Job Creation a Must for the Youth!

The blogmaster listened recently to an extract from a speech by Minister Ryan Straughn where he emphasized the importance of Barbados investing in our youth because this is where future growth will have to originate. He was quick to clarify for those that would assume the obvious the older demographic will not be neglected given such a focus. The preamble serves to introduce the following article.


The Jobs Problem in India

Posted: 08 Oct 2019 07:00 AM PDT

One of India’s biggest economic challenges is how new jobs are going to be created. Venkatraman Anantha Nageswaran and Gulzar Natarajan explore the issue in “India’s Quest for Jobs: A Policy Agenda” (Carnegie India, September 2019). They write:

The Indian economy is riding the wave of a youth bulge, with two-thirds of the country’s population below age thirty-five. The 2011 census estimated that India’s 10–15 and 10–35 age groups comprise 158 million and 583 million people, respectively. By 2020, India is expected to be the youngest country in the world, with a median age of twenty-nine, compared to thirty-seven for the most populous country, China. In the 2019 general elections, the estimated number of first-time voters was 133 million. Predictably, political parties scrambled to attract youth voters. It is therefore not surprising that, according to several surveys, the parties’ primary concern was job creation. The burgeoning youth population has led to an estimated 10–12 million people entering the workforce each year.6 In addition, the rapidly growing economy is transitioning away from the agricultural sector, with many workers moving into secondary and tertiary sectors. Employing this massive supply of labor is, perhaps, the biggest challenge facing India

India’s jobs in the future aren’t going to be in agriculture: as that sector modernizes, it will need fewer workers, not more. A common assumption in the past was that India’s new jobs would be in big factories, like giant assembly plants or manufacturing facilities. But manufacturing jobs all around the world are under stress from automation, and with trade tensions high around the world, building up an export-oriented network of large factories and assembly plants doesn’t seem likely. As Nageswaran and Natarajan point out, most of India’s employment is concentrated in very small  micro-firms in informal, unregulated business. The challenge is to add employment is small and medium formal firms, sector often in industries with a service orientation.

The Sixth Economic Census of India, 2013, which combines all types of enterprises, shows that India had 58.5 million enterprises, which employed 131.9 million workers. Nonemployer, or own account firms, constituted 71.7 percent of these enterprises and 44.3 percent of workers. Further, 55.86 million (or 95.5 percent) of all the enterprises employed just 1–5 workers, 1.83 million (3.1 percent) employed 6–9 workers, and just 0.8 million (1.4 percent) employed ten or more workers … Further, comparing India’s formal and informal manufacturing establishments to Mexico and Indonesia reveals the true scale of India’s challenge within this sector. Enterprises with fewer than ten workers make up nearly 70 percent of the employment share in India, compared to over 50 percent in Indonesia and just 25 percent in Mexico.

To put this in a bit of context, India’s Census is finding employment of 131.9 million workers, mostly in very small firms. But India as a country has a workforce of over 500 million, and it’s growing quickly. The other workers are either working for subsistence, in agriculture or cities, or in the informal economy.

Why has India had such a hard time in creating new small- and medium-sized firms? Part of the answer is a heavy hand of government regulation.

India is often considered one of the most difficult places to start and run a business. … One of the biggest hurdles that potential enterprises in India face is the complexity of the registration system—all enterprises must register separately with multiple entities of the state and central governments. Under the state government, the enterprise has to register with the labor department (Shop and Establishment Act), the local government (municipal or rural council acts), and the commercial taxes department for indirect tax assessments. There are also several state-specific legislations—the labor department alone has thirty-five legislations.

Under the central government, enterprises must register with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for incorporation (Companies Act), the Central Board of Direct Taxes for direct tax assessments, and the labor department’s Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). Further, there are registrations specific to sector or occupational categories—for example, manufacturing enterprises with more than ten employees must register with the labor department under the Factories Act.

Based on the application or software employed for each registration, employers also must possess a multitude of numbers: for example, a labor identification number—used to register on the Shram Suvidha Portal, the Ministry of Labor and Employment’s single window for reporting compliances; a company registration number; and a corporate permanent account number. Employees must possess an Aadhaar biometric identity number, an EPFO member number, an ESIC identity number, and a universal account number.

According to current labor laws, service enterprises and factories must maintain twenty-five and forty-five registers, respectively, and file semi-annual and annual returns in duplicate and in hard copy. Furthermore, regular paperwork tends to be convoluted; salary and attendance documents should be simple but instead require tens of entries. In addition to the physical requirements of complying with these regulations—making payments, designing human resource strategies, or meeting physical infrastructure standards—enterprises also have onerous periodic reporting requirements. All these requirements add up to impose prohibitive costs that reduce the success of
these businesses.

This regulatory environment offers a powerful incentive for small firms to remain informal, off-the-record, under-the-radar. A related issue arises because payroll taxes in India are very high–for workers in the formal sector, that is.

Manish Sabharwal, the chairman of TeamLease Services, a staffing company, wrote that salaries of 15,000 rupees a month end up as only 8,000 rupees after all deductions, from both the employer and employee sides. The employer makes deductions for pensions, health insurance, social security, and even a bonus, which are statutorily payable in India and would otherwise increase costs to companies. Consequently, the take-home pay for a worker earning less than 15,000 rupees a month is only 68 percent of their gross wages. Lower-wage workers are far more affected than higher-wage workers, who are protected by the maximum permissible deductions, which lowers the amount of deductions from their gross salary. Further, though international comparisons are often difficult and misleading, a cursory examination suggests that India’s deductions are among the highest in the world and are a deterrent to businesses starting or becoming formal.

Yet another issue is that there are many programs providing support and finance to very small firms. An unintended result is that these firms have an incentive to remain small–so they don’t have to give up their incentives.

Gursharan Bhue, Nagpurnanand Prabhala, and Prasanna Tantri point out that firms are willing to forgo growth in order to retain their access to finances. That is, when certain easier financing access is provided to firms below a certain threshold (say, SME firms), they prefer to forgo growth opportunities that would allow them to cross this threshold: “firms that near the threshold for qualification slow down their investments in plant and machinery, other capital expenditure” and experience slower growth in manufacturing activity and output. The authors also point out that when banks are put under pressure to lend to micro, small, and medium enterprises, they fear the fallout of not meeting those lending targets and consequently encourage their borrowers to stay small.

Nageswaran and Natarajan argue that most of India’s informal firms are “subsistence” firms, unlikely to grow. They cite evidence from Andrei Shleifer and Rafael La Porta that few informal firms ever make a transition to formal status. Instead, the goal needs to be to have more firms that are “born formal,” and which are run by entrepreneurs who have a vision of how how the firm can grow and hire.  In India, this doesn’t seem to be happening.   They write:

Chang-Tai Hsieh and Peter Klenow’s latest work, “The Life Cycle of Plants in India and Mexico,” is instructive in its exploration of the life-cycle dynamic of firm growth across countries. They find that, in a sample of eight countries including the United States and Mexico, India is the only  ountry where the average number of employees of firms (in the manufacturing sector) ages 10–14 years is less than that of firms ages 1–5 years. It is generally expected that, as firms remain in business for longer periods, they would naturally employ more workers. In India, however, the inverse has proven true—employment in older firms is less than in younger firms. Hsieh and Klenow also find that the typical Indian firm stagnates or declines over time, with only the handful that reach around twenty years of age showing very slight signs of growth.

What’s to be done? As is common with emerging market economies, the list of potentially useful policies is a long one. Reforming government regulations, payroll taxes, and financial incentives with the idea of supporting small-but-formal businesses, and not hindering their growth, is one step. Nageswaran and Natarajan also point out that the time needed to fill out tax forms is especially onerous in India.

Ongoing increases in infrastructure for transportation, energy, communications matters a lot. Along with overall support for rising education levels, it may be useful to take the idea of an agricultural extension service–which teaches farmer  how to use new seeds or crop methods–and create a “business extension service” that helps teach small firms the basic managerial techniques that can raise their productivity. India’s government might take steps to help establish an information framework for a national logistics marketplace, which would help organize and smooth the movement of business inputs and consumer goods around the country: “Amounting to 13 percent of India’s GDP, the country’s logistics costs are some of the highest in the world.”

But in a broad sense, the job creation problem in India comes down to a more fundamental shift in point of view. Politicians tend to love situations where they can claim credit: a giant new factory opens, or a new power plant. Or at a smaller scale,  politicians will settle for programs that sprinkle subsidies among smaller firms, so those firms that receive such benefits can be claimed as a success story. But if the goal for India’s future employment growth is to have tens of millions of firms started by well-educated entrepreneurs, this isn’t going to happen with firm-by-firm direction and subsidies allocated by India’s central or state governments. Instead, it requires India’s government to be active and aggressive in creating a general business environment where such firms can arise of their own volition, and it’s a hard task for any government to get the right mix of acting in some areas while being hands-off in others.

158 thoughts on “Job Creation a Must for the Youth!

  1. Miller

    The loss of jobs to automation is greatly exaggerated, because people are needed to install, monitor, and repair machines. And analyze their outputs snd performance.

    The “older” jobs that I suggested — in construction and hotel management — are not going to disappear anytime soon.

  2. Ewart Archer October 10, 2019 4:17 PM
    “Let’s see what he delivers. But I’m not holding my breath.”
    I don’t work alone, but with a team of other Bajans who are not satisfied to simply complain. In the past couple of years I’ve been the lead in delivering over $1.6 million in investment from the IDB and EU. We have helped dozens of entrepreneurs build their companies and we have also helped several NGOs not go broke. In addition we have set up the Source Code Developer Academy as well as Kids Who Code.

    Don’t worry Ewart, you can breath easy… everything that I’m talking about is practical reality that we are accomplishing today, not pipe dreams for some time in the future.

  3. PLT

    I can see your head is fully buried in the sand. You are an ideological creature disconnected from the real world.

    You remind me of those radical feminists who insist that a woman claiming rape by a man must be believed. Like you, they are creatures of an ideology that completely controls their thinking. They do not need facts to decide an individual case because the Truth is ideologically determined.

  4. @Ewart Archer October 10, 2019 5:12 PM
    So my head is buried in $1.6 million worth of sand?? Explain yourself. All you have done so far is make ad hominem attacks with no evidence. I am a pragmatist not an ideologue… not a single one of the team members I work with agrees with my politics but we achieve huge results together.

  5. Did any one read the Covenant of Hope
    Well in that Covenant were coded words to inspire a nation that better would be done including jobs for the youth

  6. @ Mariposa

    Did any one read the Covenant of Hope
    Well in that Covenant were coded words to inspire a nation that better would be done including jobs for the youth

    Are you referring to the Covenant of Dope?

    As the 5 Drug Lords and Mia’s father seemed to be the biggest beneficiaries so far in the land of smoke and mirrors.


    Fri, 05/06/2016 – 11:16pm
    On Thursday night, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) launched their Covenant of Hope which shared the Party’s principles and visions for 2016 and beyond. The launch took place at Solidarity House in the presence of hundreds of party supporters. It was expressed that they should hold on to the lively hope that better will come.
    Being taken on a historical journey, the supporters were told of the party from its genesis, with every accolade to its merit being highlighted. This included: housing, laying the ground work of the free education that the Democratic Labour Party boasts of, and the building of the
    boardwalk among many others.

    Just about half of the candidates to contest in the 2018 elections took to the podium to expound on different aspects of the Covenant of Hope. Senator Wilfred Abrahams and Adrian Forde recited the principles of the Party, John King spoke of the BLP’s vision for a New National Consciousness, Dale Marshall spoke of the BLP’s vision for Good Governance and Dwight Sutherland read the Party’s pledge to Public Servants.

    Moreover, Ryan Straughn outlined BLP’s plan for Fiscal Governance, Jeffrey Bostic outlined BLP’s vision for a better society while Cynthia Forde and Edmund Hinkson made pledges to the children, youth, senior citizens and the disabled. Further, Dr. Clyde Mascoll and Santia Bradshaw were up next to share the party’s vision for a New Economy and Colin Jordan and Kerrie Symmonds brought it around the home stretch to share the Party’s vision for Engaging the World.

    This was soon to be followed by the leader of the Opposition herself, Hon. Mia Mottley. Mottley explained that in a time where Barbadians are finding life harder and harder, they must be reminded that there is always hope – and this hope is being conveyed in the covenant as the party has recommitted itself to the outlined principles and visions.

    Nevertheless, Mottley is taking it beyond commitment; she noted that parish by parish and sector by sector, the covenant should be taken seriously in order to work with each other to build a better Barbados. Due to the fact that all must be included, the covenant will be translated into brail.
    The leader of Opposition concluded by saying that we cannot live alone and we ought to be the very best we can be. She referenced the group as being a part of a “Joshua Generation” who will help in ushering a new sense of hope.

  8. On that fateful night the blp served up gallon jugs of koolaid and the people drank every bit
    Read and weep. donkeys
    The Convenant of hopelessness

  9. Mia Rogue Works Mottley presented her Covenant of Votes. Both of these corrupt parties bring a little nice manifesto touch to their quest to win the elections. The real fools are the wants who want you to believe that they will deliver on what they promise to do. They are passionate during the campaign speeches about how incompetent the other party is, and the moment they get into power, some change their tunes to talking about Jesus will have to bring divine intervention to fix the garbage problem across the island. The real fools in all of this is the people who continue too side for one while criticizing the next. A dozen have always been six plus six.

    • This is true for politicians the world over although some countries are able to demand greater accountability than others. We have to keep our advocacy levels up to ensure we get the best out of them.

  10. @ Mariposa

    You are spitting. Keep their feet to the fire. Words are cheap. We want policies, action. There is a world of difference between hope and hopelessness. Government, belatedly, s now dong an audit of publicly-owned land in order to dispose of it. Let us see who buys this land and at what prices.

  11. PLT…the US with all it’s flaws has 2 MILLION SUCCESSFUL BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES…pulling in high 6 figures annually…only in Barbados ya hear, black bajans can’t do this and black bajans can’t do that, they need shite people to think for them, to tell them what to do and say and all that toxic wickedness and negativity is coming straight out of the parliament and tiefing minority community..

    African descended people have alway been business minded but when ya ringfenced in a slave society with laws legislated to STIFLE and SUPPRESS black creativity for the last 60 years…….this is what you get……self-destruction…..and well deserved exposure of these crimes against humanity.

  12. @ PLT

    In 2004, I was in Barbados and approached the ministry of finance with an idea to establish a local facility for the training and awarding of Chartered Institute of Insurance qualifications.
    The then director general of the CII, Dr Sandy Scott, was so keen on the idea that he offered to provide the training books free of cost to local candidates, and was even prepared to pay for his own flight to come to Barbados to discuss the matter (I tried to persuade him that the tourist board should meet the cost).
    I rang a gentleman who identified himself as William Layne, the permanent secretary (426 3227, 436 6435), I think it was the ministry of finance, and explained the plan to him.
    Without missing a beat, he suggested it was a matter for the ministry of education. No matter how much I tried to explain I was talking about professional qualifications, all that he could compute was that qualifications equated with education.
    At the time I also spoke to a Ronald Bascomb ( and also to a newly appointed deputy permanent secretary (I believe he was in education) called Mr Reid. To cut a long story short, not once did any of those suits asked to see me; not once did they make a telephone call to the director general of the CII; not once did they suggest the director general should call them. There was simply no interest – or, better, no understanding.
    Subsequently, a group of us visited Barbados and had meetings with the central bank, and other organisations, including BIBA, and at the time was told that some German university was discussing a similar thing (what a coincidence) with UWI. We were thinking initially of t raining financial advisers and banking staff, then extending the programme.
    I am yet to be convinced that Barbados has changed from those days. It is a state of mind, what I call the Barbadian Condition. The rather plump woman from the central bank was more concerned with the fact that I wore a white T shirt to the meeting than she was with what was being said. I also got the impression that people were more interested in stealing ideas than n facilitating the venture. We all thought that.
    Young Barbadians have the potential to do world-class things, it is the time-serving mediocrities that call the shots and are holding the nation back.

  13. David

    I am not interested in politicians world over. I am interested in that little rock that had many marvelling at how well it was managed, and how fast it was progressing. Do you not understand how much I love the land of my birth? I am proud bajan, not proud European, though I have citizenship here. I am proud, proud is shite, (you hearing me?) to say that though we have had some rough spells from time to time, the management of the island was good, the people enjoyed a certain type of lifestyle that was decent, crime was at a minimum, the island was kept quite clean, and such like. Compared to what it is now, I am ashamed, a shame I tell ya when people ask me what happened to the Barbados I use to speak so highly off. We are advocating and the primary problems that everyone wants to see fixed, ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, A STRINGENT MINISTERIAL CODE OF CONDUCT, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS TO INVESTIGATE CORRUPTION WITHOUT POLITICAL PROTECTIONIST LAWS, remains in inertia or is concocted in a way that it does not hurt the sychophants. Take note at what the SSS always lamenting about, take note at the nepotism shamelessly executed during the period of difficulty and then you will see why Mia Amor Mottley will always be a rogue in the SSS eyes. I hope when I submit these posters featuring the Mottley crew, you do not do any of that shite partisan nonsense that you have been showing on here from the et al and not feature the posters. I have great respect for you, even though I cuss ya and will tell ya off, and more than likely cuss and tell ya off again. But at the end of the day, BU is doing a service to Barbados and for that, I salute you. The advocacy will continue, the SSS will continue with the Poster Protest. We will let bygones be bygones. Just make sure it is you I am talking to and not the other shite sounding David posers. When you are not on, say you are not on.

    • @SSS

      Of course however given the pervasive influence on the thinking our people whether through exposure to foreign cultures, information as it flows from open platforms I.e. with no boundaries, shift from value based to transactional approaches, pick one. It makes disruptive approaches from a few enlightened ones very difficult. The result is a dilution of indigenous thought.

  14. I suppose that you are not aware of three standard Bajan responses for anything “bad”
    Some variation of them are
    1. The D”s did it
    2. The B’s did it
    3. It happen in other countries. An example: Talk about water problems and they talk about Flint, Michigan.

  15. What they are blocking from their dumb brains…is that Flint’s deadly, toxic water, kills people…they will then tell ya, it happens everywhere…total idiots..

    now am hearing even some heights and terraces also have brown water coming from the taps in Barbados.

  16. Sorry guys but the root cause of Barbados ills is the Legal Industry which was once the Legal Fraternity. Who are the most represented in parliament? Who makes up most Boards? Who draft laws?

    In all fairness, many non-lawyers have allowed their egos to snuff out their conscience to act in the best interest of the country above self-interest

    Yesterday I had a discussion with an attorney about a constitutional breach of a government agency and he simply said to me yes the breach exists but Barbados is a small country and he needs to eat….in other words no lawyer will compromise their ability to earn by taking institution in court.

    Wrong exists because it is all about extracting money from the masses irresp[etive if its wrong and most lawyers just want a payday.

    We need lawyers but many need to get their act together and remember we paid for their education and have a conscience! #NoBeefWithLawyers #TheUnpalatableTruth

    • @Kammie

      All roads lead to a passive approach by the citizenry. We can blame lawyers but there is another group we should blame more.

  17. @Hal
    Your experience does not surprise me at all… that is why I do not ask for permission, I simply go ahead and do things that I believe will make Barbados better. If it turns out that I have mashed somebody’s corns, then I will ask for forgiveness and keep right on doing what makes Barbados better.

  18. @kammie Holder October 11, 2019 7:05 AM
    “… the root cause of Barbados ills is the Legal Industry…”
    I respectfully disagree Kammie… the root cause of Barbados’ ills is Barbadians; all o’ we. As long as we keep pointing fingers rather than looking in the mirror we will fail to make progress.

    Of course those of us who wield some power— the lawyers, the politicians, the merchants, the rich people, the landowners, the bureaucrats, etc.— bear a greater burden of the blame and shame. However when the business people point at the lawyers, the lawyers point at the merchants, the merchants point at the bureaucrats, the bureaucrats point at the rich people, the rich people point at the limers, the limers point at the church goers, the churchgoers point at…….

  19. @PLT

    Our problem, as I have said on numerous occasions, is a poverty of ideas. There is no need to re-invent the wheel, we just have to think of new ways of doing old things. But this is not the Barbadian way.
    Someone recently mentioned Singapore, but quite clearly the person has not taken time out to study developments in that country. First, Singapore has set itself the objective of being the Silicon Valley of Asia, of the leading global digital nation; having set out that vison, it has put in place the strategies to bring that about.
    It has created an educational system which emphasises STEM subject, whatever we may think about that; it has created a strong legal system (sounds familiar?); it takes 15 minutes to set up a new company online; and the government matches venture capital on start-ups dollar for dollar.
    I won’t go on, but you see the problem already? t is about social policy, SOCIAL POLICY, not wordy speeches and flaring arms and abuse. It is about ideas.
    Barrow once visited Singapore; why doesn’t our president take a team with her and go out to Asia and study what is going on? It would be more immediately beneficial to Barbados than running around Europe and North America giving silly pentecostalic speeches on climate change.

  20. Think of Barbados as a car designed by colonial mechanical engineers. They designed the car to meet the needs of the colony. They trained technicians (economists, teachers, bureaucrats) to maintain and operate the car, but they were ultimately responsible for the management of the vehicle and chose its destinations

    We got rid of the engineers and now the technicians are in charge. But the Barbados car needs to be redesigned, it needs upgrades, it needs a new destination. But technicians do not design, they are not strategic, they don’t do much analysis and they are reactive problem solvers.

    @Hal you expected to interact with an “engineer” instead you got a technician. This problem is evident in all ministries and departments, a technician moves up the ranks to be PS and we expect them to behave like an engineer, ridiculous.

    The management team of all ministries and departments needs to be separated from the civil service. It should consist of the following: An “engineer”, a process manager, a quality manager and a training manager.

  21. @ PLT

    My contribution is ideas. No more work for me – paid or voluntary – and I do not have the money to invest.

  22. Here are some of the root cause PTL…the youth ARE AT HIGH RISK for further human rights abuses, people are now getting the courage to speak out…on social media. These vile black on black crimes perpetrated by black leaders and their criminal minority bribers…cannot be allowed to continue.

    Bajans are known to be long suffering because they were socially engineered to believe that some clown will fly out of the sky to save them, now some are realizing and brutally so that they HAVE TO SAVE THEMSELVES…or they will be destroyed generation after generation by these criminals.

  23. These are crimes committed against the majority on a daily basis…as soon as they are elected, these vote begging trash turn their full hatred ON the majority,

    “1+1=2 The Equation Must Work out

    I have noted before that it is extremely dangerous having unethical and wicked leaders in charge especially in Government. They can direct a lot of wickedness to occur from because of the power they are entrusted with. I have stated how I was penalised by being reverted by stating to my Senior that I was successful with my mortgage. I have told you how I was not moved until I wrote to the Prime Minister. I have told you that the then Chief Personnel Officer, stopped my letters from reaching the Public Service Commission to cause issues not to be rectified. I have stated how I have not been paid purposely to frustrate and sabotage me. Yet these people remain leading and it is not only me that have these experiences.

    Recently my lawyer wrote to the Public Service Ministry Head regarding my pay. After that my 3 months pay.was lumped into my fourth month’s payment to take me to a higher tax bracket where over $600 in extra taxes were taken from me. Can we allow these heads of the Public Service Ministry and similar people to continue working in their positions where they can cause so much harm. These actions have caused others to walk off their jobs, get ill both mentally and physically or die. They play with people’s livelihoods.How can Barbados get better when inefficient people are placed in positions just because they are ‘obedient’ even to wrong/unethical requests.

    John Maxwell stated in his book “Great Leaders Ask Great Questions.” The asking of questions gets you to the answer and solutions. Well I asked “why don’t Barbadians speak up?”….well it is because they will be victimised. “Why don’t people do what is right?” Well they too, like me will be penalised. “How then can Barbados get any better?”
    ..This is still to be answered because it cannot get better with erroneous leaders in place. “Who will be the persons to be promoted in the system?” …. “Would it not be the persons that will follow directives inclusing the wrong ones at all cost? I think that wrong needs to be called out, those leaders and those under them that have abused their positions need to be removed and I dare say even locked up for playing with people’s lives. Even if persons do not want to do wrong as directed by their leaders, then they will be penalised but the Bible says that ‘righteousness exalts a nation” so do right no matter the penalty…God will reward you. I have my bills to pay too but my Godly principles and value system guides me and I cannot do people wrong and live with myself and besides I don’t want to reap harm later. It is time this system in Barbados and also throughout the world that is lead by evil people be dismantled by removing those wicked people for the countries and world to be better.

    I am here for a reason, those who did and continue to do wrong do it without fear. Why is that? They need to be removed and penalised for their blatant wrong. If we state 1+1=2 then the equation must come out. If leaders/the system state that when you do your work then you can be appointed and promoted then do that. Don’t ignore people that would not do wrong to promote and appoint those that would do the wrong directed. People are being penalised for doing right….I call on the people of the country to band together and fight for change if not the country cannot get any better.

    I am here for a purpose and on purpose….what about you? Do we try to change or just keep being taxed to better a country that cannot get better because of those leading it? See below.”

  24. Hal Austin

    You should be reminded that the main reason Caribbean politicians give silly speeches on climate change is that climate science and climate activism provide the revised rationale for foreign aid.

    Barbados — and most other countries in the English-speaking Caribbean — no longer qualifies for most forms of direct financial assistance offered by governments in the US, UK, Canada and the EU. Our GDP per capita is too high. We can only get assistance under special programs that are designed to help countries adjust to climate change.

    The environmental movement has our back and we have theirs.

  25. @ Ewart Archer

    You are too young to be so cynical, the president may jail you. You know what they say about empty vessels…..A speech is political noise.

  26. @Ewart
    You are completely correct about our reliance on climate science to leverage foreign aid. Our tourism industry will be catastrophically damaged by climate change, so we need to engineer a transition away from reliance on tourism over the next few years.

  27. That is what the TOXIC government yardfowl SYSTEM produces, folws who sabotage their own people on the regular because they got small island yardfowl power over each other…government family members/fowls do even worse…

    The island has now come to a SCREECHING HALT…because of this useless 60 year old system that the current government believe they can leave in the 21st century and take into the 22nd century, they have not even noticed that it has already come CRASHING DOWN…

  28. David

    Are you hearing this lady? She loves her country. She wants to make a contribution base on her training. She wants what is right. All the sentiments I share strongly. Hence the reason I am so acid against the existing governance and its continuation to improve upon the great divide. David, operatives from both political parties have operated above reproof against others on the basis that they believe they are untouchable. They do not accept subordinate suggestions or ideas to improve donkey systems. Unfortunately, she mentioned a name that is known to me, Gale Atkins. I cannot hold her to her words until Gale presents defense in light of these charges. Gale is a very sensitive and sensible woman. She is known to make hard decisions for the better and do not stand for shite unless she changed for the worst. However, she is not one to unfair anyone and she always lends a listening ear. Until Gale speaks, I am afraid I cannot believe what is being said about her. Be that as it may, I must say that this lady on here is courageous and brave. Although she has done this, I know Gale will address it one way or the other. Other than that, it is time bajans no longer coward under the fear of victimization. Shite is the name of the game in government operations and corruption is rampant and well. Would love to get an HQ picture of her. She needs she own poster. You got contact info?

  29. Even Jamaica is trying to uproot their corrupt civil servants. Mia refuses to lift a finger. The yardfowl brigade is being enabled in their wickedness against the populi.

  30. That is what NEPOTISM and YARFOWLISM causes, embedded corruption.

    Populations are fedup. In Barbados both CURSES of nepotism and yardfowlism have the parliament, bar and judiciary heavily INFECTED.

  31. Being an accountant, me thinks the lady would know if she is being ripped off of her salary and knowing how these wicked people operare with their….. we does do dis all de time, dis is how we do tings……i would be more inclined to believe this lady than those being accused..

    … i saw already first hand how these criminals sabotage each other’s efforts to progress…..never wanting to see another black persons like themselves having more, on the same level, or doing better than them….always tiefing from and disenfranchising their own people with glee…the badminded negro yardfowl…who can only do this to people who look like them but are afraid of everyone else…shitehounds the whole lot..

  32. And Caswell did warn us, these are the evil, wicked things going on in too many governmentsde partments and in the private sector who are famous for violating people’s rights, crabs eating their own..

  33. Now this is a dude Lashley i can fully understand…he KNOWS how the evil demons in the parliamant and their bribers in the minority community…have with MALICE over many decades stagnated growth and progress in the majority Black population…now they beleive someone will allow them to grab the marijuana trade and divvy it up among themselves like the SWINES that they have been and still are…let’s see..

  34. Not one red cent…the first thing they will do, is enslave the youth to enrich and benefit themsleves..

    Article by
    Barbados TodayPublished on
    October 11, 2019
    If former Member of Parliament Hamilton Lashley could have his way, members of Barbados’ elite and planter class could not benefit “one red cent” from the proposed cannabis industry in Barbados.

    The outspoken Lashley recalled that he was ridiculed when he stood in the House of Assembly and called for the decriminalisation of cannabis. He added that the main people in Barbados who should now benefit from any cannabis industry should be members of the Rastafarian community who over the years had endured the brunt of social ostracism and victimization for their use of cannabis.”

  35. Same thing we have been saying for years and it’s the Black face thieves in the parliament…STILL perpetrating the colinial menatily of stangnating their own people to line their pockets,. That is why Bajans beingb are warned…do not go and work on any plantation that is growing marijuana, you will be voluntarily enslaving yourselves.

    “Hangover Values From Slavery Hurting Us, Says Phillips

    Published:Saturday | October 12, 2019 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer
    Dr Peter Phillips
    Dr Peter Phillips

    Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips says poor and outdated colonial values and attitudes are hindering Jamaica’s efforts to achieve economic growth and prosperity.

    According to Phillips, the cultural experience of the plantation system is alive in Jamaica even though nearly two centuries have elapsed since the abolition of slavery and almost 60 years after the nation gaining political Independence.

    “Culture is a living thing and attitudes and values are passed on from generation to generation, and some of the values which our young people are carrying now are values that were formed hundreds of years ago,” Philips said as he addressed the recent West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist Churches’ western leadership conference in Montego Bay, St James.

    “Values which disrespected women in our culture, values which allow a youth to come and tell you today, in 2019, that him get five pickney and you have to ask yourself get for who?” said Phillips.

    “But when I think about the question and the answer, I realised that it’s a conversation between the enslaved and the slave master of hundreds of years ago which is living on today,” added Phillips.

    According to the People’s National Party president, Jamaicans need to understand the true story of slavery so as to turn their backs on those negative values that have no place in the nation’s current reality.

    “We must remember that for hundreds of years, we were compressed in a system which set out to destroy families, to make us believe that sex was the same thing as love and it is not, because in that old, slave plantation system, a mother loving her child is contrary to the needs of that system of production,” said Phillips.

    “If there is a flaw in the way we have approached our nation-building task since Independence, it is that we have failed to tackle head-on this pernicious, wicked inheritance that has become embedded in our culture,” added Phillips.

    Phillips promised that if his party is successful in the next general election, it will be seeking to bring order to humanity and the family structure of the country.

    “We have determined in our party that when we form the Government, we are going to set up an Institute of the Family and we are going to set up a Ministry of Social Transformation so we can change the value that has been holding us back as a country in life,” he said.

    While not getting into the LGBT tiff between the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC) and Montego Bay Pride, Phillips expressed a preference for children to be raised in a union of a male and female family environment.

    “So time come now to demonstrate to our children that all the scientific evidence showed that a child growing up with two loving parents – male and female – perform better in life,” Phillips said. “It is some hard things to talk, but we must talk them because we must take our place lining up with humanity. We can do better as a people.”

  36. Public Service is taking advantage of workers..Hopefully this lady can start a fresh life outside of that corrupt hole that many people are complaining about that they have not been paid for months.

    Human rights organizations may be the only ones can really expose this and light a fire under government. not paying people their salaries is modern day slavery..

    People are supposed to be paid when they work, who cares that all of them both the scum from DBLP stole the money from the treasury and pension fund with their wicked bribemasters, that is no one’s fault but their own, they should all be in prison anyway, bunch of wicked thieves…and bajans should not be paying for that.

  37. Gaston Browne said he found the money
    He does not have to Mia or barbados a.sss
    He has secured 40million to keep Liat from falling out of the sky
    In meanwhile Mia can get loss and hold on to the shares

  38. Compare this footballer’s mentality to the wicked, greedy, sell out mentality the leaders in Barbados have, not fit for purpose, stealing from the people to give to those who look nothing like them, letting thieves and common class minorities walk away with billions of dollars, letting tax evaders rip off the copeople and country.., ignorant and corrupt..allowing a whole corrupt government to get away with ripping off the people because the rip off the people too.

    they are so evil, look at the condition of the stadium, they do not look out for the athletes only themselves, they spent decades stealing from the people and doing nothing but lining their offshore bank accounts, them and their racist bribers..

    No matter what Mia says, she is lying. Bajans better open their eyes real fast and rid the island of these savages from DBLP who see nothing wrong with modern day slavery….5 years is too long for any of them to be there in the people’s lives….80 years is way too damn long..

    “Sadio Mané speaks:

    “Why would I want ten Ferraris, twenty diamond watches, or two planes? What will these objects do for me and for the world? I was hungry, and I had to work in the field; I survived hard times, played football barefooted, I did not have an education and many other things, but today with what I win thanks to football, I can help my people. I built schools, a stadium, we provide clothes, shoes, food for people who are in extreme poverty. In addition, I give 70 euros per month to all people in a very poor region of Senegal which contributes to their family economy. I do not need to display luxury cars, luxury homes, trips and even planes. I prefer that my people receive a little of what life has given me”

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