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