Barbados Post COVID -19

 

[We’re] not having a Budget or anything soon because it is just too fluid [blogmaster’s emphasis] . . . The budget was not intended to have any new taxes and therefore there is no reason for an immediate budget and we therefore will wait and see,” Mottley told media managers during a meeting yesterday at Government Headquarters.

Source: Mottley: No budget, we’ll wait and see

Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced this week the cancellation of the Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals  (budget). Some will agree with Mottley that government’s economic policy is heavily influenced by BERT and relieving the country from the annual talk shop starring MPs and Senators is welcomed.

The use of the word ‘fluid’ by the prime minister is interesting against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are fixated on the public health requirement. Policymakers must also think about positioning the country to recover quickly from the crisis.

The blogmaster hopes the reason offered by the prime minster for cancelling the ‘budget’ is the usual political flummery. Barbados finds itself in a tenuous position after many years of economic decline. Two years into BERT the COVID-19 pandemic could not have reared its head at a worse time. It exposes what we have always known – Barbados like other countries in the region are most vulnerable to shocks (exogenous). It defines an open economy.

It is the observation of this blogmaster that commenters in this forum and elsewhere experience difficulty walking and chewing gum when discussing the issues.  Of course public health safety is the priority but it cannot be the only priority.

Discuss for 25 marks how we must use another global crisis to reorder the way Barbadians do business at the household and national level.

What we have to worry about is that the virus DOES NOT force us to reorder how we manage our affairs at a national and household level. If we reorder how we manage our affairs then we would have nothing to worry about. If we continue to be lacking in vision, planning, willpower, effective leadership, active citizenship and energy we will soon regret it.

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures – William Shakespeare

This is an OPPORTUNE time to pause and reflect. This pain need not be in vain!

Donna – BU Commenter

 

 

 

 

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  • @ William
    @John A

    By the way, Barbados had a serious outbreak of cholera in 1854. Anyone got details on how the nation recovered from that? I have already mentioned the introduction of public toilets, etc.

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  • CARICOM CHAIR TO HOST MEETING ON COVID-19
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    Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, will host a special meeting in Barbados tomorrow, Sunday, March 1, to discuss ways of protecting the region from COVID-19.

    The meeting will take place in the Frangipani room at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, beginning at 12 noon.

    It will bring together some Heads of Government, Caribbean Ministers of Health and their chief medical officers, representatives from the Pan American Health Organization, the Caribbean Public Health Agency, the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

    The decision to hold the special meeting was taken by Ms. Mottley following consultations with outgoing CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of St. Lucia, after both leaders participated in two emergency meetings on Wednesday, February 26, and Friday, February 28, of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) and Chief Medical Officers on COVID-19, via video conference.

    When they meet in Barbados, Caribbean leaders will consider a recommendation from the COHSOD Working group on regional coordination for management of the virus and other infectious diseases on passenger ships.

    Chief executive officers of cruise lines and airlines servicing the region will be invited to participate in the special session. A press conference will follow.

    cathy.lashley@barbados.gov.bb

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  • Is the report true that barbados has 14 infected people on the island
    Still cant understand why Mia has the borders open
    The problem of contraction is not a maybe but when
    Only a week or so ago Barbados PM was full of confidence that barbados had no persons on the island with the virus
    A week.later and the number 14 pops up
    At the rate this virus is being contracted the entire island just might be contaminated and because of the lack of test kits available in large numbers carries of the virus can easily contaminated a great number of the population
    Mia it is time to close the borders
    Or it just might be too late

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  • Hal AustinMarch 21, 2020 5:04 PM

    @ William

    Some silly person is playing games with deleting things from certain contributors. If that is their game……it proves my assessment of them.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Some pretty innocuous posts of mine do not appear and it has been so for many months. I just figure it is a glitch.

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  • close the ports from whom?

    Who coming to Barbados to go through two week of quarantine and then another two when they return to their country?

    It to large for your pea brain to realize that the borders are effective closed?

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  • Barbados should go on stay in place lock down immediately – china style lock down

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  • fortyacresandamule

    In unprecedented times of national disaster that’s when you need a BIG STICK leader- chinese style.

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  • What a divine comedy on BU: First you scold our beloved Mia as a dictator, as a Caribbean Mao figure, as the Mugabe of the Caribbean, and now you call for dictatorship.

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  • @fortyacresansamule

    All it confirms is that different leadership approaches are required based on the situation presented.

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  • ” Sandals closing March 30 to May 15 to safeguard health of guests and team members”

    ” While last weekend pharmacies and supermarkets were sold out of alcohol the West Indies Rum Distillery has made sure that the commodity is back on the shelves.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/03/21/covid-19-puts-brakes-on-electric-bus-import/

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ Mr Hal Austin

    Hal

    You said/asked

    “…By the way, Barbados had a serious outbreak of cholera in 1854. Anyone got details on how the nation recovered from that?

    I have already mentioned the introduction of public toilets, etc.”

    In the classic vein and response of Tron the skeptic comedian you will be delighted to know that The Government of Barbados has installed a comprehensive Public Toilet

    One is located at the House of Assembly at the top of Broad Street

    And the other one on Baystreet!

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ Donna

    So you too are being censored?

    There must be some mistake!

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  • @ Piece

    I have noticed that our social historians have not commented on one of the most important events in the history of public health in Barbados. Pandemics will happen, that is the nature of our existence. The trick is to remain ahead of them.
    In 1918, the Spanish Flu, hundreds of people were dying in the UK, but the government banned the media from publishing the stories; black people may also recall the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment; and, as late as the 1970s in the UK, the NHS blood service used to take blood from black people and dump it. They are now appealing for black donors. The job of the media is to hold the powerful to account.
    The point I am making is always be sceptical of the authorities; do not let them blind you with science. Do you remember Colin Powell at the United Nation talking about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction, even when they were told by the UN officials there were no such weapons.
    Why are we so quick to believe this government about the level of coronavirus in Barbados, when they have made it clear that tourism comes top side and centre of their policies?
    The very least we should do is ask more questions.

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  • @ Piece the Legend March 22, 2020 5:52 AM

    Piece,

    As you know, I am the voice of cynical reason here.

    There is no reason to mistrust our government. Our great leader has done many things right in this crisis. The insane DLP aka Mariposa, on the other hand, wants to cut the island completely off from the outside world and turn it into a kind of blue concentration camp. We all know that we are totally dependent on capital and food imports. The DLP obviously wants to destroy society permanently, because it has also permanently lost power.

    But I wonder what will happen next. We will have a few tourists again in June at the earliest. We will lose tourism totally for three months and for the next two years 50 percent of our turnover with tourists.

    Our stock of foreign currency has been robbed only out of debt. It is therefore time to finally devalue the hated Barrow dollar. I suggest we start at a ratio of 1:3 and end at 1:10 for now, because we all know that the island is overpopulated and cannot feed on the little tourism left. To all those who are now preaching agriculture, I say that self-sufficiency is good, but it will halve the standard of living.

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  • The retailers in the UK are shutting shop.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business

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  • @ TLSN

    This is a serious crisis, not a manufactured one.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Tron
    ‘guessing’ you must have a cupboard full of Fx.
    Wondering….what should the globe’s punishment to China be, for giving us Covid?

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  • The Trumpers are coming out of the wood work. It is now a Chinese disease. What is the American disease? How about the Yanks planting the virus as part of a biological war against China and it backfired? Look at the history of the CIA in central America.

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  • “We all know that we are totally dependent on capital and food imports.”

    these fools are not even ashamed to say how DEPENDENT they are on everything, while the other Caribbean islands that they always pretended they are superior to have no such problem.

    Just finished speaking to someone from one of the other islands and they are not facing the same thing regarding food dependency at all, they will tell you they never had food problems post emancipation…WHY…because they have always grown their own food….so who are the most intelligent..

    53 years later and a pretend independence show every year and they are STILL DEPENDENT on everything..steupppss

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  • @ Hal,

    It’s a surreal, eerie feeling in the UK. Thank God that I left London many years ago. What comes next?

    We have an agriculture industry that we must both revive and add value to it. I agree with Waru.

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  • @ WURA-War-on-U,

    “necessity is the mother of invention”

    In the UK it is virtually impossible to get hold of hand sanitiser gel. A Scottish gin producer has halted their production of gin to concentrate on the production of this life saving gel. Barbados was allegedly the first country in the world to have invented rum. Another commercial opportunity missed?

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-51928392

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  • @ NorthernObserver March 22, 2020 11:37 AM

    China? Good question. Once the biological warfare ends, the real war begins. I don’t think the Americans will just tolerate the Corona mace from China, where they wade in the blood of freshly slaughtered bats and dogs in the markets.

    As far as foreign currency is concerned, I can only repeat that private creditors will certainly not accept a second debt cut after 6 months of maturity. I suspect that the natural disaster clause does not cover the Corona case. IMF and other institutional creditors will not waive at all. We are not yet as poor as the African countries of the fourth world.

    Now the local masses have to bear the losses in the form of currency devaluation. Up to now, only the creditors have paid the bill; it is now time for the masses to pay their share of the bill.

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  • @Tron

    The people have not been paying by being subjected to internal devaluations over the years?

    >

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  • @ David March 22, 2020 2:01 PM

    Of course we have all made great sacrifices. Prosperity today is much lower than in 2008, but with zero growth for 12 years, internal devaluation has not been sufficient. Internal devaluation does not eliminate our main problem, which is that we are far too expensive compared with many other CARICOM territories. An internal devaluation helps a single country in a larger currency area (e.g. USA or EU) much more than a country with its own currency, because the external value and the internal value do not coincide.

    I even represent the opposite thesis here: the Barbados dollar becomes more expensive externally due to internal devaluation. After an exchange, a foreign investor in Barbados today gets much less for a BBD than 12 years ago.

    So we should talk about this difference between internal and external currency value.

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  • You admit the people have made a sacrifice but…

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  • @Hal Austin March 22, 2020 7:20 AM “Do you remember Colin Powell at the United Nation talking about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction.”

    I did not believe the USG’s official position then. It seemed too convenient to me. I believed the UN’s Hans Blitz. The Americans needed to cut the ass of the Saudi’s, since most of the hijackers were Saudi, and Saudi Arabia is the home of radical Islam.

    The Saudis still need to have their ass cut for that.

    But when you have a lot of oil, you can do no wrong.

    If I was bad minded I would suggest that oil should drop to 1 cent per barrel.

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  • I always hated the idea of cruise ships. I never could see why one would pay good money to live in what is essentially a university dorm of 3,000 STRANGERS, while rejoicing in being fed too much food, mediocre entertainment, and losing money by gambling.

    No thanks.

    Not for me.

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  • “Another commercial opportunity missed?”

    As we have been saying all along, this virus needs PROACTIVE LEADERS….with critical thinking skills…you have none in Barbados….only dependents to depend on this and dependent on that and depend on everyone….or they would have been the first to come up with the idea….

    watch them run after the idea now but only AFTER someone else has come up with it, then they will tell you it’s too expensive to implement, but only after paying multimillions to some halfassed consultant to tell them that…

    intellectually bankrupt…as always and as usual.

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  • fortyacresandamule

    @Tron. You can’t be taken seriously most of the times. You are a comedic relief at best and an agent provacateur at worst. I have been on BU since 2010 and have never engaged in any DLP/BLP political debate. That’s your forte. Show me where I ever refer to the PM as as dictator/Mugabe.

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  • Forty,

    I apologize!!! Thanks for your correction.

    That one sentence was wrong. It should have read “certain people (piece)” instead of “you”.

    Of course I mean Piece, The legend, but also Mariposa. They repeatedly called Mia a dictator. Now Mariposa almost prays for some kind of medical dictatorship.

    Can you agree with me that there is a certain irony to all this history?

    Tron
    – always fair and balanced –

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  • Any government that would set up its Black people from the Caribbean to be exported to be treated as slaves and experience UK refined racism in the 21st century is PURE EVIL..

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