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The year 2016 signals a significant landmark in the history of Barbados, with November 30, 2016 representing 50 years of Independence for this small aspiring nation. As a result, the Prime Minister identified the need to plan a period of celebration befitting of this historic landmark.

A Co-ordinating Committee has been established to oversee a programme of activities to celebrate Barbados’ 50th Anniversary under the chairmanship of Senator The Hon. Maxine McClean. A number of subcommittees have also been formed to support the Coordinating Committee in developing and executing the programme.

Additionally, the Prime Minister approved the establishment of a Secretariat with effect from October 1, 2015 to January 31, 2017. The purpose of the Secretariat is to implement and monitor the series of events and projects for the 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations.

The year of celebration officially started on January 6, 2016 with the Launch “Barbados We Come From” at Independence Square and will culminate on November 30th, 2016, with activities being held in Barbados and across the global diaspora. The celebrations are expected not only to be entertaining, but also multi-dimensional and educational, with special emphasis on our youth audience.