Vaswani shares vision for City
Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry president Lalu Vaswani has called on Government to play a key role in the Revitalization Of Bridgetown Project.
“Something needs to be done. If not, our capital [Bridgetown] will collapse,” Vaswani said during a courtesy call on newly appointed Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss at his Reef Road office.
Vaswani mentioned his concerns to Inniss and stated that he along with other stakeholders had a shared vision as to how they would like to see Bridgetown develop over the next 25 to 50 years.
He said that it was their hope to see this country’s capital transformed into a City of diversity operating 24/7, blending commerce with culture, entertainment, heritage and tourism.
He explained to Inniss that their vision was established with short-, medium- and long-term goals in mind. He noted that it was not the objective of the chamber to take over from what anyone else was doing but to be the driving force to bring together ideas and shared beliefs in order to complement each other so they could plan a way forward strategically.
Vaswani said that one of the long-term goals envisioned was to have a corporation called Bridgetown Inc. that was publicly/privately owned but privately driven and could undertake several activities that multiple agencies were doing.
In response, Inniss expressed interest in avenues for Bridgetown’s development and pointed out that his Ministry was meant to be a facilitator of the expansion of business in Barbados and “was here to help and not hinder”. (BGIS)