Barbados recognises that it must form alliances and co-operative arrangements with other countries in order to overcome those limitations imposed by its small size and limited resources. Barbados is therefore a member of several regional and international organisations.

There is a strong commitment to regional integration and the regional bodies whose headquarters are based in Barbados include: the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC), and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO).

Barbados is a founding member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This body is a trade and economic grouping of fourteen predominantly English-speaking countries in the Caribbean. Barbados is also a member of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).

Internationally, Barbados is a member of the United Nations and its specialised agencies, the Organisation of American States (OAS) and other agencies of the Inter-American system, the Commonwealth, the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP) as well as the Non-Aligned Movement. It is also a member of the following:

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