Survival not enough

Caddle: Time to move beyond just existing

Barbados has been in survival mode for too long.

Economist Marsha Caddle has contended that answers are needed to the question raised in 2014 by former prime minister Sir Lloyd Sandiford about the perilous state of the national economy, “How did we get here?”

“The last decade has been presided over by a group of people who thought their only task was to make no sudden movements; to get by; to survive; keep the country where it is; take no risks so that, presumably, you take no licks,” she said as she delivered the Grantley Adams Memorial Lecture last week.

Caddle, a former United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) programme manager on poverty reduction, gave that analysis as she also suggested that it was time to move beyond just existing with so-called middle class comforts that really cannot withstand the shock of emergencies.

Marsha Caddle

Although telling her audience in the Central Bank’s Grand Salle that she had no intention of making a political speech, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St Michael South Central took some jabs at the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

“Beyond a shadow of a doubt, if we stay on this current path with this current Government, we will end up as a failed state. Thankfully, this Government and their path to nowhere will soon come to an end. But, the day after the election, when the Barbados Labour Party along with the people of this country convene to start setting things right, it matters what we do next,” she said.

On the matter of the next step after a presumed BLP victory at the polls, Caddle warned her colleagues that they too could take the country full circle.

“If we set our nation up only to survive, if we set our people up only to eke out a living, only to do the bare minimum to create wealth for the few and not sustained wealth and well-being for the many, if we fail to transform our governance . . . we may find ourselves right back here again,” she said.

“It’s now or never for a new development model in Barbados,” Caddle added in a presentation that drew accolades from internationally-renowned economist Professor Avinash Persaud.

She dismissed the post-Independence approach as a strategy whose era has passed.

“The purpose of the old model of governance and social and economic development was the establishment of a stable economy and democracy and the dignifying of a generation that yearned for respect and dignity. And it was highly successful for a time,” she pointed out.

“Our model was utilitarian, functional. We educated people to be bright, polite and orderly, to fit well into the business of running the public sector or of growing a private sector from which they did not benefit too far beyond the earning of a wage.”

But she contended that in this old model, “we couldn’t acquire the types of flexible assets that would protect our income and well-being from some unexpected incident”.

She said this led to heavy reliance on a grossly underperforming tourism sector and a recurrent trap of low growth, low levels of domestic investment and low levels of real, broad-based wealth creation.

Caddle, who has worked with several international organizations and left her last posting at the Caribbean Development Bank to seek political office, insisted that Barbados must take a new approach, not just to economic security but to socio-economic security, both at the macro and the individual levels.

“We need to consider not just growth, but who is participating in growth; not just investment, but who is able to invest,” she said.

Caddle’s new development model is concerned with expanding access to a broader base of people, “because when those people have access and have opportunities, those are replicated in that community”.

“When a country’s socio-economic progress has been so derailed as Barbados’ has been in the last decade, investing in people’s productivity directly at the community level is part of what will ensure a recovery with people at the centre,” she contended.

11 Responses to Survival not enough

  1. Helicopter(8P) May 16, 2017 at 9:58 am

    When will the coconut vendors get together to acquire about twenty acres of unproductive land for the resupply of coconut produce within the island for local consumption, processed and manufactured products for export?

    • Jennifer May 16, 2017 at 10:05 am

      @Helicopter(8P) – Well said, love it. Thinking is the problem, its just bout scouting from others and bare minimum living.

  2. Jennifer May 16, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Love your woolly hair Ms Caddle. Keep it up. Now you sound like a person with the CORRECT EDUCATION. We will inevitably be a failed state weather the DEMS go or not, because those strangulated heads keep using the same rum shop tactics and pulling wool onto the asheep. The thing Ms Caddle is that you could be onto something here with your much valid points. Working with so much white wash organizations can prove invaluable if you use the epistemology and project it towards a downtrodden people. So far you are the only one of those cogs who has said anything with sense. Although your chain of thought may well be too late. Having chains of thought on your own is just where it will stay in file 13 without backing.

    • Peter May 16, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Jennifer. What a pity you are both unqualified and dysfunctional, rejected and resented by everyone especially family. You cannot escape your English customs. the term “wooly hair” was taken out of that ols English radio program. “The Kliderado Kid” As Jimmy used gto ask his sister Susan… ” Who knitted you wooly ead?” Can’t wait for summer in London.

  3. Sheron Inniss May 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Jennifer love, good morning. The lady on the ball and so are you. However, God spare I shall not be voting B/D. I want independents who don’t have to tow the party line.

    • Jennifer May 16, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      @Sheron Inniss – Afternoon hun. Any party who is for the masses should be talking like this woman Ms Caddle. Including the grenville new party too. Not talking the same old roll over hog wash demonstrating no incite at all. Ms caddle you can get my vote – Keep talking your talk Sis.

      • Peter May 16, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        Oh goodness. Sucking up can’t done. I once had a man with surname Innis build one of my houses. He robbed me but He ended up in QEH with intestinal and liver problems. I was warned but did not take the warnings seriously. Even his workmen warned me. anyhow, His wife came to beg my forgiveness and I chased her off my property I promised to put away any trespassers accordingly. I lodged a complaint to both the local polica and the Commissioner all through my attorney. I found out he was one of those unqualified fly by night with experience in the dark who took advice and guidance from his workmen. Professional and well established registered built all my other properties. All fully paid for. I hope you ain’t related to him. He has a son serving time for drugs and armed robbery. Oh He once told me I can’t do him nothing because his people were in power funny, Barrow and his close friend Carlton Brathaithe, both deceased were close friends of mine.

  4. Geoff Small May 16, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    The Barbados Labour Party has been critical of the Democratic Labour Party but has not given any indication of what their policies would be to get the economy growing . It has been a lot of hot air or fluff coming from the BLP. It seems that they have no sound alternative policies but is waiting for Barbadians to become so disgusted with the current government that they will be voted out. The DLP has had to deal with a long lasting economic downturn and it looks as though their policies, harsh as they are, have been responsible for the economic upturn. There is yet a lot more to be done but the DLP is doing the hard work.. Unfortunately, it looks as though the BLP has a good chance of forming the next government, inheriting a better economy than they left the DLP. It is easier to be critical than to govern. Barbadians should consider this when they vote in the next election.
    Hey, that;s how politics work.

  5. Peter May 16, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Wishful thinking Helicopter(8p). Whilst I can concur with you, I think the coconut vendors in Barbados need to organize themselves, and through Mr. James Paul who is in election mode, arrange to secure daily or bi-weekly shipments to add to what is available in Barbados, all Duty free, to not only cut and sell on the local market, but to produce bi-products for resale and possible exports. Look at canned coconut milk, Grated coconut flakes for use in pastries sugar cakes, coconut oil, butter milk, a cream to remove sore spots and intermixed with Aloe to remove pox and cut marks also used in spas, The harden jelly is used in countries to bread shrimp, lobster and other foods especially sea foods, as a flavoring fused with pinapple syrup and cherry to flavor tropical drinks and rum punch and coladas, Yje hardened shells can be used in the craft industry to make polished jewelry, and broaches, co9mpany name tags that says… ” Hi, I’m Jenny the Jackass” or “Hi, I’m Mabel Jones, Supervisor, trainee.. et al, available in which ever colour. Face it. Barbados does not have the quantity nor capacity to supply its needs, hence the high cost. Guyana can sell through the BAMP permission an abundance of coconut water. the dried husk can be used to add to other incendiary waste to keep a electric generating incinerator going. Think outside the box people and STOP COMPLAINING!

  6. JM May 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    @ Peter……the ‘ Clitheroe Kid ‘

  7. Milli Watt May 16, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    wait dis woman hair natural…….where she running I wonder if I could register in her constituency. A woman with kinky notty hair I LIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! talk yuh talk sista


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