As they say… “hot off the wire services”, the following came in about 60 seconds ago. I don’t have enough knowledge to know what it means but I’m sure some of our readers will be able to decipher the hype from the reality.
Read about it now on Barbados Free Press… or maybe tomorrow or the next day on the CBC or Nation News. Hey… did the Barbados Government announce this yet? Hmmmm… nothing on the Government Information Services website yet.
I love it when a little nothing blog like ours scoops the regular media. 🙂
Here are some excerpts of the Canadian Government press release. You can read the full release here.
Canada announces Open Skies agreement with Barbados
OTTAWA, March 4 /CNW Telbec/ – The governments of Canada and Barbados have negotiated an Open Skies-type air transport agreement to increase trade and tourism between the two countries. The agreement was announced today by the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, (snip) and the Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade, (snip)
“This is Canada’s first Open Skies-type agreement in the Caribbean region
and signals another step forward in providing greater flexibility for air
services for passengers, businesses, air carriers and airports,” said Minister
Cannon. “I am pleased with the outcome of these negotiations, marking another bilateral air services agreement achieved under Canada’s Blue Sky policy.”
The new agreement allows airlines to provide scheduled air services as
frequently as desired between cities in Canada and Barbados. This agreement also allows airlines to react quickly to market conditions by more effectively adjusting prices. (snip).
“Canada greatly values its close, long-standing relationship with
Barbados,” said Minister Emerson. “Canada is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service’s presence in Barbados this year. The new agreement will provide a stronger basis for competitive air services. We anticipate this will generate even more growth in trade, tourism and investment.”
The new agreement also provides all-cargo air carriers with greater
options to facilitate and expedite the flow of cargo between both countries,
and third countries, including those of the Caricom region. (snip)
This new agreement builds on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the
Caribbean region in July 2007, when he outlined Canada’s re-engagement in the Americas as a critical, long-term international priority for the government.
In 2007, trade between Canada and Caricom members, including Barbados,
was $2.2 billion, a 20-per-cent increase from 2006. Canadian merchandise
exports to Caricom totalled $725 million and merchandise imports from Caricom totalled $1.47 billion. In 2006, 25,600 Canadians travelled to Barbados. The Caricom region received more than 251,100 Canadian tourists in 2006.
The new provisions are applied immediately. Once ratified, the new
agreement will replace the 1985 agreement currently in force.