PM and Inniss at one on economy

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has joined with Minister of Industry Donville Inniss in dismissing critics of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

Saying he was satisfied that his DLP had “done well for Barbados” over the past eight years, Stuart told a meeting of his St Michael South constituency branch on Sunday at the Bay Primary School, Government was doing its best to ensure Barbados remain “on a level keel”.

“The Government’s case has to be put, and by any objective evaluation of the stewardship of this Government over the last eight years, it has to be conceded that we have done well for Barbados,” the Prime Minister said to loud applause from party supporters.

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Highlighting economic disruptions, “mass unemployment”, very low interest rates around the world and difficulty by some leaders to come up with sustainable growth strategies, Stuart said it was in that context that critics of his administration should analyze and evaluate what was going on in the country.

“Efforts are continuing at every level in Barbados to ensure that we get things together and I am not disappointed at the progress we had made because for quite a few years you were hearing loud and strident complaints in Barbados about how the economy of Barbados was not growing. Now that didn’t worry me too much because I knew that based on what was going on in the world we had to commit ourselves to stabilizing Barbados rather than going after something called growth,” he said, adding that the next step then was to focus on growth.

And citing the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Central Bank reports, Stuart said he was satisfied the local economy was back on a growth path again, stressing that his administration had done well in “very difficult circumstances”.

“So our policies have been working and we have to continue to make the effort we have been making to ensure that growth is sustainable so that the benefit can be felt by people in the society,” said Stuart, who quickly acknowledged that Government could not afford to be “politically reckless”.

“We still have to make sure we nurse the economy back to viable growth and that is what the Government is committed to doing, and that is not good news for those who criticize us because they believed we were going to be on a negative path from everlasting to everlasting,” he said.

Earlier, Inniss recalled the creation of the DLP some 60 years ago, saying there was a feeling among a number of Barbadians over the years that there was “not much to celebrate”.

He also said the media was guilty of giving the impression that “there is nothing good happening” in Barbados.

However, Inniss said the DLP was doing the best it could in the circumstances.

“There are some things called exogenous factors; those things beyond our control in many respects, and we were catapulted into a situation where we now have what is known as the longest and deepest recession,” he said, though stating that he was not making an excuse.

Pointing to developments in the island’s main source markets for tourism, as well as unrest in the Middle East, Inniss said those things also impacted on the island’s ability to grow the economy.

“If you come a little closer to home you realize that most of the Caribbean economies have been under immense pressure . . . which has in turn affected their ability to purchase goods and services from us. Therefore we have to realize that there were some things that were beyond our control,” added Inniss.

9 Responses to PM and Inniss at one on economy

  1. recoanthony May 31, 2016 at 5:16 am

    keep dismissing everything frooms, one day coming soon we’ll dismiss all ah wanna, i never see so much waste in barbados. yea innis there was ah feeling, but sadly ah feeling of misery through wunna inept cesspool ways.

    u all problems are: always looking for excuse after excuse, blame after blame for wanna handling of the country, which is very very poor. this country has no leader/every minister doing as e like, everything down in bim, an ah igrunt piece ah work like frooms saying u all have done well…..u and ur party supporters continue to put wanna hands an feet in the mouth. this is nothing less than ah gross insult for people who can think for themselves.

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  2. BaJan boy May 31, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Nothing worries this idiot. Not even the suffering Bajans. Can he identify which country in the world that had a bad economy over the past 8 years which has affected Barbados negatively and prevented growth in our economy. Everytime he opens his stupid ugly mouth he speaks of what has happened in the world then tell us what has happened in the world.

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  3. recoanthony May 31, 2016 at 5:35 am

    oh sorry u all have done well, but for wanna selves, $203,OOO PLUS 54,000 IN ALLOWANCES PER YEAR FREE RIDE, RESIDENCE, UNDER U WOULD BE 242,000 PER YEAR AN ALL OTHERS WOULD BE NEARLY 200,000 PER YEAR, 8 YEARS IN DE HOUSE, GRATUITY, PENSIONS PER MONTH…..WHILE DE COUNTRY IS IN TOTAL DISARRAY.

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  4. Alex Alleyne May 31, 2016 at 6:35 am

    NEVER KNEW THE PM WAS ON ANYTHING……WOW.

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  5. Alex Alleyne May 31, 2016 at 6:39 am

    OH, THIS IS JUST TO KEEP DONVILLE QUIET CAUSE THE PM THINK THE HE MIGHT GET TEK DOWN BY DONVILLE AND LOOSE HE PICK…..LOL, LOL,LOL.

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  6. Ossie Moore May 31, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Alex Alleyne stop playing De Animal Cricket Match wid de PM and Donville!

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  7. jrsmith May 31, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I am very disappointed at Inniss saying the unrest in the Middle East has impacted on the economy of Barbados… there have been unrest in the middle east since the 1967 war with Israel, why only now this is been used in Barbados..

    Tourism is our bread and butter, what level of visitors do we see from the Middle East on Barbados soil as tourist.. Saying the (DLP) is doing the best they could under the circumstances for whom , the present Government should be all under house arrest passports seized for the corrupt fraudulent behaviour for the public publication of the (Barbados Audit General ) present report.

    Mr,(Priminister ) why are you not addressing the people of Barbados. this is all on your shoulders…

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  8. BoBoThe Clown May 31, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I am a proud bajan; Who (had) always championed our little Island and its outstanding achievements on the World stage .
    I’ve heard comments over the years from people who had visited our beautiful shores make comments to the effect that Barbados was well Governed from what they had seen,and the people were extremely nice . I seeing, and hearing completely different comments about our Island ,its Government and the behavior of our young people. Believe me, much of what i now hear is in less than glowing terms.
    It does seem as though our standard of living has deteriorated
    considerably ; Crime is prevalent ; Cost of living has crippled many businesses ,and homes alike it seems. We seem to only have Tourism to depend on and everyone i’ve talked to that has visited Barbados over the past years seem to be now complaining that Barbados is now one of the most expensive Country or Island to go on a vacation if you have a family.They’ve all but priced themselves out of the Tourist market.
    Is it greed or a gluttonous Government?

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  9. recoanthony June 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    @ S S SHINE LOOK NAKED DEPARTURE PUT OUT THAT INFORMATION EVER SINCE AN FROOMS WAS ONE OF THEM THAT SIGN ON, ALL THE PAPERS WERE THERE WID DE SIGNATURES…THANK GOD ND…FROOMS AND HIS GANG OF RIFF RAFF AND GOONS LOVE ANYTHING THATS SHADEY…..NOT ONE OF THEM CAN’T BE TRUSTED

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