The word “services” in the minds of many Barbadians usually conjures ideas of tourism or the financial sector. As the national umbrella body for service sector development, the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries is seeking to broaden and deepen national awareness and knowledge of non-traditional services sectors.
To achieve this, the BCSI will be hosting, in collaboration with its members, stakeholders and partners, the inaugural National Services Week in April 2013 from today until April 5, to highlight the non-traditional services sectors, the enormous potential they hold for national economic growth and development, employment creation and foreign exchange generation.
National Services Week 2013 will also provide networking and profiling opportunities for services providers who are members of the BCSI, initiate national dialogue on topical issues affecting the sector and create an enabling environment for regional and international service providers, development partners, trading partners and policy makers to integrate to the benefit of the local services economy.
“Annually, events are arranged to celebrate and showcase, the manufacturing agriculture, international business and support for small businesses,” said Executive Director, Lisa Cummins.
“However, the services sector, which has significant potential to transform the economy, does not have a single national flagship activity in the annual Barbadian calendar. The BCSI is proposing that the inaugural National Services Week be held in the first quarter of 2013 and held annually thereafter.”
The week of activities commenced at the Grande Salle tomight with a lecture series focusing on the opportunities, challenges and solutions to the movement of people and business within CARICOM.
“Many provisions made in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas which allow for the movement of people and business remain to date misunderstood and under-utilised by many businesses and service providers,” Cummins said.
During National Services Week 2013 various services components that have ballooned in their scope for creating new career/employment paths will be highlighted, namely the green economy through the Green Bus Tour on April 3, Information Communications Technology via an ICT Seminar featuring a live video call from Brazil on April 4, and the Creative Industries through a Sunset Concert at the Barbados Beach Club on April 5, featuring some of the island’s newest talent.
With a mandate of promoting service sector development and service exporting, the BCSI continues to work to elevate non-traditional services to the national economic stage through awareness, networking, development, export development and export promotion, seeking ultimately to create an export oriented service sector in Barbados.