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Brain drain ‘a good thing’

CARLOS ATWELL, [email protected]

Brain drain ‘a good thing’

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BRAIN DRAIN is not something which is bothering Minister of Labour Esther Byer Suckoo. In fact, she said it was a good thing.

Like Minister of Industry, Commerce, International Business and Small Business Development Donville Inniss, who said brain drain – the leaving of young professionals to work in other countries – was not a bother as “a Barbadian, wherever he or she is in the world, is an asset to Barbados”, Byer Suckoo said it was not something to get worried about.

“I’m not worried about brain drain as there is only so much Barbados can offer. When we invest in youth and the world comes knocking, we have seen where they can get to that position where they say ‘Okay, now I’m here, how can I give back to Barbados?’ so what we are doing is trying to connect to the diaspora in every sphere,” she said.

Byer Suckoo, who was recently addressing the launching ceremony for the Caribbean Vocational Qualifications in customer service at Ocean Two hotel, St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, said it was not something which would happen right away but it was a matter of playing the “long game”. (CA) 

Please read the full story in today’s Saturday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.