Bel­guim am­bas­sador hon­ours Field

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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

Blue Econ­omy.

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)

(Pic­ture by Len­nox Devon­ish.)

AM­BAS­SADOR GUY SEVRIN (right) be­stow­ing the hon­our onJen­nifer Field.

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