Leader of the Democratic Labour Party, Verla De Peiza, criticising aspects of this year’s BMEX. (Pictures by Reco Moore.)
A DOWNRIGHT SHAME and disgrace!
That was how leader of the Democratic Labour Party, Verla De Peiza, described the situation at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) where the Barbados Manufacturers’ Exhibition (BMEX) was held over the long Whitsuntide weekend.
Speaking to the media yesterday during her tour of the annual expo, De Peiza said she was on record as saying the dislocation because of Ross University School of Medicine was not the best situation.
Ross moved to Barbados last year, but began operations last January, after 40 years in Dominica. After Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica in 2017, Ross was forced to relocate its operations to St Kitts and Tennessee, United States.
“This building was put here for public purposes and I think it is a shame and a disgrace that BMEX exhibitors have to be outside in the elements because they can no longer be accommodated here. Hopefully, by next year there would be some other location where our people can get back to feeling special again and not like second-class citizens in their own home,” she said.
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