Go after the private sector, Govt told

Barbadians’ docility and submissiveness allow the private sector to get away with ignoring their financial commitments to the country, one accountant has charged.

Secretary of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Barbados Chapter Krystle Howell Thursday night told a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Bridgetown at the Goddard’s Training Room on Fontabelle it was time for Barbadians to stand up and demand from local businesses money which they owe Government.

To prove her point Howell made reference to the last report from the Auditor General which showed that a number of companies owe Government over $500 million as at March 31, 2015, and that sustained attempts to recoup the outstanding funds had failed.

She said it was an indication that some private sector companies would “rather see the country go down” than take up their responsibility.

“When you hear these kinds of numbers and you realize the kinds of issues that Barbados is having, you have a hard time reconciling why persons are not going after this money . . . because the Government did not give out this money to itself, it gave it out to a company in Barbados that take your taxpaying dollars and is not giving it back. It says a lot about the private sector. Where is the accountability?

“Too often we hide behind the fact that Barbadians are a docile people. But how long can we stay docile? How long can we stay silent and watch these things happening and not say anything? By not saying anything you give the rest of the population the impression that nobody cares. If people think nobody cares, they continue to do these things because nobody is keeping any fuss and nobody is making any noise, and even if anybody does, it is just a little one person here and a one person there. But if we come together and share this knowledge and let people know what is going on, we will have a bigger voice and it will be harder for them to ignore us,” she explained.

“We need to start sharing the responsibility for how we can make things better . . . how can we lobby to ensure that companies and organizations in Barbados that owe the Government significant sums of money are held responsible and accountable and forced to give back this money into the economy so that it can help us to grow,” she added.

Speaking on Information in Today’s Society: Impact and Consequences, the auditor did not limit her concerns to the private sector.

She also challenged Barbadians to speak out on some Government decisions, including the printing of money by the Central Bank and Government’s high spending on imports.

She said Barbadians should stop “sitting back and just watching it happen and saying, ‘it is not my fault I am not getting involved in that’”.

Pointing to the recent uproar over potholes, she said in order for things to improve here, Barbadians needed to become assertive.

“We make fun of persons who protest and who stand up, but we have seen even recently with the pothole situation how protesting can make a difference. And as much as I may not agree with the short-term solution, it still got action to come forth,” Howell stressed.

18 Responses to Go after the private sector, Govt told

  1. Jennifer February 11, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Can’t happen, won’t happen, never happen, too much in a sleep state. Blame the government, them like roosters on the pailin without beaks.

  2. Greengiant February 11, 2017 at 5:42 am

    There you go again did this government give birth to or raise any children? We suffer from inherited submissiveness. This disease is very contagious. It was received by our parents from our grandparents and passed on to us. The government, private investors, even visitors loves this about Barbadians.

  3. Loretta Griffith February 11, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I wholeheartedly support all you have said. We need persons who are objective by calling a spade a spade and not playing to the gallery.
    At fifty, we should not be at where we are today.
    I am of the view, that this country need revolutionizing. Who will have the political will to do it, I do not know? We also need a fair tax system where everyone pays and not one that is iniquitous where Peter pays for Paul and Paul pays for all.
    I am all for paying my FAIR share of taxes. It is known they are persons out there who do not pay nor have never paid one cent in Income Tax and brag about it, yet they have apartments and houses rented. Where is the equity?

  4. Jerilee Kellman
    Jerilee Kellman February 11, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Redbwoy Tdk J Duncan Evanson

  5. Frank White February 11, 2017 at 8:44 am

    It’s truly ironic that right above this article is a picture of persons standing next to a race horse with its jockey and here’s an article headline, Go After Private Sector, Government told, and what immediately comes to mind was, 11 million Tax Dollar…

  6. jrsmith February 11, 2017 at 9:38 am

    @, Loretta ,G, hail ,hail on the button , but to add further , we should be a lot better off ,but the faith is lost in our politicians,,,
    I was shouting from the roof tops for months since the (AUDIT GENERAL’S ) report was published, notice the reaction ,no politicians made any comments ,
    @, Jennifer, hail hail , I am with you , our politicians is standing in the way of progress , because of party faithfuls people who dont care about barbados only the party which is embedded in them..
    We cant blame the private sector, the people who controls that sector shares no real interest in bajan politics , because of no need to .. ( This is the Establishment) they are part of the 1% who owns everything …
    We have voted people in power to manage in the best possible way (BARBADOS LTD) for the benefit of the people..
    At present our politicians is running barbados for the interest of some people and not in the interest of the people…….thats why barbados is there for the taking but not by bajans…

    Why ,why ,why wouldn’t the present government try and recover this money (500 Millions dollars ) just think what this money can do for barbados..
    For me if you condemn..(sinning )… but allow sinners to sin in every way possible ,you are no different , just pause and think people , we in barbados just need to find the right people to manage our barbados , until then we are in the ,,,,,,,,,,………… what ever sad ,very sad.

  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner February 11, 2017 at 9:45 am

    That will never happen Barbados is the ATM of the Caribbean where companies or fat cats can get easy taxpayer money with no strings attach now we know why treasury broke.

  8. Mikey February 11, 2017 at 10:51 am

    @FrankWhite,,, Some not all people remember the Tax forgiveness from PM Thompson to the Barbados Turf Club, saying that it provided jobs for Barbadians. That was soon after Elections were won by the DLP !!!
    You can interpret that how ever You want to interpret it .

  9. Adrian February 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Nice article. My thought on the high import bill: hard to correct that without a chance in consumption patterns. However, I do believe it can be done. One way is to have the distribution sector be more sensitive to the production sector. A change of ownership may help.

  10. Donild Trimp February 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    “Howell made reference to the last report from the Auditor General which showed that a number of companies owe Government over $500 million as at March 31, 2015, and that sustained attempts to recoup the outstanding funds had failed”

    Please help me understand the above statement, please.

    Am I to believe that over $500 million are owed to the Government of Barbados by businesses operating in Barbados and there is nothing the Gov’t of Barbados can do to recover this money?

    Are all these entities now out of business?

    Is the Barbados Government being run by educated fools?

    Are the attorneys employed by the Gov’t of Barbados nothing more than educated fools?

    What is the purpose of the court system in Barbados? Is it just part of a dysfunctional country? A banana republic?

    Somebody please help me understand because I refuse to believe that this slackness can be tolerated.

  11. Jennifer February 11, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    @Donild Trimp – As I said, COCKS on the pailin without beaks = a resounding YES to most of your questions.
    A lot of this nonsense is so mentally tiring and unimaginable that somethings it is not even worth the time to type a response.

  12. Donild Trimp February 11, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Jennifer, I hear you.

    People of Barbados, wake up and shake off the festering culture of incompetence permeating throughout your society.

  13. Trebor Retsof February 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I don’t suppose that if government paid the VAT and tax refunds it owes to the private sector that the delinquency might be reduced considerably.

  14. jus me February 11, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Oh Dear Barrack rooms lawyers ,Yap yap yap!
    Clueless Cluts, blabbering on a subject that they have no real understanding of.
    That’s why everyone who is in a position to steal , STEALS.
    From the TOP to the Bottom.
    Meanwhile all of the above contributors , carry on Blabbering and saying how IF this and HOW IT THAT, that they would put the World to rights .
    Hot air, and the elected THEIVES, know that and see they have an ARMY of paper Tigers as an opposition,if we take all of the above as a representative sample of ACTION in Barbados.
    Why berate and begrudge the businesses,they are owed equally by the Government.
    Our country is in TROUBLE not because of what the businesses owe BUT what the Government owes.

  15. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 12, 2017 at 5:50 am

    What you mean go after private sector, you government? You would got to be a clown. You do not pay extensive sums to the government for them to turn around and bite you in the bamsy. There is a reason why the private sector gets away with murder. Its call paying the piper, and then you can dictate whatever tune you want.

  16. jrsmith February 12, 2017 at 6:27 am

    And it goes on and on and for decades and will never end its like it or lump it………
    The question , why this is happening in Barbados……is this because our politicians is corrupt , guns are not being pointed at no ones heads or is they………..

  17. Jennifer February 12, 2017 at 7:36 am

    @Sunshine S S – Well said, but I hope you understand that the tunes started from even before they were politicians. All this thing is in bred and psychological too. The infection will be throughout the ENTIRE Caribbean too. SO WHAT DOES THIS MAKE THE PIPER AS HE IS SKINNING HIS TEETH???????
    @jrsmith – Corruption actually starts in the mind, then you graduate (after gradual indoctrination)

  18. Donild Trimp February 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Re jus me:

    The following quote from the poster jus me says it all.

    “Our country is in TROUBLE not because of what the businesses owe BUT what the Government owes”

    What an asinine statement.

    Any wonder why Barbados finds itself in the sorry position it is in at the moment? Too many people with the mentality of the poster “jus me” lives in Barbados.

    It is quite evident that the poster “jus me” is out of his/her league when it comes to rational thought, logic and common sense.

    Enough said.


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