Way too slow
Inniss still wants business facilitation
He is not the Minister of Business Facilitation.
However, this has not stopped Government Minister Donville Inniss from persisting with his public agitation against the perceived malaise in Government, which he says is hurting local businesses.
Addressing a workshop on Caribbean Commercial Law on Monday, Inniss, who is the substantive minister of Commerce and International Business, climbed back on to his business facilitation soapbox, as he again called on Government agencies to deliver timely and consistent rulings to facilitate businesses operating on the island.
He singled out key state agencies, such as the Barbados Revenue Authority, Customs, and Town & Country Planning Department, which he has been publicly critical of in the past, saying the delays were frustrating the work of businesses and lawyers practising corporate and commercial law here and around the region.
Keeping with the theme of business facilitation, which is the direct responsibility of Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Senator Darcy Boyce, Inniss acknowledged deficiencies in the Fair Trading Commission legislation, which he said were being addressed.
“We intend to add to the mix of the range of legal and commercial activities in Barbados that [are] certainly being administered or have some oversight in the Fair Trading Commission,” Inniss, who has ministerial responsibility for the FTC, said.
“When we’re a little bit slow in providing decisions or rulings, we add to the level of uncertainty within which the commercial sector has to exist. Every business needs a certain level of certainty to plan and execute their work. From my end we’re duty-bound to provide such,” he added.