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Commentary: Tourism Matters: Trade shows will play a critical part

July 17, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Trade shows will play a critical part Having spent three full days, from opening until closing, on a stand at the recently concluded Carib Food and Hospitality exhibition, I feel that I can speak fairly objectively about the first of its kind event to be held on Barbados. First the positive aspects! Great to see the Barbados Investment and...

Barbados PM denies refusing to meet with union leaders

July 15, 2017
Barbados PM denies refusing to meet with union leaders BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has denied that he refused to meet with trade union leaders on Tuesday, as they tried to present him with a letter outlining their concerns about the National Social Responsibility Levy. Stuart said he was expecting one person...

US embassy hosts tourism security workshop in Barbados

July 12, 2017
US embassy hosts tourism security workshop in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy Bridgetown hosted a workshop focused on tourism security in Barbados on July 11 as part of ongoing efforts to promote citizen security and support the country’s economic lynchpin. The day-long workshop was organized by the embassy’s Regional Security...

Barbados pledges continued support for LIAT

July 10, 2017
Barbados pledges continued support for LIAT BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has pledged Barbados’ continued commitment to the regional carrier LIAT, describing it as “vital” to the movement of people across the Caribbean. Stuart made this assertion as he spoke to the media recently about concerns being...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Surely the technology exists already

July 10, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Surely the technology exists already After going through a seemingly complex ‘hoops and hurdles’ experience that certainly could not win any user friendly awards, I just wonder if our ‘local’ financial institutions have not missed out in a massive way to assist small businesses to grow and attract additional foreign exchange earnings for the country?

Commentary: Three heroes of civic leadership and Caribbean independence

July 10, 2017
Commentary: Three heroes of civic leadership and Caribbean independence The year 2012 marked the advent of 50 years of the independence of the British West Indies; both Jamaica and Trinidad having gained places as independence from Britain on August 6, 1962 and August 31, 1962, respectively. Much pulsating reggae and calypso rhythms were heard...

Regional stakeholders discuss integrating climate resilience in road transport sector

July 7, 2017
Regional stakeholders discuss integrating climate resilience in road transport sector BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In the Caribbean, road infrastructure is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and damage caused by natural hazards. At a workshop held July 4 to 5, 2017, at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), stakeholders from the region discussed the...

UK firms pursuing linkages with Barbados businesses

July 5, 2017
UK firms pursuing linkages with Barbados businesses BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A delegation of UK firms is bringing a trade mission to Barbados to attend the first CARIB Food and Hospitality Exhibition being held 6-8 July 2017. The purpose of their visit is to pursue business opportunities and partnerships with local stakeholders in the food and beverage...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: A critical factor in developing tourism

July 4, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: A critical factor in developing tourism I must admit that after hearing the phrase memorandum of understanding (MoU) after the still to be fully explained 3S SRL (road widening project), then more recently the companies associated with the Barbados Sandals development, CPH Property Holdings and Grand Cass Management.

IMF concludes visit to Barbados

July 1, 2017
IMF concludes visit to Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- At the invitation of the authorities, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Judith Gold visited Barbados from June 20–29 to review recent economic developments and discuss the 2017 budget. At the end of the visit, Gold issued the following statement.

OECS stakeholders meet in Barbados to discuss public procurement reform

June 30, 2017
OECS stakeholders meet in Barbados to discuss public procurement reform BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Reforming the public procurement process within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) could allow governments to better manage the use of scarce public funds. Such reforms also have the potential to contribute to inclusive growth by encouraging the...

Letter: A response to the US ambassador's offensive article about Venezuela

June 27, 2017
Letter: A response to the US ambassador's offensive article about Venezuela After reading the article by Ms Linda Taglialatela (the United States ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean) that was published in several Barbadian and Eastern Caribbean newspapers on Tuesday 20th June 2017 under the headline "Support the Venezuelan People", it occurred to me that...

Barbados economist says USVI on track to fiscal stability

June 26, 2017
Barbados economist says USVI on track to fiscal stability BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean economist Jeremy Stephen has praised the US Virgin Islands government’s recent efforts to correct the fiscal imbalances that have challenged its treasury for successive administrations. Stephen, who has been reviewing the financial outlook of the USVI in light of...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Are we completely docile as consumers?

June 26, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Are we completely docile as consumers? There seems to be some doubt whether Mahatma Gandhi was the original person who articulated the following quotation or not, but few can doubt the meaning and intent of the message. "A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him.

Open letter to the government and people of Barbados

June 26, 2017
I write in my capacity as Chairman of the ‘Non State Actors Reparations Commission’ (NsARC) to request that this letter be made public. The objective for this request is to ask Government to have a debate on the floor of parliament on the matter of Sydney Burnet-Alleyne.

Put your money where your mouth is, says Barbados culture minister

June 23, 2017
Put your money where your mouth is, says Barbados culture minister GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Minister of culture, sports and youth of Barbados, Stephen Lashley, is of the view that regional governments needed to redirect some of their resources to the cultural industries if they were truly interested in regional economic expansion and development.

US embassy hosts active shooter training in Barbados

June 21, 2017
US embassy hosts active shooter training in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, recently conducted two training sessions on how to prepare for an active shooter attack. At a June 16 session held at the embassy, participants included members of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the American Chamber...

IMPACT Justice Project hosts fourth project steering committee meeting in Barbados

June 21, 2017
IMPACT Justice Project hosts fourth project steering committee meeting in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project hosted its fourth project steering committee (PSC) meeting on June 14, 2017, in Barbados. This year, the PSC meeting was co-chaired by Dr Gail Miller...

Germany seeks UN Security Council support from Barbados

June 20, 2017
Germany seeks UN Security Council support from Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Germany is seeking Barbados’ support for its candidacy for the United Nations Security Council 2019 – 2020. During a courtesy call last week, Germany’s special envoy, Peter Linder, put the case in support of the candidacy to minister in the Prime Minister’s...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Implications of proposed huge price hikes

June 19, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Implications of proposed huge price hikes I just wonder if, prior to the announcement of the last budget, the minister of finance sat down with the minister of tourism and discussed how the possible implications of the proposed huge price hikes would affect the average visitor, their length of stay and spend? This follows the recent...

Barbados government signs US$34 million IDB loan for cleaner fuels and renewable energy

June 16, 2017
Barbados government signs US$34 million IDB loan for cleaner fuels and renewable energy BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The Barbados government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have signed a US$34 million loan agreement to finance a project to use cleaner fuels and renewable energy in Barbados. Minister of finance and economic affairs, Christopher Sinckler, and...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: The world is not fair

June 12, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: The world is not fair Since the recent budget was announced I have tried and tried to understand its contents and objectives, sadly so far without success. Most of us, I am sure can understand the need to limit foreign exchange use and demand, but frankly we actually produce so little here, it is almost futile to think you...

Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad

June 10, 2017
Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Phase II of the international military exercise entitled Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will be conducted in Trinidad from June 13 – 17, 2017. Phase I is being held in Barbados from June 6 – 12, 2017. Tradewinds is a multi-national maritime security and disaster response...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: No room for complacency

June 5, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: No room for complacency Barbados is just about a month away from hosting the very first Carib Food and Hospitality Show and frankly I have been surprised at the seeming lack of interest expressed by many of our manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and some of the trade organisations dedicated to the interests of their members.

Exercise Tradewinds 2017 begins in Barbados on June 6

June 3, 2017
Exercise Tradewinds 2017 begins in Barbados on June 6 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Exercise Tradewinds 2017, a multi-national maritime security and disaster response exercise in the Caribbean, kicks off with an opening ceremony in Barbados on June 6, 2017, welcoming 18 partner nations and nearly 2,500 participants. This annual Caribbean-focused...

IMPACT Justice co-sponsors Barbados Bar Association inaugural weekend law conference

June 2, 2017
IMPACT Justice co-sponsors Barbados Bar Association inaugural weekend law conference BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) will be one of the co-sponsors of the Barbados Bar Association’s inaugural weekend law conference being held on June 2 and 3. The conference commences with...

Disciplined forces trained for CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit in Barbados

May 31, 2017
Disciplined forces trained for CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Thirty-one participants from the disciplined forces, including police, military and fire services are taking part in the annual Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) training, which is being held at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency...

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