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Private sector responds to Ince’s “parasite” comment

The chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Alex McDonald has described as “unfortunate” recent criticisms levelled against members of the umbrella body by the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs Jepter Ince.

Senator Jepter Ince

Jepter Ince

Addressing a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) constituency meeting in St James South last week, Ince lambasted members of the grouping, saying they were nothing more than a
“parasitic plant” .

Responding during a media conference today, McDonald said: “While we acknowledge that as a community we can be more entrepreneurial and less introspective we feel that comments like this coming from respected leaders in our community are unfortunate and do not reflect what we know to be the reality on the ground”.

The BPSA head added that the private sector had been assured by senior members of the Government that Ince’s comments were “not to be taken as a reflection of our Government”.

“This assurance speaks to what we know to be the positive stance that we need to have if our island is to survive and thrive,” added McDonald.

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