‘Ownership change no port cure-all’
IT SHOULD NOT be taken for granted that privatising the Bridgetown Port will lead to increased efficiency and profitability, says Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert “Bobby” Morris.
Speaking during the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s monthly business luncheon at Hilton Barbados yesterday, Morris said that while there was need for “reform” at the port, a change in ownership was not necessarily the answer.
“I do not know and I will not say to anybody that I necessarily believe that giving the port to private persons will make it more profitable or anything else. I will not say that I have enough research or other information to suggest that that is a given thing,” he said.
Morris was responding to managing director of Carlton and Emerald City supermarkets, Andrew Bynoe, who said he believed the port would operate more efficiently in private hands. (NB)