Minister in the Ministry
The Hon. Sandra Husbands, M.P.
The Hon. Sandra Husbands, M.P. Minister in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is responsible for government’s international trade policy which establishes and monitors the conditions and environment under which international trade takes place across the globe. Adherence to international trading rules is necessary to allow domestic companies to export and thus earn valuable foreign exchange for Barbados and its citizens. She oversees the country’s engagement and negotiations at the regional, bilateral and international level. More specifically, engagements at the level of the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) Special Committee on Trade Development and External Economic Relation. The Commonwealth, The World Trade Organisation (WTO), Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) – European Union (EU) relations, and The Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM), to name a few.
Minister Husbands holds a degree in Sociology and Law and a Masters in International Trade Policy. She has pursued further training in Advanced Leadership in Singapore, Facilitation Training in the U.S.A., Training of Trainers, Business Process Management, Her background is in Human Resources Development with a blend of experience in the business community for twenty years spanning six fields of business endeavour, namely Management Consulting, Broadcasting, Sales, Market Research, Tourism, Minister Husbands has represented Barbados internationally at meetings of the ACP-EU Ministerial Trade Committee and Council of Ministers; chaired Regular Meetings and Special Meetings of CARICOM’s Council on Trade and Economic Development (COTED); leads in Ministerial meetings for Barbados at The Commonwealth’s Trade Ministers Meeting, CARIFORUM, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States ministerial meetings. In her private capacity, she held the positions of President of the Barbados Small Business Association, (BSBA), as its first female President and the only President to hold office over three consecutive terms. Chairman of the National Council on Substance Abuse; SBA Enterprises Inc, (SBAEI); Caribbean Association of the Small and Medium Enterprises (CASME) as one of the founding members. She was the First Vice President of the National Organisation of Women and first Vice-President of Caribbean Facilitators Network.
Ms. Husbands was appointed to the Senate of Barbados in June 2003 – 2007, represented Barbados as a Board member of FIPA (Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas). She was the recipient of the first Spirit of Caricom award offered at UWI. She was the valedictorian in Advance Leadership programme in Singapore.
Minister Husbands is a committed regionalist, who recognises that the future viability of Caribbean states in an increasing globalised world rests in realising the full potential of people, the transformation and emergence of new invigorated institutions and the pooling and effective use of all its resources to ensure the survival and growth of the people.