Pandiani vows to continue working with Barbados
He was speaking during a farewell art exhibit to celebrate his contribution to the development of Barbadian art at the embassy on Thursday evening. The event, which was hosted in association with Artists Alliance Barbados, capped off his time in Barbados during which he presided over several exhibits which saw 75 local artists having their works shown, and in some instances, purchased.
Drawing reference to our capital, Bridgetown, Pandiani reminded those on hand that it was easy to forget what its name meant, however, it was just what both of our countries had done over the three-year period – built bridges – and urged us to continue doing just that.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Culture and the National Development Commission, John King was in attendance and he stated that the partnership between the two was organic and genuine.
“What we decided then, was that we wanted, at least for the time that he was going to be in Barbados and I was going to be with sport and culture, our interactions to be felt on the ground in Barbados and in Argentina. The main thing is that politicians will come and go but if you get people-to-people connections, then we would have done something that will last for a lifetime. I think we have accomplished that in some aspects,” he said.
Going on to speak on a more personal level, Minister King said that the Ambassador was the best kind of person and that the world needed more like him.
“You have, in your own way, touched myself on a personal level as much as I have seen you touch people you have come into contact with – be it through sport, be it through culture, the arts, whatever it is. That, my friend, is the epitome of what a human being should be and should stand out to be in this world that we live in. Especially in a time when it appears that there is often so much contention based on where you come from, the colour of your skin, colour of your eyes, your orientation, all the different things that separate us. Your term here as ambassador has given all of us that hope that there is a better tomorrow for us as humans and gives us the encouragement to know that it can be done. You are a living example of what we should be as a human race,” he said.
Ambassador Pandiani said that having worked in diplomacy for the past 30 years, there was no other country that he had fallen in love with like Barbados and called his relationship with the people he met here his greatest reward.
“I am not leaving by myself. I am leaving with many, many, many friends. I am leaving with all of you and I will always remember what we had and what we have together. Barbados will always be in my heart,” he said, joking that he had the perfect excuse with Crop Over to be back in Barbados next year.
Revealing that on Thursday it had been two years, ten months and two days since he was on the island, the ambassador said that the island would always be in his heart. “I’m not counting because I want to leave, I’m counting because I want to stay. I wanted to express myself and tell you that I really love you. I’m not going to forget about you, and please believe you me, like Mia used to say, you will have a friend in Argentina forever,” he said.