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Govt looking to complete customs transition to BRA

Govt looking to complete customs transition to BRA

The long-awaited transition of the Customs & Excise Department into the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) is close at hand. Without giving a specific date, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler reported this morning that Government was in the process of dealing with outstanding appointments for customs officers, while emphasizing that the BRA merger must be completed […]

Sinckler defends major tax breaks

Sinckler defends major tax breaks

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler is stoutly defending the millions of dollars in tax concessions given by Government, saying much has been gained by the island in terms of foreign investment. “Many people often look at how much money is ceded in terms of revenue [but they don’t consider how much is gained] in terms […]

Scanners coming

Scanners coming

Government is moving to better secure this island’s ports of entry with the purchase of $12.9 million worth of new scanning equipment to be used by customs officers at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) and the Bridgetown Port. Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler made the announcement this morning as he signed off on a […]

FTC explains its delay in issuing BNTCL ruling

FTC explains its delay in issuing BNTCL ruling

Nearly a week after Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler publicly complained that the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) was “taking way too long” to issue its ruling on the proposed US$100 million sale of the Barbados National Terminal Company Limited (BNTCL) to the Kiffin Simpson-led SOL Group, FTC Chairman Jefferson Cumberbatch today announced that the regulator […]

Sick building

Sick building

The island’s largest public sector trade union said it was contemplating taking the Freundel Stuart administration to court over the time it is taking to relocate immigration officers from their environmentally unfriendly headquarters on Wharf Road, The City. Following a closed-door meeting with Immigration Department shop stewards this evening, General Secretary of the National Union […]

On board

On board

Two prominent insurance executives are supporting proposed amendments to the country’s road traffic laws, saying they should redound to a reduction in motor claims and ultimately a drop in local insurance rates. “Ultimately you will see a reduction in the premium costs, but I wouldn’t see that happening right away because companies now have to […]

Transport Board talks off to a smooth start

Transport Board talks off to a smooth start

A day after Transport Board drivers staged a disruptive strike, talks aimed at resolving  their grievances got off to “a reasonable start” this morning. General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Toni Moore told reporters at the union’s Solidarity House headquarters this afternoon that even though the discussions only lasted a couple hours, the […]

BWA workers in line for more backpay

BWA workers in line for more backpay

Workers at the state-owned Barbados Water Authority (BWA) are close to receiving millions of dollars in back pay, accumulated over the past three years. In fact, General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Toni Moore is hoping the monies will be disbursed by Christmas. However, speaking to reporters at the end of the annual general […]

South coast sewage ‘nightmare’ worsens

South coast sewage ‘nightmare’ worsens

Authorities are seeking to get to the bottom of a recurring sewage problem along this island’s south coast, with Manager of the Barbados Water Authority’s (BWA) Waste Water Division Patricia Inniss reporting today that major excavation work was planned this week with a view to clearing a 55-inch micro tunnel in Worthing, Christ Church. “We […]

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