The Grenville Phillips II Column – "Best" Trade Agreement Ever

Ambassador Daniela Tramacere

Ambassador Daniela Tramacere is the head of the European Union (EU) delegation to the region, and has recently publicly challenged my assessment of the region’s trade agreement with the European Union.  The trade agreement is called the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and I determined that it was not in the Caribbean’s favour.

Ambassador Tramacere recited several parts of the Agreement that were beneficial to the region.  I agree that there are a great many aspects of the trade agreement that are favourable to the Caribbean region. There had to be a great many beneficial aspects in order to balance the few critically damaging aspects. Surprisingly, the Ambassador then specified one damaging part of the Agreement, namely, that a Barbadian company “can send certain employees to the EU to provide these services for up to six months at a time.”

The EPA actually notes that the contract cannot exceed a duration of 12 months and the employee cannot remain in the EU state beyond a cumulative period of 6 months.  What is the trade impact of these crucial barriers?  It essentially disqualifies persons in the construction industry from providing their services in Europe for any project over the scale of a house.

The normal profit margin for working on a house would be used in travelling and accommodation expenses in Europe.  Therefore, Caribbean construction professionals are unlikely to be competitive in small projects. However, Caribbean construction professional can be competitive on projects that cost tens of millions of dollars at the scale of a hotel, airport, sea-port, highway, hospital, etc.  However, the contract duration of such projects exceed one year – which effectively disqualifies Caribbean companies.

Just in case a Caribbean company were to be competitive on a lucrative 11 month consultancy project, the EPA effectively disqualifies that company with the 6-month residency limit.  A Caribbean consulting company would normally have one highly qualified key professional in each consulting discipline, with several junior professionals.  However, in competitive tendering, the qualifications of the most senior staff are used.

By limiting residency in the EU to 6 months, the Caribbean company would need to provide two highly qualified professionals for every competitive key post.  This would require that the company approach a Caribbean competitor to share the project.  Further, it is not like a relay race where one simply hands over the project baton.  To limit liabilities and mistakes, both senior professional persons would need to be working on the same project from the beginning.  This is not only highly inefficient, but it will ensure that the Caribbean’s tender is uncompetitive since it could include double fees for each residency post.

Despite the Ambassador’s defence of the EPA, the evidence is clear – after 10 years of the Agreement, the promised benefits have not been realised.  Why?  Because our most lucrative industry was classified as “sunset”, and sacrificed for the risky “sunrise” cultural industries.  The EU actively encourages our risky and least-likely-to-be-competitive “sunrise” industries.  Why, because they have the real prize – construction.

Perhaps the Ambassador is unaware that the EU has won and we have lost.  I cannot fault her or the EU, for they were negotiating for their interests and not ours.  We lost because of our approach to negotiating trade agreements is fatally flawed – which the EU negotiators must have realised very early.  The EU has secured the Caribbean for their children, while we have given up our children’s inheritance.

There are other disqualifying aspects of the trade agreement that are just as damaging.  If the Ambassador sincerely believes that the trade agreement is actually in our favour, then if it is found to be as damaging as I have described, then would she be willing to allow the region to correct our grave mistake and renegotiate the most damaging aspects to our children’s inheritance?

60 thoughts on “The Grenville Phillips II Column – "Best" Trade Agreement Ever

  1. Caribbean government officials lack negotiating skills, they are dreadfully inadequate when negotiating contracts, they never manage to benefit the people sufficiently. ..

    …..Barbados is woefully undeveloped as it pertains to their official’s negotiating and contracting skills, the people ALWAYS end up the losers….dont know if they do not understand contract law, which is an elementary course for any lawyer…or they are too in awe with those they negotiate with to focus on what they are reading, or they just dont understand the terms of the contract…..but something is wrong.

    The nonsense they contract always disenfranchise the people.

  2. WW&C at 8:30 PM

    I agree with you. Were the private sector bodies consulted? Were they part of the negotiating Team? They are the ones who would benefit most. I do not think that we have deteriorated so badly that the persons who are the net beneficiaries were not consulted nor were part of the negotiating panel. Just asking.

  3. Can’t you all see this is part of the capitalist class to continuously enrich the whites,so called.Black man is not supposed to play any major role in the capitalist way of thinking.He is seen as a serviceman not as an entrepreneur or a professional.Ask Cow,Bizzy,Kyffin or Bjerkham.

  4. Violet Beckles CUP Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI on said:

    The Whiteman never does anything in the favor of any non-whiteperson, Not even Ministers in the CHURCH nor Ministers in the House, Selling labor and souls is what they are there for, Still looking for a JOB= Slavery 5 bds, Work= 10 bds, Keep getting what you as for and still Bitching , Still not learn how to ask your Masters for what you want, Nothing but landless people, Wake Barbados Wake Up, They need from US we dont need for Them ,Columbus is the same coming different in 2017 same ending,

  5. Violet Beckles CUP Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI on said:

    People sick of the whitemans faces in the Caribbean , can you not see who they are sending? white women, They wont even hire a Black face to sit down with you,
    Seem like you not learn from Cahill, Different sheep same Wolf,

  6. @David at 8:06 PM…as usual you ask the provocative, ‘set the house on fire’ question … oh lawdie!

    This general rhetoric is the SAME as that from Trump that the US negotiators are piss-poor. In his view and that of earlier bloggers basically they or the regional folks couldn’t strike a beneficial deal even if they were selling cold water to travelers across the Sahara.

    Fah real!

    Why is that the “the Regional Negotiating Machinery fall asleep at the negotiating table” if as Grenville says ” I agree that there are a great many aspects of the trade agreement that are favourable to the Caribbean region.”

    I have been involved with colleagues on contract negotiations against first-world players and at all times success was based on the strength of the negotiating position and of course the knowledge, confidence and skills of the participants.

    Some Caribbean folks I have seen over the years are damn scary good and of course some aren’t.

    I have to believe that folks on government negotiating teams bat to similar averages. Surely they can’t be all bad.

    Trump’s remarks are thus absurdly off-the-mark and so too would be any others in that vein.

    Grenville also made another telling point that …” I cannot fault her or the EU, for they were negotiating for their interests and not ours…”

    That frankly is a crazy wrong concept….these country-to-country contracts should be all about providing opportunities for our small companies and consultants to play on the big field and should be skewed to our favor to facilitate that.

    Grenville needs to explain the remark viz : ” We lost because of our approach to negotiating trade agreements is fatally flawed – which the EU negotiators must have realised very early.”

    Realistically we do not have the bargaining power to force the EU’s hand in matters such as this so if they are simply negotiating for ‘their interest’ then we might as well not start discussions in our supposedly flawed way.

  7. Free trade deals between unequals are always one-way trade deal. Caricom is a prime example. Trinidad, with it’s oil and gas, is able to subsidse it’s whole business sector with almost free electricity (.05us cent per kwh) and cheap diese oil. To add insult to injury, Petrotrin sells its refined petroleum products in the Caricom market at a premium price, while outside Caricom market it sells at a discount. That is why Trinidad alone captured around 85% of trade surplus in Caricom .

    Don’t expect anything different with EPA. It will only get worse. Bidding on goverment contracts will destroy the local contractors.

  8. As Grenville knows full well, these agreements are written and handed to local officials for signature. Most of the local reps are clueless and overawed to be travelling overseas, more focused on getting into the Malls and mostly unaware of the implications that these agreements will have on local business…
    It just happens that this particular ‘weakness’ affected Grenville personally, but all those so-called ‘free trade’ agreements were just scams to allow the developed countries to kill the productive sectors of developing countries.

    They routinely come up with sweet sounding ‘Free Trade’ agreements and then introduce ridiculous health, packaging, labelling and other ‘guidelines’ and restrictions to ENSURE that we are uncompetitive.

    Because we are so addicted to their trinkets, we are forced to play their games… Those people are pass masters at the game of albino-centric materialism…. so we can NEVER win.

    Brass bowlery…!!
    We need to abandon the Babylonian albino-centric culture (as Bob would have put it), and learn to trust our own instincts.

    Only a mad man- or a fool, enters a battle where the opponent gets to choose the weapons AND to make the damn rules too…

  9. Very instructive.Preferential treatment for sugar was negotiated successfully. ACP was negotiated successfully. What is the problem now? Form and no substance? Who are we looking to to negotiate on our behalf? Are we really serious?

    • @Bernard

      Who had the stronger hand at the negotiating table? Was it the ACP countries or EU. Why were only 19 of 77 countries ALLOWED preferential treatment?

  10. Is Grenville a madman!

    Bajan construction professional firms are not well known for having any particular patents, industrial processes, revolutionary building materials, master planning expertise or any other value propositions to make them competitive in large markets, population concentrations.

    We are not even convinced that local construction processes can easily be transferred to countries which have to deal with 4 seasons, or extreme weather (Sub-Sahara Africa) etc.

    Moreover , not even the basics of project management – time, resources and quality have been mastered by the Bajan construction culture as evidenced by perennial delays and cost overruns.

    We have never seen any outfit in the Caribbean which can product a minimum of 1000 units per week, example. Or build a house in one day, as an easier task. With the exception of some villages in St. Vincent – a house a day.

    Further, we wonder how this minor issue, in the scheme of things, could attract the attentions of a party leader, so-called.

    Grenville, if you want to encourage your obvious propensity to talk shiite, it maybe better to embed that brassbowlery with the cultural norms from the places, not only Barbados, involved.

    • @Pacha

      While what you say is correct to a point it does not negate the concern express that the RNM should have ensured there was an adequate reciprocal clause as far as construction opportunity is concerned. How can the industry plan to grow expand?

  11. David

    Yours is a school boy’s analysis.

    Do you really think there could be any reciprocity in the construction trades between Europe and Barbados.

    For us the agreement deals with the reality

    That reality is the agreement recognizes that the construction culture in the Caribbean is in its infancy, and will always be.

    How many builders, workmen have spent a lifetime doing bad work in Barbados.

    Grenville himself, has previous argued, rightly, that 90% of the structures in Barbados could not withstand a cat 5 hurricane.

    There are no capacities to even quickly rebuild from a hurricane.

    These are contradictions.

    • @Pacha

      You are missing the point. If the EPA design affords the opportunity for the RNM to ensure a final agreement that encompasses key sectors of our business we should have reasonable expection for its inclusion. COW Williams Construction for example has built roads in St.Lucia and a few islands in the Caribbean. Who is to say there is not the pathway to grow into the opportunity. The bottomline is that the EPA has not been taken advantage of and the RNM did not execute an agreement that is fairly reciprocal. It is all academic anyway.

  12. An industry can plan to grow by first fixing all the problems in construction at home.

    Do you think the Europeans would put up with the shiite that passes for good work in Barbados, or the people who do it.

    The whole culture from top to bottom needs a revamp.

  13. Sugar and Banana was negotiated successfully because there was no reciprocity. And even then, we struggled to fufill our quota. You wait and see, USA and Canada will soon want a similar EPA deal. No more preferential agreement. Strictly, reciprocity .

  14. @ Pacha
    While you are correct in your assessment, the point Grenville is making relates to the deliberate disconnect between fair and reasonable reciprocity in the agreement. Who is to say that there does not exist a local outlier that could penetrate the European construction market if given a level playing field?
    With the agreement, this is not even possible.

    These agreements are the modern day equivalent of offering to sell guns to the Indian in exchange for their birthrights (land and mineral rights). The Indians took the ‘deals’ with the expectation that this would have resulted in fair trade (battles), but then realised that bullets were not forthcoming as needed…

    We all know how THAT exercise ended….

    Any modern Black people who trust these peoples with their future, and who are fools enough to toss away such birthrights as their land, their trading rights, and their local production ownership, …FULLY DESERVE whatever the hell they get in return. If we cannot learn from history then we should expect to repeat it…. and hopefully when our grandchildren escape from THEIR coming slavery, they children may learn from OUR idiocy…

    What Bushie would like Grenville to discuss is how HE proposes to deal with these multilateral trade agreements….

  15. David


    COW has been doing work in the islands for decades

    So, why would the EU need to be involved in these relationships between regional states?

    Indeed, many Caribbean firm and people have been doing all the time.

  16. Interesting…..on the one hand we are saying that our highly educated technocrats are incapable of negotiating deals for our construction industry and on the other hand they did a dab job on bananas and sugar.

    Another blame game……in the final analysis we the people are responsible for our own destiny…….one day we will collectively start to take an interest in matter around us and take action.

  17. Another confusing article, and, as Pacha alluded, delusional into thinking that Barbadian construction firms could actually compete with European firms for construction jobs in Europe. Can local construction firms even meet the risks and insurance, and bonds? Clearly the EPA isn’t focus on construction as a whole (for obvious reasons), but components such as architecture, interior design etc. From my limited knowledge of EU consultancy firms, I believe most contracts for professional services (other than construction) are less than 12 months. Not to mention skype, dropbox, facetime, conference calling, emails etc etc. Identifying one aspect of the agreement, which seems unrealistic, to label the agreement as bad seems like nonsense. I wish Grenville would tell us what impact EU construction firms and professional service providers are having on local businesses.

    • @enuff

      How is construction defined under the EPA? You understaWhy OSA wanted a transition period of 25 years?

    • @enuff

      Do you recognize this statement?

      “It was always intended that the CSME would challenge and make more competitive the operations of Caribbean enterprises by confronting them with faster, deeper and of broader liberalisation in their regional market, arising from the CSME, than they would have to face as a result of the commitments we enter in our bilateral and global arrangements.

      Here lies the essential link between the programme to create the CSME, and the work on our new external economic realities. However, the link is being broken.”

  18. “Grenville himself, has previous argued, rightly, that 90% of the structures in Barbados could not withstand a cat 5 hurricane.”

    Which means Cow’s work is also mediocre and shoddy, his roadworks are crap and designed to last 3 years until the next contract, the firm that builds roofs which Maloney heads also does crappy mediocre work, they do npt have the skills or talent for building that one would find in Europe….and if unable to build efficiently for perpetual summer temperatures in the Caribbean, how can they build for harsh winters in Europe when they have no knowledge of those specs.

    ……the one sided agreements contracted by unskilled officials is disgraceful to say the least, that includes all other contracts,.

  19. “It was always intended that the CSME would challenge and make more competitive the operations of Caribbean enterprises by confronting them with faster, deeper and of broader liberalisation in their regional market, arising from the CSME, than they would have to face as a result of the commitments we enter in our bilateral and global arrangements.

    What an empty statement………fullsome and puerile……saying nothing.

  20. @ Enuff
    Boss, you should not underestimate the professional competence of Grenville’s engineering firm. If you did some research you may find that among the partners have been some world renowned experts in the construction industry with specialities in hospitals, earthquake construction etc….highly respected in Europe and North America…and with international agencies like PAHO etc.

    Just because mediocrity abounds in brass bowl land (and runs things), does not mean that sparks of brilliance do not also exist.

    Grenville’s main problem may be that he mistakenly thinks that the kind of brilliance that deals with predictable engineering issues with prescribed SOLUTIONS, can equally be applied to deal with the brass bowlery of human ‘beens’…..

    It DON’T WUK so….
    People are just TOO foolish and unpredictable….. take Vincent for example… LOL 🙂
    Besides there are also SPIRITUAL issues at stake….

  21. Bushtea
    No one is underestimating the competence of local engineers. Competence, however, isn’t the only ingredient necessary to compete.

    I am no EPA or CSME expert (as Bushie believes lol) but I assume OSA wanted a 25 year lag time to “catch up”. Making Caribbean enterprises more competitive is portrayed as selling off silverware.

  22. @ Enuff
    Competence, however, isn’t the only ingredient necessary to compete.
    Another CRITICAL one is a level playing field.

    Bushie NEVER said you were a CSME expert, but that you were “totally and completely misguided” on that subject.
    OSA wanted 25 years so that we could continue in the begging mode, depending on preferential treatment and handouts.

    Can you imagine the leaders of a country COMPLAINING that they were being seen as too well off to keep on begging for international handouts?
    We had PMs of this country going around complaining of no longer being able to BEG … because the place was doing too well…
    OHHH Shirttt!!!

    Naturally those same shiite leaders have now taken us back to the place where they can be comfortable again….. talking alms …this time from the Chinese… while still owing the former benefactors…

    REVERSE development led by brass bowls.

  23. Bushie

    Chuckle…..ah see duh truffe duz hurt…..cuddear……run to BBE fuh sum guidance an SPIRITUAL advise…..wha’er dah iz… looks like yuh sorely in need of it.


    Some say the white man came from above oh oh!
    That is if you believe that supernatural stuff. UFO
    The locals treated him not like a beast
    Like the three wise men from the East

    Like how Columbus founded the West Indies
    Then try to convert the poor Indians! Please!
    When that failed they went buffalo butchering
    Leaving the Red Indians starving and cowering

    Coveting land from humble folks with their flags unfurled
    Settling up their own towns and villages all over the world
    But in their wake they left many in tears day after day
    All over the good land which was never theirs any way

    They maltreated many a people who cried long tears
    Someone got to be punished for we know God cares
    You can sing, and run and jump with all your might
    For karma is bitter sweet when it comes back to bite

    When some countries got their freedom
    Their governments thought they’re dumb
    They too tried to do like the Caucasians
    Who maltreated the local Amerindians

    They built cities and made kingdoms
    Living it up drinking coke and rums
    They lived the good life like the imperial master
    As they too put the little man on the back- burner

    As their own folks live in poverty
    Amidst their masters’ proclivity
    For years the people took it and did nothing
    The doers willfully neglecting them sneering

    The reapers of the ill gotten gains in their castles in a moat
    You take it staying quiet for you don’t want to rock the boat
    Tears have been shed every day many going insane
    And someone has to pay, here comes karma again

    Living the likes of a hog as they shed tears of joy
    As they plot and scheme to carry out their ploy
    Wives, mothers and children became high brows
    Covered from head to toe as their belief allows

    But the poor farmers keep toiling and trod on
    Eking a miserable living to bring in the bacon
    And months became years and fades
    And decades ran into more decades

    Until the people ran out of tears
    They swear and shed their fears
    Their anger reached every man, child and wife
    For all they ask for is just to live a simple life

    Their anger reached a pitch they want to get even
    They were ready to face torture of even an AK47
    The cry for freedom and democracy was in the air
    And every man in South East Asia wanted a share

    And so in Tunisia, one day in a little town called Tunis
    Using a format called Facebook the locals found bliss
    The folks sent messages to one another
    Innocently talking and in serious chatter

    When Muhammad Bouazizi, a farmer doused himself in kerosene
    Which was seen all over the world to show his wrath of that mean
    Ben Ali, dictator who lived like a hog for over 27 years
    As unemployment grew, people die shedding long tears

    All about their welfare and hardship in rage
    Actually, bottom line they wanted a change
    Citizens were called to silent arms and demanded democracy
    Ben Ali trembled in his boots but stuck to his despotic policy

    And when the smoke cleared the dictator was kicked out
    The people rejoiced as they sang tears of joy and shout
    As they pray and hope for a better tomorrow
    But the fires were burning all the way to Cairo

    Hundreds and thousands were alerted who care
    And they all met at the famous Tahrir Square
    And the words that went out were “We have taken up
    Enough of this, we’ve to bring this nonsense to a stop”

    The news spread like wildfire all the way to Benghazi
    But was trampled by tanks, guns of an insane Hosnie
    And Mubaruk refused to budge as the people persevere
    Strengthened by the victory in Tunisia they didn’t care

    T‘was do or die they made up their minds shouted out their demands
    To oust Mubaruk after 30 years of stealing the wealth of their lands
    Eventually he packed up his bags and left after 30years of conniving
    As the Muslim Brotherhood stood silently on the sidelines watching

    The fires had already spread to Libya a kettle of a different brand
    Democracy was a word Muammar Gaddafi could never understand
    As he dined with prostitutes in Cannes in Europe like a leech
    At home he ruled with an iron hand banning even free speech

    Bucket a guh a well everyday, one day
    Eh battam guh lef my Nannie used to say
    As Tripoli seethed and the people protested
    As men women and children were slaughtered

    Using jet fighters, tanks and mercenaries from Africa
    As his own soldiers refused to kill their own in Libya
    Hiding behind his high walls madly raving
    With his two evil sons aiding and abetting

    After 42 years of wallowing in the Libya’s troughs he can
    He said he’d kill any opposer to the last woman and man
    The world is shouting that this is a crime against humanity
    But all words fell on the mad ears of a man bent on insanity

    As the UN and the USA threatened and warned
    That no more innocent Libyans should be harmed
    Gaddafi answered by sending planes to shoot at oil rich Brega
    Threatening before he goes he’d burn the oil wells of Libya

    I said we get the Gov’t. we’ve chosen
    Sometimes the voters are left frozen
    And they have to put up and abide
    Their time and flow with the tide

    Cause they’re evil forces at work out there
    And the innocent are cornered in dire fear
    Like what happened in the 1960’s in Guyana
    When the British stealthily agree with the USA

    To stifle the PPP and oust Dr.Cheddi of Guyana
    For they thought Guyana would be another Cuba
    History has proved after 28 years Cheddi was not
    But Burnham was and that was what Guyanese got

    In Africa and Europe dictators arose
    All eventually got the peoples’ blows
    Those who don’t have it want it
    But really can they handle it?

    Democracy is what they want
    They shouted give us in any slant
    In the garage we want a good motor
    An oven, a stove and the refrigerator

    A detached home is so so
    A townhouse or a condo
    A job in the bank and money inside
    No matter what they promise to abide

    We see water it’s not a mirage
    We also want a car in the garage.
    Many times we have seen great incorporations
    And the architects ending up in incarcerations

    Look back in History with the great Mahatma
    When he and Jinnah were fighting for one India
    Jinnah caused India to split is a fact
    He was the brains of the Luknow Pact

    Jinnah never wanted an Independent India
    He was too violent even rejected satyagraha
    Every time Gandhi preached cooperation
    It was met with the Lahore Resolution

    The same thing happened in Guyana’s PPP
    When the Muslims rejected the Jagan’s Party
    In that case the CIA’s puppet Mr Langley
    Gave Richard Ishmael $2.08M for perpetuating the 80 day strike
    Also to the Muslims and the Trade Union Council and their like
    The Muslims split the Indian vote and formed a PNC coalition
    Joined with Burnham who later kicked them out in jubilation

    Greedy rulers from Stalin  to Mussolini
    From Ben Ali to Mubharak to Gaddafi
    And the others in poor Africa
    Even Burnham from Guyana

    All have one common denominator
    And that is the built in greedy factor
    Their coffers are bare yet they spend much on war
    Their people go hungry as the leaders dine on caviar

    Even the educated started our good then made a mess
    This shows greedy rulers can’t rule I have to confess
    How can these so-called leaders sleep deep at night
    When their people sleep with a bug infested plight

    When they practice the opposite what’s preached in Mecca
    Covering their women from head to toe sheltered by Sharia
    Laws as they defile and use other women like play things
    Paying top dollars for sexy women who party and sings

    They pray 5 times per day pointing towards Mecca
    As they bank the people’s money to be used later
    At the Cayman Islands, Swiss or the country they all hate
    Or just invested it in stocks and bonds and in real estate

    Since the last time we spoke
    Some thought it was a joke
    Since then we saw the fall of the South East Asian Empire
    A dire land of totalitarians and some secular pundits for hire

    Tempered by monastic vows
    Treating their women like cows
    Governing wretched peoples yet who sneered and applauded
    Praying to their God when the Twin Towers were bombed

    A people who always want the green US dollars
    But funneled the money for domestic owned wars
    And sat and took it decade after decades
    As that part of the world became Hades

    Fast forward to Toronto in Ontario, to live
    With the Liberal Party vs the Conservative
    You would never believe politicians can be so sick
    One would surely think one is in a Banana Republic

    Wasting and covering it up is the order of the day
    And all the poor taxpayers don’t have a darn say
    Billions of dollars wasted to save their party some seats
    As erasing tapes and emails done secretly at their meets

    The fists would fly and guns would be drawn
    But all dumb Ontarians do is smile and yawn
    But really you have to blame it on the naive lesbians
    Pride has voted as a block maybe they got the billions

    They wasted so many billions on their latest dumb hydro*
    Scheme asking us to foot the bill $585M for their fiasco
    Their last budget is another spin of chicanery
    Digging a hole for their death to the cemetery

    When the people put party before sound economics
    It always come back to bite them where it ticks
    Only time would tell in the next few years
    But then it may be too late for long tears

    Kathleen Wynne, a Lesbian, Leader of the Liberal party, a cohort of Dalton Mcguinty who prorogued the gov’t when he was the leader and about to be dethroned, left to teach at Harvard University, after creating a corrupted nepotistic debacle with our Hydro system, leaving the txpayers with a $585M debt. Wynne’s popularity dropped from 60% to 12% and going down. She refused to quit /resign, but time is not on her side. Bajans beware! Take care of your people and they would be loyal to you.

  25. Dear All:

    In response.

    David: The RNM “experts” considered the draft agreement a secret, so they refused to share it before it was signed, despite repeated requests. I eventually obtained a copy from the Europeans, because they wanted as much feedback as possible before they signed. See the following link to the initial article to which the EU ambassador objected.

    Bush: The EPA was an inheritance for our children. We gave away our children’s inheritance to the children of the Europeans.

    Enuff and Pach: Clearly you have no idea what the Caribbean construction industry is capable of, or what we have built. Perhaps the RNM were listening to similar uninformed comments when they were negotiating the EPA.

    Best regards,

  26. The negotiators on the island lack negotiating skills, they are idiots, everything is a secret from tge people, while EU and US negotiators are intelligent enough to know you MUST have feedback from the PEOPLE, but the idiots for negotiators from Barbados run off and sign secret contracts and ALWAYS lose…..they have no shame, over and over they do the same stupid things like they got a curse.

  27. I am sure Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Galliford, Laing O’Rourk, Skansa, Bouygues, Lend Lease, Ogilvie et al were trembling in their boots.

    • @enuff

      What you failed to grasp is that to get to a point (in this case standard) in the future you have to begin readying to achieve it from today.

      It is why Arthur was negotiating for a 25 year transition with the EPA and it is why companies using the CSME space as a playground was/is important to perfecting the process. Strong international companies have a strong domestic market presence.

      Do you know when VECO was given the contract to build the Dodds prison it had no domestic record of constructing prisons?

  28. Good management is the key. To manage well you have to listen,read and understand . Understanding is the bedrock of wisdom. It is not about the politician it is about the people. You must serve the citizens , not self.

  29. @ Enuff
    Don’t be silly now…. it does not become you….
    Referencing large, first-world-based infrastructure companies is a childish red herring.

    Further research will show that EACH one of these giants started out as nobodies, and were able to grow to impressive heights, thanks to opportunities which they grasped. Most of these first-world organisations enjoyed unfair advantages, thanks to third world leaders who, like you apparently do, have no confidence in the abilities and potentialities of their own people, and also to unfair trade agreements like the moot.

    Bushie recently interacted with some highly acclaimed educators at a certain European university, who were – to a man, convinced that the bushman COULD NOT have been educated in the Caribbean…. LOL the whacker is multi-cultural 🙂
    Given the same opportunities that they were, Bushie would likely now be a senior EU leader…. instead of whacking brass bowls like Vincent, angela and Alvin….

    All things considered, a fair analysis could well find that a few local companies perform better than many of these international giants …. pound for pound.

    Give Jack his jacket.
    Grenville is a brilliant engineer and he is correct about the shiite trade agreement that we signed.

    Now… can we get together and cuss his proposed ‘SOLUTIONS’ style political philosophy?

  30. Crooked UK Lawyer

    Scheming Linda Box forced the historic Yorkshire solicitors to close down Box, 67, stole millions from client accounts at Dixon, Coles and GillBox even stole £63,000 of Church of England cash belonging to the Bishop of Wakefield’s Fund when she was a registrar and a ‘pillar of the community’She was jailed for seven years at Leeds Crown Court after admitting fraud

  31. So when will the local thieving lawyers be locked up fir stealing client’s money, that is a bog blot of dosgrace on Barbados, thoeving lawyers, thieving Michael Carrington……….apparently again.

  32. ….that is a big blot of disgrace on Barbados, thieving lawyers, thieving Michael Carrington….et al.


What this world would be
Without our women
Don’t be stupid, dummy
There would be no men
For behind any ordinary man
There is a good woman 
There would be no world
No country
No flags to be unfurled
So empty
For women bring love into play for all
This sometimes adds to man’s downfall
What would the world be without fashion
It would be a real mess
Living in a bomb-shelter without ration
Seeing a man in a dress
It would be like a hive without bees
Living in a desert without any oases
Imagine a world without any bikini
No G-string
It would be so barren, no beauty
A sad thing
There would be no healthy beach
And nothing for all men to reach
No matter how man prays to the above
He’d be left with a world so barren
He would never be able to fall in love
In a world so dull and foreign
It wouldn’t be a world but a big joke
Like drinking good rum without coke
Men would be left facing the wall
For men without women
There wouldn’t be any Taj Mahal
A cock without a hen
It would be a sad, wretched world indeed
And men would have no use for their seed
And those commercials about hygiene and Secret
For which men have no need
They say their pH-balance don’t make them fret
For which men take no heed
But whether they use Massengill or wear panty-hose
A rose by any other name is still a bleddy rose
Men would surely go robust and bust
The macho stereotype so sterile, so vain
What would men do with all that lust
Like going the other way in a one way lane 
That’s one sensation of which they would be deprived
Which can’t be replaced no matter how they contrived
Without women there’d be no heartbeat
Men’s hearts would not last very long
That would be the cause of men’s defeat
There would be no love in their song
Their world would be in monotone
With poor men’s hormone all alone

    No night life without night-gals
Boring, boring
Men can’t have fun with their pals
I’ll be snoring
It’s women who maintain the balance and checks
And men can’t live without this opposite sex
Men would not need bedrooms
No marriage no honeymoon
No brides and no bride-grooms
Like a song without a tune
Then men may really learn a thing or two
For without women they can’t find a clue
Finally last but not least
A man without a woman
Will resort back to a beast
And become a lesser man
Sailing a sunken sail-less ship without a mast
In a planet just hit by a nuclear holocaust.

  34. Bush Tea March 25, 2017 at 9:33 PM #

    @ Bernard Codrington March 25, 2017 at 8:20 PM
    What is this Boss…?
    Cliché time?

    Very inspiring, but not saying a pang….!!!

    HAhahahaha….muh belly…….COMPREHENSION bozie……..QED

    Ah duz keep tellin yuh effen yuh climb yuh tail expose an yuh gine git whacked.

  35. Hi David:

    The decision to give the prison project to VECO was perhaps one of Barbados’ most short sighted decisions. The lost opportunity for Barbados was very significant.

    Best regards,

    • Agreed Grenville. Imagine if the local consortium was given the contract to build Dodds how its Customer List when responding to RFPs would be enhanced.

      Hope enuff and Pacha following.

  36. Post-Brexit UK-Caribbean Trading Relations: What are the options?

    by caribbeantradelaw

    Alicia Nicholls With the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May due to formally begin the Brexit process by the Article 50 notification this Wednesday (March 29), it is worth considering what are the possible options for future Caribbean trading relations with post-Brexit "Global Britain". Moreover, should one of the options be participation in a Commonwealth-wide free trade agreement (FTA)? […]

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    • @Hants

      At this juncture do you think the MoF needs to make a public statement regarding how recent actions that will delay Hyatt and BNTCL sale will have on government’s finances?

  37. The MoF has a responsibility to make a statement to the people of Barbados.

    However it seems the MoF and the PM are the ” strong silent types”. lol

  38. The NIS from inception was under the control of the Prime Minister’s office.From the advent of Stuart as PM and Sinckler as MoF the control was moved to the Minister of Labour Dr Byer,a neophyte in things Finance and Wealth Management.This has allowed the Board of Directors of the NIS to pull the wool over the eyes of a Senator who has no say in money matters of government because it’s a cardinal principle of our system of governance that money matters cannot originate in the Senate and a Minister of Finance must be a member of the Lower House.How come a Senator who failed to garner enough votes to gain a seat in the Lower House now has oversight,stewardship and responsibility over a Fund of 5 billion dollars of taxpayers pension funds.Can this woman be imprisoned for failing to account for the proper management and oversight of this important asset?The answer is blowing in the wind like the words of the cabinet.

  39. @Grenville

    The Ambassador’s article in today’s BT is a forced response to your attack of the EPA with the EU?

    How do you reconciled with government’s response that struggling Caribbean economies has affected EPA take up.

    BU’s inquiry is how will the trigger of Article 50 affect the arrangement. Has DOMREP benefitted?

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