BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 8, 2019 (CMC) — Barbados’ Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, left here for Canada, where she will hold talks on environmental and financial issues.
She travels to Canada to meet with senior officials of McGill University, to discuss deepening the relationship, between the Bellairs Research Institute and the Barbados government.
A government statement said that Mottley is keen on facilitating a more meaningful involvement of the Bellairs Research Institute in her administration’s “Roof-to-Reefs” project, in particular, the reefs’ component, where the aim is to regenerate the coral reefs, primarily on the island’s west coast.
“This project is part of government’s overall strategy, with respect to climate adaptation and mitigation, in response to climate change,” the statement said, adding that while in Canada, she will also participate in town hall meetings with the Barbadian Diaspora in Montreal and Toronto.
“In Toronto, the Prime Minister will continue discussions, which the government has been having with major financial institutions and accounting firms. She has also been invited by Canadian limited liability partnership, BDO Canada LLP, to deliver the keynote address at the Annual Tax Executives Institute Professional Development Day in Toronto, on Wednesday, April 10,” the statement revealed.
Following her visit to Canada, Mottley will travel to Washington to attend the 2019 Annual Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The April 10-14 meetings will bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, officials from civil society organizations and academics, to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, and economic development and finance.
The statement said that the meeting will afford Mottley, who is also Finance Minister, an opportunity to meet with some key officials of the World Bank and the IMF, in addition to private financial institutions.
Prime Minister Mottley is being accompanied on this trip by the Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey; Director of Finance and Economic Affairs, Ian Carrington; and Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Cleviston Haynes.