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Barbados and Belize

BARBADOS


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Caricom Member States1 - The motto of Barbados is: "Pride and Industry" and their National Flower is the dwarf Poinciana also called Flower Fence. 


Barbados is the most easterly of the Caribbean islands; approx 120 km (75 miles) from St Lucia and 399 km (200 miles) north east of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Barbados was settled by the English in 1627 and remained under their control until independence in 1966.

  • Grantley Adams is the International Airport;
  • The population is approx 274,000 (2004)
  • The island 431 sq km (166.4 sq miles).
  • Capital is Bridgetown and the currency is Barbados dollar.

The Honourable Freundel Stuart, QC MP  Prime Minister, Barbados
  • Date of Birth: 27 April 1951
  • Marital Status: Single

Education:

  • 1971 - 1975: B.A. (Hons.) Political Science and History, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
  • 1977 - 1980: LL.B (Hons.), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
  • 1980 - 1982: LL.M. Public International Law, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
  • 1982 - 1984: Legal Education Certificate, (Hugh Wooding Law School)

Professional/Political Career:

  • 1984-Present : Attorney at Law
  • 1994-1999:  Member of Parliament for St. Philip South
  • 2003-2007:  Senator
  • 2008-Present:  Member of Parliament for Constituency of St. Michael South
  • 2008-2010:  Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs
  • 2010:  Prime Minister
  • 2013:  Elected Prime Minister
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Barbados’ National Holidays are:

Caricom Member States - New Year's Day (01 January); Errol Barrow Day (21 January); Good Friday, Easter Monday, National Heroes Day (28 April), Labour Day (01 May); Whit Monday (01 June); Emancipation Day (01 August); Kadooment Day (First Monday in August); Independence Day (30 November); Christmas Day (25 December); Boxing Day (26 December). Holidays that fall on a Sunday are observed the following Monday

National Dish:  Cou-Cou and Flying fish, jug jug

Govt. website  www.gov.bb

Source:  www.caricum.org

BELIZE

Belize motto is "Under the Shade I Flourish" and their national flower is the Black Orchid.


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Belize is located on the Caribbean coast of central America with Mexico bordering on the north and part of the west and Guatemala on the south west.

Caricom Member States - Belize was part of the Myan Empire of Central America which flourished between 300 and 900 AD.  

The country changed hands between Spain and Britain from the early 1600s until 1863 when it became British Honduras,   The country was renamed Belize in 1973 and gained independence in 1981. 


  • The international airport is Phillip Goldson Intl 
  • The capital of Belize is Belkmopan.
  • The area of Belize is 22.966 sq km (8,866 sq miles).  
  • Currency is the Belize Dollar.


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Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow. Prime Minister Belize
  • Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow
  • Prime Minister
  • Date of Birth: 2 March 1951

Education

  • 1973:  LLB , University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
  • 1975:  Certificate of Legal Education, Norman Manley Law School, Mona 
  • 1981:  L.M. and M.A. International Relations, University of Miami, School of Law 

Professional/Political Career:

  • 1983:  Entered electoral politics as candidate for Belize City Council elections 
  • 1984-89:  Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1990:  Deputy Prime Minister
  • 1993-1998:  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Security, Attorney General
  • 1998:  Leader of United Democratic Party
  • 2008 :  Elected Prime Minister 


Belize's National Holidays are:

Caricom Member States1 - New Year's Day (01 January); Baron Bliss Day (09 March); Good Friday; Holy Saturday; Easter Monday; Labour Day (02 May); Sovereign's Day (24 May); National Day (10 September); Independence Day (21 September); Columbus Day (12 October); Garifuna Settlement Day (19 November); Christmas Day (25 December); Boxing Day (26 December)


Favourite Dish: Rice and beans with meat and potato salad

For more see website www.belize.gov.bz 

Source www.caricom.org

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