No one can argue the academic qualifications or professional experiences of many of the current DLP leadership; however I simply cannot understand “WHY” the DLP has chosen a non-strategy approach to our current economic challenges. With that said here are few short and sweet ideas from the “boys down the gap” and I:
DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC STRATEGY: Let’s “wait and see” what happens with eyes back and forth between the U.S and the U.K is not a strategy. At this point I don’t believe it will ever happen, so the walk in the dark will continue. To be fair some current ministerial leaders are trying but are hindered from reaching full effectiveness due to “publically obvious” poor leadership from the party leader.
FIOA: The economy works best with more FOI transparency (economic fact) so please release updated FOIA legislation and stop it from being blocked by Bajan elitist. Updated FIOA legislation is needed to improve transparently in key areas like government contracting of goods and services. Updated FIOA legislation would allow many Bajan small business with an opportunity to compete more effectively for business opportunities. Resist Bajan elitist efforts to delay, its time to spread the wealth beyond a few.
BRAND EXPANSION: Let’s facilitate the expansion of locally make products and services to new global markets. Mount Gay Rum is an example of a product that has not been marketed to its fullest potential which could translate into jobs in Barbados as demand increases.
TRADE: Let’s remove the lock that a select few Bajan elites have on the import and export trade. This would lower the overinflated cost of many goods and help Bajan households.
STREAMLINE AND IMPROVE GOVERNMENT: Let’s lower the size of government over time behind an expansion of our employment base gradually.
GET IMMIGATION UNDER CONTROL: Let’s get this immigration thing under control, it’s having an economic imbalancing effect on the Barbados economy.
WORKFORCE ENHANCEMENT: Lets upgrade the Barbados workforce in the areas of Information and Green Technology, this is where future jobs are.
Part (2) coming soon …. “BACK TO DOMINOS”