Barbados a shining EU recipient

Barbados has received $109.2 million (50 million Euros) in aid from the European Union, mostly for human resource development.

The Government, in collaboration with the EU Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, last night hosted an awards ceremony for the ten public and private agencies, along with non-governmental organisations, with the most outstanding performance under the programme – the Human Resource Development Strategy (HRDS).

The ten top performers were selected from more than 100 involved in the HRDS that is aimed at improving employability and overall productivity of Barbadians.

“I am happy to report that as a result of much hard work by my Ministry, the several indicators which were agreed to under the strategy were met,” Minister of Labour and Human Resources Development, Esther Byer-Suckoo told the ceremony at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

“The Government of Barbados has received 100 per cent of the grant funding provided for this programme by the European Union.”

Minister of Labour and Human Resources Development, Esther Byer-Suckoo

She explained that the main objective of the HRDS is to support the government of Barbados in its efforts to increase competitiveness, promote sustainable growth, and alleviate poverty.

Head of Cooperation in the EU Delegation, Marc Thill, said, “I must commend the Government, as [in] my very long experience with project reports in many different countries I very seldom come across a programme where the governments scored 100 per cent”.

He explained that since 2011 the EU has been dispersing the money through direct financial transfers to Barbados’ national treasury, conditional on performance assessment.

The EU official said that in the assessment, “we look at macro-economic stability and progress in public financial reforms in the sector supported”.

Thill said that the EU practice is to leave the recipient country to use “its own procedures to achieve results mutually agreed upon”.

The ten agencies awarded last night were Caribbean Science Foundation; TVET Council; HERO Mom-preneurship Programme; Pinelands Creative Workshop; Youth Agri-preneurship Incubator Programme; Barbados Renewable Energy Association; Small Business Association; Ministry of the Civil Service; Barbados Association of Guidance Councilors; and the public sector’s Personnel Administration Division and Training Administration Division.

32 Responses to Barbados a shining EU recipient

  1. Patrick Cozier
    Patrick Cozier May 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    But we continue to complain about the low and drooping levels of productivity in Barbados. Would love to see the criteria and assessment results, published.

    • Peter May 15, 2017 at 9:25 am

      I am short circuiting these comments, Sorry Patrick. How’s retirement treating you. Miss the bank huh? Anyhow Norway gives tge Guyana government an environment protection subsidy of US$ 8 million. Conditions for this gift disbursement is that loggers do not deforest the over 90% forested area. They send down a team of forest preservation experts who measure trees and compile data and growth rates, weather patterns and soil analysis. IMPORTANT!!! a company in Norway named Ensopack is one of the world’s largest producer and exporter od car boxes and other paper products made through well managed growth and harvesting of their large forested areas. last stock market listed their assets as 53 US$ Billion. Now here’s the catch. They don’t want competition so US$9 million is less than 1% of their earning capacity. Anyone, Including Chris Sinckler can figure out why they give Guyana USD$ 9 million every year.. Incidentally, the Guyanese politician can account for that money and in who’s offshore account it is deposited. Now, Talk about corruption.

  2. Bella Bella
    Bella Bella May 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Don’t thief it or waste it

  3. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews May 14, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I hope the Money goes where it should and not in Pockets

  4. Ricci Khan May 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Barbados has unfortunately become a nation of complainers, pullers downward, spenders of what you want rather than what you need, political antagonists, hard ears people.

  5. Akeem Thompson
    Akeem Thompson May 14, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Notting is free

  6. Peter May 14, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    A number of decades ago a structural development donation was nmade to Barbados A feasibility study was ordered before funds could be expedited for sake of transparency. However, the politician heading this venture did a pre feasibility study through a ghost company which received millions. A lot back in those days. That money was invested in a shopping center in Oistins and a couple small hotels in Silversands and Enterprise beach areas. He’s no longer alive but he became Prime Minister by default. His Wife is famous for traveling to Miami to buy a hat, another time for shoes, another time for a handbag. in fact she who is still alive made many such trips. The PM’s residence was even popularly nicknamed Stellaro Court in her name. It’s funny how Politicians don’t declarer their personal assets. ask the former CBC advertising salesman who owns a Plantation worth over 20 Million Bds $. The silly thing about all of this is Political parties can receive endless payouts as financial support. that money is then filtered directly to these politicians through family and close friends. Go figure this one voters.

  7. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba May 14, 2017 at 8:41 pm


  8. Rosanna Lewis
    Rosanna Lewis May 14, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Receiving this money and not putting it to good use remains a big issue. The hospital is currently a board and members can’t even get full funding to pursue their specialties and then we want to talk about productivity. Cha

    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross May 15, 2017 at 9:56 am

      a family member was recently critically ill in the QEH and I was in A& E with a child and of all things, the lack of manners and the arrogance of most of the doctors and nurses as well as admin staff, were simply unbelieveable ….and I usually support the QEH…but I was very disappointed. VERY!
      I think that nothing would work there unless these daily displayed attitudes are FIRST corrected.

    • Rosanna Lewis
      Rosanna Lewis May 15, 2017 at 10:03 am

      That does not negate the fact that we cannot go and train in our specialities. The mannerism may be poor, I agree,but not being able to specialize and offer your relative treatment and care is what will have a more negative impact

    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross May 15, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Why train people that forget the reason that money is spent on them?
      I believe that people that show that they understand that they are not working for themselves and that the government’s money is spent on them should be the ONLY people to get any training.
      Every body wants the government to send them here and there for this and that…… and when they come back what? To darn caught up with themselves that they forgot who sent them and the reason they were sent but they have another piece of paper that is used to get a higher salary and little is given to the quality work and service expected of them.
      I want proof first that they deserved to be trusted to spend money on them.

  9. Roseanna Tudor
    Roseanna Tudor May 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    These funds have been disbursing since 2011…I can vouch for the good use of a very small amount. A number of innovative and sustainable initiatives are benefitting.

  10. Saga Boy May 14, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    If you had attended the function you would have heard testimonies from persons who have benefited from these funds. You people have to stop this stupid negative behavior. Barbados is still one of the leading economies in the Caribbean and it shall remain that way.

  11. Mikey May 14, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Criteria and assessment results to be published and also publication about what will NGO’s like PCW with a declared candidate for the ruling party do with the MONEY,,, and SBA, what will they do with the MONEY?
    Hope somebody throw some investigative transparency into what that money will do !

  12. Mikey May 14, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    @Saga boy, where you get that information that Barbados is one of the leading economies ?
    The latest report had the following countries above Barbados ,,,
    Guyana, Trinidad, St,Kitts&Nevis, St.Lucia and Jamaica.
    YOU DO NOT SEE ANY RED FLAGS IN Pine Workshop getting funds from the EU with nine months to go before elections ? ,, and the Small Buisness Association ? two non-governmental entities ?
    Well you need to see an EYE DOCTOR AND A BRAIN SURGEON QUICKLY.

  13. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell May 14, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Lots of loose money lying around with sticky fingers present

  14. Leaky craigs May 14, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    The money was spent on projects which met transparent criteria set the EU

  15. Deborah Grazette-Moore
    Deborah Grazette-Moore May 15, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Thank you Europe

  16. James Franks May 15, 2017 at 4:40 am

    What a thorough waste of money.

    Thank God for Brexit!!

  17. jrsmith May 15, 2017 at 6:25 am

    With all this money , sloshing around from the (EU) to these various departments , this then means these said departments could display publicly they (Audited ) accounts ………………

  18. Ralph W Talma May 15, 2017 at 6:40 am

    1. Enjoy the party whilst you can, because come 2020 when the UK should have left the EU, there will be a tremendous shortfall of funds and such largesse as above will be severely diminished.
    2. A thorough review of future spending – within a credible budget – should be carried out as soon as possible. If we wait there will be much more pain and grief.

  19. jrsmith May 15, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Barbados a shining (EU) recipient for this week, but what will be for next week , an island being accused of (Tax avoidance and Money laundering ) a (Tax Haven………………………………….

    Is all this playing around and grand standing,is because of (Brexit) they dont give us anything , its part of what the 3rd highest contributor to the (EU) the (UK) adds to the central funding , just wait and see in times coming…………….

  20. Jea Alleyne May 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

    It is easy to put words together without evidence to support what is being said. I also would like to see the criteria and results, and if the money has been lying around since 2011, can someone point out the improvements that have been made since then.

  21. BimJim May 15, 2017 at 8:32 am

    DECADES ago international funders stopped giving Third World countries cash and provided the personnel, expertise or materials instead. And make no mistake, Barbados _IS_ Third World, no matter what the lying politicians want you to believe.

    The reason? It was all being stolen by politicians or bureaucrats, or just being funnelled into “General Fund” to be used for purposes it was not intended. Even in places where the funding was to stop starvation and disease – for decades, politicians have had no morals, ethics or consideration for the people they “serve”.

    Obviously the EU has not yet learned that lesson. Perhaps Fumble and the rest of the jackass herd will give them a starter class in how NOT to provide aid to Third World countries. I know for sure that money won’t go towards reducing the national debt.

  22. Shelly Ross
    Shelly Ross May 15, 2017 at 9:52 am

    And they talking about reparation…..oh, I know there is a difference right? lol!

  23. Helicopter(8P) May 15, 2017 at 11:50 am

    So much negativity embedded in this society! Can’t some thing be honestly done for the good of the people of the land ? Well its unbelievable that the nation is so pessimistic on the outcome of intended good!

  24. Richard Johnston May 15, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Fifty years from now will Barbados living off handouts?

    • Jennifer May 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Oh yes it will. Things was designed that way.

  25. Saga Boy May 15, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I am sick and tire of all this negativity. That is why many of you don’t ever achieve. Call the SBA and ask them what they did with the money. Better yet join the SBA and access their reports. Call the Ministry of Labour and ask them for the names of organizations which received money fro the projects. This money was floating around more than three years ago. Lots of good things have happened based on what I was told. Some of you should spend more time making positive suggestions instead of engaging in negative commentary which does nothing to help,this country.

  26. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson May 15, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    The hrd strategy was going on for over 5yrs now. Money dun spent…….where wanna living?


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