Inniss wants a change in mindset towards vending

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss is calling on the public to respect hawkers and vendors who play a role in building the nation’s economy. 

“I believe fundamentally that we have to have a change in mindset towards vending in Barbados. There are those who come from a different era or different socioeconomic circumstance who would want us to push vendors and vending in some dark corners, oblivious to the fact that it’s an integral part of our economy,” Innis said. 

“It is high time that vendors and vending gain the level of respect that they so rightly deserve. Gone must be the days when those who seek to make an honest living in our midst are shoved off the streets . . . into some back alleys. That is no way to treat our people,” he said. 

Inniss’ comments came during a CARIFESTA event hosted by the Barbados Association of Retailers, Vendors and Entrepreneurs (BARVEN) at the temporary market in Cheapside, Bridgetown. 

The Minister argued that the occupation, which has predated his grandparents, enriched the culture and the heritage of the island.

He also disclosed that he was having discussions with BARVEN President Allister Alexander on making improvements to the market.  

“I believe that in any society, and any city in particular, vending is the magnet that draws people towards exploring the city. It is rather unfortunate that Bridgetown has been allowed to drift and go the direction it has gone but any revitalization of Bridgetown must include a vibrant vending community,” Innis added.

20 Responses to Inniss wants a change in mindset towards vending

  1. Alex Alleyne August 27, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    “TEMPORARY MARKET AT CHEAPSIDE”. Sir, please tell the public how long those people are “temporary” there.

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  2. Kevin August 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Within the city, I think it also has to do with people who does business within stores and pays rent. They complain that these vendors come and set up in front their stores, some selling the same products, and blocking the window displays and the entrance way to these stores.

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  3. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor August 27, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    We need the vendors let it be done decently and orderly yesterday

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  4. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea August 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    ELECTIONS COMING! BARE TALK.

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  5. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde August 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    WAIT,IT TAKE WUNNA VERY LONG TO UNDERSTAND THAT,FOR YEARS BOTH GOVERNMENTS WERE CHASING VENDORS OUT OF SWANS STREET..NOW COME 2017,DONVILLE INNISS COME WITH A BRILLIANT IDEA,RESPECT VENDORS AND HAWKERS.

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  6. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Election will be April 1st Send these fools futher and further

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  7. John JT Titheridge
    John JT Titheridge August 27, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    No problem to me personally but do you realise vendors sometimes frighten visitors?

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  8. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Pothole!

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  9. Juliet Marshall
    Juliet Marshall August 27, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Inniss cementing votes

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  10. fedup August 27, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Yuh din know dat before? Steupse.

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  11. Milli Watt August 27, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    stupse……..painful hearing this crowd.

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  12. leroy August 28, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Fake concern,
    Vendors get more respect from the public than politicians and this dlp gov has done nothing for vendors, why on gods green earth he come now trying to fool john public with fake concern? All he concerned about is his job, its so obvious makes me wanna laugh.
    Typical politician.

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  13. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside August 28, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Want to pimp the vendors now?

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  14. BaJan boy August 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Same government that harassed and arrested them. Have refused to provide decent space including healthy and decent bathroom facilities. Donville should realize by now nobody neither want to hear nor respect him He needs to shut up. And when you are at ask the man the pu lice elected to at least speak to them.

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  15. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe August 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Brilliant idea number 2,437,765,876. Can’t implement 1

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  16. Anthony Davis
    Anthony Davis August 28, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    This is nothing but electioneering! How long has the vendors’ market on Cheapside been temporary? All these years you’ve been in power and you haven’t done anything about it! Now all of a sudden something should be done about it! The silly season is upon us.

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  17. Helicopter(8P) August 29, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Donville I wish you were old enough to have known vendors such as Cus, Gweny, Dinks, Ermey, Ms. Best , Ms Shephard, Olga; and especially Ms Inness with her black pudden n souse; these were some of Barbados’ earnest working vendors who found self- employment and meeting visitors and local a pleasure in selling their ware.

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  18. ks September 1, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Go Donville….elections around the corner…… btw, I like the new “Welcome to Barbados” addition as one leaves the GAIA & go onto the ABC Hwy….. brand-new coconut vending outlet on the shoulder of the road & a pile of old coconuts attracting rats & vermin for the past two weeks, or more!

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