Acting Minister of Industry Senator Jepter Ince today challenged Barbadians to unleash their entrepreneurial skills and creativity to boost the growth of the island’s international business and financial sector.
He was addressing a church service at the Mount Of Praise Wesleyan Holiness Church this morning to mark the beginning of International Business week which runs from October 16-22 with a series of events including a careers showcase, two business conferences and a 5-k fun walk/run in support of charity.
Senator Ince told the congregation that the sector has recorded significant growth and it remains a major contributor to the economy.
“ It has prospered to what it is today, a strong, vibrant and economically viable industry offering tremendous opportunities to the Barbados and foreign investors.
He however added that if the sector is to continue to thrive, every effort must be made to better position the island to meet its needs in a timely, creative and innovative manner.
“ I wish to challenge you to identify these areas of endeavour and investment opportunities in the sector with a focus on the global export of services from Barbados.”
He said given Barbados’ status as a mature international business center, the export of global trade services must move to the next level.
“This is one area with immense potential for growth and development.”
President of the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) Gregory McConnie told the gathering to maximize the various opportunities in the international business sector and to fully use the talents God has provided them.
“Most people don’t realize how dynamic and far reaching this sector is and the diverse opportunities it presents, “ he said,.
International Business Week which is now in its eighth year is being celebrated under the theme International Business – Embracing the Opportunities.