AG: Barbados needs business overhaul

It will take nothing short of a revolution to make the changes necessary to move Barbados forward and reposition the country.

In fact, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said what was really needed was a “complete overhaul” of how business was done over recent years.

He made those comments today as he addressed the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados’ 2014 conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday under the theme, Celebrating our Past, Securing our Future.

At the same time, he lamented that there were far too many naysayers rather than doers. He said while there could be immediate change in the speed of registering or incorporating a company, the challenge was how it could be done on a consistent basis.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

“It has called for a cultural shift but not just for the workers in the departments that deliver services, but from . . . workers at every level, whether blue or white collar. It will fall on every Barbadian to commit to changing how we do business in this country,” the Attorney General said.

However, Brathwaite, who is also Minister of Home Affairs, noted that while the level of bureaucracy that existed in Government was frustrating and responsible for delays, Barbados still remained one of the least corrupt countries in the world.

He added that part of the change required a system of good governance, where strong commitment to integrity, ethical values and the rule of law must take root.

“Good governance is critical to the new Barbados that we intend to build, a country with a stronger, more sustainable economy and a modern society grounded in solid, wholesome values that we took for granted and are seemingly becoming more and more fleeting,” he said.

Brathwaite stressed that in order to have the Barbados we all wanted, “old habits and behaviours” would have to die.

12 Responses to AG: Barbados needs business overhaul

  1. Mark Edge
    Mark Edge November 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Whsts up AG

  2. Natasha Grant
    Natasha Grant November 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    So you wait till the country on its death bed to realize this??

  3. Rusty Ralph
    Rusty Ralph November 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    What the AG didn’t say is that neither the BLP nor DLP can move this country forward. They’re both weighed down with excess baggage and can only continue to dole out the ‘consultancies’ and political picks which are dragging this country down and holding it back. Poor and slow decision making. Too many square pegs in the civil service. Refusal to reform laws and procedures. Both DLP and BLP are guilty of these things and seem only capable of fancy TALK. Since I was a boy, every year the Auditor General and his team highlight infelicities, I’m yet to hear EITHER party discuss what they have done to plug the leaks. I’m sick of them both. Please God, rid this sweet country of these two parties.

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase November 8, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Very well said Rusty Ralph!

    • Drian Xyers
      Drian Xyers November 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Barbados is run by political friends and stooges who pay to play. Some of these people working government are the most non productive people and it’s a cycle with no room for change. Barbados can be turn around and made a very strong country given our limited resources that are being sold off to foreign interest which in itself, is a bad idea.

  4. David Coulthrust
    David Coulthrust November 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Hey guys the AG is back too. Man this is great.

  5. Patrick Cozier
    Patrick Cozier November 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I agree with the AG on this but it needs to include not just business but the public sector, the labour sector, the political and governance sectors as well. The citizens also need to reform their thinking on entitlements, participation and personal responsibility. But who will bell the cat?

  6. Anthony Prescott November 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Talk, talk, talk – whatever happened to “Action”

  7. Sterlin Blackman
    Sterlin Blackman November 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Yes it will take a miracle, unfortunately his government is not capable of performing that miracles

  8. Sterlin Blackman
    Sterlin Blackman November 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    So i guess this is his way of saying his government can’t solve the problem

  9. Arther lashley November 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

    More than a touch of “Don’t do what I do Do what I say”.
    Hypocritical Clap trap.
    Barbados is beyond repair.
    Rotten thro with the cancer of corruption.
    A Twisted crooked DPP.
    Judges who “go as guided”
    Ex Judges who “interfere” and manipulate.
    Courts that are no more than “Puppets”
    Laws that are changed to suit whomsoever is in Power.
    You can fill the list as well as I ,you see it live it everyday.

    Barbados can no longer produce enough revenue to sustain the greed of the thieves, there fore it is about to be TAXED out of existence as the political pot must NEVER run empty.

    How about we look at some of the Big ups living at the same level as we.
    That’s how much chance there is of redeeming BIM.

  10. Unapologetic Dolly Dolly
    Unapologetic Dolly Dolly November 9, 2014 at 9:50 am

    It needs a government overhaul


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