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New governance systems needed, says Inniss

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss is casting doubt on the effectiveness of the systems of governance.

Speaking last night ahead of a lecture entitled, Towards a New Governance by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, Inniss suggested that Barbadians ought not be happy with the current state of the governance systems.

“It is time that we be bold and ask if we are satisfied with our systems of governance, overall,” the minister said at the forum organized by his St James South constituency council.

“It is time for Barbados to do some serious introspection . . . some of our institutions and structures need to be shaken to the core, and a new thinking engaged to truly transform our nation.”

Inniss, known to espouse positions that run contrary to that of his own Government, told the audience at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies that new systems of governance were needed almost immediately.

“We have to ask the question, if our structures and systems that have guided and managed us in the past 50 years will move us in a positive manner, not for the next 50 years, but perhaps for the next five years and beyond.

“The future of Barbados relies heavily in developing and sustaining the right governance systems for our political and economic and social spheres,” Inniss said.

The minister’s position appeared to echo sentiments expressed by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley in an address yesterday to the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mottley suggested to the private sector that the governance systems were broken and that the country lacked “bold, focused and decisive leadership” as well as  “sound, transparent, accountable and disciplined governance”. 

6 Responses to New governance systems needed, says Inniss

  1. Brien King
    Brien King November 25, 2016 at 4:16 am

    No surprise here and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him switch floors either.

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  2. Hal Austin November 25, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Again, Barbados Today demonstrating poor journalism in allowing someone who is obviously using the media to raise his profile.
    Readers are the real victims of this scam.

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  3. Tony Webster November 25, 2016 at 6:53 am

    @Hal: Yes…kick the tyres….there are ALL SORTS of used-car guys out there…some deftly manoeuvring into position… but doan blame my dear lady-Ed. for publishing the guy’s words. BT is several light-years removed from the sore on journalism’s fair face that is CBC- and the indentured minions that labour there…and it is also no drain on the public purse!

    As for change….yes, yes, yes, we need change…but the nub remains: who shall lead us to that greener pasture?

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  4. Hal Austin November 25, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Tony,
    Give you a story about CBC. I was invited there a few years ago to talk about the global financial crisis. My wife and I duly arrived in reception and the receptionist rang the news room to tell them the guy from Financial Times Group was in reception.
    A tall light-skinned woman came down, looked around, did not speak to the receptionist or anyone, and returned to the news room.
    After sometime, I again approached the receptionist, who politely rang the news room again. She was told by the young lady that she had come down but did not seen anyone from the FTG there. She offered to return, but we declined and made our way home.
    Wonder who she expected from the FTG?

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  5. Tony Webster November 25, 2016 at 11:23 am

    @Hal…Just amazing! You sure “been there…and done that”… mebbe..dun wid dat? Words and understanding sometimes fail us…,and that’s where emotions, prejudices, and similar human failings take over. Thank God I was raised to maturity in Grenada, where, having passed through a ( thoroughly) mixed primary school, and then an equally diverse “grammar” school, I asquited a singular, crucial life-lesson: take the measure of all fellow-travelers…one person at a time.

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  6. jrsmith November 25, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    New governance system needed , with reference to what , our politicians has shown no interest in trying our doing anything to, or for the good of ,,….. which group of people /bajans , our country has so far been lucky to have survive the last 3 decades .

    For an island the size of barbados ,we have a top heavy non productive political infrastructure ,with a government of ministers who have failed in every quarter of not being able to manage (BARBADOS LTD).

    I notice bajans is so confused that so many friends who we call each other daily, would vote for a brand new party if there was one , we need our own black (Donald Trump) ..
    50 years of (Independent ) ( Dependency ) are we prepared for the 51st….
    The behaviour of this government reminds me when I was growing up in Barbados , my cousin had a fairly well stock rum shop in Christ Church , his common law wife always had to be putting everything right, his motto its my rum shop I can do what I like when I like and nobody can tell me what to do,, I answer to nobody,, it failed… close down…

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