Barbados Labour Party One Year Later

For the next days and perhaps weeks there will be palaver about how effective the policies of the Barbados Labour Paty (BLP) have been since taking up the office. The conversation is reminiscent to what follows the annual 11+ exam. It is a must do exercise for ‘stakeholders’- including the media- to purge themselves of any accusation of not delivering on the mandate.

Given the perilous state Barbados finds itself both on the economic and social fronts, it is a challenge to speak with certainty whether measures implemented so far by the one year old government are gaining traction.

If you separate the political noise- loud as it is- there is justifiable concern that although the Mottley government has been active by attempting to tackle the gargantuan debt situation by restructuring, moving with urgency to apply a temporary fix to the sewage issue on the south coast, rationalizing SOEs, drawing-down development loans to fix crumbling infrastructure, dusting off out dated Town Planing legislation, addressing thorny issues like local and regional Transportation (LIAT, Transport Board), breathing life back into brand Barbados by increasing visibility on the regional and international spaces. This is not meant to be exhaustive. A review of the BGIS portal archives can assist with listing government’s effort to date.

A concern of the blogmaster however is a lack of similar energy as it relates to communicating the state of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS),  operationalizing a transparency framework to include Integrity (anti-corruption) in public life, FOIA, political campaign financing, a relevant Public Accounts Committee, Auditor General’s office and related projects.

This concern about the NIS was heightened with a recent public  assurance delivered by Chairman Ian Gooding-Edghill that the NIS is financially healthy. What does his statement mean if we compare to a 2017 IMF report – NIS Reserves Projected by IMF to be Exhausted in 2037 – UPP Candidate Craig Harewood Muted by VoB?

Government needs to do more to encourage people to become investors and create ä Barbados that works for Barbadians – President, Barbados Economic Society

In a related matter is is encouraging to listen to Opposition spokeswoman on economic affairs Senator Cristal Drakes not intimidated to discuss the pros and cons of devaluing the Barbados dollar. Her position was supported – not directly – by President of the Barbados Economic Society (BEC) Simon Naitram. He is on public record promising to dispassionately debate the issue on the BEC website in the coming weeks.

Sorry to disappoint a few members of the BU family who will want to look at the numbers from all angles. Not to forget about the social fabric of the society also busting at the seam. Has the time come for us to focus more on the Vision/Strategy positions of our governments? If we hold our leaders accountable for the Vision the supporting tactics may be better understood. What is the REAL Vision/Strategy of the government for Barbados?

The blogmaster is unable to grade the government A, B, C or D at this stage. To use a race horse analogy – the horse has ‘lathered’ nicely in the paddock before the race, outcome unknown.

 

 

269 comments

  • @ John A

    The chairman speaks with such authority about things he knows nothing abut. He is not privy to the discussions and knows only, what is in the public domain. Unless I am wrong, of course. If so, he should say.
    Are we talking about a digital currency? If so, what is the discussion?

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  • @John

    Did you read what was at the end of the link posted above which details the ECCB BITT Inc partnership?

    In simple terms if you visited the bank or other authorized seller, you will be able to request EC dollars in a virtual form i.e. on your mobile device instead of paper to wallet in your back pocket. What is so complicated to understand?

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  • Hal at last someone willing to discuss the bigger issue!!

    Yes I am discussing the issue in the bigger picture of trade and practicality. Let me show you what i mean. We have several currencies in the region all with different values, some fixed and some floating when measured against the USD. So if I in Barbados am being asked to sell product to Jamaica say and be paid in Caricoin, unless we can tie the Caricoin let’s call it to a neutral currency how can a trade occur?

    So can we say on the onset that this Caricoin ( yes that’s my word lol) must be tied to a standard currency acceptable to all as a begining for a discussion?

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  • David
    Good luck.

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  • The venture is an initiative between the ECCB and BITT Inc. If the pilot is successful it becomes an opportunity to shop it around the region. We are not where you want to be yet but it is possible if central banks across the region buy in.

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  • If for the long haul we tie it to the EC dollar we have already limited its value as a trade option

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  • @John A

    How do we limit the value?

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  • David not limit but standardise a value against the USD.

    I can’t sell to Jamaica in a format tied to an EC dollar when neither of us trade in them. The 3 biggest markets are Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana all with their own currencies
    With Guyana having the potential to be a monster based on their new found oil wealth.

    If we tie to the EC dollar Carixoin will go the same road as the Caricom Travllers Cheques of the eighties, Remember them?

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  • The “Youtuber” asked who is Freshfields. Try Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Google it. 🤣🤣🤣

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  • Caricom travellers cheques failed because?

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  • They were around in the 70s or 80s and it was hoped we would use them when travelling to all caricom members. Then Jamaica and t
    Trinidad stopped taking them because they said they were losing money on them and that they had no tradable value outside of caricom. So where they could get paid in US travellers cheques and use them to buy foreign supplies etc the same couldn’t be said for caricom travellers cheques. So once Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana said ” we done wid dem,” the market left was just too small to make keeping them practical. Of course the politicians had a whole other excuse.lol

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  • David my question to you is how practical to you is it to fix a payment method to a currency that your 3 largest trading partners don’t use?

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  • @John A

    The blogmaster’s intervention is to assist with demystifying the project has nothing to do with bitcoin.

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  • David got another question for you too, how popular do you think Bitcoin would have been if it WAS NOT traded on the market in USD?

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  • @John A

    Will not comment ab out bitcoin, it is at a nascent stage of development and operates in a highly speculative space.

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  • David now that is as logical as saying I discussing Toyota and not the Model T ford which is where the motor car for the masses all began and the said Toyota followed on from. Wheel and come again friend.

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  • @John A

    No because bitcoin has nothing to do with the partnership with the ECCB.

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  • Ok you don’t want to touch the bigger picture let’s go back to Carixoin and answer my question of 6.34 pm

    How practical is it to tie a new payment option to a currency that our 3 largest trading partners don’t use?

    Awaiting your response.

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  • @John A

    Why go to the 3 largest trading partners? Why not work with the sub region? How significant is this slice and what is the potential for growth and maybe act as a catalyst for monetary transformation in the region? Is that big enough for you?

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  • David ask any business man who does business in caricom if he could exist without trading with Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana and Barbados. That’s right include us too cause we have our own currency as well.

    The answer is a resounding “No can’t make it without them 4.” Trust me I played in these backyards for years. It applies to all ventures too not just CARICOIN.

    If you think LIAT loses money now, remove those 4 territories from them and then you will see losses grand mur as we say in Bim.

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  • @John A

    “I don’t see how the Bitcoin is going to work in a region where you have so many different currencies, with 3 of the largest players all having their own currency which changes and are not tied to the USD like the EC and Bds $. Plus as you start switching in and out the USD, somebody has to lose on the exchange either the receiver or sender.

    Who knows it may become no more than a digital moneygram in the end. I for one have no faith in it as its way too volatile and dangerous an investment for the long term investor. If you are trying to hide money from taxes or have other questionable earnings you want hidden, well maybe Bitcoin is for you, providing of course you don’t mind losing 20 % of it along the way.”

    Excellent
    I am not privy to the inside information that the blogmaster has, so I can only speculate on the direction which I believe CBDC will take.

    Given the number of currencies we have in the Caribbean as you mentioned above, we would of necessity have different CBDCs. The only advantage I can see at this time that instead of having local dollars in your pocket, you would have local dollars on your phone. I see this as the first stage only and am not convinced other plans have to be in the works as this does not represent a significant advance in how things are done now.

    They are a lot of areas that need explaining…
    We are not talking about paper dollars but about digital dollars.
    Transactionsin CBDC will probably be free at first, but at some stage fees will be implemented. Remember the promises of the ATM.
    We still have to work out how to exchange them e.g. Trinidadian CBDC and Barbadian CBDC
    What will be the role of private banks?
    Will citizens accounts be now at the central bank?
    Is this attempt to lessen our reliance on foreign private banks?
    What if the full role of Bitt?
    This could be an area of fruitful discussion and I wait to hear what others with more information/knowledge in this area has to say.
    Waving your fingers and being dismissive is not helpful.

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  • @John A

    You make the assumption that one swallow does a summer make?

    You start with the quick win and build.

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  • *and am convinced
    *Transactions in CBDC will probably be free at first,

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  • We do not have enough information to have a prognosis, but I have the feeling that win or lose, somebody is going to make a lot of money.

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  • @ The0gazerts I go back to the attempt at implementing caricom travellers cheques in the 80s. The idea was good on paper but it’s life long term was doomed as it had to deal with at least 4 different currencies and even more central banks. To create a platform and say we know it can’t work with everyone so we going only work with 30% of the market, seems a waste of time. It’s like Bill Gates saying I only plan to sell Windows in Florida not the USA.

    How ever I look at this it don’t make no sense. I know David doesn’t want to look at Bitcoin but to understand the application and issues around crypto you have to look at the original one. I maintain if they did not trade on the market tied to the USD they would have died already. Don’t care what anybody says at some point crypto got to redeemed for real money and what better currency than the USD?

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  • @The0gazerts another point too there can not be a trade imbalance on the few islands using Caricoin either or it will not work.

    In other words if island A sells to island B and Island B does not sell a similar amount to island A or another participating island what will happen? Island B will end up with a surplus of Caricoin in their system. How then does island B liquidate this excess of virtual currency if it is on the losing end of a trade imbalance?

    So you see how we back to the comparison to the caricom travellers cheques of the 80s?

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  • The failure of the Caricom travellers cheque- and you can google it- was the tedious reconciliation process to manage the settlement process. There was also the inability of some countries to honour the debt. How does comparing Caricom travellers cheques to what the virtual currency being piloted in the EC? Based on what we know it is being offered at the individual level. Do we have enough info to close our minds to the project? We need to ask for more information.

    Hopefully you have removed from the bitcoin confusion from the equation.

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  • Talkin bout tings dem doan onstand. Confused, confusing and confusion.🤣🤣🤣

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  • There is no confusion David except in your mind. You want to look at this caricom experiment in a vacuum as opposed to opening your mind to the global movement and issues governing crypto, that to me is ludicrous.

    Every single spawn of an original idea starts at the original idea. Whether it be mankind from Adam or the LED bulb from the original bulb first created a century ago. If you are unable or unwilling to accept that, then the very essence of improvement and progress along with the theory of any form of evolution of products over the years has been dismissed by you. As a result I will leave you with one final example to prove my point on the human mind and I trust you will think on it, as deflection is not an alternate to discussion.

    You no doubt have a fridge in your house, it may be a GE or other brand but you go to the fridge why is that? It is because it still 80 years later takes its name from the brand FRIGIDAIRE one of the original refrigerators. Next time you spill something remember to Hoover it up. Would you like to know why we say Hoover it up instead of vacuum? If you still fail to understand the reason for always comparing a product with the original, then further discussion is pointless unfortunately.

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  • president Enuff..ya very happy, who yall sabotage or SETUP…or rob???..lol

    ya done know everybody now frighten for yall and those set ups…ah mean everybody…since yall decided that ya so bad ya went global setting up everybody left and right…

    yall don’t need any nuclear bombs or anything ya deadly and dangerous without all of that already.

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  • “There was also the inability of some countries to honour the debt.” You clearly didn’t read my comment when I said if a country collects more crypto than it can trade in and it can not be sold as a hard currency ,it will not be able to redeem the value in real terms.

    So wait how long you feel an island could continue doing that and not find itself where it can not honour the debt.

    if I keep sending you cheques and you can’t cash them boss how you going pay your own bills?

    All you have done tonight is deflect the issues and refuse to broaden the issue for discussion. You want to look at a product not yet created in a vacuum as opposed to looking at the leading product globally which has been around for years. I can’t agree with your myopic approach but you are entitled to your opinion as I am to mine

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  • “Talkin bout tings dem doan onstand. Confused, confusing and confusion.🤣🤣🤣”

    Is that your full contribution
    🤣🤣🤣
    #SillyHashtagWasMissing

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    At 5:01 John A asked “Suppose someone has a largr stash of bitcoin and they pass without a will how do surviving relatives go about retrieving without a password?”

    The short answer: The won’t be able to retrieve the valuable stash.

    The long answer: https://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/a-ceo-died-he-never-shared-his-passwords-now-his-customers-are-out-190-million-that-cant-be-accessed.html

    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/bitcoin-exchange-quadrigacx-password-cryptocurrency-scam-a8763676.html
    Bitcoin: Millions of dollars of cryptocurrency “lost” after man died with only password

    https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/02/04/canadian-ceo-gerald-cotten-dies-with-passwords-to-unlock-crypto-clients-190-million_a_23661485/
    Canadian CEO Gerald Cotten dies with passwords to unlock crypto clients $190 million

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Answer to John A’s question of 5:01 p.m.

    Short answer: They won’t be able to retrieve it.

    I am a complete financial idiot, beyond “Is the mortgage paid” “Are the utilities aid” “Is there food in the house”

    But I know a thing or two about human behaviour, and my question to you would be “Why would anybody hide their passwords from their nearest and dearest?”

    As soon as my children turn 18 they receive the keys to my house, the keys to everything in the house, my PIN numbers, and the passwords to my phone, my computer and to all of my social media accounts. And before my children turned 18 my sisters had these details.

    Another question to you, if you can’t trust the children whom you have raised with these details why do you trust “other people’s children” with your money when banking? With you life when getting surgery? With your health when eating out? With your life when negotiating traffic lights? How do you know that somebody else’s son or daughter will stop at the red light?

    Why do you think that other people’s children are more trustworthy than the ones whom you have raised in your own home?

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ John in one of his more reasonable personalities

    You said and I quote

    “…If you are trying to hide money from taxes or have other questinable earnings you want hidden, well maybe Bitcoin is for you, providing of course you dont mind losing 20 % of it along the way…”

    Bitcoin is hiding money you say?

    What sort of money needs “hiding”?

    Drug money? From Drug Lords?

    And why would you be suggesting this?

    Barbados does not have any drug lords so you are speculating surely?

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  • Piece i wouldnt venture to guest at here but don’t take my word, check the US Government’s concerns about Bitcoin and money laundering and drug trafficking.

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  • Sir Simple you are thinking as I would in terms of where our assets can be confirmed by a lawyer or banker. So let’s say savings accounts, checking accounts etc. When you talking about trying to cash In a virtual currency the rules change totally.

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  • Sir Simple let’s say you died and your will was read and your daughter inherited your savings. She wouldn’t need your pin number or passwords to get the money. The will and her attorney would be able to get the money as the law will see to it.

    If you had it in Bitcoin and say you caught a vapse and changed the passwords and forgot to tell her, do you think your bajan will and local lawyer will be enough?

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  • Piece the Legend

    I wonder if all wunna noticing this

    “…Will not comment ab out bitcoin, it is at a nascent stage of development and operates in a highly speculative space…”

    No less than 15 responses on Behalf of Bittcoin JUST LIKE IF HE IS BITCOIN’S PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER!!!

    So you see why many of the bloggers are concerned about his allegiances?

    This is not dispassionate discussion but de MAN talking like an investor

    AND ANYONE WHO SAYS SOMETHING CONTRARY TO HIS SCRIPT IS BEING CASTIGATED

    Watch and see what is happening

    Heheheheh

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    To John A:

    Google Gerald Cotten to see what happens when the only guy with the password to crypto currency accounts dies

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    The long and short of it is if i am going to be robbed, i would rather be robbed by my own children, rather than by a banker or lawyer, or the state, lolll!!!

    The bankers, lawyers and the state are all “other people’s children”, and i can never be sure that their parents raised them ethically.

    Mine were.

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  • NorthernObserver

    “It is called the Public Finance and Audit Act (2019) passed since January 2019!” posted by Enuff.

    Help me, I cannot find this Act.
    In Nov 2018. Min Straughn announced the existing Financial Management and Audit Act was to be REFORMED.
    https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/financial-management-audit-act-to-be-reformed/
    The list of documents laid before Parliament
    https://www.barbadosparliament.com/document/documents_laids

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  • Public Finance Management Act not Public Finance and Audit Act. My error.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Puff Enuff tho tho

    Puffy, where can I find the Public Finance Management Act no Public Finance and Audit Act?

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Enuff
    My point was, names aside, the intent to reform an existing Act was stated, but subsequently no reformed Act has been laid? In other words, the Act has not yet been reformed?

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  • lol…president Enuff…who gave u wrong info..

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  • Exactly what did yall do THIS TIME that there is more information on social media about you than normal. WHAT DID YOU DO…we know you can’t help doing crap..AS A GOVERNMENT…but something else is at play here..

    just remember…

    i know none of you
    i don’t want to know you
    i smile at everyone…does not mean ya are my friend…am just friendly like that
    ya don’t know me…and let’s keep it like that
    not a fella can ask me anything…cause AH DON’T KNOW ANYTHING

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  • johnny boy the racist wants to relive these evil actions in the lives of black people…but WHEN the script flips, guess who will be enjoying the view..

    https://scontent.fbgi3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/61227934_10219259278297973_1082177655165419520_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_ht=scontent.fbgi3-1.fna&oh=99e34a3895805532db8564982be517e5&oe=5D8F2F3E

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  • oops..wrong thread

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  • MsEU MM
    Here is an extract:
    “The Auditor-General may refer matters for consideration by the appropriate authorities including the Director of Public Prosecutions, Accountant-General, and the Police where the Auditor-General has made a decision that a referral is necessary.”

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  • “oops..wrong thread”

    so whats new

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  • It might be good for president Enuff to see some hanging….bring some focus…lol

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  • “If you had it in Bitcoin and say you caught a vapse and changed the passwords and forgot to tell her, do you think your bajan will and local lawyer will be enough?”

    Lost the password and has a Bajan lawyer…. even less chance of seeing a penny

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    PuffySnuffyEnuff

    Thanks darling. Now can you just direct to the act so I can set my eyes on it? Want to see what other goodies Rogue Works roll out with her intention to protect the public purse. Opps Sorry, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.

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  • How did Singapore become one of the top smart cities in the world? Read on to find out more about the city-state’s success formula.

    Singapore’s got a case of the smarts.

    Medicine-dispensing robots, police patrol drones, driverless cars, and weather sensing lamp posts are now part of the daily lives of its inhabitants.

    Armed with smart tech and digital infrastructure, Singapore is marching straight into the future. Recently, the country beat Dubai, Los Angeles, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul to emerge first in ABI Research’s Smart Cities Competitive Assessment report of ten global cities in 2018.

    Business benefits of smart cities – where technologies are used to improve performance of urban services – are absolutely tangible, affirms Mr Steffen Sorrell, Principal Analyst at Juniper Research. A smart city “creates a more liveable place for citizens, which in turn creates a more favourable environment for business competitiveness,” translating gains in productivity into bottom lines.

    Mr Alex Lau, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Singapore-based smart city technology firm Anacle, confirms rising traction: “Governments across the region are increasing budgets for the digital transformation of cities, which encompasses a wide spectrum of technologies, from digitalising information to online platforms to smart offices and housing integrated solutions.”

    With compelling benefits for adopters, more cities are looking towards a smarter future.

    What it takes to be a smart city

    What is behind Singapore’s smart city secret sauce? Mr Sorrell, Mr Lau and Mr Chew Men Leong, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of ST Engineering shares the four key ingredients in the city-state’s success formula.

    Be smart at heart

    It takes more than technology to build a smart city. Singapore’s policies and people create a tech-ready ethos across the nation.

    Singapore’s Smart Nation project is one example of its embrace of tech. In 2017 alone, funding for tech amounted S$2.4 billion (US$1.7 billion), financing programmes such as a nation-wide Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Nation Sensor Platform, transforming 110,000 lamp posts into an interconnected network of wireless sensors for smarter mobility and security services through predictive analytics.

    Top in Asia Pacific in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2019, Singapore’s IT-savvy population stands at the ready to adopt smart technologies. S$70 million (US$50 million) is being spent on deepening talent and skillsets in areas such as data analytics, tech-enabled services, and cybersecurity.

    Making technology a way of life has real impact, saving each Singapore inhabitant 125 hours annually, reports Juniper Research. “Singapore is in quite a unique position,” shares Mr Sorrell. “It is the only country in the world which has a nation-wide policy for what a smart city should look like.”

    Incubate state-of-the-art tech

    Named the most innovative country outside Europe in the Global Innovation Index 2018, Singapore boasts a high density of R&D partners, including world-class universities, leading multinational corporations, and startups. The country is home to 13 innovation centres, outnumbering Silicon Valley’s ten, reports Capgemini.

    The nation walks the talk in early-mover technology innovation and adoption. The world’s largest fintech hub, Lattice80 was set up here, while trials of the first self-driving taxis started as early as 2016. The country’s open approach to data encourages crowdsourced innovation, shares Mr Sorrell, pointing out how over 100 publicly available land transport authority data sets have been deployed by developers of over 40 mobile apps.

    “For companies looking to drive bottom line growth, such environments open opportunities for various industry players to test technology readiness, community adoption and economic viability of smart city solutions. Singapore, being the top global performer in smart cities, is an excellent ‘living lab’ to testbed technologies”, notes Mr Chew.

    Partner smart

    The right collaboration with smart tech partners gives Singapore an advantage.
    Nation-wide initiatives are executed collaboratively with industry partners to accelerate adoption and solve practical problems. Anacle, a smart estate management and energy solutions firm, spearheads the Smart Office Living Lab government initiative, which fast-tracks continuous implementation and evaluation of smart systems in operating environments, creating technology blueprints for implementation across the country.

    “Few people know this, but everyone in Singapore has come into contact with Anacle solutions at some point,” shares Mr Lau. “Singapore has a comprehensive, multi-pronged digital roadmap that supports the transformation of the city, allowing new ideas to be implemented quickly.”

    Anacle’s Simplicity suite of smart city management solutions are deployed in retail malls, schools, data centres, town councils, and even military camps, providing end-to-end field force automation and data analytics for maintenance, safety and supply chain operations.

    Grow smart networks

    Singapore’s smart ethos, ecosystem and partners are plugged into global networks, with prospects for synergy, scalability and export beyond its shores.

    “Smart cities are really about a collaborative approach — not only in terms of the agencies within the cities themselves, but also between cities themselves — and I think that such collaboration will be one of the driving forces of future smart cities,” shares Mr Sorrell.

    SEA’s networked smart cities are only getting smarter. In 2018, the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) was launched across 26 pilot cities, creating opportunities to share data and best practices, create open-source tools, and expand business networks.

    ST Engineering, a global technology, defence and engineering group headquartered in Singapore, is leveraging such networks. The firm has completed over 500 smart city projects in 70 cities, and is an invited partner in the ASCN network. ST Engineering’s integrated smart city solutions suite, CitySense, tackles mass urbanisation demands such as road congestion, physical and cybersecurity threats, energy inefficiency and utility wastage, key challenges to be solved across SEA.

    “Every city has unique demographics, physical, social or economic conditions, and it would not be feasible to expect a one-size-fits-all smart city solution,” says Mr Chew. “Instead, where cities and innovation ecosystem participants can learn from one another and collaborate, we can synergise and speed up the creation of urban solutions.”(Quote)

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Hal Austin

    Singapore is breathtaking. You forgot to mention smart public transport system on Public Service Buses, notwithstanding smart bus stops as well. It enjoys an open and corruption-free environment, stable prices, and a per capita GDP higher than that of most developed countries because it was given a vision and the government pipe millions behind that vision to bring it into fruition. It has an incredibly low unemployment rate as well as poverty levels. The country is focus on improving its poverty numbers by diving into the reasons for what is contributing to the poverty factor within the home environment. This is a country that is talking the talk and walking the walk. Makes you wonder what Barbados has been doing for so many years that we brag about our development, but yet you cannot see what it is that we were developing.

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  • @ SSS

    This is the sad thing about Barbados. We could have been so prosperous. LKY had a vision for that swamp land when it got independence in 1965, but we were too busy trying to punch above or weight.

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  • “Homosexual Relations
    The legislation on “Outrages on Decency” criminalizes same sex relations. This law used to be under the umbrella of “unnatural sex” or sex “against the order of nature.” Violators of this law can cost the offender up to two years in prison.”

    “Caning is not only used to punish criminals but also as a disciplinary measure in schools, the military, and in the domestic scene.”

    ” Chewing gum is banned in Singapore”

    “First time offenders who throw small items like cigarette butts or candy wrappers are fined $300.”

    ” The Singapore police is authorized to run a random drug test on both locals and visiting foreigners.”

    https://www.goabroad.com/articles/study-abroad/singapore-laws-to-know-before-you-go

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  • “But, to borrow from Mr Symmonds, Sandals has contributed in a major way “to the uplifting of the social and economic fabric of Barbados.” So puerile, political posturing put aside, it would seem the concessions given to Sandals were indeed worth it.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/05/30/bteditorial-sandals-has-so-far-been-a-barbados-success-story/

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ SSS

    @ Hal

    What is life and living like in Singapore? Are the people happy?
    Hal , how come you are not living there? It seems like Heaven on Earth to me. What is holding you in the UK?

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  • @ Vincent

    How do we measure happiness? I was happiest as a little boy playing Lilliputian cricket. There is only one Heaven on earth, and that is the Ivy. I would love to take it with me where ever I go. Hell is the Heigths and Terraces – and the people who populate them.

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  • I don’t think the Singaporeans welcome foreigners like Bajans do. They are usually ostracised and there are tensions between the locals and immigrant workers. there was a big riot when an Indian man was killed by a bus a few years ago.

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  • @ Dame,

    There are tensions between Indian Singaporeans and Chinese. Only in Barbados do they take multi-ethnicity seriously.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Vincent Codrington

    With the type of stats coming out of Singapore and an economy that growing beyond dreams imagine, the people have a lot to be happy and proud of. Are you happy with the prosperity of our little island and the fact that while we are punching above our weight again, many are bellyaching because of the sacrifices that punching above our weight required?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    The stats obviously cannot convince SSS nor Hal A to commit to living in Singapore. Bajans love to punch above their weight and we are happy doing it. May that attitude endure for ever. Those who take short cuts will in due course reap their just reward. Time longer than twine.

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  • William Skinner

    Backpedaling on Hyatt; back pedaling on Sandals…………….

    Duopoly Rules

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  • A Smaller version of this bus would be good to run from Oistins to Speightstown.

    https://toronto.citynews.ca/2019/06/03/ttc-electric-bus-regular-service/

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  • Hyatt? The Gov’t is pulling out all the stops and its full steam ahead

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/240020/crown-land-hyatt

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  • @Sargeant

    According to the PM the requested social assessments were submitted and additional land space compulsorily acquired to make the project more relevant to the overall plan for Bridgetown.

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