Champion this!

Businesses challenge Stuart to ensure improve productivity

Champion this!

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is being challenged by businesses here to live up to his billing as productivity champion.

Stuart, who last week was named by The Productivity Council as the National Productivity Champion for the Year of Productivity, had underscored the importance of productivity, describing it as “the pivot on which the entire society spins”, and the biggest challenge currently facing the country.

Acting BCCI President Edward Clarke

The Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is putting him to the test, recommending a number of steps the Prime Minister must take to improve productivity here.   

“Let us adequately resource the BRA [Barbados Revenue Authority] to have an efficient and [secure system] in place; let us give businesses the ability to offset various taxes to and by the BRA in a speedy fashion; businesses need a faster clearance of goods through customs – green should mean green; allow the public to make payments to various Government agencies online; use of technology to access up to date information on the progress of application from the town and country planning offices and the fast tracking of investments over $50 million through the business facilitation unit,” Acting BCCI President Edward Clarke said.

“We believe that these are just a few of the examples of how productivity can be improved in the public sector. They are not difficult things to achieve.”

Clarke added it was absolutely necessary to make it easier to do business here if Barbados were to woo more foreign investors.

In an address Wednesday to the BCCI, Stuart expressed disappointment that interest in productivity tended to rise only when the economy was facing challenges and that “often when the issue is raised, it is made generally to apply to workers only”.

He expressed pleasure at the fact that the entire country would be focusing on the issue this year and called on every Barbadian to take it seriously and give their best to increase output.

Stating there was a serious challenge with worker engagement, Stuart also appealed to employers to make every effort to ensure a congenial workplace.

During the Year of Productivity which started this month, officials of the Productivity Council will visit schools to highlight the importance of productivity to students.

6 Responses to Champion this!

  1. Tony Webster January 27, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Dear God, please (try to) explain to some Gorilliphant people, that they ought to remember, daily, that authority, and responsibility are inextricably linked; that “dead” laws and regulations, are as Duppy-dust, if not relevant, enforced, and quickly become hindrances rather than planks in a working, viable socio-economic reality; that children, as well as citizen-taxpayers, will always view with greater respect, those who lead by their actions and accomplishments, rather than by promises and platitudes.

    There is little to be gained by championing ANYTHING…if the Champion is not an accomplished and respected and sucessful one who practices what he preaches. Cud say…leading by example.

    Way too little, and waaaay too late, and trust in our leaders, is but a fond memory.

    BTW.. The the most fatous aspect of this panic-button effort, is preaching such truths to the private sector: ANY private-sector business , from a vendor, to a mom’n’pop operation, to a mid and major operation….lives and breathes such a ” produce efficiently or else” ethos….daily, as they know it’s the key to survival. Swing and come again Sir…or just swing. They do not have the legal luxury, of foisting one’s failures and neglects, on taxpayers.

  2. Jennifer January 27, 2017 at 7:18 am

    “Stating there was a serious challenge with worker engagement, Stuart also appealed to employers to make every effort to ensure a congenial workplace”. FATHER HELP US OUT OF THIS EGYPT (bondage).

    This above statement will NEVER come into fruition until my people are taught from a purpose built education system how to come out of self hate and how to become masters rather than servants. You all have an education system which is producing slaves on a conveyor belt and have the GALL to make such a statement. Giving a little bit of bonus and a ham (initiated in slavery) to make give them a sense of being wanted and belonging. In slavery the master would give the slave his OLD CLOTHES and a belt. Which is like cocaine to a drug pimp. No wonder they don’t feel engage. My people also need to STOP SUPPORTING THESE PEOPLE MONEY MAKING ACTIVITIES AND KEEP THEIR MONEY TOO and look after their own families and house hold. We truly need WISE ENGINEERS for this ENGINE. You COCONUT COONS make one feel nauseated with emesis.

    • Donild Trimp January 27, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      “You all have an education system which is producing slaves on a conveyor belt”

      Spot on Jennifer.

  3. Jennifer January 27, 2017 at 7:47 am

    This is why Mr Stewart, these people will stand up and tell you this CRAP.

  4. tsquires January 27, 2017 at 8:54 am

    My sisters and brothers our major problem worldwide, is the intended confusion with the English language (even computer is confused) Learning and Education are vastly different from each other. Pushing outside stuff in is learning, bringing out the inside stuff is Education (Educe or Educare) wake up my people you are being trained to continue the factory floor mentality.

  5. Jennifer January 27, 2017 at 10:25 am

    @tsquires – they won’t sleep for much longer.


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