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PM hails Barbados’ progress

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has been highlighting Barbados’ economic development over the past 50 years, as members of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) meet this weekend for their annual conference.

This year’s conference is being held under the theme ‘Barbados at 50 – Journey from Colony to Nationhood’.

Stuart also pointed to the party’s role in that advancement, noting that it was under the DLP that Barbados became an independent nation.


DLP members attending the party’s annual conference.

He recalled that during negotiations for independence, there were many who feared that it would spell the end of democracy for Barbados. However Stuart said half a century later those fears have proven to be unfounded, and Barbados is much better off than it was in 1966.

He also hailed the transition from an agrarian to a services-based economy.

“I recall that most of the workers were agricultural workers who wore broad brim straw hats with crocus bags strung around their waist and hoes on their heads. Economically the DLP revolutionised Barbados,” Stuart said.


Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

However he lamented that despite the progress some people are still holding on to the colonial mentality.

“Taking the colony out of some people is a big job. We have to become genuinely independent. Independence is not an end in itself,” he said.

Stuart also reiterated concerns raised at a recent national consultation saying that many people feel frustrated and alienated from society.

“These people feel like aliens in the country of their birth. They feel that they are not touched by what is happening in the society. Day by day the danger becomes more pronounced. It is a threat. We must try to touch as many lives as possible in society.

“When you have dreams, ideals and plans and you get a sense that doors are being closed to you frustration steps in. To many young Barbadians the route to success seems so difficult. There are many young people who have been led to feel that way,” Stuart said. (NC)



15 Responses to PM hails Barbados’ progress

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock August 14, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    You and your party is doing the very same to the people and I can’t ever leave out the private sector! No way!it do exist in Barbados big times and you people laugh!

  2. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham August 14, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    no progress was done under the DLP, after the skipper died, all ideas died with him, so he would have to big up the BLP, for 24 yrs of excelent vision, that we still enjoy to day, never mind the eight yrs or blunders under his leadership

  3. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham August 14, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    no progress was done under the DLP, after the skipper died, all ideas died with him, so he would have to big up the BLP, for 24 yrs of excelent vision, that we still enjoy to day, never mind the eight yrs of blunders under his leadership

  4. Charles Alleyne
    Charles Alleyne August 14, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Honesty is the best policy…I think it still adhere today but Mr PM can you for once be honest with yourself and the people of Barbados and I do not mean with your party faithfuls who are so blinded that they cannot see the people are dying and suffering in Barbados.Come on Mr PM let’s talk and be honest here sir,your government sir and I mean this government the one you are here praising cut the legs from under Barbadians.Let me tell you sir… the said young people Mr PM you are speaking about sir, you destroy they hopes and dreams, yes they feel alienated from society.Sir do you remember that education plank we hold so dear which allow our young people to dream and believed they could achieved anything…what happened ?Sir your Government cut university funding Mr PM and it was there where their hopes and dreams were dash.Do you know how many had to forgo there studies because there cannot pay for tuition.There is where they feel that government has abandon them and they feel lost, hopeless and the alienaion Mr PM you are speaking about, because they feel no one cares Sir.God cares young people and he will returned your hopes and optimism and dreams again very soon do not give up hang in there.Bible says weeping may endure for a night but joy but joy it comes in the morning.Mr PM one last thing and I hope you recognized that you Sir is solely responsible for the pain that our citizens and country is feeling . God bless you all.

    • Jada Phenix
      Jada Phenix August 14, 2016 at 7:59 pm


      • Tony Webster August 15, 2016 at 6:04 am

        Amen again.

  5. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews August 14, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    This is progress ? 2007 was way better than now , so many new taxes and so many cuts from social programs just to pay all the loans taking out to build fits of fantasy . only progress Barbados was down on the UN’s HDI , and the credit rating progressed to junk bond status , and Bajans paying the Bill to build hotels for international hotels to setup in the Island , Sold the oil company that was always making a profit , and you all put university education out of the reach of the poor . and owe so much to the NIS , forcing the NIS TO BUY THE GOVERNMENTS JUNK BONDS , I DO NOT CALL THE LAST 8 YEARS PROGRESS, IT IS A DISASTER

  6. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond August 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    That there was progress over the last 50 years cannot be denied. How much there has been in the last eight is the big question.

  7. Jada Phenix
    Jada Phenix August 14, 2016 at 8:03 pm
  8. jrsmith August 15, 2016 at 4:02 am

    Barbados is there for the taking but not by bajans , we are so educated to do what existing in a them and us society , politicians who we cant trust , yes the (boss man took us to (Independence) but since we are an (INDEPENDENT ) ( DEPENDANCY) 50 years yes , are we ready for the 51st, ??????????

  9. Hal Austin August 15, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Prime minister Stuart is either a joker or a blatant, with respect. Barbados has underperformed the global, neighbouring islands and regional economies over the last 50 years.
    You do not have only to visit St Lucia, Grenada and Dominica to get an idea of slow, but steady progress.

  10. Sunshine Sunny Shine August 15, 2016 at 10:25 am

    If speeches made a prime minister, the current one would redefine the word excellent.

  11. Zeus August 15, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Thanks BT expected that

  12. Ossie Moore August 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Remember people what has happened to our most lucrative pieces of treasure! Lets mot forget we did not come together to ownership of our very own treasure!


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