We need your help, Inniss tells private sector

Minister of Industry and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss is depending on the private sector to lift Barbados out of the financial slump and create growth in the economy.

He threw out the challenge as he delivered the feature address at Courtesy Garage Limited’s annual award ceremony at Harrison’s Cave yesterday.

Inniss reasoned that by placing greater importance on customer service and training of staff the private sector should be in a better position to bring about the required change, making the companies and the country more competitive.

“There are those of course who wish to spend time reflecting on the negativity and the challenges. I think we have to spend more time learning from the experiences of the past and seriously plan for the future. So while it has been challenging I am sure you recognize it was a year filled with opportunities,” he said.

“I firmly believe the private sector can play an integral role in the creation of sustainable economic growth in this society. In that regard I wish to encourage all of you . . . to recognize that you have to take necessary action in order to weather these challenging times,” said Inniss.

He said: “I urge you to be innovative and to be at the cutting edge of technology. To be determined to succeed regardless of the kinds of environment we face, and to diversify your customer base, and continue to provide a high quality of service to customers”.

Saying that approximately 80 per cent of the island’s GDP came from service industries, Inniss, who is also the Minister of International business and Commerce, said “too often” companies treated customers good in order to get a sale but gave poor service afterwards.

“So ladies and gentlemen we have a lot of work to do in this country,” he said.

“In this globally competitive environment service excellence allow businesses to thrive and to differentiate themselves,” he added, lauding Courtesy garage for the attention it placed on customer service.

Inniss said he was “deeply satisfied” that the Barbados economy would improve by next year this time.

“All we need is for each one of us to do our part to make it happen. It is not about us politicians. It is about this society. Therefore I expect all of us, come this time next year, to truly be saying Barbados is once again a very prosperous society,” said Inniss.

 

10 Responses to We need your help, Inniss tells private sector

  1. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins December 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Seriously. I remember back in 2010 when the Private Sector was ready for the Minister of Finance and he clearly stated he didn’t need any help. Infact he stated that they don’t run Barbados and they were not the elected members of Parliament. One thing that cannot be taken back is the spoken word. Goodluck with that.

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  2. Clyde December 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Mr Innis has the right attitude and approach.
    A few more like you,and Barbados will weather this storm.
    Good luck

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  3. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke December 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    these idiots in government always putting their foot in their mouths! serious case of foot and mouth desease!

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  4. David E Hall
    David E Hall December 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    You now know that.

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  5. David E Hall
    David E Hall December 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    You now know that.

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  6. David E Hall
    David E Hall December 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    The naked truth is that it’s too little; too late. The DLP simply doesn’t have what it will take to get us out this mess. Given the dire straits we are in sending home 3,000 will not do anything, the government would have to send home more like 10,000. I am also convinced that the government knows that it cannot and will not reach any alternative solutions with the Unions. Following the most recent downgrade, my greater concern is that pretty soon persons will start refusing our money. I am however most concerned, or rather appalled by the number of Barbadians living with self deception. DLP supporters are continually deceiving and fooling themselves. They are putting Party loyalty above country. They would rather see the dollar devalue and keep supporting the DLP than tell the DEMS to go as a way to help to save the country.

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  7. David E Hall
    David E Hall December 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    The naked truth is that it’s too little; too late. The DLP simply doesn’t have what it will take to get us out this mess. Given the dire straits we are in sending home 3,000 will not do anything, the government would have to send home more like 10,000. I am also convinced that the government knows that it cannot and will not reach any alternative solutions with the Unions. Following the most recent downgrade, my greater concern is that pretty soon persons will start refusing our money. I am however most concerned, or rather appalled by the number of Barbadians living with self deception. DLP supporters are continually deceiving and fooling themselves. They are putting Party loyalty above country. They would rather see the dollar devalue and keep supporting the DLP than tell the DEMS to go as a way to help to save the country.

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    • Cheryl A Rollins
      Cheryl A Rollins December 22, 2013 at 11:10 am

      You are on point David. Bajans still walking round with their heads in the sand believing there is a worldwide recession. Check the Caribbean islands and see that they are doing better than us even Guyana and Jamaica all who have recorded growth. Stop letting the government fool us because people in other lands have recovered and getting back on track, meanwhile these jokers are sinking us in a much deeper hole and not giving us the true picture. Then again within that party there is the informed, the misinformed and the uninformed. Enough said!

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  8. Adrian Loveridge
    Adrian Loveridge December 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Maybe a start for the Minister to garner the support of the private sector might be to stop making statements like ‘Hotels told stop the begging’. And a question, did Sandals get their private jet DUTY FREE as well?

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