Private sector lacks innovation – McClean

Leader of Government Business in the Senate Maxine McClean today accused the private sector of not being innovative enough to help turn around the island’s ailing economy.

Leading off debate this morning on the 2017 Appropriations Bill, McClean said although the sector had benefited from significant Government support, the local business community had not been “as assertive and indeed as innovative” as it could have been.

For example, she said there was hardly anything creative coming from the private sector at meetings of the Social Partnership, on how to improve the island’s economic situation.

“When I sat, on more than one occasion, at meetings of the Social Partnership, anticipating the suggestions from the private sector, for example, as to how they were going to contribute to the restructuring of this economy, I came away not hearing what I expected to hear, or what I needed to hear,” McClean said.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs made reference to the annual World Flower Show to be held here in June, charging that the lack of interest by local flower arrangers was an example of private sector “short-sightedness”.

“About a year and a half ago it was drawn to my attention that there will be a conference of flower arrangers in Barbados, bringing people from 30-something countries. One of the organizers said to me that they were trying desperately to encourage flower producers in Barbados to ramp up their production and they did not get the kind of enthusiastic response that you would get.

“It was ironic because some person said ‘we are satisfied with our business’. And that to my mind was kind of strange. Somebody else said, ‘but if we increase production what will we do after the event?’  But I thought that we import a lot of flowers, so they could be substituted for imports,” McClean told the Senate.

“The long and short is Madam President, is now the organizers are faced with the reality that they are being told by local producers, ‘sorry we can’t supply you, we have to focus on our traditional customers,’” she added.

McLean told the Upper House she had raised the matter with her counterpart in Cuba two weeks ago at a meeting of Caribbean Community Foreign Ministers, “to ask [him] to explore some opportunities” for the upcoming show.

She said it was an example of Government being forced to intervene in an area the private sector should have been able to address.

McClean said however, that she was pleased that many young people had been coming up with innovative ideas to contribute to the economy.

“I’m seeing a lot of people using technology to solve a lot of problems, to create opportunities for themselves. One area that I would want to highlight is the area of renewable energy … not simply the generation of electricity for electricity’s sake, but the application of renewable techniques in agriculture, for example,” she stated.  

10 Responses to Private sector lacks innovation – McClean

  1. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 21, 2017 at 12:30 am

    This scapegoating DLP govt is on the search to find & apportion blame to every individual or entity for it’s failures in managing our affairs. If DEM would just look inwards the reasons for their failures would be apparent. DEM would even seek to blame a 13 year old. A pathetic bunch.

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  2. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole March 21, 2017 at 12:32 am

    She would blame everyone else for ruining the country except her party.

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  3. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe March 21, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Wunna done selling Barbados in the back rooms to the Chinese yet?

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  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 21, 2017 at 3:55 am

    IT THINK THAT THE DLP LACK INNOVATION. YOUR GOVERNMENT ONLY BRINGING CHINESE TO SUCK THE ECONOMY MORE. WHY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT DON’T SET UP COUPLE OF FACTORIES HERE IN BARBADOS MANUFACTURING COMPUTER PHONES AND PHONE CASE, SPARE PARTS FOR COMPUTERS. MAKING RADIOS , BATTERIES AND MUCH MORE THING. A LOT OF BARBADIAN WILL BE EMPLOYED IN THERE FACTORIES. AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO EXPORT THESE THINGS TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

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    • Dave Person
      Dave Person March 21, 2017 at 5:35 am

      Why would you want those factories here? Do you have any idea what pollution they bring with them?

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    • Santini More
      Santini More March 21, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Not sure how many Bajans would work for $2/hour in these Chinese owned factories?

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  5. Seth St John
    Seth St John March 21, 2017 at 6:10 am

    When everything the private sector wants to do is held up by the sluggish pace of offices such as town and country planning, what do you expect ? But keep talking, entertainment is just about all the Dems are good for.

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  6. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith March 21, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Maybe following the example presented by the government of the day. Need money? Tax everything, so innovative!

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  7. Santini More
    Santini More March 21, 2017 at 6:21 am

    This Government would not recognise innovation if it bit them in the boxxy…Before this administration starts criticising the private sector they really need to check themselves.

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  8. Tony Webster March 21, 2017 at 6:41 am

    @Arthur Collymore: I endorse your analysis, and conclusion. I readily confess that I admire intelligent ladies (yes, gentlemen also) of great achievements and accomplishments. However, it leaves me puzzled, that the same intelligence, seems to fail such folks, when they encounter those “to be, or not to be” moments in life, whether it is choosing or losing partners, biting bullets, facing uncomfortable truths, or parting from associates who do them no good.
    Blind loyalty should never be a bed-fellow of mature intelligence; and abject faithfulness is just that : abject, as in a puppy wagging its tail, just before dinner. To thyself, be honest.

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