Vote us out!

Inniss says politicians who impede progress should go

Politicians who get in the way of progress should be made to pay the price at the polling booth, suggests one of the country’s most garrulous political leaders.

Similarly, anyone in the public service or the business community who are “blockers to progress” should be sidelined, Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss has said.

“[Barbados must cut out the] red tape, paper shuffling [and] indecisiveness, and penalize the blockers to progress or get them out of the system, politicians included, any present or future,” Inniss said today in an address at the Spark Global Business Caribbean seminar at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, Aquatic Gap, St Michael.

The minister repeated his regular complaint about obstacles in the way of doing business, and today he presented his own administration with some recommendations to improve the situation.

“Stop striving to be the most over regulated society. Rules are necessary but we must ease up on some of the regulations, especially those enshrined in law for an era long gone,” Inniss said.

The Member of Parliament for St James South also made a plea on behalf of struggling businesses, calling for support for those establishments.

And without pointing fingers at anyone in particular, he said: “Our culture of kicking businesses when they are down must end without delay. There will always be some rogues and vagabonds but most entrepreneurs do want to pay their bills and grow their businesses. Likewise, we also have to help folks to know when it is time to quit trying and get real about business prospects.”

However, Inniss expressed a degree of frustration with members of the private sector who do little to encourage entrepreneurship.

The minister suggested that instead of simply being copycats, Barbadian businesses should attempt to be more creative.

“Let us embrace our creative minds, whether in technology, art, drama, music, politics and science. Shift focus from using others’ apps, programmes or systems, and focus a bit more on developing our own and sell to the world. Do not just use other people’s renewable energy designs, but design our own.

“We must foster a culture that embraces those who think and act outside of the norm, those who look inside at our weaknesses and take the time and risks to find solutions. We need a culture and a cadre of workers who are prepared to make a positive difference and be transformational and not just transactional,” Inniss said.

11 Responses to Vote us out!

  1. Algy Bellamy April 1, 2017 at 12:36 am

    You all have the neans to do it but you persist in electing old men with aniquated ideas.
    Whats neezed is young blood nuanced thinkers and progressive thinkers to usher in business from abroad.
    Take trips to America and other countries to bring businees back to BIM. Success is for the bold quit beung sheep and endeavor to persevere.
    Young people need to get involved snd make your voices heard you are the ones who are under employed. Change is prosperity.

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  2. Algy Bellamy April 1, 2017 at 12:39 am

    You all have the neans to do it but you persist in electing old men with aniquated ideas.
    Whats needed is young blood nuanced thinkers and progressive a movement to usher in business from abroad.
    Take trips to America and other countries to bring businees back to BIM. Success is for the bold quit beung sheep and endeavor to persevere.
    Young people need to get involved snd make your voices heard you are the ones who are under employed. Change is prosperity.

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  3. Tony Webster April 1, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Lord, de earf seems to be moaning and moving under muh feet. ….wars and rumours of wars…knowledge of deficits and borrowings daily increase…and strage things blowin-bout in de air. A BIG red star has appeared from the East..bearing gifts….could it be the second coming, to this Blessed Christian Rock? Wuh to do? Pray MORE dan I been praying already?

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    • Andrew Simpson April 1, 2017 at 6:45 am

      More personal commitment to “do the right thing” and acting politically in the best interest of our fellow man, rather than always protecting the interests of an elect group, might cause change in the way governance is conducted to come about.

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      • Jennifer April 1, 2017 at 11:27 am

        @Andrew Simpson – Well said. I could not have said it any better myself.

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  4. Jennifer April 1, 2017 at 4:14 am

    “However, Inniss expressed a degree of frustration with members of the private sector who do little to encourage entrepreneurship.”

    Now this man is a perfect example that something is wrong with this education system. He fully demonstrates that you are not being educated but actually being trained, like an elephant on a lead of cotton. When you are done being trained you now have to be educated. Its similar to a person having white coat syndrome.

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    • Donild Trimp April 1, 2017 at 9:18 am

      “anyone in the public service or the business community who are “blockers to progress” should be sidelined”

      I have no qualms with the above statement.

      The following statement is also very powerful:

      “We need a culture and a cadre of workers who are prepared to make a positive difference and be transformational and not just transactional”

      @ jennifer – what do you think?

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      • Jennifer April 1, 2017 at 10:38 am

        @Donild – you know why I like you, Its because I can see and tell that you are very clever. I like clever people, they give me a thrill. Its similar to being interviewed by your enemy. This “blockers to progress” conundrum if it exist will continue to exist. The problems with these articles are vagueness, diplomacy and lacking full expulsion of evidence. Can you be upset with an entity for protecting its own legs. Of course not, now that would be wicked thinking. My people were sitting in a boat with a hole nearly 400 years now, suffering silently with that Novocaine. Good thing that the water is thick. Mind you they are so far out to sea that there is no turning back or getting off the boat. Did you ever heard of a movie called the RUBY BRIDGES story on you tube. That was the start of all of my people problems. Its similar to digging your own grave and climbing inside, or living in a house with many TRAP doors. ONE TRAP LEADS TO ANOTHER TRAP. How can 1 duck control 95??????? Any thing is possible on an island of FANTASY and PAN (that boy who never grew up). Enjoy your day sweetie.

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        • Jennifer April 1, 2017 at 10:49 am

          Its like religion, if it is not doing any thing for you, then get the rid of it. Stop singing and start swinging (and anything that comes to hand). We need a self help program and a do it yourself program. Imagine being black trying to get into a white heaven. what an ingrunt and sick way of thinking.

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  5. Alex Alleyne April 1, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Every TOM , DICK and HARRY along with every MARY , ANNE and JANE believe that come elections ,”prosperity is around the corner”.
    Will this be fact or fiction. “Penalize the businesses that are the blockers of progress”. People it’s your money make it TALK for you.

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  6. mark williams April 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    It is time to lead by example.Look around pick a team to leave with you,.We have become a country of Talkers. Two Barbados the talkers and the listener. The Rich and The Poor.

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