$10M Chinese gift

Government accepts major equipment donation

Barbadian students are to benefit from a $10 million equipment donation from the People’s Republic of China.

The educational teaching materials were presented to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation this morning during a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

In all 14,500 pieces of equipment have been donated, including 2,500 desks and 2,500 chairs, as well as desktops, monitors and tablets.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones said the donation would go a long way in assisting both public and private schools registered under the Barbados Education Act.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (second left) in converstaion with Chinese Ambassador to Bridgetown Wang Ke, as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Harry Husbands (right) and Minister of Education Ronald Jones (second from right) look on.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (left) Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Harry Husbands (centre) and Minister of Education Ronald Jones (right) were all smiles today after receiving a $10 million equipment donation from the People’s Republic of China.

“We have already started the distribution. Tertiary level institutions will receive some as well, like the Barbados TVET Council, Barbados Community College, Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and our Media Resource Department,” Jones said while expressing gratitude to China on behalf of the Barbados Government.

“We have had long, cordial and very good relationships with the People’s Republic of China and we are truly appreciative of these gifts,” he said.

An equally grateful Prime Minister Stuart urged the student beneficiaries to put the equipment to productive use.

“Make the fullest and most creative use of it,” he said, while describing the modern pieces of technology as “excellent teaching aids” and “excellent teaching materials”.

“The use of them should help to facilitate a deeper understanding of the world we live in and the challenges we face throughout life and possible solutions to the problems we face from time to time,” the Prime Minister added, while linking education to national productivity.

A section of the audience at today’s presentation ceremony at the
Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.

“I have always believed that the most important productive sector in any country is its education sector because whereas other productive sector produce things and money. The education sector produces people, the human resources we need and have needed over the years to make Barbados the great country that it is.

“That is why we have invested as heavily as we have education at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. We believe that education is the most productive sector in Barbados,” Stuart stressed.

In her brief remarks, Chinese Ambassador to Bridgetown Wang Ke said the equipment donation was China’s largest since the establishment of diplomatic ties with Barbados 40 years ago. 

31 Responses to $10M Chinese gift

  1. Mudiwa Cisse
    Mudiwa Cisse March 9, 2017 at 2:53 am

    If Barbados think China has its best interest at heart they have another thing coming..Just look and ask the people of Africa…No one just gives you a $10M gift without having some kind of agenda…I can’t believe the Barbados Goverment can be so naive.

    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome March 9, 2017 at 6:26 am

      Oh I don’t think the Government is naive at all. I’m sure China’s expressed interests are clear. We have just not heard yet as per usual in this country.

    • Mudiwa Cisse
      Mudiwa Cisse March 9, 2017 at 6:31 am

      Don’t be so gullible

    • Richelle Bourne
      Richelle Bourne March 9, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Mudiwa Cisse I totally agree with you. Just wondering what China is up to

    • Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
      Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks March 9, 2017 at 11:33 am

      I am damn scared, we know this ain’t free, something for something, don’t be surprised if we see more Chinese people working in this country

  2. Tony Webster March 9, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Beware of Greeks (or any other nationality) bearing gifts….as there will come a time, when they might bare…their sharp teeth. Yes, and not smiling at all, unlike the three guys “skinning” away in the accompanying pic…feeling what a smart lot they are: LOTS and LOTS of stuff to give away…and DEM din haf’ to pull their pockets at all…and the timing is well, exquisite. Yes, we morons “out here”, are blind deaf, dumb, and really, really stupid. And very forgetful, too.

    • hcalndre March 9, 2017 at 7:38 am

      The Chinese are known for what you call knockoff products, they could have given barbados 10 million computers.

    • Peter March 9, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Chinese donated US $ 3 billion to Kenya to save them from financial disaster. In return, they wanted and negotiated for a large abandoned copper mine which Kenya nationalized. and which they don’t have the technocrats to successfully mine and sell the copper ore. The Chinese lied to Kenya and told them it only had six months of mining life left. Well guess what. that now fully owned abandoned copper mine has over US$ 15 Billion dollars of copper. A similar thing happened with a Jewish multi Billionaire who bought the Iron ore mine from New Guinea through a private deal with the widow of their deceased president. Will the Chinese take over our oil reserves and tourism?

  3. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke March 9, 2017 at 6:27 am

    “Something fa something ?”

    • Greitcha Smith
      Greitcha Smith March 9, 2017 at 6:50 am

      You bet!

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray March 9, 2017 at 9:24 am

      When a friend gave something. when voting time come along you know you have to vote for that friend in return.

    • Gearbox1964 March 9, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Maybe they just want all the cats and dogs we have in return. lol

  4. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe March 9, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Why can everyone see the danger with China who does nothing for free )))) but the men we put in charge. SMH …

    • hcalndre March 9, 2017 at 7:45 am

      @J A Austin, when you find yourself in such a financial hole as barbados finds itself, if Jessie James rides in to town with a bag of money they will embrace him.

  5. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain March 9, 2017 at 6:46 am
  6. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock March 9, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Yuh know when tings in abundance are giving way dey end up in de wrong homes!ha ha!

  7. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan March 9, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Nice, at least the three Ministers are in agreement with something, similar in dress, but maybe it’s the party’s dress code for official meetings!

  8. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner March 9, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Remember politicians nothing is for free so they will be a price to pay down the road and it’s more than likely regular Bajans who will get burn.All that glitters ain’t gold.

  9. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner March 9, 2017 at 7:49 am

    You are so right on point.

  10. seagul March 9, 2017 at 8:19 am

    The full promotion of Barbados should come from a perspective of being openminded to a Chinese culture which is very unlike the voracious IMF. As far as we can see there are no austerity conditions attached to these gifts. Any critical arrogant moron who has something to offer our country has a duty to step forward and share his experience, skills and academic resources with the country. Nobody benefits from the demise of this partisan rhetoric.

  11. North Point March 9, 2017 at 9:43 am

    The three wise men came wit gifts, I don’t think that they had any ulterior motives, we should deal with the gifts, and not the giver, some of us have friends that has plenty, and yet they don’t give us one iota. Thanks China, come again.

  12. Mark Alleyne
    Mark Alleyne March 9, 2017 at 9:47 am

    There are no free meals…enough said.

  13. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 9, 2017 at 10:08 am

    China soon take over Barbados. China don’t gave no one thing for free

  14. Terry March 9, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Need your vote at the UN ?. Socialist country – information gathering computers ?, Did the country of Barbados clear the computers of info-ware, surfing practices ?, all to be sent back to China.

  15. Cheryl Onita
    Cheryl Onita March 9, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Wait how stupid can this Government be nothing is for free soon de Chinese will own Our little island

  16. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks March 9, 2017 at 11:31 am

    What is in exchange for this gift, lawd I am scared. This is not no donation and this definitely ain’t free.

  17. Richard Johnston March 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

    “Quid pro quo.” We know the Quo, now what’s the Quid Barbados has to come up with?

    • Gearbox1964 March 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Cats and dogs.

  18. Gearbox1964 March 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    No such thing as a free lunch…hide your cats and dogs people!

  19. L King March 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    What are China up to? Something for nothing! No. What on earth are China up to. Must be planning to take over – and some of the stupid black leaders can’t see. Idiots.

    China is a communist country – don’t forget that and a country that has a bad reputation for treating black people in China not good – Google and YouTube it to find out.

  20. David March 9, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    What sweet in the goat mouth does burn he belly,,, food for thought


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