Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce, Dwight Sutherland, will continue his outreach sessions with business owners this month, touring various establishments across the island.
The sessions, which are designed to help improve the strategic alliance with Ministry stakeholders, will restart on Monday, December 10, with visits to Massy Supermarket, Warrens, St. Michael, from 10:15 a.m., and Sol Gas station, also in Warrens at 12:30 p.m.
Minister Sutherland is expected to be accompanied by Ministry officials and representatives from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, as well as the Barbados National Standards Institution.
Earlier this year, Minister Sutherland, giving the rationale for engaging stakeholders, said: “What we recognize here as a Government is that we cannot sit in our offices and expect to build out commerce in this country. We have to come to the supermarkets and see what is going on, and indeed do what we can do in terms of setting policy, so that all supermarkets and all businesses continue to thrive especially at a time like now when we are going through our economic recession.”
The tours will continue on Wednesday, December 12, with a visit to Swan Street, where he will dialogue with street vendors, business owners and market vendors, and again on Friday, December 14, with a visit to Price Smart, at Lodge Hill, St. Michael, followed by Rubis Gas station, Holetown, St. James.
The following week, on Wednesday, December 19, Minister Sutherland will meet with management, staff and customers of the ShopSmart subsidiary on Cheapside. This will be followed by a visit to Palmetto and Cheapside Markets, where the touring party will engage vendors, business owners and the general public.