Get up and work, urges Kellman

If we are to benefit from the Economic Partnership Agreement we have to get up and work.

Government legislator Denis Kellman issued this stern advice today as the House of Assembly continued debate on the trade and economic pact.

The Member of Parliament for St Lucy said the cultural industry and the hotel sector were well poised to help market Barbadian products to European visitors.

Parliamentary representative for St Lucy Denis Kellman
Parliamentary representative for St Lucy Denis Kellman

“We cannot expect people to market our country for us,” he insisted, while criticising Opposition members who made comments critical of the agreement.

Kellman believes that the products produced by Banks Breweries, including the flagship Banks beer, could easily benefit from the EPA in light of their high standards and quality.

“It’s obvious that if the EPA is to work that we must have something to sell but at least we can identify [local] products.

“There are many products on the European market that fetch a much better price on the European market than in Barbados. What is needed is cooperation . . . we need to bring the private sector together to create synergies and allow them to have an appreciation and understanding that if we are to tackle these issues they cannot operate on a piecemeal basis . . . ,” he said.

“The best [opportunity] is within the hotel industry where we promote our local products. Allow people to have an appetite for what we are producing and that is the best way we can market.

“When we bring them [tourists] here, we cannot be feeding foreign [food] or clothing them in foreign [clothes], we must allow them to have an appreciation for what we are producing.”

Kellman also argued that the economy should be far less dependent on services with more attention given to the manufacturing of products.


19 Responses to Get up and work, urges Kellman

  1. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley July 16, 2014 at 7:44 am


  2. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne July 16, 2014 at 7:55 am

    OK. What about the 3, 000 plus workers who got laid off? What do you expect them to do? Join a crew of drug dealers in order to get more money in their pockets so that they can feed their family? NO WAY! YOU got to come better than that, Kellman.

  3. Nicksie No Regrets Clarke
    Nicksie No Regrets Clarke July 16, 2014 at 8:01 am

    So wait, dems laying off ppl then telling them to get up and work? Man wth

  4. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha July 16, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I would like bajans to b able to work more than one job legally ..cuz one job doesnt cut it in bim….cost of living is tooo high to use one salary alone ….but if u aint qualified for a post in government how d hell u get d job….and where the accountability for a days work in govt ….these are alll problems in the public sector. ..

  5. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha July 16, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Agreed Sean Maynard

  6. Sanderson Rowe July 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

    First it was Minister Ronald Jones talking about creativity,now its Minister Kellman. Charity begins at home,dear sirs, and we the people are waiting eagerly to see some work and creativity exhibited by our illustrious leaders in Parliament.

  7. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean July 16, 2014 at 10:58 am

    So much of what’s going on in Bdos depends on each other. The minister talk about marketing but the tourist must be in place to be marketed to and the gov taxing the hotels into oblivion with solid waste, increased water and light rates that they cannot ease up on the prices to attract more tourist to our beautiful island. This vicious cycle will lead to more layoffs eventually. As a business man, the minister needs folks working to support his business. He should be seeing that jobs are being created so that the folks can work hard at making money. At the end of the day, job growth is a must to get us out of this rut. Businesses need folks with money in their hands to spend. Right now those that are working are saving because they don’t know if they are next on the chopping block. This phenomena is causing the economy to contract even more. CONFIDENCE Mr minister is what’s needed and how you all are going to get it from the public now, I just don’t know.

  8. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell July 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Kellman you need to sit your backside down. You are talking thru it and what you are saying makes NO sense period. First you lay off a bunch of people, secondly where the hell can anybody here now find work? did you check the job advertisements lately? Zilch – your talk only causes more fuel to an already raging fire. But hey, once you got a job and a shop to run why worry about others right?

  9. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 16, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Them MPs full up of hot air…

  10. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 16, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Dr David Estwick got more head then all them put together,them talk bad bout the man solutions because them head was n d sand yet still them was getting little $$$$ from outside help y’all need to go back to school cause wanna took the wrong jobs, y’all should be fired an doing a real 9 to 5 job an feel the real struggle…

  11. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 16, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Little power is really get to certain black people head cause look wa it do to certain MPs lard had mercy…

  12. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

    For years wanna plans in working from bad to worst from rock to rock bottom,some of wanna need to give up wanna seat cause wanna is a waste of government $$$$$$ that’s where the sending home of government workers should have started at the head not the tail.. .

  13. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

    . The Lord said He should use the foolish things to show that wanna in smart wanna out smart wanna self…..

  14. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

    First off Mr.Kellmen what is ur solution??u have none because MPs like u or a waste of government $$$ all wanna does do is shout hard nothing more…..

  15. Lorraine Lewis
    Lorraine Lewis July 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    ..oh shut up and go away!!!!

  16. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis July 16, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Here we go CRAZY UNCLE DENNIS..found the key to the liquor cabinet again.

  17. Jackie Charm Clarke
    Jackie Charm Clarke July 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Get up and work where kellman? @ moontown, stupes you better think before you flap ya mouth.

  18. KeishaMichelle Esprit
    KeishaMichelle Esprit July 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm


  19. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins July 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Shut up and go away, you nut!!!


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