Minister of State in Foreign Trade and Business, Sandra Husbands, today met with all the new non-resident French Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Francis Etienne, to discuss opportunities with regard to deepening existing ties among Barbados and France. Mr. Etienne, who is located in St . Lucia, presented his credentials to the President associated with Barbados, Her Excellency The Most Honourable, Dame Sandra Mason, on Friday, November eleven. Also present at the courtesy call had been Permanent Secretary, Simone Rudder; Senior Foreign Service Official, Euclid Goodman; Foreign Service Officer, Darren Carter and Honorary Consul for Italy in Barbados, Captain Wear Chee-A-Tow. During the courtesy call with the Ambassador at the Ministry’s Culloden Road location, Minister Husbands said she anticipated a robust and engaging connection with him. Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) of State in Foreign Trade and Business, Sandra Husbands, presents a gift in order to French Ambassador, Francis Etienne, at their courtesy contact today. (Photo credit: S i9000. Forde-Craigg/BGIS) The two officials discussed the wide-ranging set of topics which includes: continuing training and exchanges between armed forces, as well as vocabulary training; trade, increasing connectivity; black/grey listing; climate modify and renewable energy. Author: Sheena Forde-Craigg/BGIS Barbados established diplomatic relations with France in 1968. Mister. Etienne who was accompanied by his wife, Jane, noted that he was keen on cooperating in regards to gender policy, especially the ones that would enable empowering and uplifting women. Source: https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/minister-husbands-meets-with-french-envoy/ Ambassador Incredible and Plenipotentiary Etienne concurred that he too looked forward to a robust engagement with Barbados, plus conveyed that in his designated three-year posting to the tropical isle as a diplomat, he hopes to help foster greater cooperation not only between France, but also Martinique and Guadeloupe along with Barbados. She stressed that any prospects of assistance or even opportunities that could be afforded to Barbados would be greatly appreciated.