Belguim ambassador honours Field
JENNIFER FIELD’S almost 30 years’ service as Belgium honorary consul has been recognised.
In a recent ceremony at George Washington House, Belgium Ambassador Guy Sevrin bestowed her with the honour of being the first Barbadian designated Officer of the Order of Leopold II.
“To be the first Barbadian to be so honoured by Belgium is indeed quite moving,” she said, adding it was usually presented to renowned scientists, cultural and other luminaries.
Field represented Belgium in Barbados from 1989 following a successful tour of duty in Brussels where she managed the European operations of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation, working throughout 15 countries in the European Union.
As honorary consul, she was instrumental in assisting the Belgian embassy based in Jamaica with issuing visas, Belgian passports, identification cards and other documents. She also played a critical role in negotiating the agreement that saw Barbadians being the first to be exempt from having to obtain a visa to travel to the European Union. This exemption was later extended to certain other Caribbean countries.
Ambassador Sevrin also said Field had helped Belgian company
Jan De Nul gain the dredging contract to expand the Bridgetown Port to accommodate cruise line megaships, with the project being completed under budget and in time.
He said Field had proposed some other ventures to increase cooperation between the two counties in the areas of tourism and fisheries, given the Government’s thrust towards the
Sevrin said Belgium also stood ready to help Barbados with its current economic challenges and restructuring efforts, given that Belgium had its own experiences to draw from. ( LK)
AMBASSADOR GUY SEVRIN (right) bestowing the honour onJennifer Field.