A brief guide to Barbados property for sale
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Barbados is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles. It is 34 km long and up to 23 km wide.
Barbados was first visited by Spain around the end of the 1400s. After this, the Portuguese in 1536 also left unclaimed, the remains of their influence only the introduction of Wild Hogs for good supply of meat. The first English ship Olive Blossom arrived in Barbados in 1625. Two years later, the first permanent settlers arrived from England.
Barbados is a full member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Caribbean market and economy unique (CSME), and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). The organization of American States (OAS), the Commonwealth of Nations, and the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) currently apply only to Barbados, Belize and Guyana. In 2001, the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community voted against this, and it was found that the region should aim to replace the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, with the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Barbados is an original member (1995) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and participates actively in its work. It provides at least MFN treatment to all its trading partners. In December 2007, Barbados joined by an EPA with the European Commission. The pact involves the Caribbean Forum (Cariforum) subgroup of the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP). CARIFORUM is currently the only part of the overall ACP bloc, which came in the comprehensive regional trade pact with the European Union.
Trade policy has also sought to protect a few domestic activities, mainly food from foreign competition, while recognizing that most domestic needs are best met by imports.