LIMITED EDITION PRINTS Commemorating the naming of
Bridgetown and its Garrison as a U.N.E.S.C.O World Heritage Site in
The Honourable Stephen Lashley, M.P.,Minister of Youth, Family and Sports
Property Holdings Limited
INNISS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT BARBADOS’ REMOVAL FROM BLACKLIST
Minister of International Business, Donville Inniss is optimistic that given Barbados’ and Italy’s continued efforts at strengthening bilateral relations, Barbados could soon be removed from Italy’s blacklist.
He made this disclosure this morning during his brief remarks at the end of a signing of a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) between this country and the Republic of Italy at the Ministry of International Business, Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael.
Addressing an audience that included Italy’s Ambassador to Barbados, Paolo Serpi; the Honorary Consul for Italy in Barbados, Ms. Paola Baldi-Gill; Director of International Business, Kaeron Venner and other technocrats, Mr. Inniss pointed out that after reviewing its rationale and policy, Barbados should be removed from Italy’s blacklist so that the two countries could fully celebrate the signing of the Agreement and move forward together without any encumbrances.
“I think you will agree that our persistence which has led to this important moment demonstrates a shared commitment between us to create the environment, through a DTA, that would encourage greater economic and commercial relations,” he reasoned.
The Minister also assured those gathered that the Government of Barbados would be working in conjunction with Italy to ensure that the DTA comes into force in a timely manner, so that the exchange of tax information as well as trade and investment could be facilitated between the two countries. He further maintained that while we should celebrate this important milestone, it was imperative that we did not lose sight of the fact that there was still much more that could be achieved together.
The Business Minister explained that the signing symbolised the continuous efforts of both Governments to promote closer economic, social and cultural ties since the first step was made with the initialing of the Agreement on March 27, 2009.
“I am also pleased to announce that Barbados has notified the Global Forum of its commitment to implement the new global standard of automatic exchange of information as an early adopter, beginning exchange of information in 2017. Barbados has also signed an Inter-governmental Agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) with the U.S.A. In effect, Barbados is at the forefront with regard to transparency and current matters related to international tax cooperation,” noted the Minister.
Ambassador, Paolo Serpi noted that Barbados’ removal from the blacklist was important on both sides and stressed that his country was committed to working more closely with Barbados in the International Business arena.
He added that he was “fully behind opening another door for cooperation,” in an effort to form closer ties. (TB/BGIS)
BARBADOS TO BENEFIT FROM CRIMINAL JUSTICE EXPERT
Barbados is among a number of countries in the Caribbean which is benefitting from the expertise of British criminal justice advisor Sirah Abraham.
Based in Barbados, Ms. Abraham is the newly appointed criminal justice advisor for the United States Embassy and the British High Commission, assigned to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
During a courtesy call with Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite today, Ms. Abraham discussed the introduction of criminal procedure rules in the Barbados court system. She said the implementation of criminal procedure rules would be on the agenda of a proposed national stakeholders meeting to discuss criminal issues, noting that these rules, already in place in other countries including St. Lucia and Belize, automatically reduced delays in the courts.
The Attorney General said the backlog of cases in the courts continued to be of concern and he therefore welcomed any initiative which would introduce best practices with regard to this issue. Other planned initiatives aimed at improving the court system were the abolition of preliminary enquiries, slated for year-end and the introduction of prison video links, scheduled to start in October, he disclosed.
Mr. Brathwaite told the criminal justice advisor that areas in which Barbados would welcome assistance included training for Police Prosecutors and the setting up of a separate family law division. (JS/BGIS)
August 15th 2015
The Honourable Donville O. Inniss Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development
Roving lensman and CEO David Crichlow takes a walk through historic Bridgetown stopping here and there to capture familiar and sometimes overlooked landmarks
Here he has brought back memories with a common sight of years ago and shows us an old time PSV
August 23rd 2015
Geoffrey " Biggie Irie " Cordell is all smiles as he is presented with the Trophy by Chairperson of the NCF Maureen Graham. His presentation is for the Brands of Barbados 100 percent Bajan Award and the BTMI Award for My Island. ( Photo by David Crichlow )
Hilton Barbados Resort
August 15th 2015
Friday 24th July, 2015
Tuesday, May 19th ,2015
At left is Mrs Jan Henderson The New Zealand High Commissioner to Barbados as she delivered the feature address
Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave, presents Sir Austin Sealy with his Insignia of Knight Bachelor during a ceremony at Government House. Also pictured from left are Acting Prime Minister and Sir Austin’s son, Richard Sealy, and the Governor General’s Aide-de-Camp, Captain Carlos Lovell. (C. Pitt/BGIS)
Monday, May 11th ,2015
Monday April, 06 2015
Thousands turned out on the final day of the 2015 Oistins Fish Festival, one of the major events was the Fish Boning competition.
Thursday 26 th March 2015 )
Zoe Manning Business Development Manager, Bushy Park Barbados, addressing the Sponsors, participating Drivers and members of the press during the official launch of the Suzuki Challenge Series of Motor Racing at Bushy Park Racing Circuit earlier today. ( Thursday 26 th March 2015 )
Monday, March 23rd. 2015
Carson St Elmon Small was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire ) for his services to the community in the Queens Birthday Honours List 2014
In photo at left,The Governor- General of Barbados , His Excellency Sir Elliott Belgrave, G.C.M.C., K.A, (second from right )shaking the hand of Mr Carson Small inmediately after bestowing the honour on him.
The new Speightstown, St.Peter branch of the Barbados Lumber Company.
Monday, March 16th. 2015
The Honourable Donville O. Inniss Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development ( in foreground) as he toured Roberts Manufacturing Company Limited. yesterday
The Hon Ronald Jones, Minister of Education in Barbados, will meet the four Barbados awardees of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship and present certificates to each of them and to a Grenadian awardee.
Pictured from left are , Richie Maitland ( Grenada ), Carol-Anne Blenman ( Barbados ), Kerron Hamblin
( Barbados ), Sade Jemmott (Barbados), and Rommel Hall ( Barbados )
August 27th 2015
FISHING INDUSTRY NEEDS FORMAL APPROACH
The informal nature of the fishing industry in the Caribbean is placing restrictions on its growth.
This view was expressed today by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Esworth Reid, as he addressed the two-day Regional Validation Workshop of the Fisheries Component of the EU Funded Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Measures Project, at the Accra Beach Resort and Spa.
Mr. Reid said there was a need for a more formal business and corporate approach to the fishing industry, especially at the primary level, for it to grow and develop. He expressed the view that the percentage contribution fish harvesting makes to the GDP of countries such as Barbados was highly underestimated or not estimated at all.
He continued: “Records on the landing of fish, the amounts distributed for retail or processing are badly kept in many countries or not kept at all and thus the true contribution that the industry makes to the GDP of our nations cannot be accurately determined or reflected in statements on the estimation of the GDP.
“If the region is to fully realise the potential benefits of vibrant and viable fishing industries, and this includes benefits as major foreign exchange earners, we must first move to ensure that the informal economic activities associated with this potential growth industry be transformed and integrated into the economy as a formal economic sub-sector.”
According to him, this move would not only set the stage for the creation of a better recording system to monitor and evaluate all economic activities in the industry and contributions to the GDP of member states, but it would also give governments a better view of the amount of revenue they should be collecting in the form of taxes and fees.
“Furthermore, the formalisation of all activities in this industry, especially at the level of harvesting, may very well work to reduce the chances of vessels at the individual level being registered as fishing boats and then being used for something other than fishing, for example, movement of illegal drugs or firearms.”
Mr. Reid also expressed the view that the region should allow legitimate fishermen to operate their legitimately registered vessels without hindrance anywhere in the Caribbean, but subject to set rules and a set fee or levy paid either to the member state in whose water the vessel is operating or to a central regional body agency established by CARICOM.
“The proceeds from the fees and levies collected by this agency can then be divided and distributed among the member states based on an agreed formula by the member states involved,” he stated.
He added that such an agency might also serve as a monitoring and evaluating mechanism to manage fishing activities in the region. (SA/BGIS)
CULTURE BRINGS UNITY SAYS PRIME MINISTER STUART
Culture is the link the binds the region together.
This assertion came from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart in a written address delivered on his behalf by Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley at the opening ceremony of CARIFESTA XII in Haiti last Friday.
Mr. Lashley noted the important role culture played in the economic and social development of the Caribbean. “Artists, artistes, artisans and other cultural practitioners are able to earn a living and contribute to the economy, through culture. In Barbados, like in many other countries of the Caribbean, the cultural sector plays an important part in our economic development.”
“Our Caribbean identity exists by virtue of the values, practices, conventions, and habits that we share; (it exists because of) our shared culture…CARIFESTA expresses both the striving for and articulation of our regional identity which, of necessity, can only be achieved collectively,” he submitted.
He stressed the central role Haiti has played in the shaping of the Caribbean’s history, noting that ‘Haiti occupies a special place’. The Culture Minister stated that because of its history of freedom fighting that dates as far back as 1803, Haiti stood as a ‘beacon of Caribbean Identity.’