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More power to Senator Boyce

Local businessmen now have a point person in Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s Cabinet to whom they can turn whenever they face bottlenecks.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has designated Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Senator Darcy Boyce as the minister to deal with business facilitation.

Stuart first announced the move at the end of a meeting of the Social Partners at Government Headquarters recently, but it was made public only yesterday in a release from the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS).

According to the BGIS release, Stuart told those present that Boyce’s new designation would broaden the base of his remit, adding to his responsibility for Energy, Immigration, Telecommunications and Invest Barbados.

“Mr Stuart said that under his new designation, Senator Boyce would be required to identify blockages in the system and have them removed or clarified where possible, or brought to the Prime Minister’s attention,” it said.

“In some cases, Mr Boyce may be required to explain the operating systems to persons and suggest what improvements need to be made,” it added.

Stuart had promised the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)at a meeting on January 27 that a minister would be assigned to two departments under the Prime Minister’s portfolio to drive efficiency.

“I took the decision that I’m going to have a minister assigned to drive these processes at Immigration and Town Planning departments and make sure that the concerns of businesses whenever raised are pursued with singlemindedness so that wherever the bottlenecks are, they can be identified and removed as swiftly as possible without compromising the standard of either the Immigration Department or the Town Planning Department,” the Prime Minister said then.

“Businesses need to have an expectation that their applications are going to be handled as efficiently and expeditiously as possible and I think the best thing to do is to have somebody drive those processes – a point person whom businesses can contact and who can help to drive the process,” he added at the time.

At that meeting, Senior Vice President of the BCCI Edward Clarke had highlighted business facilitation as a major concern for the business community, complaining that when interacting with some Government agencies, “their inaction leads to a level of frustration at all levels of business in Barbados and continues to have a negative impact on our overall productivity”.  

Source: (BGIS)

6 Responses to More power to Senator Boyce

  1. bajan boy May 25, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Five months to appoint a Minister and then appoint ont one that is just as lazy as him. We barely spinning top in mud.

  2. harry turnover May 25, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Darcy Boyce ????? to do wha now ?????

  3. Leroy Parris May 25, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Oh Lord, what’s the use of electing a man to do a job and he’s never in a position to carry out his duties. Come on man when you find yourself in a situation like that you just say “man look I can’t handle this ting yeh, wunna better get some body else to do um”. It’s as simple as that, step down man.

  4. dave May 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Nobody cares about what the sheepple say
    We are the Political class. We are here for the per diems and the pensions so frig wunna

  5. Sunshine Sunny Shine May 26, 2016 at 3:06 am

    What little we know of Darcy Boyce is not impressive at all. On the contrary, one can sum up this government senator as merely an opportunistic party jumper who lacks the type of transparency that would make you feel he is the right man for the job. Coupled with this is the creditability issues surrounding this entire party as it relates to the signing of the Cahill secret arrangement aptly stated by one person as being a potential cash cow for a great pay day. Darcy Boyce, in my humble opinion, is not the right man for the job. The Prime Minister would do well to look beyond his selection but then again what do you expect from him.

  6. recoanthony May 26, 2016 at 9:38 am



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