Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados, Dame Billie Miller, presented a cheque on behalf of the Government of Barbados to Juliette Gooding, Honorary Consul of Barbados in the Cayman Islands, at the Meeting of Barbados’ Honorary Consuls in the Caribbean held earlier this year.
The donation represented a pledge of assistance made by the Government of Barbados to the Government of the Cayman Islands following the destruction caused by Hurricane Ivan, said a press release from the Ministry.
The money was received by Ms. Gooding on behalf of the Department of Children and Family Services of the Cayman Islands.
At the Honorary Consuls’ meeting, held at the Hilton Barbados, Ms. Gooding also submitted to Minister Miller a report which outlined the major developments that affected Barbadian nationals living in the Cayman Islands during 2004-06.
She reported on the grant of Caymanian Status to a large number of foreign nationals, including many Barbadians, which bestowed upon them all the rights and privileges of Caymanian nationals, except the right to vote.
Ms Gooding described in some detail Hurricane Ivan’s impact on the Cayman Islands and the efforts of the Barbadian community there to help each other, as well as their fellow Caymanians, and the assistance rendered by the Honorary Consulate in helping Barbadian nationals to evacuate their children to Barbados to continue their education in Barbadian schools while recovery efforts were being undertaken.
She also highlighted the successful fundraising gospel concert held which featured Joseph Niles that raised US$10,000 for hurricane relief efforts.
Ms Gooding reported that in recent years employers in the Cayman Islands had increased their efforts to recruit workers from Barbados, and new arrivals were being encouraged to register with the Honorary Consulate.
Currently the Honorary Consulate has more than 200 Barbadians registered many of whom hold key positions in both the public and private sectors.
Ms Gooding also outlined the Honorary Consulate’s plans to celebrate Barbados’ 40th Anniversary of Independence in November this year in the Cayman Islands which will include a banquet at one of the major hotels in Grand Cayman.
Dame Billie Miller commended Ms Gooding for the high level of commitment and dedication she continues to exhibit on behalf of Barbadian nationals in the Cayman Islands, and in the promotion of cooperation between the two countries.