Cuba and Barbados intend to work together to create new opportunities for enhancing the environment.

This was among several issues discussed when Cuban Ambassador, Lissette Pérez-Pérez, paid a courtesy call on Minister of the Environment and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe at his office yesterday. Dr. Lowe outlined that a major focus for Barbados at this time was its pursuit of the green economy, as it sought to protect its land, marine and ecosystems.

Dr. Lowe pointed out that the Green Economy Scoping Study revealed a number of areas for development as Barbados continued its pursuit of becoming a green economy.

He outlined plans for the Green Energy Complex which will see the convergence of waste into energy sources. “It could be a good opportunity for us to talk about sharing our practices and ideas and technology in that regard. We could also speak of wind and solar as it is a place where we could have a developmental mix with the two countries,” he said.

The Minister assured that an existing Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between Barbados and Cuba would be reviewed in an effort to chart a path going forward. He also raised the possibility of a visit to Cuba to observe some of its operations, especially in the area of bio-technology.

The Ambassador suggested that a team of experts from Cuba visit Barbados before an official visit was done to share their knowledge and experience in the area of bio-technology.