Barbados Switches To E-Passports

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Persons applying for Barbados passports for the first time, or those seeking to renew them, will now be issued with an e-passport. This comes as the Barbados Immigration Department commences the phasing out of the machine-readable passport for the e-passport, following a recommendation by the International Civil Aviation Authority as the new standard to be adopted for travel document issuance. …

Plans To Transform Sugar Cane Industry

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Government is considering merging or partnering the state-owned Barbados Agricultural Management Company Limited (BAMC) with the Barbados Sugar Industry Limited (BSIL), as it seeks to fully privatise the sugar cane industry. Additionally, Barbadians will have an opportunity to own shares in the newly formed entity which should come on stream within another five years. Speaking after a tour of the …

Travel Tips For Hurricane Season

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Barbadians travelling in the region, especially between June 1 and November 30, should be mindful that a natural disaster could occur and should be knowledgeable about where to turn to and be prepared for any eventuality. According to former Head of the Consular Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Natalie Cox,  if an overseas territory is affected by …

Barbados & IMF Reach Staff Level Agreement

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Government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reached a Staff Level Agreement. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley made the announcement today during a press conference at Government Headquarters, after the wrap-up meeting with the IMF. Ms. Mottley said it was an extraordinary achievement by Barbados to reach this point with the IMF in three months, stating that some countries …

Ministry’s Statement On Start Of School Term

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The Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training wishes to inform the public that the school term for students commences on Monday, September 10th, 2018. However, there some schools that will have a delayed opening. Students of the Bayley’s Primary and the St. Luke’s Brighton Primary will start on Wednesday, September 12th. The following schools, Eagle Hall Primary, St. Margaret …

Survey To Determine Best Payment Methods

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The Office of Public Sector Reform (OPSR), through the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology, wants members of the public to identify the payment options they prefer when doing business with Government, by taking a short online survey. This is part of an Online Payments Strategy which is being developed to improve the ease of doing business with Government …

Prime Minister: No Massive Layoffs

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Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has given the country the assurance that 4,000 workers will not be laid off. Ms. Mottley insisted that Government was trying to make sure that the consequences of any adjustment and transformation would be as minimal as possible. The Prime Minister made these comments on Saturday during a question-and-answer session after delivering the feature address …

Marijuana Debate Still Under Consideration

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Even though Government is giving consideration to decriminalising marijuana in Barbados, the way forward will be based on available evidence and best practice. This point was reiterated by Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, as he addressed the first meeting of the new board of the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) last Friday. Mr. Hinkson said from his discussions …

A New Era For Barbados Immigration Department

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The Passport Section of the Barbados Immigration Department has officially moved into its new headquarters at the Princess Alice Corporate Centre, Princess Alice Highway. The move marks the first phase of the relocation of the entire department from its present location at Careenage House, Wharf Road, The City, and the start of the transition process to modernise and change the …

Statement by PM Mottley On The Death of Kofi Annan

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Statement by the Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C, M.P. Prime Minister of Barbados On the occasion of the death of Mr. Kofi Annan I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Kofi Annan. The world has lost a skilled international statesman, Ghana has lost a son of its soil, and Barbados has lost a friend. It was in …