Youth should become entrepreneurs – Lashley

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Stephen Lashley wants more Barbadian youths to become entrepreneurs.   

While explaining that 22.5 per cent of the population is made up of young people, Lashley complained that too few of them were pursuing their own business ventures.

“There is a need to see more innovation in Barbados,” Lashley said in his feature address at the opening ceremony of the National Youth Consultation at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Environment and Drainage and the Caribbean Environment Youth Network, the consultation brought together over 20 youth organizations and secondary schools to discuss youth in sustainable development.

Lashley suggested that the country’s youth should look to create their own employment opportunities instead of depending on Government and the private sector for job creation.

“I believe that the issue of employment would not only be solved by actions of the private sector and Government. . . you the young people of Barbados have got to be part of the solution to unemployment among yourselves and unemployment among the more advanced age population.

“You have to . . . be able to use your imagination more creatively,” he emphasized.

The minister argued that it was the responsibility of the next generation of leaders and businessmen to create innovative ways to revive Barbados and make the country globally competitive.

“We need to recognize the importance of entrepreneurial activity. We need among our young people to start to engage our efforts and benchmark our efforts alongside your counterparts in the more industrialized countries,” he said.

“We have not over the years done enough to restructure our economy. Many of the challenges we have, challenges of productivity, challenges of making Barbados business savvy –  Barbados has got to become a country where things happen quicker and there is a more efficient utilization of our time and resources. These are issues for you the young people of Barbados.

“Why hasn’t any other young person in Barbados solved the issue in relation to transportation for the Transport Board in Barbados? Why have we not solved issues pertaining to the Barbados Water Authority? You are the next generation of leaders and therefore you ought to use your youthful years in being productive, creative and in looking for the problems that confront Barbados today,” the minster advised.

11 Responses to Youth should become entrepreneurs – Lashley

  1. Mark Rosmar September 28, 2017 at 1:38 am

    He seems to be the ‘Minister of Abstractions’

  2. Buun September 28, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Looking and solving are two different things, example our deficit. Many problems existed for years, so looking and solving are two diffferent things. I have seen simple problems in Barbados go on for year and all you hear is “let us have a meeting and discuss it” and the problem is still exist and even worse, so “let us have another meeting and discuss it” and on and on and on it goes. The next generation willl be doing the same and thinks this is productivity. Having meetings is not productive unless your team knows how to solve problems and unfortunately most people in these meetings are the ones creating the problems and they can not see it. Hint to the government. So my advice to entrepreneurs is to learn problem solving skills when trying to do business bout here because you will need them more than any other skils. Just look around at all the unsolved problems this country has.

  3. Ashley Griffith
    Ashley Griffith September 28, 2017 at 4:05 am

    With what money??? Nobody aint lending no young people no money to start no business. Further more for your information Sir young people starting businesses and failing because its hard to keep business up with this type of economic activity where people are not spending like they used too. Bills exceed their incomes. So hush!!! #fulltimeyoungentrepeneurtoparttime

  4. Kim Went
    Kim Went September 28, 2017 at 5:51 am

    And sell what product or service? No one have money to spare….. Then another thing where will the capital come from to set up and establish said business?
    It sound nice talking about it right? Put it into action.

  5. Tony Webster September 28, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Harvest low-hanging solutions? Sell coconuts? Grow coconuts?
    Could not agree with @Buun the more. ANY meeting must end with the chair announcing WHO is to do WHAT, and by WHEN.
    Without our our bureaucratic jungle, our young bright problem-solving minds would see these niche opportunities, and it would all support the private-sector engine which is the main engine of sustainable growth, opportunity, and prosperity.

    We always seem to over look the simple fact that “independence” is not the ultimate achievement: it is an expression of the reality that we must now swim with all the other independent – and hungry- sharks in the ocean…and do better than our competitors in a GLOBAL market. When throwing stones and curses at the “BIG BUSINESSES” we have in Bim, we must remember that all (ALL) big businesses started small. Those that had their heads screwed on properly ..well.. they grew…. ploughed-back their profits…made greater profits…ploughed these back too,…and grew some more. Why am I taunted with the fable of the dog, the bone, and it’s reflection in the water? Just another Anansi storey, right?

  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 28, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Nice idea but tell public how government gine facilitate it.

  7. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor September 28, 2017 at 6:58 am

    To tax them into poverty while you guys smiling all the way to the bank

  8. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward September 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I get fed of hearing you people say this, yes they should but do some of.You explain to them opening a business, isn’t as easy as some of you make it sound? I am a business owner next month going 5 years and the walk isn’t as easy as walking a dog in the park. Some of you encourage loans but, don’t get into the red tape info about the loans some of them give. Do some of you offer market research and see if they service or product would make it in the market? Every idea isn’t an idea or opportunity to make money I am living proof to that. Young people need understand more about business before being pressured into it, also in getting loans I won’t even advise it, it’s more to a loan than most think. Overheads, cost structure, expenses etc they need educating on. Valuing they time and charging for they time, knowing the market, how to deal with customers etc. It’s a long process and if you don’t have a passion what for you, when the business meets hard times you will too and then it’s all down the drain, but when it’s your passion when those hard times come you will fight. Unless he has a business and I mean seriously know the in and out of it he would retract and rethink what he says.

  9. Lee September 28, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Been there, done that.

    Lip service, Honourable Minister Lashley !! An entrepreneurial venture without the market is a recipe for personal ruin. My advice to young people is to learn a skill that will give them a special value wherever they go: a language, a culinary art, a musical talent, a technical competence . . . something that will help you subsist as an individual in whatever market you have to go eventually. If you can turn this special skill into an enterprise later and bring it on in Barbados with adequate support – fine. But this is not the time or place to be climbing out on a limb especially where there is zero marketing intelligence and advertising costs are so high.

    Let’s see you lead by example, Lashley.

  10. Mark Adamson September 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    I am helping to repost the below Facebook post dated – June 25, 2017, in light of the Minister of Culture’s recent call for a greater entrepreneurial spirit amongst young people in Barbados.


    The below post is a copy of a contribution that was both done by and posted by me last night under a thread led by attorney-at-law, Douglas Trotman on Facebook. The original post is of great relevance to the below appendaged Barbados Today news story and demonstrates why Barbadians of all classes and statuses must liberate themselves from trade unions and trade unionism and become PARTNERS/PART-OWNERS of the business enterprises in which they function.


    Douglas Trotman, the PDC is wholly against trade unions and trade unionism in Barbados. As a matter of truth, trade unions have long outlived their usefulness, are irrelevant to the kind of national development of Barbados that is needed to be pursued by Barbadians at this stage, and are direly in need of being pushed right back into a state of non-existence. Trade unions are extremely backward, parasitical and exploitative of the very workers they claim to represent.The workers who are members of these trade unions are not even owners of them. The leaders of trade unions, in turn, are politically exploiting and misrepresenting of the vast majority of the members of these same trade unions – especially any workers’ fears of losing their jobs, fears of having gains eroded, etc, as a means of their (these leaders) unnecessarily controlling and abusing them. Trade unionism is a set of very backward political ideologies, philosophies, and psychologies. Thus, trade unions promulgate the abject and arrant ignorance that the lot of the majority of Barbadians is to become or remain workers in this country, and do extol such backward divisions as capital and labour. Being a worker is a very demeaning and dehumanizing status. WORK is demeaning, dehumanizing and exploitative. Workers in Barbados must smash to smithereens these disgusting and abhorrent trade unions (trade associations too) and trade union consciousness that are helping to seriously restrict and curtail their further progress and development in Barbados and, by extension, Barbados’ further progress and development. Workers must evolve into PARTOWNERS of the business enterprises in which they operate. Such PARTNERSHIP ENTERPRISES must be founded on the intellectual, psychological, academic, social, political, managerial, technical, technological, professional, commercial and other skills and services they each OWN and that are – in whatever ways – combined with one another’s skills and services of such taxonomies to give efficacy to the functioning of any business enterprises. It is upon such a basis that such PARTNERSHIP ENTERPRISES must be founded – and not on any land, building or money considerations of a few. Workers having already been or still are really COMMERCIAL WORKERS in companies, statutory corporations, central government, etc, must greater actualize into OWNERS of CAPITAL, ENTREPRENEURS, INVESTORS, MARKETERS, FINANCIERS, etc, in their commercial and other relevant roles, via the establishment of such PARTNERSHIPS. The big difference between BUSINESS WORK ACTIVITIES and BUSINESS COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES – which – at the stage of our Barbadian history – disgustingly horrendously still coexist in many of the same industrial commercial settings (though not in sole proprietorships and some partnerships) – is that where the BUSINESS OF WORK is concerned present day OWNERS of businesses, or controllers of government operations, ideologically, philosophically, psychologically, and politically exploit and dehumanize, by intellectual and political means – and very wrongfully and unfairly so – the WORKERS of the businesses/government operations; use extant sham legal devices (like there being artificial and natural legal personalities); constantly repeatedly use their own commercial goods and services (in the case of private owners) constantly repeatedly use the commercial goods and services of the country (in the case of the government controllers); constantly repeatedly use their own non-commercial properties – vehicles and other means of transport (in the case of the private owners) constantly repeatedly use the non-commercial properties of the country – vehicles and other means of transport (in the case of the government controllers); constantly repeatedly use their own technologies (in the case of the private owners) constantly repeatedly use the technologies of the country (in the case of the government controllers); constantly repeatedly use money and credits (in the cases of both private business owners and government controllers) right up to their reaching social political positions where they are able to overlord, empower and enrich themselves way over what the WORKERS get (pittance receipts) or how they become (pauperized). There must therefore exist, and in ALL work environments, relationships between the owners/controllers and the workers, which develop into conditions which give rise to inherent conflicts and tensions between the exploiting and exploited – and which themselves (the conflicts and tensions) cannot be glossed over however much many owners/controllers and workers may wish to artificialize them. Now, with the BUSINESS OF COMMERCE – which at this stage of our Barbadian history – is best exemplified by sole proprietorships and some PARTNERSHIPS – persons are able to constantly and repeatedly use their intellectual, psychological, academic, social, political, managerial, technical, technological, professional, commercial and other skills and services they each OWN, their OWN or others’ commercial goods and services, their own or others’ non-commercial properties, their own or others’ technologies, money and credits, for the USES of the relevant others – under whatever contractual arrangements – and under those said arrangements – receive money and or credits – without EVER USING ANY PERSONS ELSE – namely, workers, as sacrificial instruments and objects to be savagely mildly politically exploited in the pursuit of their commercial, business, material, financial, political, social objectives. There are therefore no such commercial and business environments in which relationships lead to conditions of conflict and tensions between SOLE-proprietorships (and themselves?? impossible!!) and persons within partnerships and as directly arising from their presumed equality of positions, rights and practices in the commercial production and distribution process. With the process of the expanding and deepening of the right type of PARTNERSHIP structure and function from what they are now to the establishing of a dispensation of national COMMERCIAL BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS, there will be bound to be far more harmony and accord than have been found in the BUSINESS WORK ENVIRONMENT, far greater trust and cooperation than have been found in the BUSINESS WORK ENVIRONMENT, as that, where there is success, the success of one’s reaching one’s objectives within a PARTNERSHIP must not only be seen as the success of ALL within that PARTNERSHIP, but must also be shared amongst ALL within that PARTNERSHIP. And the success of ALL in that PARTNERSHIP must not only be seen as the success of every one within the PARTNERSHIP, but must also be SHARED with every one in the PARTNERSHIP, as that, such successes could NEVER have been achieved without the contributions of EVERY ONE in the PARTNERSHIP to them, through the combining of the relevant skills and services, so every PARTNERSHIP is entitled to share with each PARTNER, the successes (or failures) of the PARTNERSHIP, and every PARTNERSHIP a duty to share with each PARTNER such successes (or failures) of the PARTNERSHIP. United we stand, divided we fall. Hence, in view of the visualization of such and many other higher states of social existence, persons who are workers must see the necessity of evolving into PART-OWNERS (business people) of the commercial business enterprises in which they function – and – at the same time – evolve the right concept name of corporate PART-OWNERSHIP structure to suit – PARTNERSHIPS. Too, PARTNERS must be the SOLE OWNERS of these PARTNERSHIP ENTERPRISES – NOBODY ELSE. Thus, persons carrying the statuses of workers must evolve into the statuses of PARTNERS in PARTNERSHIP enterprises – and so must those who would be seen as former owners/managers/supervisors – and must do so whether those PARTNERSHIPS will be operating in the private sector or public sector of this country. Also, no foreign enterprise must operate in Barbados without being in alliance with a local PARTNERSHIP. Such PARTNERS have to be entitled to access to and use of all information and information channels that are critical to the proper functioning and directing of such PARTNERSHIP enterprises and their divisions. They must each have a right to have a substantial say in the direction in which such PARTNERSHIPS are heading. Given that PARTNERSHIP ENTERPRISES must be only multi-member corporate business entities possible in a Barbados that is headed by a certain future coalitional regime – and which our party will be part of – and given that the vast majority of national receipts are generated by business enterprises, and spent with other business enterprises – such PARTNERSHIP ENTERPRISES will be seen by the PDC as a means through which a greater distribution of nominal receipts among the various social categories in Barbados is achieved. Workers and the relevant others in Barbados must therefore help create a social organism through which they can help lead the way in achieving the aforementioned higher states of social existence, and wherefore this organism must align itself with any local political organizations that are about the achievement of such higher states of existence.


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