Is Barbados Network Helping Barbadian Nationals?

Submitted by Yesitsme (as a comment)

Let’s look at what this Returning Nationals/Barbados Network program is and is not. It is poorly run! It is designed to extract as much money as possible from Returning Bajans by making the program as complicated, inefficient and cumbersome as possible. It is run by John Blackman who is unorganized, not a people person, does not return phone calls, never available, paints a glorious picture when you contact him while outside of Barbados and then he gives you hell when your container is in Barbados at the Port and you’re trying to get it out.

You’re gouged by Agents, Brokers, the Government, the Port  and just about everyone involved in the process. The Government is looking to our retirement money on a monthly basis fuelling their foreign exchange issues or should I say crises.
We buy houses and everything involved in living here. Yes we help to employ Bajans, establish business and you could go on and on…

Bajans who have never travel do not want us here, evident by many of the response and narrow mindedness  seen on this site (I’m not blaming the site) and elsewhere. Returning nationals are giving up quite a bit by being here. Duty free on household goods and a vehicle is minor compared to what we contribute initially and over the years. And by the way, the government touted back in August that the program was being improved to benefit Returning Nationals.

The program has not been improved… has been made more difficult by the 3 to 5 year change.The only thing that has been changed is the NAME… Barbados Network, which nobody uses because of it’s non-descriptiveness. In addition, opening the program to under 50 year olds sounds good but does nothing because you would have to be doing terribly Overseas to want to return before retirement age if at all.
Those who have a parent in Barbados might want to return in order to help care for them.

The hassles, trouble, Mr. John Blackman, delays, penny pinchingness and the other negatives of the program makes it very undesirable to want to return as a National Returnee unless you have a parent you really care about, that you want to help care for.

Would I do this again….HELL NO! The small minds running the program and the greedy and incompetent government would convince me not to.

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79 Comments on “Is Barbados Network Helping Barbadian Nationals?”

  1. islandgal246 July 20, 2011 at 3:33 PM #

    @Brooks …please go and get your eyes checked. You may have a problem.


  2. David July 20, 2011 at 5:11 PM #

    Perhaps the computer is old or the resolution is poorly set.


  3. Roni Cave June 10, 2016 at 6:09 AM #

    Dearest Barbados people,
    It saddens me to hear such negativity to and from returnees in Barbados. I spent the most glorious thirteen and a half years of my life in Barbados, and then it was ripped away from me – yes there were ups and downs but nothing to what I have personally experience since. I have always kept those first thirteen and a half years in my heart, knowing that no matter where life takes me in this world, I will one day by God’s will, return home to barbados to enjoy with those who are there this beautiful gem in the caribbean Sea. I have been told by other people – I know -who are not from Barbados and have visited the Island ‘how beautiful it is and how friendly the people are. ‘
    I am looking forward to returning to Barbados, not with an excuse to return there – I’m returning because it is where I am from, and I love it, Love it, LOVE IT. Ronicave


  4. David June 10, 2016 at 6:15 AM #

    @Roni Cave

    We criticize because we want to make better. Barbados in relative terms remains a paradise. Join us to help make Barbados great again.


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