Farley: Take Barbados’ concerns to Trump now

The Freundel Stuart administration is being advised to begin a diplomatic push even before the president-elect of the United States Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president in order to get issues of concern to Barbados on the president’s mind when he takes up office next January.

Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB) Reginald Farley yesterday said whether or not Barbadians liked the president-elect, it was important to put “our voice into the new administration” seeking the ear of the team preparing for Trump’s presidency.

“We need to either singly as Barbados, or jointly as a Caribbean Community, approach his team,” Farley suggested.

He listed a number of issues of interest to the region that should be placed on the table, including those relating to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the international financial services sector; hassle-free travel; access for Barbadian products into the US and derisking and correspondent banking.

“Having someone like Donald Trump, even though he might not be the choice of Barbadians as the president, gives you an opportunity. He has been so non-specific in his policy prescription during the election that he does not have to be tied to anything. And I believe that his perspective will be as yet outlined in the heart of the deal. So we need really to move early,” Farley stressed.

“So I am saying that there is an opportunity with a new administration, new sets of advisors who may have thought about these matters or may not have thought about them. So let us go in [and say] ‘these are the things that we want, these are the kinds of relations we want’, and let us try to define their view about us and the policies that they put in place, rather than waiting until January, February or March until they are settled. The people have made their choice and we respect their choice, but whomever they have chosen let us move in early with our business concerns.”

ICAB’s President Lisa Padmore was a little more circumspect, saying it was necessary to continue collaborating with the US much as possible, “especially if it will benefit the country of Barbados”.   

Meanwhile, Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss appeared to shoot down the Farley recommendation, telling Barbados TODAY there were no new issues to be placed on the table at present.

However, acknowledging that Trump would not take up office until January next year, Inniss said his ministry would “continue to engage our US partners on international tax matters, tax exchange arrangements, correspondent banking issues and access to markets”.

Trump’s campaign was based on a strong nativist agenda, prompting concerns about the possible impact of his foreign policy on relationships and trade arrangements with the rest of the world, including Barbados and the Caribbean.

Inniss told Barbados TODAY the US system of government, which includes the houses of congress, would “readily help any US president appreciate the differences between rhetoric and reality.

“Let us not spend much time reflecting on President Trump and his campaign comments, but rather envisage opportunities that may arise for Barbados, should there be any paradigm shift in public policies delivered from a new thinking at the White House,” Inniss said. 

27 Responses to Farley: Take Barbados’ concerns to Trump now

  1. Brien King
    Brien King November 11, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Why is Barbados made to be such a female dog to the rest of the world ? Why is this country made to be a whore to others ? No wonder they can demand all manner of things from Barbados and this country have to comply with the orders given but when the authorities come before the people, they are male but before those on the outside they are female and can be place in any position required of them? You people make me sick to my stomach, you claim to have all this pride and doing stuff like this? This country can never get to where it should be now because of people like you all, willing to bend over at the first gesture.

  2. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn November 11, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Come on geniuses take it to who? Bim should have competent ministers to deal wid Bim’s issues.Docu think Trump cares? Stupse!!!!!!

    • miche November 11, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      You expect anything else from that den,,,,First it was Mia in dat Pain….now Farley,,,Guess what,,,,De Ale ing Marshall will soon join de ring……..all birds uh one fedduh

  3. Christopher Donawa
    Christopher Donawa November 11, 2016 at 6:34 am

    The strategy is a smart one. The Barbados delegation in Washington should be seeking to contact members of the Trump TRANSITION team and begin the process of sensitising them about the issues that impact us. These initial discussions are not for a Minister directly. Keeping the issues that affect Barbados on the front burner with key members of any administration, especially a new one should be a key concern of any diplomatic mission. Minister Inniss may be correct when he says that there are no new issues to bring to the table but the Barbados delegation in DC should make sure that the old ones are put on the table of the new people at the appropriate levels quickly.

  4. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke November 11, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Wtf for he ain’t going to listen. At best he might consider holidaying here at the tax payers expense. At worst he will deport their asses because their government irrated him. #doublesidedsword

  5. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies November 11, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Trump don’t even care bout ppl in America plz do tell wha he will do for us?Maybe wanna stop taxing everything & try fix we issues in lil Barbados

  6. Ras Small
    Ras Small November 11, 2016 at 6:52 am

    How to get rid of politicians who promise a lot and deliver same old, same ole.

  7. jrsmith November 11, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Barbados is always going to be late our lazy non productive politicians who have no management skills ,is destroying our country they are standing in the way of progress……
    What about the hand that save and feed us we should have met with ( the UK Priminister ) since Brexit……

  8. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke November 11, 2016 at 7:06 am

    He does realise that Barbados is about 85% black ? Trump don’t like the blacks in America he going care bout an island full ??

  9. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love November 11, 2016 at 7:28 am
  10. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore November 11, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Seriously, he would not even dare to care. Have you not followed this Guy’s utterances?

  11. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 11, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Don’t these people running Barbados realize that the other 190 plus other countries in the world thinking the same damm thing,what makes these people think Barbados so special its a damm tuna in a shark pond call the world.Fix the problems here because the USA under any president got bigger fish to fry,please don’t get it twisted.

  12. Kirk Alleyne
    Kirk Alleyne November 11, 2016 at 8:33 am

    So rite is he,Trump has only be pres elect for about 2 days now and the Dow @ ah all time high..Man is ah boss.

  13. Alex Alleyne November 11, 2016 at 9:17 am

    “We need to either singly as BARBADOS or jointly as a CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY approach his team”.
    This the problem that always face the Caribbean when it come to LEADERSHIP. No Island should go to TRUMP on its own. If CARICOM is serious they should call a special meeting ASAP and discuss the matter.

  14. Mark Infinity Thompson
    Mark Infinity Thompson November 11, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Jamaicans are far less delusional


  15. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor November 11, 2016 at 10:36 am
  16. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole November 11, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Dont waste time. Mr. Trumps only intention will be to run the America like a business. It will be all about the art of a deal for Donald and the 2% of the very wealthy in America. Only if Barbados can do something to make or hide their wealth the country will benefit.

  17. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony November 11, 2016 at 11:16 am

    #1 priority ease the pressure of IBC sector

  18. Pam Fazio
    Pam Fazio November 11, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Trump cares less about America let alone Barbados. He is a racist..wake up.

  19. Ovid Forde
    Ovid Forde November 11, 2016 at 11:37 am

    What are the politicians in Barbados thinking, have our elected officials gone crazy. It is clear that none of them understand what took place in the United States in the past two years.

  20. Oats Walton
    Oats Walton November 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Trump must be God. Foolishness Foolishness.Take our Problems to God and pray for guidance and help.Trump has his own problems to deal with FIRST. Everybody has problems what makes us so special.

  21. jrsmith November 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    @,Oats, W , hail, hail, the foolish is our black people depending on God , black people must face the fact the bible ,the Jesus pictures on the wall the praying and the manufacturing of hundreds and hundreds of religious groups , and who is benefiting from the black stupidness the white man , as like the (Donald)…..
    Ask God to fix (Haiti)….

    We should start doing for ourselves as the (Donald) said America first, we need to make Barbados first , we need to put our island right…back where it was ,punching above its weight we need to stop this stupid (Caricom ) lark its a joke…just a total waste of time…
    Being poor is mostly the fault of who is poor, if you want to remain poor ,( you will always do the things to keep you poor ) to change , you must try the change.

    • miche November 11, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Father, forgive him,for he knows not what he do

  22. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 11, 2016 at 3:44 pm


  23. Michele Richards
    Michele Richards November 11, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Pathetic. Where is the “Pride”? Good grief man!

  24. miche November 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    It is mind boggling,how Farley,Mia,George De Pain In dat lot of has beens,,, only know how fuh run uh guvmunt wen duh pun de side line……duh like duh cog sumting

  25. Ossie Moore November 14, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Whanna want de beaches privatize eh!


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