Canada injects Millions towards both Regional Security System & United Nations fight against Narcotics, Minister makes revelation during Barbados visit

If you are a corprate entity wishing to host a venue for a get-together then you need look no further than the Officer’s mess at St Ann’s Fort, the Garrison, Savannah it is a gloriously refreshing view of the racetrack also popular for walking enthusiasts, plus if you wish catering then you need to engage the service of Omar Robertson, his offerings and staff were first-class!

The Zouaves were very lively in their selections and forewent the usual rendition of both anthems which was a great change to the proceedings!

Plenty of eye-contact and no one felt abandoned by the servers – be it shrimps on wooden skewers or baby hamburgers or miniature shepherd’s pie or desserts like brownies topped with slivered almonds or baby cheesecakes in strawberry or vanilla, then you need his staff if you want a top class nosh for your guests!

BDF's Chief Of Staff Col. Alvin Quintyne seated next to tTheir Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston in the front row at Officer's Mess, St Ann's Fort

This was all part of a public-private sector trade mission from Ottawa who are developing their wide-ranging and multi-faceted relationship with Barbados, Trinidad & Brazil – major economic players and priority markets for Canada, and will provide greater visibility for bilateral co-operation initiatives in various sectors, particularly in strategies promoting education and economic development in all three countries.

L to R - Commissioner Of The RBPF, Darwin Dottin; Diane Ablonczy - Canada's Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) & Attorney General of Barbados - Adriel Brathwaite

The visit is headed by their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston who officially visited the Federative Republic of Brazil, from 22 to 28 April; just concluded a working visit to Barbados from 29 to 30 April; and heading for a State visit to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, on 1 and 2 May 2012.

The GG of Canada observed; “I’m very honoured to lead a delegation of exceptional Canadians representing these key fields, as well as 30 university presidents who embody the best of Canada’s excellence in education. The education leaders will, along with other Canadian stakeholders, represent Canada at the Conference of the Americas on International Education, (CAIE) in Rio de Janeiro. This international conference is an opportunity to showcase to the world the quality of Canada’s public education system.”

We are also delighted to carry out visits to Barbados to promote stronger business, security and educational linkages, and to Trinidad and Tobago to mark its 50 years of independence and our corresponding 50 years of diplomatic relations with the country. The development and sharing of knowledge and the dialogue between nations—which I like to call theDiplomacy of Knowledge’—is essential to our collective well-being in a global and interconnected world. It can be achieved through the linkages between education, innovation and commerce, which are the driving themes of my visits to these three countries,” said His Excellency.

{BACKING CAMERA} President of the BCCI, Andy Armstrong exchanges greetings with Dr Warren Smith of the CDB

Among the Canadian public-private entourage is the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) who revealed a number of profitable initiatives to improve crime fighting techniques not only for Barbados but the whole Caribbean.

L to R (Honourees of Gov. Gen's Visitor's Award) - Thomas Sears - BIBA Canada; GG David Johnston; Martha Berry - Pres. of the Canadian Women's Club; Dr Trevor Carmichael - Attorney, Author & Patron of B'dos Arts plus Her Excellency Ruth Archibald - High Commissioner to Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean

She explained since 2009 how Canada has injected $15 million into the region’s anti-narcotics endeavours, and the Stephen Harper regime is adding more towards the RSS {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Canada is contributing $1.2 million towards a Ballistics programme to help identify bullet casings and make it a region wide database.

The sky was unsure if to rain or not, which made for humidity and this is never a good mix with European style of dress, so naturally as the evening wore on, jackets were shed - unlike former head of the West Indies Cricket Board of Control, Capt. Peter Short, who remained so clad for the balance of the function

That’s not all, the pro tem Foreign Affairs Minister indicated how the United Nations will benefit from the donation as well {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Ms Ablonczy announced a further half million is donated towards the UN’s Drugs and Control agency, in an effort to stem the tide of domestic violence.

Before the visit concluded, the Governor General made a presentation to three outstanding persons who have contributed to Barbados/Canada relations… These were Dr Trevor Carmichael – noted attorney for many contracts between Ottawa & Bridgetown apart from President of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society as well as an author of a book highlighting the Caribbean connection to Canada; Martha Berry – president of the Canadian Women’s Club and curator of the Bridgetown Gallery at Sheraton Mall; plus Thomas Stears – Chairman of BIBA Canada (Ottawa Chapter of the Barbados International Business Association).

Canadian & Defence force dignitaries all blended their seating arrangements along the front row before the GG's and the High Commissioner's opening remarks

Attorney General of Barbados, Adriel Brathwaite and Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin were part of the local retinue in attendance, which also included Andy Armstrong – President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry along with Dr Warren Smith – President of the Caribbean Development Bank.

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