Minister Inniss’ wish list for 2018

Outspoken Government Minister Donville Inniss has two main wishes for Barbados this year – for residents to be more focused on what direction they want to take the country and for the struggling economy to return to sustainable growth.

With a general election looming between now and June, Inniss who is seeking to defend his seat as Member of Parliament for the St James South constituency, also said in the midst of the highly anticipated election he wanted Barbadians to remain “settled”.

“There is a general election that is imminent sometime in the first half of 2018, and as a result there will be a lot of upheaval – a lot of noise and a lot of rabblerousing – but in the midst of it all I hope we remain focused on Barbados and what is in the best interest of Barbados and not what is in our best interest at the individual level,” he cautioned.

Inniss fully expects the economy to remain the main talking point into 2018 but warned there were no quick fixes regardless of which party takes control of Barbados’ financial affairs. “I hope that we really are settled down very early in the New Year as a nation. The issue of the economy will always continue to loom large but I think once the election is over whoever wins, which ever party forms the government, there will have to be a continuation of a facing up to that reality and not just grandstanding and trying to adhere to false promises,” he said.

In this regard, he cited a recent commitment given by Barbados Labour Party leader Mia Mottley that the controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) would be scrapped if the Opposition takes office .

Other key stakeholders and the public have also been calling for the removal of the revenue-generating measure.

Inniss, who has repeatedly said he was negatively impacted by the high level of government taxes just like his constituents, however argued that such a suggestion was unrealistic.

“When people come and say remove all these taxes, these are the same people who will keep noise when their constituents cannot access essential medicines in Barbados. They are the same ones who would keep noise when they realize they cannot meet the payroll for the public sector in this country.

He insisted that the island deserved better.

“What Barbados needs in 2018 is a very enlightened and sober conversation, not so much only about where we are today but where we want to get to and what it takes to get there, not a lot of grand promises and grandstanding,” said Inniss.

Last night, the Minister of International Business, Industry, Commerce and Small Business Development joined fellow Barbadians in ringing in the New Year, and celebrating his January 1, birthday at his annual Old Year’s Night/birthday party at his upscale Husbands Heights, St James home.

The 52-year-old told Barbados TODAY that upon reflection, 2017 was a very challenging year for many. “Some people had challenges financially and also in their personal lives. But when you reflect on it all in spite of the challenges Barbados has remained a blessed country. Our social services still function. We still have strong governance principles, law and order is still in tact and we are pretty much a country we can be happy with,” said Inniss.

Donville Inniss and his son Kyle celebrating.

The all-inclusive $50 event, which is in its 12th year, usually attracts anywhere between 300 and 500 people. Inniss said he was satisfied with this year’s turn out, adding that he was happy that for a small fee Barbadians had the opportunity to “have nice food, party and shrug off the old year and welcome the New Year”.

General Manager of the National Conservation Commission (NCC) Keith Neblett and one of his colleagues Beverly Mayers.

“We don’t believe that we have to be spending $200 or $300 per person as I see some . . . are doing in hosting events for the night. I believe you can have an inexpensive and nice house party and that is what we always try to provide here,” he said.

(From left) Past President of the Natiinal Organization of Women (NOW) Marilyn Rice-Bowen with friends Janice Maynard and Jackie Lynch joined the New Year’s eve celebrations.

Wishing better fortunes this year for Barbados, Inniss also pledged to continue to tackle a number of outstanding issues affecting the business community including improving the environment for doing business and the vexing matter of blacklisting.

He acknowledged that while Government had to provide an enabling environment for businesses to grow, he wanted private sector operators to become more entrepreneurial and rely less on government. (MM)

38 Responses to Minister Inniss’ wish list for 2018

  1. Divine Duchess
    Divine Duchess January 1, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    U lost me at “best interest of the country and not at the individual level” sir….yall were doing this from the very inception!!! It is disturbing that you think we peasants didnt know smdh.

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  2. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow January 1, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Mr Iniss please don’t underestimate the intelligence of bajans, Surely you are aware we are capable of communicating on a higher plain than that

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  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd January 1, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    YOU FORGOT THIS WISH!!!!

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  4. straight talk January 1, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    The people of this country knows very well that all taxes cannot be removed we are not not stupid the people are concern about that NRSL that was moved from 2% to 10% causing the people of this overtax country to continue struggling. The minister of finance was give Sandals and costuless or costumore and God knows who else duty free concessions and now killing us.

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  5. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie January 1, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    One thing is sure, those of us that are part of the problem, CANNOT be part of the solution.

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  6. jrsmith January 1, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Collecting most of the 900 millions dollars , stop and search laws also enforce the proceeds of crime act and to clear our streets of the criminals , they knives , guns and drugs …….We need our politicians to be more accountable by an act of parliament……
    ………………………….Would be nice if our bajan politicians could explain to us , why is our country under attack as a tax haven……

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  7. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole January 1, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    “Outspoken Government Minister Donville Inniss has two main wishes for Barbados this year – for residents to be more focused on what direction they want to take the country and for the struggling economy to return to sustainable growth.”

    These wishes are being directed at the wrong entity. Instead of the people and the private sector, they should be directed to the PM and the MOF.

    However his insistence that residents be more focused on the direction in which they want to take the county has some merit if he is referring to them choosing a next party to lead them at the up coming general election.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba January 1, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      HEATHER HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS, I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THOSE DEGEN AH SEWER RATS LEAVE OFFICE, DE DOGS ALONG SIDE OF DE ROAD SMELL BETTER DAN DEM

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    • Neval Greenidge
      Neval Greenidge January 2, 2018 at 2:51 am

      In total agreement Heather.

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    • John Nicholls
      John Nicholls January 2, 2018 at 5:22 am

      Interesting …so the economy IS struggling. Had a conversation recently with a dlp supporter who said otherwise!

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 2, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Ali Baba ❤️ yes true

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 2, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Neval Greenidge I agree too trying to like comments something not allowing me to do that

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  8. Alex Alleyne January 1, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    There is nothing “settled” in BIM at the moment, so come election day we the voting public will turn out in record numbers to set things right. Making sure the AG no longer have a Job.
    Then and only then we all can say “OH HAPPY DAY”.

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  9. John Everatt January 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    “we are pretty much a country we can be happy with”??? Well perhaps you and your cohorts are happy with things the way they are but us minions have to pass through sewage covered streets and potholes big enough to swallow a small horse every day. We have to put up with the stink while waiting endlessly for a transport board bus to pass by all the while being splashed with sewage by big rides such as you and your buddies drive around. Perhaps the garbage is picked up regularly at your home but many of us live with the vermin attracted by overflowing garbage cans. Well, I guess this must be a country we can be happy with.

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  10. Gena Straker
    Gena Straker January 1, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    That’s my pm

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  11. Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan January 1, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    All ah wunna ministers now got alot ah wishing to do. De fireworks from last night wake wunna up to what’s coming eh

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  12. Clarence Cozier January 1, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Mr. Inniss this country is far far far SETTLED.

    Barbados will only become SETTLED after a general election and the next government starts to make decisions in the interest of the country and the people.

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  13. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray January 1, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Inniss boy i thought on your wish list woulf be getting back those millions that you loss under your watch and becoming the next PM of Barbados.

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  14. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray January 1, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Do not worried about we, we will take care of the mess that you all will leave behind in February 24

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  15. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan January 1, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Did not read your wish list but I would figure that your number one wish would be that by some miracle that the DLP would win back the government!

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  16. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed January 1, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    I wonder if he shared his wishes with his pals

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  17. Saga Boy January 1, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Bat least he does not have to wish that he will be reelected. That is a given. It will be a miracle for Sandra Husbands to beat him. Hers has been a frustrating journey so far. Even Mia did not want her to win.

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  18. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier January 1, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Why does this guy keeps reminding me of Eric Sealey

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  19. milli watt January 1, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    he didn’t wish to loose his voice

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  20. Aquarius Caddle
    Aquarius Caddle January 1, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    bloody nuisance

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  21. Belfast January 1, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    And I’ve got 16 New Year wishes.

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  22. Ãmenhotep Ka
    Ãmenhotep Ka January 2, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Boy stop playing story telling…that was when we believed in fairies and sky people

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  23. Jerry January 2, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I like Donville and he means well. He should be considered for the new leader of the DLP as he actually knows what he is doing. Time to change the Government and try to restore confidence and a credit rating to our Country. Are we better off today than 9 Years ago. His Party has set this Country back 35 years by failing to make the tough decisions. It will be a very difficult 3 years for the Country no matter who is elected but we desperate need leadership and a way forward and we have none now. Study Devaluation in Jamaica, Guyana, imagine a Barbados $ 120 or 228 to the US$. Will you be able to survive.

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  24. Jerry January 2, 2018 at 8:40 am

    I like Donville and he means well. He should be considered for the new leader of the DLP as he actually knows what he is doing. Time to change the Government and try to restore confidence and a credit rating to our Country. Are we better off today than 9 Years ago. His Party has set this Country back 35 years by failing to make the tough decisions. It will be a very difficult 3 years for the Country no matter who is elected but we desperate need leadership and a way forward and we have none now

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  25. luther thorne January 2, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Should have been Prime Minister of Barbados going into Elections: Looks like a Prime Minister, talks like a Prime Minister and has that the sensitivity but seems to have ruined his chances by waiting around. Eager 11 balked

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  26. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside January 2, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Wish you DeaD

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  27. F.A.Rudder January 2, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Happy New Year Minister Innis. I would wish that you continue to be informative and active in administration during this new year as you have been in the past. I have found most of your comments and inputs to be of a positive nature rather than negative in the direction that our nation should venture. You must inform a broader spectrum of the masses what International trade is in relations to a progressing micro economy in the global village . Information technology,business principals, and financial practices are key ingredients of your ministry. I am wishing you the very best for the New Year 2018 AD!

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  28. Helicopter(8P) January 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    One must be careful as to what they wish for! In information technology terms an input threatening the life of an animal or human being is not taken lightly and can be held against you multilaterally. Just a bit of international policy being shared with you brother.

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  29. The Oracle January 2, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    This is all so interesting, I’m weary of fairy tales regarding our country, it is time we become serious and take our country to another level. The foolish behaviour, the deception has gone on for too long and the acceptance of switching speech is now seemingly a part of a silly routine. If we have had enough of the story telling and empty words…God’s vengeance must be on hightened mode….watch out people CHANGE IS COMING!

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  30. Andy R January 2, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Marilyn you were delightedly happy at the party. Knowing you I read this one from the looks of things as taken from the T.V comedy “Bewitch” they were no Esmareldas around!

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  31. Belfast January 2, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    It is a WISH/CURSE, not a THREAT. (Robert Watts Vs the United States) But often times the ones who wishes another to die is the first to expire.

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