibility of   direct air connectivity and charted flight operations between the two countries. The agreement allows, inter alia, full fifth freedom rights including weekly operations of seven air services to each country. M/s Jet Airways from India has been designated to operate between India and Barbados on agreed services.

 

ITEC Programme

In order to promote technical cooperation between the two countries, India is providing 05 scholarships under ITEC to Barbados during 2018-19. There is a request from Barbados for some scholarships for its students to study in higher educational institutes in India

 

Trade

Exports to Barbados

2014 - 2015         US$ 10.1 million

2015-16         US $ 10.50 million

2016-17          US$ 12.39 million

2017-18         US $ 12.74 million

Indian exports include vehicles, pharmaceuticals, textiles, iron & steel, organic chemicals, etc.

 

Imports from Barbados

2014-15         US $ 0.17 million

2015-16         US US $ 0.17 million

2016-17         US $ 0.18 million

2017-18         US $ 0.20 million

Indian imports include electrical machinery, optical photography cinematographic equipment.

 

Indian Community

            Approximately 3000 people of Indian origin have settled in Barbados and most of them have since acquired local nationality. Over 2000 of them are from Surat district of Gujrat known as “ Suratis”. There are also 130 Sindhi families mainly engaged in Business and 150 professionals engaged in the field of Education and Medicine, Financial Services & IT.  Barbados has been included in the list of eTV for 113 countries, whose nationals can avail visa on arrival.

 

August  2018

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