Foreign policy and defense
Barbados has always worked actively for
increased regional cooperation and was one of the
founders of the regional cooperation organization
Caricom. The country also protects good relations with
the United States.
Caricom was founded in 1973 and brings together
mainly English-speaking countries in the region. In
2006, most of the Caricom countries, including Barbados,
formed a common internal market, CSME. The goal of CSME
is increased mobility of capital and labor to strengthen
the region's economies, but not much has happened in
Relations with the United States have always been
important. Barbados participates in the security and
defense cooperation RSS (Regional Security System),
which is mainly funded by the United States. Six other
small former British colonies in the Eastern Caribbean
are also included in RSS, which has its headquarters in
Barbados. RSS includes both police and military units.
Much of the work is focused on limiting the extensive
drug smuggling from South America that goes through the
region to North America and Europe.
Overview of business holidays and various national observances in Barbados for years of 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.
Barbados has disputed with Trinidad and Tobago about
fishing rights and the right to sea areas around the
islands. The International Maritime Law Court in Hamburg
set the boundaries in 2006. Barbados was then entitled
to a large area in the southwest that Trinidad and
Tobago had claimed but not to an area north of Tobago.
The Court also called on the countries to negotiate
fishing rights. The area is not only interesting for
fishing, but is also believed to contain oil and gas
The border with the French-controlled islands of
Martinique and Guadeloupe was established in an
agreement with France in 2009. The border with Saint
Vincent and the Grenadines was established in 2015 and
the one against Saint Lucia in 2016.
A dispute arose with Venezuela in connection with the
launch of a bidding round for oil exploration in
September 2008 by the Barbados in the area to which the
country has been entitled by the Maritime Law Court.
Venezuela claimed that part of the area offered by
Barbados was in Venezuelan waters. Barbados rejected
this and was supported by other Caribbean states.
In addition to Caricom, Barbados is also a member of
the larger regional organizations OAS, Celac and ACS.
FACTS - DEFENSE
500 men (2017)
110 men (2017)