The Overarching Motivation

The overarching motivation of Barbados’ foreign policy during the years 2000-2013 was the consolidation of arrangements to reposition itself in the international system in order to safeguard its national interest.  National security, economic well-being, the maintenance and advancement of a positive international image, the embracing and protection of its citizens overseas, engagement of the diaspora in promoting Barbados’ interests and regional economic integration and cooperation constituted the essence of that national interest.

 

Broad Goals

 During the fourteen years under review Barbados faced immense global changes which severely challenged its security and economic well-being.  The content of political speeches; budget presentations and medium and long-term strategic plans bear testimony to the security, economic and social pressure that emanated from these global changes.  Barbados was indeed faced with the daunting task of securing a comfortable place in the global economy on the basis of competitiveness and mobilising its people in the building of a socially stable, economically sound, peaceful, secure and equitable society.  The engagement with the outside world through foreign policy was evidently indispensable to the achievement of the domestic economic and social development agenda.

Between 2000 and 2013, therefore, six broad foreign policy goals were designed to guide that engagement with the outside world. These broad goals, which defined the commitment to “a diplomacy of peace, security and prosperity” were:

  • Protecting the Security of Barbados and its People
  • Advancing the Economic and Social Well-being of Barbados and its People.
  • Maintaining and Elevating the Image and Profile of Barbados in the International Arena
  • Embracing and Protecting Barbadians Overseas
  • Promoting Regional Integration and Cooperation
  • Maintaining and Enhancing Operational Capability