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Private sector ‘fear rocking boat’

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Private sector ‘fear rocking boat’

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A FEAR OF victimisation is preventing private sector players from speaking publicly on national matters that concern them.
And according to head of the Barbados Private Sector Association, Alex McDonald, this could kill the ongoing growth agenda and the new thinking which was necessary in the current environment.
He said there was a perception that “if we challenge the status quo, that we’ll be punished either commercially or socially, and that the biggest fear for business, both big and small, is that if they rock the boat there will be a swift and sure retribution for daring to be critical of the system”.
He made the comments yesterday while addressing the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s monthly luncheon at Hilton Barbados.
McDonald said the drivers of the society and economy “seem to have been lulled into a sleep as it relates to commenting and leading in this discussion about the very critical things that will ultimately and fundamentally affect us collectively and individually”. (NB)