Barbados. At the beginning of the year, Barbados allowed an Australian company to look for and possibly extract oil in a disputed sea area near Trinidad and Tobago. The two neighboring countries had previously disputed the right to the area, but in 2006, an international maritime law court decided that the territory belongs to Barbados. However, a new conflict arose when Venezuela claimed that the area was Venezuelan.
According to countryaah, Prime Minister David Thompson’s government survived a vote in confidence in March. The vote was held since the opposition accused the government of not satisfactorily managing a serious financial crisis in the country. The crisis arose when the Trinidad-based insurance company Clico went bankrupt. Clico’s collapse, in turn, was a result of the global financial crisis that hit the world during the year.