More emphasis needs to be placed on entrepreneurship and developing business life skills within our school system.

This point was made by Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, who said that as he looked towards the future of Barbados, business skills and entrepreneurship programmes should become an integral part of our educational system, as it would help to build a well-rounded society.

With regard to the idea of entrepreneurship and business skills being taught in our schools, Mr. Inniss said it was not meant to be a programme for a major examination that would ???decide your fate or future???, but rather it was subliminally teaching our young people, ???as we need to plant in our people???s minds from an early age, the importance of being your own boss or developing skills that would help contribute meaningfully to society.???

At the time, the Minister was in discussion with United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) representative Stephen O???Malley during a courtesy call at his Reef Road office.

Mr. O???Malley, who resides in Barbados, and is also UNDP representative for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, concurred with Minister Inniss and noted that people needed to become more entrepreneurial and creative in terms of charting their own path, especially during this global recession.

During that visit the two officials also discussed matters pertaining to gender, in particular the marginalisation of women, education, the environment as well as the current state of the economy.??

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