There seems to be tremendous interest in the recently announced 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp which would allow visitors the opportunity to work remotely from Barbados for a year at a time.
And, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley underscored the importance of this new initiative, and outlined its significance in a live interview today with Dermot Murnaghan of Sky News, UK.
Ms. Mottley said: “COVID-19 has presented tremendous challenges to those countries that are tourism and travel dependent and we have reached a position where we recognize that part of the challenge relates to short term travel …. So, if we can have a mechanism that allows people who want to…take advantage of being in a different part of the world, of the sun, sea and sand, and … a stable society; one that functions well, then Barbados is a perfect place for you to come.
“Rather than coming for the usual week, or three weeks or a month, why not plan out your business, given the fact that all we have gotten from COVID-19 is uncertainty. So, we can give you certainty for the next 12 months … and you can work from here.”
The Prime Minister noted that Barbados was a mature tourism destination, and expressed the view that allowing persons to work here for at least one year in the first instance was a new value proposition, which would interest more people, in light of the difficulties posed by the virus across the globe.
She stressed that those working from here would have all the amenities visitors have, so they could continue to earn.
She pointed out that persons would be accommodated in villas, condominiums, hotel rooms and rental houses. In addition, she explained that workspaces would be available for those interested.
“In terms of the broadband, we have two major telecommunications companies, and at the same time we are looking to see how we can continue to boost our national television station and move it from being a broadcasting entity to digital services,” Ms. Mottley said.