Government is being advised to give serious consideration to developing a green economy as a means of reenergizing the economy and reducing unemployment.
Member of Parliament for St James North Edmund Hinkson told Parliament today there was a clear link between advancing a green environment and job creation.
“In a day and age where the economy and society in Barbados is under stress . . . [members of parliament] have a duty to our electorate to advance the link between creation of green jobs and the economy, and to lower our unemployment rate,” Hinkson said during debate in the House of Assembly on a resolution calling for approval of the Barbados Green Economy Scoping Study.
He recommended that the Ministry of Education offers more special development scholarships as a way of growth of the green economy.
The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) spokesman on education criticized Government’s policy on the issue, complaining that he had noticed a steep decline in the number of such scholarships after the last election, from 23 in 2012, but “suddenly, mysteriously and inexplicably, the year following the election there were only six or seven”.
‘The Ministry of Education . . . ought to be increasing the number of special development scholarships,” he said, advising that emphasis must be placed on water resource management and energy enhancement, in addition to the green economy.