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Illegal vending soon no crime

Gercine Carter

Illegal vending soon no crime
Minister of Energy, Business Development and International Business Kerrie Symmonds (FILE)

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Criminalisation of vendors in Barbados will be a thing of the past when the National Vending Bill, 2021, officially becomes law.

Minister of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Kerrie Symmonds announced this yesterday when he piloted a resolution in the House of Assembly in which Parliament considered the report of the Joint Select Committee on the bill.

He said the committee had been constituted to examine and determine whether the drafted bill “fulfilled the express objects of the promotion, the regulation and the decriminalisation of vending in Barbados”.

He added it had to “examine whether the bill as drafted would fulfil the expressed objects of improving the environment for vending and contributing to the development of an ethos of transparency, compliance, accountability and the general development of the sector”.

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