The British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Victoria Dean has made it clear that the aid package announced recently by British Prime Minister David Cameron is not linked in any way to ongoing calls for reparations for slavery.
During the month of September, the British Prime Minister pledged roughly a $455 million aid package to upgrade bridges, ports and other infrastructure across the Caribbean and reinvigorate Britain’s relationship with the region.
He also pledged an additional $180 million to improve health facilities and boost economic growth.
The Prime Minister said this support would make Britain the largest bilateral donor to the region. But, he rejected the Caribbean’s push for slavery reparations.
In a recent interview, High Commissioner Dean stressed that the aid package has nothing to do with the discussion on reparations.