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Stuart gives vote of confidence in manufacturing sector


Barbados’ manufacturing sector is on the way to making a recovery.

This view was expressed by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart as he visited booths at BMEX yesterday.

I genuinely believe that manufacturing will get back to that stage where it makes a serious dent in the gross domestic product of Barbados. [I am] quite impressed,” he said.

“For some time now I have been concerned about the contribution which manufacturing has been making to the gross domestic product of Barbados. But I have now seen a very spirited effort on the part of Barbados’ manufacturers to correct that situation.”

As he walked through the exhibition centre, Stuart made note of the number of young people getting involved in the sector.

“We have a collection of young manufacturers, in many cases out of the [Barbados] Community College, who are using their creativity to marry production of the products to their natural environment and that is a very healthy sign.

“And of course the traditional manufacturers have also caught the spirit and are producing at a very high level, understanding of course that the Barbados market is still a relatively small market and they have to focus on production for export.

“Overall, so far, I’ve seen a high level of enthusiasm on the part of Barbados’ manufacturers. I’m very pleased to see the number of young manufacturers involved in the whole process of producing for Barbados, and understanding the importance of appropriating the products of our environment and fashioning them in a way to satisfy, and not only to satisfy, to influence Barbadians’ taste,” the Prime Minister told the media.

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