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Committee on vending wraps up debate

Donna Sealy

Committee on vending wraps up debate
Minister of Energy and Business Development, Kerrie Symmonds. (GP)

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Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on the National Vending Bill, 2021, wrapped up its final public session last Friday after hearing evidence from the final interest group.

A total of 15 people, representing various Government departments and organisations, appeared before the committee which convened over many days to get input and feedback on many areas of the Bill which, when proclaimed, will among other things see the decriminalisation of vending, lead to the establishment of vending zones, outline costs of various fees for licences and penalties for breaches.

The Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s was the lone written submission the committee received.

Committee chairman Minister of Small Business, Energy and Entrepreneurship Kerrie Symmonds said the next step was to prepare a report “on all that has transpired” to be taken to Parliament.

“The report will be debated. We will take from that body of the report those things that we can put into the Bill so as to make it a better bill in the interest of the vending community and then that Bill will go through its final stages of the parliamentary debate. It has already begun so it’s just a question of continuing that. (GBM)

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