Balanced Approach To Granting Concessions

Sharon Austin Top Stories

This island’s Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler, believes there must be a “balanced approach” to governments granting tax concessions to investors. Mr. Sinckler said that while officials should never “give away too much” in concessions, they should also never push themselves out of the market by not offering the necessary opportunities to investors because this would make them look elsewhere. …

PM Stuart Meets Israeli’s Ambassador

Sharon Austin Top Stories

Israel could be providing assistance to Barbados’ agricultural sector in the future. This was one of several areas raised recently when Prime Minister Freundel Stuart met with the State of Israel’s Ambassador to Barbados, Gil Artzyeli, at Ilaro Court.  Mr. Stuart said he was attracted to Israel’s Agricultural Center of Excellence concept, especially since this country has to “sophisticate” and …

Gov’t Signs Loan Agreement With CAF

Sharon Austin Top Stories

Government today signed a loan agreement with the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) for US$15 million to finance Barbados’ Tax Administration Infrastructure Reform Programme. Shortly before signing the document, Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler, said the programme would be implemented over a two-year period at a cost of US$18.93 million, with Barbados providing US$3.93 million in counterpart funding. Mr. Sinckler …

Community Ventures Improve Barbados

Joy-Ann Gill Top Stories

The contribution of businesses in developing community ventures with social and environmental benefits is important for the resurgence of the Barbadian society and economy. Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, stressed this recently, as he addressed the Grand Re-opening ceremony of the Massy Stores Supermarket Sunset Crest. Noting that this was significant as the …

Ministers’ Diary

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Tuesday, November 21 @ 9:30 a.m. Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Harcourt Husbands, will hand over photovoltaic systems to two primary schools in St. Philip. The first presentation takes place at Bayley’s Primary School, Merricks, at 9:30 a.m., and the second at St. Catherine’s Primary School, Clarke’s Hill, at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November …

BWA Acquires US$3.5 Million In Funding

Nya Phillips Top Stories

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has successfully acquired US$3.5 million in grant funding from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was sourced from that nation’s US$50 million Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, which was launched at the International Renewable Energy Agency conference in January this year. The UAE established the fund for Caribbean small island developing states to promote the increased …

Flying The Bajan Flag High In Japan

Julie Carrington Top Stories

Dawn Springer spent an entire summer studying the basic characters of the Japanese language, and now it has paid big dividends for the unassuming 21-year old. She is now the chief Japanese interpreter for Nanyo City, Japan – the host town for the Barbados Olympic team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. She recounted her road there, and her experience …

BCC Looking Towards The Next 50 Years

Melissa Rollock Top Stories

On the cusp of celebrating 50 years of providing tertiary education in Barbados, the Barbados Community College (BCC) is fixing its gaze on the global higher education marketplace. In fact, if Chairman of the Board of Management, Stephen Broome, has his way, the College could become a “second country provider” of higher educational services and programmes to countries in the …

Independence Parade Tickets From Monday

Kathyann Husbands Top Stories

Tickets for seating at this year’s Independence Ceremonial Parade will be available from Monday, November 20. They may be collected from the Registry of the Prime Minister’s Office, Old Town Planning Building, Government Headquarters Complex, Bay Street, St. Michael, weekdays between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The parade will take place on Thursday, November 30, at the Garrison Savannah, at …

50 Years Of The Farm Labour Programme

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For the past five decades, the Seasonal Canadian Agricultural Programme, more commonly referred to as the Farm Labour Programme, has been a mainstay for Barbados’ economy. Since its inception in 1967, the programme has provided job opportunities for hundreds of Barbadians on Canadian farms.  The remittances sent back home from the workers helped to sustain many Barbadian families in the …