Job one: jobs
In a new BLP administration, job creation will be again on the top of there agenda.
In fact, in their manifesto released tonight in Eagle Hall and online via their website, the party said that new jobs will come in the areas of new information and communication technology and business and investment facilitation programmes. And they are targeting people in the informal sectors and the youth, where the say “marginalisation has been greatest”.
“The record of the Barbados Labour Party administration between 1994-2008 in reducing unemployment from 24 per cent to 6.7 per cent is the single most impressive achievement by any government in the history of Barbados. We said job number one was going to be jobs. We were tested, tried and proven. Our commitment to making economic progress ultimately take the form of jobs remains undiminished.
“Our approach to job creation is based on the principle that new jobs come from two sources:
1.The expansion of existing enterprises and; 2.The creation of new ones. The policies and programmes for the development and diversification of our productive sectors to bring to bear a new means of stimulating enterprise as outlined in this manifesto are all intended to create such an environment. We especially believe that employment and job creation at this juncture must be based more than in the past on the deployment of new information and communication technology and business and investment facilitation programmes.
“It has been shown around the world that most new jobs come from small and micro enterprises. The cutting edge that we propose to add to our new job creation programme is centred on financial innovation aimed at bringing those who have ideas, but who have not historically had access to the financial sector, into the mainstream of entrepreneurship,” the party stated. (DS)