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Hewitt knocks Govt on economy and ‘rush’ to republic

Sheria Brathwaite

Hewitt knocks Govt on economy and ‘rush’ to republic
Reverend Guy Hewitt speaking at the Barbados Yacht Club’s lunchtime presentation series. (FILE)

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Reverend Guy Hewitt has criticised the Mia Amor Mottley administration for a depressing economy and the rush to make Barbados a republican state.

Yesterday, during a presentation at the Barbados Yacht Club, Bay Street, St Michael, Hewitt said Government was using the pandemic as a scapegoat for their failure to grow the economy.

Hewitt said the pandemic affected every state in the world and yet most of those countries still managed to outperform Barbados.

Making reference to a recent World Bank report, he said: “Our economy was one of the ten worst performing economies in the world. Our debt to GDP ratio has put us seventh-highest in the world. Barbados is the eighth-most expensive place to live in the world and our unemployment rate is 17.2 per cent, which does not include those not looking for work. [This] tells us that our actual unemployment rate is much higher than that.” (SB)

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