Message from Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

Senator Dr. Jerome X. Walcott, J.P.      

Barbados looks forward to hosting the 15th Quadrennial Conference of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and to welcoming thousands of participants from UNCTAD member states to our country.  We are particularly excited at the prospect of extending to our guests the special island hospitality for which Barbadians are so well known.

As you will be aware, the current COVID-19 global crisis has caused the postponement of practically every major international conference and event scheduled for the rest of 2020. Regrettably, UNCTAD 15 is no exception. It proved impossible for the Conference to take place in October 2020 as originally planned. The Government of Barbados is, however, pleased to confirm that UNCTAD 15 has been rescheduled for April 2021. The Government of Barbados is taking all possible measures to ensure that UNCTAD takes place in a safe and secure environment that protects the health of visiting delegates and local residents alike.

UNCTAD 15 will take place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, the site of the first United Nations Conference that Barbados was privileged to host: the historic 1994 Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. We are determined in partnership with member states and the Secretariat, to make UNCTAD 15 every bit as successful.

The Barbados Government is keen to play its part to ensure that UNCTAD 15 is a transformative game changer, producing practical policy results that better the lives of our people and the development prospects of our countries.  It is our ultimate goal to make this important Conference a truly inclusive and participatory event, imbued with the spirit and energy of the Caribbean and conducted in a way that garners maximum support from and involvement of both the international community and the people of Barbados.

We look forward to cooperating closely with you in pursuit of this shared objective.