Prime Minister Stuart is the ‘Productivity Champion’


Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is the National Productivity Champion for the Year of Productivity, and he has underscored the importance of productivity, describing it as “the pivot on which the entire society spins”, and the biggest challenge the country is currently facing.

“We have to diagnose this ailment of insufficient productivity so that when we are prescribing, it will be the right medicine,” Stuart said.

He made the comments recently during a meeting at Ilaro Court to discuss the National Year of Productivity, which is being observed from January 2017. Those present included Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Margaret Jones; Chairman of The Productivity Council, Dr Akhentoolove Corbin; Programme Manager Anthony Sobers; and Productivity Officer and Coordinator of the Year Jannell Arthur.

The Prime Minister said he did not think Barbadians were relating to the issue of productivity with as much seriousness as was required.

“It is not simply a goal, but it has to become a way of life. The society must set high standards and pursue the achievements of those standards.

“Instead of setting standards and encouraging persons to rise to them, we in the Caribbean have been meeting people at their level, and so the desire to rise is being killed very softly,” he contended.

He expressed the view that people should exceed themselves and that wanting the best should be their very nature.

During the year, officials of The Productivity Council will also be visiting schools in an effort to highlight the importance of productivity to students.

Stuart was heartened by this decision, saying: “If we are to create a new Barbados with a new mindset, then we must inculcate that fresh way of thinking in our children. . . .  I am glad The Productivity Council is focusing on productivity and getting it in the heads of young people early, so the appetite for innovation, excellence and entrepreneurship becomes routine for us. . . .

“People must be committed to the pursuit of excellence and they will not be if they are not productive.”

Corbin said productivity should be a way of life and emphasized the importance of helping members of the public to understand why they needed to improve their productivity.

He added that The Productivity Council was mindful of its role and was therefore seeking to create a new culture so the average person felt compelled to “own productivity”.

Arthur noted that the Council was passionate about “de-mystifying” productivity so that it became a topic people could understand.

A number of programmes and activities have been planned for the Year of Productivity, including the launch of two Productivity Workbooks for primary schools, an “I Commit” Productivity Ledger and Productivity Pledge; the reveal of the Productivity Council’s mascot and jingle; and a National Productivity Badge for the Girl Guides Association of Barbados and the Barbados Boy Scouts Association.

In addition, a different parish will be featured each month and employees of the Council will meet with community leaders, schools and business people to discuss various aspects of productivity. (BGIS)

18 Responses to Prime Minister Stuart is the ‘Productivity Champion’

  1. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne January 18, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Well, what I tell ya.

  2. Alex Alleyne January 18, 2017 at 6:03 pm


  3. Santini More
    Santini More January 18, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Is it April’s Fool Day already?

  4. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles January 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Man he had to have given himself this title because who in the right mind uses this man and productivity in the same sentence?

  5. Anthony Michael Hinds
    Anthony Michael Hinds January 18, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Rip Vanwinkle. The story of Rip Van Winkle is set in the years before and after the American Revolutionary War. In a pleasant village, at the foot of New York’s Catskill Mountains, lives kindly Rip Van Winkle, a Dutch villager. Van Winkle enjoys solitary activities in the wilderness, but he is also loved by all in town—especially the children to whom he tells stories and gives toys. However, he tends to shirk hard work, to his nagging wife’s dismay, which has caused his home and farm to fall into disarray.

    One autumn day, to escape his wife’s nagging, Van Winkle wanders up the mountains with his dog, Wolf. Hearing his name called out, Rip sees a man wearing antiquated Dutch clothing; he is carrying a keg up the mountain and requires help. Together, they proceed to a hollow in which Rip discovers the source of thunderous noises: a group of ornately dressed, silent, bearded men who are playing nine-pins. Rip does not ask who they are or how they know his name. Instead, he begins to drink some of their Hollands and soon falls asleep.

    He awakes to discover shocking changes. His musket is rotting and rusty, his beard is a foot long, and his dog is nowhere to be found. Van Winkle returns to his village where he recognizes no one. He discovers that his wife has died and that his close friends have fallen in a war or moved away. He gets into trouble when he proclaims himself a loyal subject of King George III, not aware that the American Revolution has taken place. King George’s portrait on the inn’s sign has been replaced with one of George Washington. Rip Van Winkle is also disturbed to find another man called Rip Van Winkle. It is his son, now grown up.

    Rip Van Winkle learns that the men he met in the mountains are rumored to be the ghosts of Hendrick (Henry) Hudson’s crew, which had vanished long ago. Rip learns he has been away from the village for at least twenty years. However, an old resident recognizes him and Rip’s grown daughter takes him in. He resumes his usual idleness, and his strange tale is solemnly taken to heart by the Dutch settlers. The henpecked husbands in the area often wish they could have a sip of Rip’s elixir to sleep through their own wives’ nagging.

  6. Tony Webster January 18, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    The mother-of-all-misprints? Mis-spokes? Can healthy citizens die from un-controllable laughter? Is this an up-dated, contrived, set-up …borrowed from Julius Caesar? Forsooth, the Caulron doth bubble-along…nicely.

  7. George Hinkson
    George Hinkson January 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    The definition of productivity change to the opposite than it was?

  8. Ryan Gaskin
    Ryan Gaskin January 18, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Lol ya joking

  9. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore January 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    After 6 yrs & not yet known to take any significent action or make a timely decision except that for which the Constitution makes provision renders him the least productive among us. He is more slothful than a sloth & reminds one of molasses rolling up a hill. A poor excuse for a leader.

  10. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman January 18, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    This is like making a snail the logo for the Barbados Athletics Team. Imagine this man talking about productivity. Clearly a case of “do as I say, not as I do.”

  11. Tessa Trotman
    Tessa Trotman January 18, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Yes he is creating productivity by doing nothing . So hence all what he has not done with keep the next government bizzy. Lol

  12. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock January 18, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Come on man!Denis Kellman is recorded as the only MP,who has projected productivity the whole media knows that!

  13. Elvis Williams
    Elvis Williams January 18, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Now ya know why the country is not moving foward

  14. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne January 18, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    When I first saw this, all I have to do is laugh because I can’t take this man serious at all, at all, at all.

  15. Frank White January 19, 2017 at 6:51 am

    LMMFAO, I think Santini more said it best, using the prime minister and productivity in the same sentence is like putting a fox to guard a hen house…

  16. Helicopter(8P) January 19, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Well said Honorable P M!

  17. anthony durant January 19, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    We need leaders that can see the issues we all facing here in Bim
    And fix them not talkers. For yrs the country was falling behind in productivity not one of the leaders bees or dees did jack shit.
    If them dont have great ideals that dah just check out the countries thats going well and do what them doing ..


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