The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has congratulated the Government and People of Barbados on the country’s Fifty-Fifth Anniversary of Independence and its transition to Republican status.
CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett’s congratulatory message to Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said the theme for the Celebration “Rebuilding A Nation, Embracing Our Heritage” was most apt given that Barbados has chosen this moment in its history to shift its trajectory and become a Republic.
“This opens a new chapter in the country’s development,” the Secretary-General’s message said.
“Barbadians can face the future with renewed pride as this transition closes the circle of independence,” it added.
Dr Barnett noted that Barbados’ progress in the 55 years of nationhood has been most impressive and its citizens have made the country proud in a variety of areas globally including politics, diplomacy, academia, the arts and sport.
“The Community is highly appreciative of Barbados leadership which begun as an original signatory to the Treaty establishing CARICOM, and continues with its responsibility for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy within the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet” the Secretary-General said.
“The Community salutes and encourages the Government and people of Barbados as the country embarks on this new path. As you celebrate this milestone please accept my best wishes and my commitment and that of the Secretariat to assist Barbados in achieving its development goals” Dr Barnett stated..