2nd “Confucius Institute Forum” Kicks Off in Barbados

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill (CIUWICH), Barbados [Time]    2019-03-25 10:01:42 

On January 28th, local time, the 2nd “Confucius Institute Forum” hosted by the CIUWICH was held at the Errol Barrow Center for Creative Imagination (EBCCI). Nearly 200 people attended the forum, including Francois Jackman, Barbadian Ambassador to China, Eudine Barriteau, President of the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, David Bulbulia, Foreign Director of the CIUWICH, Yan Xiusheng, Chinese Ambassador to Barbados, Ren Hongsheng, Deputy Dean of the School of Political Science and Public Administration of China University of Political Science and Law, diplomatic officials of the United States, Canada, the European Union, Japan and other countries and regions to Barbados as well as teachers and students of the University of the West Indies.

The forum was anchored by David Bulbulia. He pointed out that, with the continuous, sound and stable development of bilateral relations between Barbados and China, this forum is of great significance to further promote the mutual understanding between the two countries and even between China and the Caribbean regions.

In her speech, Eudine Barriteau fully affirmed the CIUWICH’s achievements in advancing the educational and cultural exchanges between Barbados and China. When talking about cooperative education, the promotion of Chinese language and setup of minor programs of Chinese language conducted by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), as well as the visiting delegations of Barbadian government and business elites, she spoke highly of the CIUWICH’s efforts and hoped that bilateral educational exchanges and cultural mutual trust between the two countries could be realized through the CIUWICH.

Eudine Barriteau delivering a speech

Ren Hongsheng delivered a keynote speech titled “The Development of the Belt and Road and the Caribbean Regions”, which included four parts: “China is Rising”, “how does China use power”, “the Belt and Road”, and “China and the Caribbean Regions”. He elaborated on China’s growth, and its input in domestic development, global governance, international aid, international investment and the building of Confucius Institutes through informative data and charts, and interpreted the Belt and Road Initiative. Finally, concerning the development of the Caribbean regions, he noted that the cooperation between China and the Caribbean regions is faced with a promising future.

Ren Hongsheng delivering a speech

This was the first academic speech delivered by Chinese scholars in Barbados. Mainstream media in Barbados covered the forum, arousing enthusiastic social response.

Story by Li Renyan


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