Stop making excuses for things that are not being done and get them done!
That was the message from Minister of International Business Donville Inniss to Government workers and players in the international business sector as he outlined a number of priority areas at the national and individual level to help propel the international business sector forward.
Delivering remarks during Barbados International Business Association’s (BIBA) International Business Week opening reception at the Sandy Lane hotel last night, Inniss said that, too often, Barbadians were prepared to settle for second best and mediocrity while complaining about things that were not being done.
“That is not going to cut it for us as a nation. I firmly believe that we need to stop making excuses for all the things we are not doing and just simply get on with the job and get it done,” he said.
“We must compare ourselves with the best in the field. Far too often we are prepared to sit back and compare ourselves with those who are second and third rate . . . .”
“From the Government’s end we must really treat the private sector as a partner and not as an enemy. Of course, the private sector must also recognize that it must not treat the Government as a bunch of unenlightened political operatives only. I believe that we really have to exhibit the highest levels of mutual respect,” Inniss added.
Meanwhile, so impressed with what Barbados has to offer in the areas of tourism and international business, a top British official called on authorities here to be more demanding with their UK High Commissioner when it comes to getting more international business done in Barbados.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs James Duddridge, who also spoke at the event, said: “I would encourage you to be as demanding as you like with our high commissioner. We are open for business. It is early days into our relationship, about eight weeks, but I am committed to this relationship and I will be back,” he added.
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