Students, researchers and academics can now access key documents produced by the Economic Affairs Division of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Empowerment, Trade, Industry and Commerce, at the click of the mouse.
By logging on to http://www.economicaffairs.gov.bb/, the public can examine publications, such as the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy and the Medium Term Development Framework.?? They can also view the Barbados Economic and Social Report, the Research and Policy Working Papers and Pocket Statistics on Barbados.
In addition, they will have access to speeches delivered by Minister of Economic Affairs and the Minister of State, Dr. David Estwick and Patrick Todd, respectively, on topics of national importance.
Apart from speeches, the public can also read monthly press releases on the island’s unemployment, price index and production, to keep track of trends in these areas.?? They can also find information on scholarships and training opportunities available through the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
An official from the department said the website was created as a result of numerous requests from parliamentarians, accountants, technicians and other professions for data on the Ministry’s services.
He added: "The department created the website to allow persons easy access to information in a timely manner."
Apart from research documents, there are reports from departments such as Fund Access, the Business Development Unit, the Productivity Council, Centre for Policy Studies, Barbados Statistical Service and the Research and Planning Unit.