National Insurance Fund in Critical Condition


After the dust settled yesterday evening at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Sandiford Centre (LESC) Prime Minister Mia Mottley confirmed in flowery language what some in this medium and elsewhere have been alerting the public. The National Insurance Fund (NIF) on its current trajectory will be unable to honour its obligations to persons eligible for benefits from as early as 2034 – that is a short 12 years.

Briefing on the state of the NIS Fund (10 Aug 2022)

Was Prime Minister Mottley quoted in the press correctly that she was alerted to the danger faced by the NIS in June 2022 by actuary Derek Osborne? Surely the Prime Minister does not believe some of us are so gullible? That aside the blogmaster is pleased on the occasion of the availability of the 17th Actuarial Review of the National Insurance Fund, Unemployment Fund and Severance Fund as of December 31, 2020 it has finally been positioned on the front burner. 

A bone of contention has been the inability of the NIF to produced up to date financials. We learned yesterday during the press briefing at LESC the challenge is linked to reporting cash and accrual items and is being addressed by the NIS Board and Auditor General’s office. Again the promise of when current financials will be available is cloaked in non committal language. Although the NIS continues to struggle to produce current audited financials the prime minister’s message is correct, the structural problems afflicting the NIS looms large and must be the priority 1 concern.

The key takeaway from the briefing yesterday is that in a short 12 years the NIF will not be able to pay benefits to those eligible IF reform measures are not taken in the short term. With an ageing AND shrinking population there are limited corrective options available that will not be ‘painful’- add an underperforming economy to the mix and houston, we have a problem. 

Source: NIS

That it has taken so long to get to where we are today is bound up in politics but we are here now. Better late than never some say. Deputy chair of the NIS Board Rawdon Adams appears to have a grasp of the problem and seems earnest in his comments to move the matter along. We wish him and his Board of Directors well. The NIS is our rh life line.

236 comments

  • @Bush Tea

    This is open to interpretation.

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  • @ David,

    To be clear. I am one of those who chose NOT to become a career civil servant.

    Never had the discipline to be a loyal employee and spent most of my working life a ” contract employee ” or self employed contractor.

    My lack of discipline has caused me to have to retire in Canada and not Barbados.

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  • @David,

    Without condoning poor policies and therefore management, which have created this issue, I do think that except for a few countries, the idea of retiring reasonably early is now a luxury for most.

    The existing glabal economic challenges will make the situation worse.

    To solve it properly, one has to look at the economic structure, reliance on heavy consumption and heavy debts.

    Remove the consumption and debts and the issue is softened.

    We need to consider our lifestyles / consumption.

    And reduce the burden of mortgages / rents.

    That last sentence is loaded.

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  • “There is no doubt in my mind that the official pensionable age will increase. Among other measures.”

    Crusoe

    Could you please explain what would be the rationale behind increasing the “official pensionable age,”……

    …… if the official retirement age is currently 67 years old, but, a person could retire at age 70?

    However, bearing in mind a person has the option of retiring at 6o years old, perhaps one of the measures that may be considered is taking another look at ‘early retirement.’

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  • Artax,

    Meaning full pension will only be paid at 70, unlike currently.

    And therefore the scale on early retirement would also shift.

    Yes, this also impacts pensionable years…..to be factored in.

    If course, Bushie has alluded that this is all moot, he may be right.

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  • On early retirements,

    Just adjusting the early retirement age should not matter to the fund balance, unless the upper full payout age is also adjusted, no?

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    Barbados has many problems, one of which is an older workforce that is not being replaced by younger people who are high in the unemployment numbers. 30-0 not once but twice is more a rejection of DLP than an affirmation of BLP. But, stupid sniff sniff comments by one smart ass shows Barbados does not deserve to be an Irie Land like Jamaica, where the weed come from, the weed grow long, the collie burn strong, the land where the spliff them stiff, the collie so strong and people plant it, reap it, eat it, burn it, love it, irie, dread.

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  • Barbados can’t dub
    Yes you are a cunt

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    “…For the CRASS, low-life, Symmonds to cuss them too…?”
    generational….

    Indepence 101….DEPEND ON NOTHING AND NO ONE..

    FOLLOW NOTHING AND NO ONE….only sheep/followers need leaders and shepherds….

    and if in doubt…..LOOK WHERE IT GOT WUNNAH…..

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  • @Crusoe

    It is a conversation we should have separate and apart from the NIS. It is a key underlying threat to our way of life.

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  • @Crusoe

    Regarding changing early retirement requirements, there would have to be a reasonable period of grandfathering.

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  • Well, we cannot blame the Queen but we can hold motley Mottley responsible, it’s her watch.

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  • Fascinating revelation from 2021!!

    “The $124 million invested in Four Seasons by Government was not written off because Prime Minister Mia Mottley was the lawyer involved in the project.

    This was made clear by Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Ryan Straughn, who has maintained that Mottley had no say in whether that money would be taken off the books.”

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  • Let me make it clear to all. The post that appears (above)August the 12th 2022 12:47 PM was not posted by me William Skinner.
    I hope , that if necessary, the Blogmaster would be able to state that post did not originate with me.
    Thanks
    William Skinner

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  • Crusoe August 12, 2022 11:34 AM #: “Meaning full pension will only be paid at 70, unlike currently.”

    @ Crusoe

    “As a result of Pension Reform and the introduction of flexible NIS retirement/pensionable ages, persons MAY RETIRE on a NIS pension AT ANY RANGE from 60 to 70.”

    “Late retirement up to a limit of age 70 would result in increases in pension at a percentage equal to the rate for decrease for persons opting for early retirement. The adjustment rate has been set at 0.5% for each month earlier or later than the NIS pensionable age.”

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  • Based on what I have been seeing here dem suggestion boxes must be overflowing, keep em coming the more the merrier.

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  • @Artax,

    In my initial comment I said raise the pension age, along with other measures.

    So yes, the sliding scale for early retirements will need adjustment to compensate.

    But that alone will not be enough and the age of full benefit retirement will still need to be increased.

    Add an earlier comment I made re say a 5% cut in retirement benefits and there will be a significant impact.

    Add again, another earlier comment on the potential investments and income streams, that is also relevant.

    No one measure will be enough.

    But this is all vanilla financial management, the numbers need to be worked by the actuaries. Of whom there are many.

    Just surprised that none of these highly paid financial consultants could draft a skeleton plan for the actuaries to work with.

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  • There is also another relevant aspect to the overall scenario that no one has mentioned.

    Very topical. Will see where I hear it first.

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  • @David,

    Separate from the NIS only in so far as to generate a succssful strategy for the fund.

    But the NI is a part of the whole enterprise and in conquering new frontiers, we need to assess holistically.

    On a related point, we may be telling people to work longer, so is now the time to also change working practices, for example, a four day work week instead of five?

    Most trial programs thus far have shown increased productivity. These are with pay remaining the same.

    So we ask people to work longer, but improve conditions.

    This should be even more acceptable to all parties, after the Covid timeouts etc.

    Tech improvements also enable better working processes.

    This IS the conversation that should be held now.

    It also ties into discussions on healthy lifestyles, food production, entrepreneurship etc, where working people will have more time for multiple efforts.

    THIS is where we need to be going.

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  • @Crusoe

    Agree, it has to be a holistic approach.

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  • @ David
    Thanks.

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  • Actually, Don Marshall’s suggested shorter work days. I bet productivity would not drop one bit since few work to day’s end anyhow. Many leave to pick up children from school.

    The time they save, he thinks could be used for entrepreneurship, family activities healthy pursuits etc.

    Who knows, it might even imcrease productivity.

    There is more than one way to skin a cat. We have to study the Bajan context rather rely on overseas studies.

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  • Barbados must capitalise on its geographical location and become a greater maritime, air, commerce, trade, travel and cruise hub, says Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.

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  • HantsAugust 12, 2022 5:30 PM

    Barbados must capitalise on its geographical location and become a greater maritime, air, commerce, trade, travel and cruise hub, says Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Like what it was in the days of sail which allowed us to punch way above our weight …. but those days are gone.

    … sorry, that was the days of slavery!!!

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  • NorthernObserver

    @John
    And not a single mention by either former Senator McClean nor Min Straughn about THE LAND. Who owns the Land? The Aud Gen said the Land registry showed the land ownership had been transferred but he could find no funds related to that.
    There still has been no explanation on how every RH loan could be defaulted on, and now these (very bad word) politicians are talking about the same project again?
    What a bunch of morons. One or two of them need a bullet to knock some sense into them.

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  • @David “Was Prime Minister Mottley quoted in the press correctly that she was alerted to the danger faced by the NIS in June 2022 by actuary Derek Osborne?”

    How else could she know until she had the FACTS, the actuarial report?

    By guessing?

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  • John A @6:46 AM “Truth is none of the medicine to fix the fund will be pleasant.”

    This is not so.

    From my days of baby making I seem to recall that the act of copulation typically engaged in to begin baby making is a great deal of fun, and not at all painful. In fact it is more pleasurable. more fun than anything else in this world.

    I can’t believe that we Bajans have become so lazy that we are unwilling to make our own people, and now looka we will have to import ready made people from abroad, like we import Canadian flour and Turkish sunflower oil. In the good old days we knew how to make babies, cassava flour and coconut oil.

    We do not have an economic, political or financial problem.

    We have a sex problem. Perhaps we have come to prefer imported virtual sex instead of the local warm, messy, old fashioned thing which gained my parents 9 children, and 70 years of companionship. But we don’t need messy human companionship anymore, not when we have our imported “devices”

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  • The 2017 report indicated the NIF was in a southward trending.

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  • Tell me wise guys which political party has ever advocated pro-family/pro-natalist policies????

    Which party???

    Tell me.

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    tief not, want not..

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  • @David August 11, 2022 7:33 AM “The blogmaster is going with what is trending”

    Shouldn’t the blogmaster be going with what is the TRUTH?

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  • What the PM admitted to be advised in June was indicated in the previous actuarial report and commented by Walter along with several blogs posted. You may have the last word.

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  • @Donna August 11, 2022 7:37 AM “As for mendicancy? Don’t only look down, look up! They must be following the leaders, ent dat wuh yuh suppose tuh do?”

    It was Pierre Trudeau, I think, who referred to the “up” class as corporate welfare bums. A man ahead of his time maybe?

    Does Barbados have any corporate welfare bums?

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  • William Skinner August 11, 2022 9:40 AM “The taxpayers were saddled with paying a man for at least six months, to do a job he was given by the PM. The man quit and not a single word as to why.”

    Maybe he quit. Maybe he was fired. Neither he or the PM is saying.

    But clearly there are some people who do not wish to work with the PM. This has always been the case for every single PM, and will ALWAYS be the case.

    We are born, we pay taxes, we die. Nobody says that we have to love any PM.

    Some of us don’t love our parents/siblings/spouses/children.

    So why do we act surprised when a PM is not beloved by all?

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  • @David August 11, 2022 8:24 AM “There has been discussion here and elsewhere if too fleeting that the NIS and Central Bank should be ring fenced”

    So David as the old saying goes “who will guard the guards?”

    So will be the guards at the fence to ensure that “thieves do not break in and steal?” Another old saying.

    Looks like dishonestly had long been endemic in human societies.

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  • William Skinner August 12, 2022 7:48 AM “anybody , who was not interested in party bull shit would have seen this coming at least thirty years ago or before.”

    I worked as an enumerator in the 1990 census, and I certainly saw it coming. I enumerated 500 rural households, and I was surprised at the low fertility rate, but back in 1990 the talk was all about “dem young girls getting tummuch children” and “women getting babies in order to rob or entrap men.”

    Nope.

    None of that was true.

    We could have fixed the NIS then, but Bajans, wunnah overseas ones too, are too disrespectful of the fertility of working class women, NOT UNDERSTANDING that in EVERY country of the world the workforce is reproduced and raised by the working class, and in Barbados’ case by working class women, NOT by the white [and brown and black] male captains of industry. None of you respect that re-PRODUCTION is WORK.

    Now let the captains of industry run their companies without workers, let them sell their products and services to non existent people, let the politicians and economists run their data without people.

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  • @TheoGazerts August 12 at 9:40 “80,000+80,000 spouses+120,000 children=280,000. In 20 years the black majority will be a minority asking “What the hell did we do?”

    Who says the 80,000 importees have to be white?

    Who says they can’t be African?

    Who says they can’t be the children or grandchildren of overseas Bajans?

    Who says they can[t be St. Lucians, Grenadians, Vincentians, Jamaicans. Because if we are looking to create new Bajan children black people are just as capable of making good children as white people.

    Who says that whether white or African that all or most of them will stay? Who says that Barbados won’t just be a stepping stone to “better” places such as that great immigrant magnet the great US of A?

    However I won’t know the answers to these questions because hopefully I will be dead by then.

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  • Cuhdear BajanAugust 12, 2022 8:07 PM

    @David “Was Prime Minister Mottley quoted in the press correctly that she was alerted to the danger faced by the NIS in June 2022 by actuary Derek Osborne?”

    How else could she know until she had the FACTS, the actuarial report?

    By guessing?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I heard the same pronouncement when Herbert and Steinbok did their thing years and years ago as Eckler Partners.

    If Ms. Mockley now picking it up she can’t be too sharp.

    “The findings of the 15th actuarial review, made public last month by Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, revealed that reserves in the National Insurance Fund (NIF) could be depleted “as early as 2045 under the pessimistic scenario, or as late as 2074 under the optimistic scenario”.

    https://dev.barbadostoday.bb/local-news/nis-blackout/?amp

    Who the hell was Byer Suckoo?

    Anyone remember her?

    …. and she was a Doctor, Ms. Mockley is only a lawyer handling such clients as Four Seasons and who had no influence in the writing off of $124 million and property disappearing into a black hole!!

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  • Donna No doubt the shorter workday will assist in some areas if lifestyle.

    The reason I prefer the four day week, an extra full day is better to work on a project. Set up time etc etc morning and evening for two ventures in a day is obviously longer. It can be done, but also, one less working day will reduce transport fuel etc…for one venture.

    That said, the aim should be productivity, not attendance.

    And no, neither do I believe in employee assessments that tick boxes and skin teet, to monitor productivity, nor keystroke monitoring.

    Any manager with a brain knows who is productive and who is not. All the other crap is politics (run by HR departments).

    I have a problem too, that children can go to school for eight hours every weekday and not pass three CXCs.

    On top of that, they get obese from eating crap and sitting on their posteriors all day.

    Boys especially are not made for that.

    A student can do a lot in five hours, if taught right and is willing to learn.

    Overall for adults and students, a reorganised work week can result in a far better society healthwise, mentally and with a better outlook success wise.

    The psyche thus far is exactly quoted above. Getting a pick and sitting the posterior in perprtuity.

    And the school curriculum ingrains this mentality.
    This needs to change to a productive outlook.

    Not aproductive from a unit if production mindset, but contributing to output in a real way, while enhancing personal development in all manner.

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  • @cuhdear
    I do not know how you decided I thought the immigrants would all be white.

    They definitely will not be straw men that can be set up and knocked over.

    A next person thought I was attacking Asians.

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  • Crusoe August 12, 2022 2:23 PM #: “In my initial comment I said raise the pension age, along with other measures.
    So yes, the sliding scale for early retirements will need adjustment to compensate.
    But that alone will not be enough and the age of full benefit retirement will still need to be increased.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    All ‘fancy words that sound good pun paper.’

    A individual can officially retire at 67 years old, voluntarily retire at any age between 60 and 66 years, 9 months, or opt for late retirement at 70 years old.
    Any increase in the official retirement age would have to be between 67 1/2 and at least 70 years old.

    Therefore, at what age do you believe official retirement should be increased to?

    What would be “the sliding scale for” voluntary retirement?

    Would you also increase the age of late retirement or abolish that option?

    What are the “other measures” you mentioned?

    Let’s assume, for example, the retirement age is increased to 69.
    Would you increase the late retirement age to 72 years old?
    Assuming the terms and conditions of voluntary retirement remains the same, then, a person opting to retire at 60 years old would be somewhat at a disadvantage, especially when one considers the adjustment rate is set at 0.5% for each month earlier.

    Also, pensionable employees contribute 0.60% of their salaries/wages to NIS, which comprises of: Training Levy = 0.50% and Catastrophe Fund = 0.10%.

    Did you consider the reality of health issues associated with aging and a probable increase in claims for sickness benefits?
    After all, everyone is not going to be in good health.

    When one looks at a scenario in which ACTUAL AGES are quoted, then, in MY opinion, it doesn’t make any sense increasing the retirement age, for people to continue working after 67 years old.

    I can’t image me, at 68 or 69 years old, getting up every morning to go into somebody work place and ‘marching time’ until retirement age…… or ‘drop dead pun de job.’

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  • @Artax,

    The reality for many is that there will be no reasonable retirement option.

    There is another factor affecting this, that no one has yet mentioned.

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  • Not just fancy words I clearly stated the other measures, which you sre ignoring.

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  • Artax,

    What a person can and cannot do now, as you keep repeating, is irrelevant, as it will change.

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    Around and around they go…..deal with the REALITY…..for the last 100 YEARS…parliamentary generational CROOKS and their crimunity CO-CONSPIRATORS have maliciously kept the Afrikan population in GENERATIONAL POVERTY, OPPRESSED, IN BONDAGE and SUPPRESSED….so that the SCUM OF THE EARTH….THEMSELVES INCLUDED, can RoB them generationally…if you don’t ACCEPT THE TRUTH you are going NOWHERE…

    normally you would NEVER get the head of the private sector with their arrogant colluding faces expressing any concern, but the face and skin texture has changed…..as the front for these parasites…new talk, now that they look bad before the world…..they should ALL GO TO PRISON for those MASSIVE THEFTS…that’s what people on and OFF ISLAND are saying…and they ARE RIGHT…after hearing that a government minister gets a lawyer because he did not want to answer questions to the PAC about discrepancies re billions of dollars…..as a SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE….lowlife VOTE BEGGAR..

    “The Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) has sent a strong message to Government that it must face and fix the troubling findings in the Auditor General’s report as a matter of urgency.”

    “BPSA Chairman Trisha Tannis did not mince words as she placed on record the group’s deep concern regarding “the glaring deficiencies in financial accounting management, the lack of proper internal controls at many state entities as reported by the Auditor General, and the need for greater accountability on the part of public sector officers who are charged with the management of public funds”.

    “This state of affairs as reported by the Auditor General is, and continues to be, a perennial blot on the good reputation of Barbados as a well-governed state. The need for urgent corrective action cannot be overstated,” she declared.”

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    Butterflies

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    when crooks turn on each other..

    the biggest beneficiaries of those massive thefts…now pretending it’s all on the TWO CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS…..and they know nothing…

    wannabes pretending to be millionaires and billionaires, but are nothing more than COMMON CLASS THIEVES….as birthed, and HAVE ALWAYS BEEN…

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  • Willy has looked over the report with his usual grain of salt attitude, the conclusions, even the worst scenarios are highly optimistic. Wily thinks the fund will be in trouble by 2028 and insolvent by 2030 unless the contributions and expenditures are significantly adjusted. Hard love is in store for present and future pensioners, unemployeed, severed etc. Just watch government come forward with some miraculous chest thumping sheme to save the day, yew we got this.

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  • Before we get into what race, ethnicity or geographical location they will come from , we ought to ask: where or how they will be accommodated.
    According to the Housing Minister , we are going to build about 10, 000 houses; according to Mr. Hoyos from the HOPE housing project, to build 1000 houses a year is a stretch. He also said , even if that is achieved the current back log will take four years and it will be growing during that time.
    So we don’t have enough houses at present but we are going to import 80, 000 people.
    We need to really come down from this pie in the sky nonsense and deal with the serious socio- economic challenges that are confronting the country.
    Peace

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  • The discussion about the need to increase the population is taking place against a background our death rate being higher than birth rate. Therefore with an ageing population that equates to increase drawdown on pension benefits, we have a problem as it relates to our negative birth rate and inadequate contributions to the fund to ensure it’s solvency. Instead of bringing emotional perspectives there is a need to be dispassionate. Are we there yet?

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  • Who will come to Barbados
    Young people may wish to start up
    Old people may wish to retire on the beach
    Business people may come to invest

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    William……chickens are HOME and ROOSTING…

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    There is a live program in the diaspora outlining this and that……

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  • @ David
    The discussion about the need to increase the population is taking place against a background our death rate being higher than birth rate.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Like most other ‘discussions bout here’ this perceived issue is misguided and uninformed.

    Population science is a complex area of study, largely around the concept of dynamic equilibrium.
    Typically, the reason for decreasing trends in population is that the existing population is unsustainable on balance.

    When conditions are suitable, populations will either grow, stabilize or reduce, to maintain dynamic balance.

    Barbados has become a place over the past 20 years where all the indicators suggest that the population should RIGHTFULLY be reducing…
    – We have run out of resources such as productive land, water and crucially, common sense
    – Foreigners now own EVERY SHIITE in the place, and they are are TAXING our donkeys to death (debt) as a result.
    – Our damned children can only get work as laborers and security guards…or gang enforcers.

    This foolishness from the PM about artificially increasing population “in order to protect the NIS” is the height of IDIOCY
    Clearly from someone who obviously has no idea what the Hell she is talking about.

    The NIS was ill-conceived in the FIRST place …when politicians CHOSE to place themselves in charge of the fund, instead of finding INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONALS to manage the people’s assets.

    We ALL know that if we put our shiite politicians in charge of sewerage they will even F**** that up (fowl)
    – oh wait – WE DID THAT ALREADY TOO!!

    The SOLUTION to the population issue is to create a society that is CONDUCIVE to growth and stability – and this can ONLY be achieved through top class LEADERSHIP, VISION and WISDOM….. NONE of which we now possess.
    Our donkeys are grass…!!

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  • @Bush Tea

    How does your thesis link to reducing contributions to the NIS correlated with an ageing population? You know the blogmaster has a more pragmatic mindset.

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  • On another note David…

    Bushie is missing ac….
    Who the Hell does the bushman cuss and insult now…??!!

    There must be something that you know that Bushie missed, but if ac is banned, then the bushman is hard pressed to understand some other factors….
    …such as some UN-banned regulars.

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  • @Bush Tea

    Ac’s comments are being moderated. If she posts the blogmaster will release using best judgement. As you know this is done when some believe they can do as they like on the blog. Sometimes it is necessary to flex. You still have enuff don’t you?

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  • Bank on BOSS bonds – Duguid
    Barbadians have been chided for “not letting their money work for them”.
    It has come from Senior Minister with responsibility for Infrastructural Projects and Town Planning Matters, Dr William Duguid, who said the fact that Barbadians have over $3 billion sitting in commercial banks that offer little to no interest was proof of this.
    Speaking today in Parliament during debate on the Barbados Optional Savings Bond (Offer to Public) Bill, 2022, Dr Duguid urged those persons to take up Government’s bond offer, which he said had much more generous interest returns.
    Government’s BOSS Plus bonds, which will become available in September, offer an interest rate of 4.5 per cent and will mature in five years.
    nd the freak storm,” Dr Duguid said. (RB)

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  • @Hants

    Can you ask Duguid who were some of the Individuals who cash government bonds before maturity BEFORE news of the debt restructure was made public?

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  • David’s money cap is complaining and his funny boots are listening

    Gwan run up yuh mouth – Roots Radics feat. Pablo Moses

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  • How does your thesis link to reducing contributions to the NIS correlated with an ageing population
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Aging population Bushie’s burro!!

    The fall off in NIS contributions stem from the fact that ALL of the productive sector now belongs to damn FOREIGNERS.
    who the hell will pay the NIS contributions? the people in France/ Ireland/ Trinidad/ Canada/ Jamaica that now own SOL, Sagicor, BNB, BS&T, BL&P etc etc?
    How much damn NIS contributions can local clerks, ‘porters’ and ‘security guards’ pay?

    The shiite politicians get in Parliament and sell off all the country’s assets AND the children’s futures, and now complaining that they need to import more patsies to fleece..?

    Bushie is hard pressed to understand YOUR inability to see that the SIMPLE problem we face is the LACK OF VISION of the shiitehounds in Parliament.
    If YOU cannot see the jobby – and if YOU are trying to justify the idiotic assessment being made, then what hope is there for ORDINARY brass bowls?

    Ten years ago, we had NUMEROUS up and coming executives in many LOCAL businesses who paid MAXIMUM NIS contributions and who would probably NEVER draw a cent in pensions….
    The only ‘high level’ executives now are the skeleton staff who are ‘local messengers’ for the foreign owners – and the thousands of shiite ‘consultants’ being used by the politicians to reinforce their foolishness…. how much NIS do you think they pay…?

    Steupsss!!!

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  • @ David,

    I would like Duguid to tell us how much he has invested in these government bonds.

    He should set the example for his constituents and invest at least 75% of his cash.

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  • @Bush Tea

    Fair comment. Walter estimates about 85% of contributions are below the NIS cap.

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  • 2 Hants
    Bank on BOSS bonds – Duguid
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Another boss idiot!!
    He was adamant about the $28 million spent on Chinese metal houses too… That turned out GREAT did it not!

    Steupsss…
    This is EXACTLY what the Moron from Moontown and Stinkliar used to say about the NIS funds, and it is now what the supreme leader and her cuntsultants are hinting about the savings of ordinary Bajans.

    Being a FOOL is one thing…. but it takes a REAL BRASS BOWL to be fooled over ..and over ..and over ..and over….

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  • Go buy some BOSS PLUS and keep quiet do. Brass bowl like you.🤣🤣

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    ” Dr William Duguid, who said the fact that Barbadians have over $3 billion sitting in commercial banks that offer little to no interest was proof of this.”

    and that’s what itching their backsides, and got them can’t sleep at night…the people’s savings….to turn it all into J Series = JUNK..

    were i them, would be more concerned with the varying PRISON TERMS THEY ALL DESERVE….

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  • @ Hants
    I would like Duguid to tell us how much he has invested in these government bonds.
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    What Duguid invest what!!??

    Probably more than 75% of his worth – but that is not likely to be much – given his propensity to keep hanging on to the political purse strings after REPEATED indications that he wanted to leave.
    Bushie would be surprised if he has $1000 in bonds.

    Lotta jokers – who cannot even run their own professional practices half decently, coming to offer ‘advice’ to citizens and to mess up the damn Treasury.

    Duguid could really keep his damn mouth closed until he can speak about the Chinese houses and the funny company involved.

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  • @enuff

    Hope the government you unswerving support is not mulling over a ‘bail in’ which NO has been hinting at for a while now?

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  • Duguid has sone well by investing in rental properties.

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    Bushman…they believe everyone is like them….DEVOID OF COMMONSENSE and can’t see the TRAP they are trying to set……..their set-up skills are wanting after 4 generations….overused and massively ABUSED…

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  • @ Enuff
    You done KNOW that Bushie would NEVER buy a single BOSS bond – for the VERY SAME REASON that the bushman did not buy CLICO’ 8% policies….

    BEWARE – IDIOTS at the wheel……

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  • David
    Who else should I support, certainly not the BU egofowls?

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  • No all of them are enuff. In every segment of life all types will exist. BU is a reflection of wider society.

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  • Bushtea
    🤣🤣🤣 that’s your right.

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  • Duguid has done well by investing in rental properties.
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    A clear sign of genius….(not)
    Clearly not well Enuff to be able to follow up on giving up the political nipples… 🙂

    Re the ‘Bail in’….
    That is ALREADY a fait accompli …. just the implementation strategy now….
    But the brass bowls will DESERVE it….

    Have a look at what Straughn said in the House two weeks ago…

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    the BU “egofowls” aren’t likely to go to PRISON FOR GRAND THEFT anytime soon….unless they start joining forces with the usual suspects to RIPP OFF the VAT, treasury and pension fund…

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  • People are free to channel ac

    A bird in the hand cannot fly like a bird in the tree, NIS funds have gone away
    Mia is a big bum, the rich get richer and the poor get shafted,,
    Ronnie Obama runs social media and is Christ in his Kingly character

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    “BEWARE – IDIOTS at the wheel……”

    AND …THIEVES at the wheel….

    the people better WATCH their SAVINGS LIKE HAWKS…

    we have been smelling the STENCH OF DESPERATION for quite some time..

    …..they have run of distractions, sleight of hand moves and OUTRIGHT LIES…

    the banks are doing the most to frustrate people FOR THEIR OWN MONEY….that’s just the start…

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    *they have run OUT of….

    can’t believe they are advertising that SCAM…

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  • Same thing most of us were wondering. How are we to accommodate the 80,ooo people? Space wise, water wise and otherwise.

    Where are the jobs from whose proceeds the NIS contributions will be made? The only way the NIS contributions would be increased is if they created jobs.

    So….it is citizenship by investment?

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  • @Donna

    Government does not create jobs.

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  • People are obsessed about 80,000 which is the number stated as the population gap.
    People will come 1 by 1.., 2 by 2.., 3 by 3…, 4 by 4.., 5 by 5… so there is a long way to go for 80,000 suckers who cannot find better opportunities elsewhere like the Bajan diaspora abroad

    Which Numbers would you want to be in
    🇧🇧 Barbados 284,589 (2014)
    🇺🇸 United States 65,653 (2013)
    🇨🇦 Canada 37,780 (2016)
    🇬🇧 United Kingdom 18,762 (2011)
    🇧🇷 Brazil 5,000 (2016)

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  • Me with my pea brain always thought that lower birth rates was a standard feature for developing and developed countries, and immigration policy helped with workforce requirements and the 1.5 children. We can accommodate a larger population and it would provide vast opportunities.

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  • @ David
    Actually, one VERY SIMPLE answer to many of our problems would be to have general agreement that politicians will NO LONGER be required to talk UNLESS they actually have something specific to say.

    This situation where these losers HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING when ever invited out, and at EVERY cockfight, is a SERIOUS problem…
    It is hard Enuff for an intelligent person to put together a coherent speech when he/she has something USEFUL to say, so can you imagine the challenges for a piece ‘o idiot who HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING every time he turns up…?

    No wonder these people talk so much shiite…
    LOL
    ha ha ha

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  • @ Enuff
    Where will we accommodate them?
    Wha tare these ‘opportunities’ that currently elude our unemployed and under-employed young young people?

    Thanks..

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  • There are many (backward) Nationalists in the world but Immigrants add value and diversity to countries societies.
    There are no Barbadians. There are just International World Citizens.
    Africans from Africa could teach some Roots and Culture and nice up the dance.

    Good To Be There

    The DJ Rap

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  • This may be an overreach but can Barbados become a hub to world in a new dimension down the line in the faraway future or even in an alternative universe in a parallel world on the dark side of the moon where things are the same but different
    I’m trying to keep the music from dying

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  • @SS
    This issue of population is a red herring.
    Throughout the life of any such fund there will be periods where the contributors vs the beneficiaries are ‘not ideal’.
    The herring avoids having to deal with the fund acquiring PAPER in exchange for its CASH, and the management of it’s investment portfolio.
    It also avoids any discussion of other GoB ‘management strategies’ such as withholding deductions from public employees to fund central government. For this, the NIS got at least, $250M in Series J Bonds to add to it’s outstanding collection of GoB paper.
    This is the next scam waiting to happen, where certain issues of GoB paper is essentially worthless, but somebody acquires it at a huge discount, and then the GoB settles at a higher price, but less than face value, with the acquirer, who makes millions on the transaction.
    It will be explained to you, that by the ‘settlement’ of say $100M in Bonds for $75M, the GoB saved $25M. What they don’t tell you, is the NIS loss at selling the same Bonds for $10M. And somebody made $65M !!! While the NIS lost $90M.
    These politicians will explain the money was ‘only written off from an accounting perspective’, which means shit, this IS HOW money is written off. The question is, how the f++k was EVERY loan guaranteed defaulted on? That is the source of the write off.
    They will also tell you shiite about cash vs accrual accounting methods, while FAILING to tell you the missing Annual Reports have THREE components. One is financial, another is a report from the Board on the activities in the past year. Has the NIS ceased functioning, did they do nothing? Where is that report? Oh I forgot, until we have ALL three parts it cannot be released.
    Meanwhile they like to tell you they have “internal reports” and as such the Funds are functioning well, ‘we know’ what is happening, ‘we just can’t tell you’.
    The ‘breeding’ is happening TO the people, not between them.

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  • A few years ago, a number of Guyanese , more like 800 but certainly no where near 80, 000 were in Barbados.
    It was claimed that they were charging less for services such as plumbing, carpentry and masonry and this caused great irritation to Barbadian workers.
    They were also finding work in agriculture.
    Even a former prime minister said he had employed them.
    Now if a handful of Guyanese caused so much discomfort within our Labour force , can we imagine what several thousand from all over the word would do.
    Let’s paint a little scenario here:
    The economy picks up. The hotels are overflowing with guests. Barbadians are earning $400.00 per week. The importees with similar skills band up and work for $350 or less. How will Barbadians compete.
    Construction is booming and a similar scenario occurs. How will we handle such a development.
    This can be extended to university graduates, retail workers, etc.
    Who came up with the 80, 000 figure.? Perhaps it was calculated by some international agency that doesn’t have a clue about our economic culture outside of reports done by contracted professionals.
    What we need is a highly professional manpower department that can adequately identified what we have in the workforce and what we need.
    I don’t think that Bajan workers who have been holding strain for almost three years will take too kindly to a massive influx of foreign workers undermining the cost and value of their skills.
    I have chosen best case scenarios. Imagine if the economy is still in the doldrums. It will be a disaster. It will probably lead to disaffection or to be more blunt: violence.
    Peace.

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  • @Bush Tea and NO

    Your concerns register BUT the structural problem has to be solved in a short time frame?

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  • Work your bum off and die while working to make others richer, it is the capitalist way.
    Africa is backwards or so they say.

    (there is no movement without rhythm)

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