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Minister Inniss promises urgent action on e-commerce platform

There is some good news for businesses interested in e-commerce.

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss has promised that the much talked about e-commerce platform will be getting some attention over the coming weeks.

Speaking during an application development workshop at the Hilton Barbados this morning, Inniss said he would be meeting with a team to identify the challenges hindering e-commerce development on the island and find a solution.

The Small Business Association (SBA) has been in the forefront lobbying for the development of an e-commerce platform for members for over half a decade.

And today Inniss gave the assurance that an e-commerce platform would be in place, noting that he was not satisfied that Barbados was doing well when it came to the creation of “the right climate” for e-commerce to take root here.

“Tomorrow I [will] meet with a small team [from] my ministry to review the challenges and to find solutions which, as minister, I am committed to lead on. We just have too many excuses being made in this society and therefore every stone must be turned in order to reveal the hindrances – whether they are from a policy perspective, personnel or politics perspective – and deal with them effectively,” he said.

Inniss said there have been too many talk shops and very little action over the years and that must change.

Adding that the world was not waiting for Barbados to catch up, Inniss said he was advised that an e-commerce policy document was available and it was time to move ahead with the implementation of such.

“I do not intend to hire any more consultants to study the consultants’ report. We simply have to find what are the stumbling blocks for Barbados becoming a true e-commerce society and just get it done. There is no other way to put it. So whether it is the commercial banks, whether it is the law, or whether it is just the wrong people in the right places we just simply need to deal with them and ensure that Barbadians have the services and goods sold on the World Wide Web, just like we can buy other people’s goods and services on the World Wide Web. We need to unclog our minds and step into the 21st century,” he said.


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