Prime Minister Freundel Stuart took a detailed tour of BMEX 2016 yesterday evening, stopping at almost every booth to talk with exhibitors and hear of their production plans and constraints.
Barbados TODAY captured in photos of the Prime Minister’s tour during which he appeared impressed with the mops and stools of the Blind and Deaf Association; the clothing displays, the 50th independence mementos and other exhibits. He attempted to beat a tune on steel pan, sampled exotic dishes, and even looked at a coffin.
“Every time I come to BMEX, I’m more and more impressed with the innovativeness, the creativity and the very lively imagination of the manufacturers of Barbados,” he told the media during the tour.
“Wherever I’ve gone, I’ve seen evidence of people believing more and more in their environment, using the materials thrown up by the environment and adapting those materials for productive use.
“The manufacturing sector is performing very creditably in the context of a global environment that has been hostile for a little while now. This has not in any way affected the creativity of our local manufacturers,” he said.