Barbados. In 2014, the final phase of the expansion of the deep-sea port in the capital Bridgetown began. The purpose of enlargement is to be able to receive larger vessels. These are cruise ships and vessels that come to Barbados to load sugar, the country’s most important export product.
In March, the government signed an agreement on the construction of a power plant where the island’s waste will be converted into environmentally friendly energy. According to Countryaah.com, Barbados population in 2020 is estimated at 287,386. The plant will be built and operated by Cahill Energy, a company headquartered on Guernsey Channel Island. The contract extends over 30 years and the company plans to invest up to USD 240 million and create about 650 jobs.
During the year, Barbados took several steps to establish closer ties with China. In May, it was announced that the countries intend to abolish visa restrictions for each other’s citizens. The Barbados authorities have also expressed a desire to attract more Chinese tourists to the country.
Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados in the Caribbean. The city itself has 110,000 residents in the urban area (2014); in the extensive urban area live approximately 1/3 of Barbados residents. Bridgetown was built at a good port in 1628 and quickly became a major city for the English interests in the Caribbean. It has distinct colonial features, i.e. Trafalgar Square with Nelson statue and colonial architecture mixed with modern office buildings. The lively life reflects all degrees of prosperity and numerous ethnic origins, with rastafarian as one conspicuous element among several. The importance of the port for sugar exports is now completely overshadowed by the city’s location on tourism’s world map.