In the last few years, CPA UK has regularly engaged with the Parliament of Barbados and the Parliament of Grenada on a multilateral basis. Parliamentarians from both countries attend CPA UK’s annual Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure in London, and there has been collaboration through projects such as the International Parliamentary Project on Sustainability, Energy and Development. In January 2020, both parliaments participated in a workshop on Public Accounts Committees hosted in Port of Spain in Trinidad.
This bilateral visit to the region was the first CPA UK visit in several years. The programme provided an excellent opportunity to strengthen relations with the region, particularly on areas such as trade, climate change, security and social issues.
British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Janet Douglas, said:
"To have parliamentarians from the UK come to hear first-hand about the experiences of fellow Commonwealth members was very valuable. The visiting British delegation will be able to take home constructive ideas for joint activity which will contribute to our strong relationship with Barbados."
British Resident Commissioner to Grenada, Wendy Freeman, added:
“I am very grateful to the MPs from the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association for their valuable visit to Grenada. Not only for strengthening the parliamentary and commonwealth links but also for supporting the newly established British High Commission. Come back again soon!”
Further information on the visit will be available in due course in CPA UK's visit report.