Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says the signs of a national economic recovery are there, Barbadians are feeling the benefits, and he is confident of his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) winning a third term in general elections constitutionally a year and a half away.
Addressing DLP supporters at a Father’s Day Luncheon at their George Street, Belleville, St Michael headquarters on Sunday, Stuart said for the past eight years that his party has held the reins of power, he and other officials had ignored detractors and focused on taking Barbados out of the economic recession.
Stuart referred to recent Barbados Central Bank and International Monetary Fund reports pointing to lower unemployment. “The resounding consensus on the ground now is that Barbados has turned the corner,” he said.
The Prime Minister told supporters that the economy did not “turn the corner” by him and other officials responding to every criticism leveled at his Government.
“We achieved it by keeping our gaze fixed on the problems, deconstructing the problem, reducing it to its finest parts, and trying to see how best we could get things back together. And that is why we are where we are now.
“The Central Bank has said it, the International Monetary Fund has said it, and the people of Barbados have begun to feel it.”
The Prime Minister continued confidently: “The fact that the Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund had to concede that unemployment has come down, is all the evidence you need that the benefits are beginning to trickle down to our people once again”.
Declaring that he is no prophet, but a Barbadian with an opinion, Stuart said: “Based on what I feel and experience out there, when the time comes, we will be returned to office because of what we’ve achieved for the people of Barbados”.
“Keep the faith . . . . I am confident that we will all meet at the rendezvous of victory,” he told party faithful.