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 thoughts on “Barbados Labour Party One Year Later

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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


    Watch and see what is happening


  5. To John A:

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

  6. 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.

  7. Puff Enuff tho tho

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

  8. @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?

  9. 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

  10. 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.”

  11. “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

  12. 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.

  13. 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)

  14. 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.

  15. @ 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.

  16. “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.”

  17. @ 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?

  18. @ 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.

  19. 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.

  20. @ Dame,

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

  21. 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?

  22. 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.

    • @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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