Barbados prepared to help Venezuela

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says Barbados stands ready to be of assistance to struggling Venezuela.

The oil-rich South American country has been rocked by an economic crisis highlighted by a shortage of food and medical supplies and electricity blackouts — the effects of a sharp decline in oil prices.

During debate in the House of Assembly on amendments to the Immigration Act, Opposition Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds called on Stuart to lend support to Caracas.

“We have to see, Mr Speaker, as part of this country’s foreign policy, a way forward in which we would be able to collaborate in order to identify as CARICOM [Caribbean Community] countries, areas where we can offer concrete assistance to Caracas whether it be offered in the area of security and the economy, public sector reform or development,” said Symmonds, pointing to Barbados’ strengths in education and health care.

He also urged the Prime Minister, the immediate past chairman of CARICOM, not to abandon Haiti in light of the ongoing deportation of its nationals from the neighbouring Dominican Republic, as part of new immigration policy introduced last year.

Symmonds said he wanted to know how much pressure CARICOM was prepared to apply on the Dominican Republic in that regard, adding that it should be of concern to Barbados and the rest of the region.

“It has serious consequences to us because we in Barbados . . . are part of fundamental regional institutions which are expected to have their voice heard on these matters of regional governance and it would be a useful thing to work out exactly where CARICOM stands on this matter,” said Symmonds.

Describing Venezuela as a very troubled country at this time, Stuart said: “We just have to wish our neighbour well and as the Honourable Member of St James Central quite rightly said, any respect in which we can be of any assistance to Venezuela, we have to stand ready to do so.”

In the case of Haiti, Stuart disclosed that in past discussions, CARICOM was more eager than Haiti to “move ahead” on the issue.

He explained that “all along Haiti was administering certain cautions to CARICOM not to push too hard because of the complex relationship between the Dominican Republic and CARICOM. And therefore we could not rush ahead of Haiti.

“So the problem remained a very large one and we continue to work our way through the very difficult challenges posed by that problem,” said Stuart.

27 Responses to Barbados prepared to help Venezuela

  1. Nikita Watson
    Nikita Watson May 19, 2016 at 6:06 am

    When will Barbados be prepare to help there own ,we have hungry and homeless people out there , putting them is a jail cell is not helping

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  2. Leroy May 19, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Wait…what assistance could we possibly give Venezuela? A combination of low oil prices, USA pressure and internal tax and corruption has led to this debacle,

    Like Venezuela, Barbados needs to observe when you have your economy pegged on one major source of foreign exchange and that tanks, its a very daunting prospect to recover and maintain an economy in such a climate by taxation alone(take note chris), you need new foreign income not new taxes.

    We are of no help to them, so I have no idea what these ministers speak of.

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  3. Nicole AJ Hope-Wiltshire
    Nicole AJ Hope-Wiltshire May 19, 2016 at 6:34 am

    I’m aware of other countries responsibility to foreign policy to provide aid, however these large corporations that have moved in & raped these oil rich counties while making trillions of dollars and had no social responsibility for the people of the country they were getting rich off of. The countries with the most natural resources are the poorest. These corporations go into these countries dump illegally, it seeps into their water system & the people been plagued with sickness for years. These countries own governments been selling them out for years & now this is the result. The corporations been flying high & thriving. It should be their responsibility to protect their interests & no decline in oil prices have made any oil company poor. Furthermore Barbados needs some rescuing themselves.

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  4. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward May 19, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Boy some of you so heartless, have you seen the situation in Venezuela? Really have you, Barbados is still in good standing, we aren’t looping, these people are killing dogs, cats etc for food. The hospital people are dyingu short on many resources even with supply’s I am sure half of you haven’t read the article for Venezuela. When I read that, that hurt me so bad, I support every county helping, we aren’t like Venezuela trust they situation is bad very bad. Smh, I always say though its good and a blessing when your struggling yourself and you can still help others. Barbados may be at a certain stage but trying to help they Caribbean brothers and sisters is a blessing and so unselfish of them. God bless the PM and also the OTHER Caribbean counties who are willing to assist God bless you all. Everyday Barbados in the spotlight for crime, what a good deed and thoughtfulness.

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    • Keisha Weekes
      Keisha Weekes May 19, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Some of them just reply to a post and don’t know the full story. If it was happening here in Barbados we would want the same help.

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    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward May 19, 2016 at 7:08 am

      Its true Keisha Weekes did you read it yet?

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    • Keisha Weekes
      Keisha Weekes May 19, 2016 at 7:09 am

      Of course I did.

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  5. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward May 19, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Boy some of you so heartless, have you seen the situation in Venezuela? Really have you, Barbados is still in good standing, we aren’t looting, these people are killing dogs, cats etc for food. The hospital people are dyingu short on many resources even with supply’s I am sure half of you haven’t read the article for Venezuela. When I read that, that hurt me so bad, I support every county helping, we aren’t like Venezuela trust they situation is bad very bad. Smh, I always say though its good and a blessing when your struggling yourself and you can still help others. Barbados may be at a certain stage but trying to help they Caribbean brothers and sisters is a blessing and so unselfish of them. God bless the PM and also the OTHER Caribbean counties who are willing to assist God bless you all. Everyday Barbados in the spotlight for crime, what a good deed and thoughtfulness.

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    • Keisha Weekes
      Keisha Weekes May 19, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Some of them just reply to a post and don’t know the full story. If it was happening here in Barbados we would want the same help.

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    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward May 19, 2016 at 7:08 am

      Its true Keisha Weekes did you read it yet?

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    • Keisha Weekes
      Keisha Weekes May 19, 2016 at 7:09 am

      Of course I did.

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    • Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
      Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks May 19, 2016 at 9:22 am

      As carribean leaders whether hard or soft that is something they supposed to do, and as they say it can be in any form. These people only see the head lines and ready to start cussing about money

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    • Arte Maria Benn
      Arte Maria Benn May 19, 2016 at 10:17 am

      I’m NOT in good standing, speak for yourself!!

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  6. Nikita Watson
    Nikita Watson May 19, 2016 at 7:17 am

    We are not saying don’t help Venezuela am all for that ,but help us too ,or we can only get help when next election call ,people does help people for recognition not from d goodness of them heart cause if he did really want to help Venezuela he would do it instead of putting all over d place

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  7. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade May 19, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Mr pm.please look after barbados first when venezuela did have it they never come to help the west indies

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  8. johnathan May 19, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Barbados is just as bad as Venezula just that we dont have the guts to do what they and surely dont wat to destroy our country like them but we should have 20000 bajans in town today marching.

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  9. Ivana Cardinale May 19, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Ignorance is man’s worse enemy. I tell you all, commenters, keep on reading staff from Reuters, AFP, CNN and the rest of the Western Media prostitutes, orchestrated by Washington and Corporations, that lies about countries, like Venezuela, Russia, Syria, Iran, etc, because they don’t kneel to the Capitalists. It’s is a pitty that still, in 2016, the Powers that Be controls the masses more by ignorance than with bullets. Keep on being ignorants, keep on reading their controlled media. That’s the way they want you: IGNORANTS OF THE TRUTH. Do some research on the side for God’s sake, lazy people that want every thing on a tray and don’t make the effort to look and find out the truth.

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  10. Steve Coward May 19, 2016 at 9:53 am

    “Let the dead bury they own dead” .Especially when Venezuela was riding on top of the World with Chavez and had little or no time for its own people .They had oil, money ,lots of it .They could have put they own house in order ,but didn’t; and as a result, hard times have come to bare. Mr. Prime Minister do the right thing and take care of your own house before giving away what’s left on the farm.Sadly, not much.
    We don’t have anything to give .Let’s not pretend we do .

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  11. Tony Waterman May 19, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    You guys/Ladies can’t see the Forest for the Trees, El Capitan Freundel is not as Stupid as some people Including myself seems to thing, if he gives whatever help he can to Venezuela, When/If they get back on their Feet, they will PROBABLY say to Him/US, what can we now do for you, and our Answer???? Give us some CHEEP CHEEP (Inexpensive) Oil Por Favor.
    Tjhe sleeping Giant is awakening

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  12. Norma Isenegger May 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    When Chavez was promoting his evil methodology costing 4.9 Billion US dollars a year, who benefit the most the Cubans.

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  13. Randolph May 19, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    In what way can Barbados help Venezuela ? What position are we in to help? Just curious.

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  14. Mirna Hughes May 19, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I can’t help but notice for a second time, how my fellow countrywoman Ivana Cardinale has reverted to insulting all who disagree with her misguided idea of a socialist paradise. I shouldn’t be surprised because that’s how the Venezuelan regime operates of which she’s is a mouthpiece employed at their embassy here. If you dare to have a different opinion as to how to run the country they lock you up most of the times without charges or worse!

    If all who disagree with you are “ignorant” because they “keep on reading stuff from Reuters, AFP, CNN and the rest of the Western Media prostitutes, orchestrated by Washington and Corporations, that lies about countries, like Venezuela, Russia, Syria, Iran, etc” do tell us where you get your information from? The Cuban state publication Granma? All the regime controlled media in Venezuela? Because I’m sure it’s not through personal experience.

    All that anyone who understands Spanish has to do is Google your name and they can read the plaintive articles you wrote in the online newspaper Diario Aporrea complaining about how you could not get certain items of the basic food basket or the insecurity, noise, loud parties, fights, etc you endured in your apartment that Chavez gave you from “La Mision Vivienda”-which gave housing indiscriminately to “Habra, Dabra and the Crew” to use Bajan dialect!

    So Ivana Cardinale, tell me, where do you get all these lies? If everything that the international news agencies say are lies why is it all that you do is to attack those who disagree with you instead of listing all the achievements of the Revolution? Why don’t you tell us the truth? (Me included) Ivana, I don’t get my information from the “media prostitues” I KNOW IT! Because my family, friends and all the Venezuelan people are LIVING your narco-government’s “paradise” and suffering it daily!

    I could ask you to do some research “on the side” but you have no truth. You are just another puppet that is being paid to misinform us by the regime that employs you.

    And I finish the same way I finished the last time: I will patiently wait for your public answer with your “truth”, backed by empirical evidence of your “research”. I will not wait standing up but I will wait…

    Something else. Why are you so offensive to the people of Barbados, calling us ignorant? This is the land of your daughter, the country that is giving you a lifestyle that you know perfectly well you would not be having in Venezuela! Now it is my turn to ask you to research. Research the term for “one who is being paid to lie and mislead”. And while doing your research look up the meaning of the word RESPECT.

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  15. Jus me May 20, 2016 at 5:26 am

    PHYSICIAN HEAL THYSELF.

    Better yuh starts keepin yuh mout shut,again Massah PM

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  16. recoanthony May 20, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    I WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM WID BIM HELPING VENEZUELA, IF BARBADOS WAS UP THERE IN THE DAYS OF BARROW/ADAMS AN MAY BE OWEN, BUT BARBADOS IS ON ITS KNEES..EVERYTHING IN BIM IS DOWN, BIM STAREING DON DE BARRELL… BASICALLY THEY NEEDS FOOD….WE IMPORTS EVERYTHING….SO TELL ME PM WHAT U HAVE TO GIVE? …..SURELY I FEEL SORRY FOR ANY PERSON THAT STARVING WHERE EVER IN THE WORLD

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