Barbados, in its efforts to strengthen bilateral relations with Latin America, has recently finalized an air services agreement with Panama. Ambassador Ian Walcott signed the accord on behalf of Barbados, witnessed by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.

The agreement is hailed by Panama as a significant stride in enhancing bilateral relations, fostering tourism, and catalyzing economic growth for both countries. Concurrently, Prime Minister Mottley is leading a delegation on an official visit to Panama.

During a meeting at the Diplomatic Lounge in Panama City's Marcos A. Gelabert Airport, President Laurentino Cortizo of Panama expressed his country's intention to establish an embassy in Barbados. This move underscores Panama's commitment to fortifying historical and diplomatic ties with Barbados.

The discussions between the two leaders also touched upon the pressing issue of the climate crisis, emphasizing the support vulnerable nations require from developed countries. Prime Minister Mottley underscored the shared historical bonds between Panama and Barbados, which have facilitated the development of mutual agendas. Additionally, she emphasized Barbados' dedication to energy sustainability and climate resilience.

Copa Airlines now offers four weekly direct flights between Barbados and Panama City, with connections to their network of 81 destinations in 32 countries.