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The second meeting of the Jobs and Investment Council will be held next Tuesday, May 19, and some of the committees are expected to give oral reports on the work that has been advanced in their specific areas.

The final written reports, which are expected to offer practical suggestions on the survival and transformation of Barbados in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be submitted to Government by the end of May.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced in an address to the Nation early last month that there was agreement that such a Council needed to be established that would help Government mobilize and initiate investments and new jobs in a COVID-19 environment, and after the worst of the pandemic had past.

Ms. Mottley stressed that the country would utilize all of its human resources to ensure it was placed on a sound path of transformation. Therefore, a wide cross-section of individuals has been called upon to serve on the committees, including Barbadians living in the diaspora.

The committees and the areas being examined are:

  • Industrial Transformation -How to create 20,000 jobs in 18 to 24 months
  • Services and the Creative Economy -How can we train everyone to world class standards in the delivery of goods and services?
  • Retail and Commerce – How can we guarantee food on everyone’s table?
  • Securing Food for Every Table
  • Finance and Insurance – How can we fuel investment for the next 18 to 24 months?
  • Housing and Infrastructure – What facility can be used to leverage the capital in the Housing Credit Fund to provide low-income houses?
  • Digital Transformation – How can we use technology and innovation to solve common everyday problems for Caribbean people?
  • Trade and Logistics


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