Inniss stands behind manufacturing sector

Minister of Industry Donville Inniss is standing firmly behind the country’s manufacturing sector following controversial comments by one of his colleagues.

Last Tuesday, acting Minister of Tourism Irene Sandiford-Garner charged that “the economy does not have any manufacturing element”, stating “We don’t export anything [and] we are not planting anything”.

But speaking at an event last night, Inniss said manufacturing is alive and well in Barbados.

“Certainly for those who may think that manufacturing isn’t very well in existence today, the truth of the matter is this is indeed just a reflection of what manufacturing is about in Barbados,” Inniss said as he congratulated the Oran family on the 50th anniversary of the manufacturing company bearing the family name and the 25th anniversary of the family-owned Sheraton Mall at the Crane Resort.

The acting minister’s utterance about alleged non-existent Barbados exports, also came in for public and indirect rebuke from Inniss, whose portfolio includes International Business and Small Business Development.

“Today you are not just doing it [manufacturing] in Barbados or from Barbados but I can certainly traverse the Caribbean and see Oran products as well,” he said .

“I expect to see much more of that happening, and the Government stands side-by-side with you as we do with other manufacturers to bring a higher level of innovation to the industry, and also to help find additional markets.”

Executive director of the Barbados Manufacturing Association Bobbi McKay has already responded to the comments by the acting tourism minister, saying nothing could have been further from the truth.

4 Responses to Inniss stands behind manufacturing sector

  1. Tête Ichirouganaim
    Tête Ichirouganaim October 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    The senator woman who acting as an minister, said we don’t grow nothing, plant nothing, make nothing, export nothing; seems like we don’t do nothing…

  2. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley October 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I guess she is speaking from the performance (or lack of) of her Govt-All o DEM makes me sick to my stomach-they are all over the place, no wonder Barbados is in the mess its in. The former Prime Minister’s statement was sooooo true ” a bunch of wild boys” running Barbados to the ground.

  3. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne October 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm


  4. Simon Gooding
    Simon Gooding October 13, 2014 at 5:49 am

    ……Anyone with a basic common sense would know what the minister had said is true about the manufacturin industry in lil Buhbaydus……if ya´ll wanna plant only houses an cover de land with cement …than how can we produce to export…..the truth makes a strange noise……


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