Paul chastises exhibitors who pulled out of BMEX

Exhibitors who pulled out of the island’s annual manufacturing exhibition at the last minute because of the Budget have received a tongue lashing from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul.

Some of the island’s leading manufacturers were no–shows at the four-day Barbados Manufacturers’ Exhibition (BMEX), in silent protest of the 2017 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals presented by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler last Tuesday.

“I think it is a bit of a backward step because it demonstrates the immaturity of the private sector here,” Paul said.

The BAS CEO accused the exhibitors of complacency and failing to cater to their target audience – Barbadians.

It was “a really stupid reaction”, he told Barbados TODAY.

“Let us get real and recognize that if you are in business this is what it is about, showcasing and marketing yourself and your company and your products, and I can’t believe that any business at this stage would tell me that they have an ideal opportunity here to showcase their products and they are not coming . . . and then you are going to expect the same Barbadian consumers to come and buy your products at the end of the day,” Paul argued.

“This effort of showcasing local produce has to be supported by everybody and if the very people who are there to benefit from it don’t, why then should Government put money into helping them if they can’t help themselves?”

The exhibitors’ reaction reportedly came in response to Sinckler’s announcement that the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) would be increased from two per cent to ten per cent.

Sinckler also announced a two per cent commission on foreign exchange transactions.


62 Responses to Paul chastises exhibitors who pulled out of BMEX

  1. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles June 4, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Is James Paul really that retarded? I don’t blame any of them

  2. Tête La
    Tête La June 4, 2017 at 11:11 am

    This man does got me asking who in their right mind voted for him? Twice???

  3. Allan Keeler
    Allan Keeler June 4, 2017 at 11:32 am

    It cost money so companys same as homes trying to save money it does not have

  4. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata June 4, 2017 at 11:34 am

    He fada should of pull out

  5. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata June 4, 2017 at 11:35 am

    We Fed up wid den totally Fed up

  6. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 4, 2017 at 11:41 am


  7. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 4, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Protest you idiot. Businesses were right to protest. It is no longer business as usual. Got it ?

  8. Alex Alleyne June 4, 2017 at 11:46 am

    It will be nice if the masses do the same to some of these big businesses that keep ripping of Bajans.

    • Big Man June 4, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Wont happen Alex mental slavery still around and going strong.

  9. Tony Webster June 4, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Cuddear, Mr. Paul….I’ve heard of “foot and mouth” disease, but calling your main base of actual implementation ( as opposed to mere talk) in all things agricultural / manufacturing is a new spike in “foot-in-mouth” syndrome. Might not be as contagious, but certainly the long-term effects will not profit you and your colleagues….even if your vision is limited to the next several months, it is not likely to ” yield” you much.

    If you cannot understand the language…can you not read the body language? Wuhloss!

  10. Shanika Roberts Odle
    Shanika Roberts Odle June 4, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Yoy have the money to pay for those companies to participate. I firmly feel you should shout your mouth.

  11. Santini More
    Santini More June 4, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Companies have this thing called an annual budget Paul. This company budget contains estimated costs and expenses for the year. When a cataclysmic event comes along that alters all of these estimates, eg being hit by a vicious Government budget that will significantly increase costs whilst simultaneously dampening demand, what the hell choice does a manufacturer really have but to take immediate action to save every cent, because every cent saved may mean NOT having to send home people….This clueless Government is a national disgrace and they are the ones who deserve to be chastised.

    • Ryan R A Charles
      Ryan R A Charles June 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Well said

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase June 4, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Or simply, it’s called democracy.

    • Santini More
      Santini More June 4, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Adrian M Chase That is if course true. But manufacturing companies do not make random choices. For them to have made a commitment to attend BMEX and then pull out at such short notice is unprecedented and really demonstrates how destabilizing the impact of Sinkler’s budget will be to them.

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase June 4, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      I agree with you. It was their right to pull out.
      Paul is just another out of touch clown.

    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman June 4, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Santini More as usual you on point. Let me give you a gentle reminder that am sure you are aware of. All ah Dem rolling in tax payers money. Who aint driving Benz, have Hilux. Get back Dem 10% so tings looking good fa Dem. I will not bother to even make a comment on Paul obviously his head way up some where that has not seen day light for the last nine years.

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase June 4, 2017 at 10:44 pm
  12. David Carter
    David Carter June 4, 2017 at 11:58 am

    A wise man once said if he wanted to hear from an asshole he would have farted…

  13. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde June 4, 2017 at 11:58 am


  14. Rasheed Spikey Singh
    Rasheed Spikey Singh June 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    People brek, business brek, the logical thing is to pull of of bmex, money saved

  15. Nicole Denise Thompson
    Nicole Denise Thompson June 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm


  16. Rasheed Spikey Singh
    Rasheed Spikey Singh June 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Oh and paul…social media is free marketing …study it

  17. Maureen Sho
    Maureen Sho June 4, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    They charging too much if people are pulling out

  18. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold June 4, 2017 at 12:13 pm


  19. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles June 4, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    People had planned out heir expanded to the penny in order to say that they will showcase their products at BMEX. Then the budget happens. Which means that they have to pull more out their pockets to do it you jackass. And they are not going to lose out just cause they didn’t show there. There’s other methods to get their products across and social media is FREE OF COST. Unless you and them pack of curvaceous dogs will plan to tax that too

  20. Rosy Blackman
    Rosy Blackman June 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Isn’t this still a democratic country? Will those exhibitors now be deemed enemies of the state? More and more I am thinking you got to watch what you say and do or be labeled whatever catchphrase they come up with.

  21. Peter June 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Tony Webster, May I please correct you for using the words “even if your vision is limited….” This Parliamentarian HAS NO VISION. After watching and hearing him speak for about eight minutes during the recent budget debate, I concluded that this man is a disgrace to public speaking. He, like almost all the other DEMs like the AG, the soon to be new leader of the DLP, one Richard Sealy and Dennis Lowe except Donville and Dr. David Estwick, were nit picking at Mia Mottley. Back to Paul…. Man instead of you criticizing businesses for no showing, why don’t you and head of the BMA Bobbi McKay get together and formulate a positive pathway of growth and export, instead of doing the same old same old BMEX every year and you the Agriculture Exhibition that you NEVER criticize ever. I made a suggestion to promote growth and profitability in both your organizations which you both are CEOs. I think Neither of you looked at it much less gave it any thought. Mind you James Paul, the idea pertaining to the BAS can earn a minimum of US $ 500,000.00 alone in export sales. But guess what? that idea had to come from a DLP passport holder. That is why Sinckler has to dive into people’s pockets every year, promising to stabilize the economy year after year unsuccessfully.

  22. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade June 4, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Why do you complain they pull out because they know they would noy get no sale i would

  23. Marilyn Weekes
    Marilyn Weekes June 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Would you expect anything different from him? Seriously ?

  24. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma June 4, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    “The exhibitors’ reaction reportedly came in response to Sinckler’s announcement that the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) would be increased from two per cent to ten per cent.” That’s a very hefty increase!!!!!

  25. Anne-Marie Burke Brewster
    Anne-Marie Burke Brewster June 4, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Most of the manufactured products you cant get after BMEX anyway. Has he ever thought about giving the one of these bidc empty places to sell their goods and pay minimal rent until they can do better. Just saying

  26. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma June 4, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    “The levy shall be applied towards the provision of health care, the
    provision of sanitation services and the enhancement of the environment.” Is this levy in conjunction with VAT?

  27. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield June 4, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Paul is a man.He should know that pulling out saves much unwanted problems in the long run

  28. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield June 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Who needs unwanted commitments at this time

  29. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron June 4, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    These comments got me good. Lmaooo love them. Poor James I glad them pull out. Somebody pocket get hole so them ain’t happy

    • Everick Holder
      Everick Holder June 4, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Joy, my girl, sometimes you just can’t pull out in time. And your goose cooked.
      Thank God those manufacturers were able to.

    • Joy Waldron
      Joy Waldron June 4, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    • Joy Waldron
      Joy Waldron June 4, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Lmaooo murdaaaa

  30. Troy June 4, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Mr Paul…..are people supposed to sit down and get manure ram down their throats all the time? If your Finance minister had sat and anticipate the ramifications of his budget then the exhibitors wouldn’t have to react.

  31. Big Man June 4, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    The Bajan manufactures pull out and the Trinidadian manufactures pulling in with cheaper products, and they will continue to buy out Bajan manufactures close them down after 2 years, put Bajans out of work, make product in Trinidad and send them back here remember Bim , Juc, and the rest the Ham,hot dog, hamburgers and Nuggets manufacture next the Trinidadian CEO man at the top ready to sell out, he already hiring Trinidadian Managers to work in Barbados no Bajans and he is a Muslim think about that.
    The same manufactures that pull out is thee same ones that does rip wunna off tek dat.

  32. Alex Alleyne June 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    @Big Man, Bajans getting the finger without the lube……..Oooooooch.

  33. Greengiant June 4, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    There is no justification for this protest. The B C C I, and other interest groups gave suggestions to the government regarding the budget. The issue is the government said it doesn’t want to go to the I M F, or send home public servants, so they have implemented other methods of raising revenue.

    If the manufacturers, or other interest groups feel the proposals would place them and consumers at a disadvantage, they have an association, prepare an urgent document for the cabinet to have adjustments made to the legislation, but to stay away from the very customers from whom they expect support is unacceptable. I cannot support this type of thing.

    The issues affecting this country is not about the politicians, they are about the masses. Take special note the opposition always talks about the middle class. The middle class that don’t repay the student’s loans, that don’t give back, who are tax dodgers. This is the same class that benefited those who worked the fields, paid their N I S and tax contributions to educate us. So yes I agree with the P M. The jockey has become too heavy for the horse. Not because the jockey born overweight, but because the jockey developed poor eating habits, and wouldn’t exercise.

    Some may not understand me, while others would not want to understand me. I think we need a change of political, social and economic structure, unfortunately and most disappointing for you supporters of the two failed political institutions, neither of them can’t offer us the alternatives we need at this stage of our development. You all accuses the government of being in bed with a Caucasian businessman. Do you all think for one moment that the bees won’t be in anybody’s bed? That bed has been made decades ago and the bed is also Caucasian. We’ve seen this before, they never forgave Arthur for the politics of inclusion, because he shared the wealth of the operatives with too many considered outsiders. This however was the only way he could have lead the party, otherwise he would have been nothing but a figure head.

    I urge you all difficult as it may seem, challenging as it will be. It’s time to place our destiny in the hands of a majority where the business community will be jockeying, and jostling for pole position. It will create the perfect environment for the people to have maximum benefits during and after our period of restructuring. We really shouldn’t be giving the B L P or D L P full control of this country again.

  34. Alex Alleyne June 4, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Again, In the quest for quick relief of pain , one will run to a Butcher thinking it’s a Doctor.
    At present BAJANS are in such a situation.
    Can’t continue with the clowns, gonna get soaked with sweet talkers on the other side, but willing to, or should I try the lesser of the 2 evils.
    Picture or no picture.

  35. Carson C Cadogan June 4, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Will they ask for refunds?

  36. Elle June 5, 2017 at 6:04 am

    @Mcmood Tata
    On a serious note though , wa DEM really expect ?
    James Paul could really shut his mouth ! Over the years BMEX has become almost impossible to attend far less be a part off because of the increasing costs associated with such an event…good grief !!!
    As a person who enjoyed it years ago i find it boring and lots of the stuff actually being showcased are inaccessible to my humble pockets Bottom line is that manufacturers are in the business to make money and if they think that they are not obviously they WILL jump ship !!!!!

  37. Keen Observer June 5, 2017 at 6:13 am

    This really amuses me. I am sure if these were North American businesses they would not of pulled out, rather they would have found creative way to ensure the survival and success of their companies despite the budget. North American companies would have done this by being creative. Too many businesses in Barbados have a welfare mentality, they want concessions for everything, yet even with concession they are slow to expand their product lines even in times of economic prosperity in Barbados. Let’s take renewable energy as an example. Do you think that we should now have electricity from solar?

  38. Rich Hughes June 5, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    If you dont agree with the Government and you protest in any way you get labeled and attacked by Govt. Party hacks as seen above. But our Constitution guarantees the right to peaceful protest. We have a system of political governance called democracy. So if you disagree with Government policy you may protest it. Simple. If a business feels that the latest Budget is a negative-growth policyand it withdraws from BMEX it is exercising it’s right to do so.


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