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Yearbook 2018

Barbados. In January, Barbados was removed from the EU's "black list" of tax havens since the country announced changes to the tax system.

2018 Barbados

In March, Parliament was automatically dissolved in accordance with the constitutional rules. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of the Democratic Workers' Party (DLP) was criticized for not yet announcing a date for the parliamentary elections that must take place sometime during the year. The election, which was held in May, was an unprecedented success for the opposition party Barbados Labor Party (BLP), which received 75% of the vote and all 30 seats in parliament. BLP's party leader Mia Mottley thus became the country's first female prime minister. Mottley also took care of the post of finance minister. Even in Parliament in general, the female representation became historical; six of the elected members were women against one during the previous term.

According to, the world's most well-known person from Barbados, R&B singer Rihanna, was appointed in September as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary with special responsibility for promoting education, tourism and investment in the country. Already in 2008, Rihanna was appointed cultural ambassador for Barbados.

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