TOURISM MATTERS: Opportunity as Argyle opens

14 January 2017

FIVE YEARS LATER than planned, Argyle International Airport in nearby St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), will officially open next month at a quoted cost of EC$700 million (roughly US$260 million) including “in-kind contributions”. Read More


Support for a revived Caricom

14 January 2017

ANOTHER SENIOR Caribbean Community (CARICOM) official is promising to ensure the CARICOM Single Market and Economy gets a second wind. Speaking on the heels of recent similar promises from CARICOM secretary general Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Dominica’s Prime Minister... Read More


Strategy trumps titles!

13 January 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to what I hope will be the first of many articles exploring and providing thought leadership on a range of social, economic and political issues facing Barbados. We have just celebrated 50 years of Independence and we have many things to be... Read More


Kesia gets personal

13 January 2017

KESIA SMALL is just 21 years old but already she has learnt some valuable life lessons. For one, she knows the importance of using your talents to help earn money. Secondly, she knows about perseverance and balance. And she understands that life does not always go how... Read More


10-MINUTE MANANGER: Alison Biscette-Glasgow

13 January 2017

ARE YOU WHERE you’ve always wanted to be? I’m definitely a lot closer. It’s taken me a long time to get here doing the things I love; believing in me and my purpose. Persons may see the outside and not be impressed. But I’ve lived it, and I am! Read More


BARBADOS EMPLOYERS' CONFEDERATION: New start: the health and safety way

12 January 2017

AT THE BEGINNING of each year, individuals and organisations set new goals and resolutions they wish to accomplish during the year. While some of us are unable to successfully see our plans through to the end, as an organisation, it is imperative that your goals are... Read More


AS I SEE THINGS: After Brexit and Trump: 2

12 January 2017

LAST WEEK’S CONTRIBUTION introduced two schools of thoughts in economics: the Keynesian and Monetarist approaches which dominated economic policy making and thinking for some time. But what were the roles of governments under these two paradigms? Read More


GEL takes Pepsi

12 January 2017

THE FIGHT FOR market share in the local soft drink sector is expected to intensify following a $26 million deal involving Barbadian conglomerate Goddard Enterprises Limited (GEL). For the past 13 years, R.L. Seale & Company Limited has distributed Pepsi and associated... Read More


Import squeeze

12 January 2017

IMPORTERS ARE CONCEALING data on foreign produce, distorting the market and threatening the future of local farmers, it was claimed yesterday. James Paul, chief executive officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society, made the charge after Constant Plantation in St... Read More


Not budging

12 January 2017

DESPITE GETTING more up-to-date information on the Barbados economy, international credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s (S), is sticking to the downgrade it issued five months ago. It is also maintaining its negative outlook through to next year. In September,... Read More


Exchange rate worry

12 January 2017

THE THREAT OF a dollar revaluation could be looming on the horizon for Barbados following another downgrade. That’s according to a Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Limited (CariCRIS) report, which listed the threat of revaluation due to the printing... Read More


BCCI executive director resigns

11 January 2017

AFTER SEVEN YEARS at the helm of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), executive director Lisa Gale will be leaving the organisation. The experienced economist, tutor and trade policy advisor with nearly a decade of experience in advising government... Read More


BNTCL to be sold to SOL

11 January 2017

BARBADOS NATIONAL OIL Company Ltd. (BNOCL) has confirmed that it has signed an agreement with the SOL Group for the sale of the shares of its subsidiary, Barbados National Terminal Company Limited (BNTCL). A release issued today said in accordance with the agreement,... Read More


ON THE RIGHT: Uncertain future facing Barbados

11 January 2017

DUE TO ITS modest yields and small scale, Barbados cannot be a cost competitive producer of sugar to the world market, even at a higher level of capacity utilisation. Successive governments have evaluated the potential of the multi-purpose cane mill envisaged under... Read More


ON THE LEFT: Global sugar production will grow

11 January 2017

WORLD SUGAR PRODUCTION is projected to grow by 2.1 per cent per annum to reach 210 metric tonnes (Mt) by 2025, up nearly 39 Mt, 19 per cent above the average for the base period. Higher increases are expected to occur in developing countries with 79 per cent of global... Read More


THE ISSUE: More challenges lie ahead

11 January 2017

IN AN ENVIRONMENT of negative economic news, and with the expectation that 2017 will be another difficult year, optimistic Barbadians would have been happy to see the DAILY NATION’s front page headline last Tuesday. Sweet Crop, it stated. The report said sugar industry... Read More


Preconco lands Bermuda deal

10 January 2017

BARBADIAN COMPANY Preconco Limited has secured a major contract in Bermuda. This was announced by operations manager Joshua Read, who said the project involved the construction of an international resort and that Preconco beat out several American precast companies.... Read More


BEHIND THE HEADLINES: 2016’s mixed blessings

09 January 2017

Independent analysts and editorial writers got it right. As 2016 beckoned a year ago, the prognosticators in the United States Britain, Canada, China, Barbados and elsewhere rubbed their crystal ball and came to a prediction: the next 12 months would be a time of mixed... Read More


TOURISM MATTERS: My 2017 wish list

08 January 2017

Not to have a wish list in the first column of a new year would just look wrong. With this in mind, here are my suggestions, which are not necessarily in any particular order of realisation. Every indication tells us that the United Kingdom market is going to present... Read More


Social security under pressure

08 January 2017

CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES have been warned to take note that social security schemes in the region may face increasing financial pressure in years to come. This stark reality is noted in an International Monetary Fund (IMF) working paper titled National Insurance Scheme Reforms... Read More


THE HOYOS FILE: FTC says no to BL&P hedging on fixed cost

07 January 2017

The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) released a statement on Thursday, December 29, saying it had denied the Barbados Light & Power Company Limited’s (BL&P) application to apply financial hedging to the Fuel Clause Adjustment (FCA). This column, as you may have noticed,... Read More




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