Liquor licence ease promised
Bars and other businesses that sell alcohol are being promised an ease in acquiring liquor licences.
Minister of Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss, who has criticized the “antiquated” system used to grant approval, said the process will be streamlined.
He gave the assurance in response to complaints about the long hours spent in court awaiting approval, which a magistrate gives in mere seconds.
Speaking at a Democratic Labour Party meeting in his St James South constituency last night, the minister said the state had become “intrusive, demanding and onerous to deal with”.
“When entrepreneurs or proprietors in Barbados have to take a couple of hours or a couple of days to go to a court . . . to renew a licence, I find that is a very archaic or antiquated system and one that is very costly to the economy,” he said.
“For example, if you have an establishment that has been determined to be fit and proper to sell alcohol, why is it that every year you must go someplace and apply for a licence? Why you can’t just submit a cheque and if the authorities feel that there’s a reason why you licence should no longer be valid then let them take action against you?”
Inniss stressed that if such “structural deficiencies” were not dealt with, it would affect the level of growth and business activity in Barbados.