Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has outlined his formula for Barbados being assured of a better future.
Making his contribution in Parliament yesterday to the debate on a resolution to congratulate Barbados on its upcoming 50th anniversary of Independence, Sinckler suggested that once citizens continued to work hard, improve productivity, were humble and willing to work together, while drawing on the strength of God, the future generation would be certain to reap better times.
“I know if you work hard, if we organize ourselves, if we believe in our capacities and if we strive to ensure that those who come after us have something better than we have, then the next 50 years are assured,” he said.
Sinckler said he was glad to have been born just after Independence and to have experienced the last five decades.
“I know that I would have lived in the greatest transformative period in Barbados’ history since we were settled and that we have much to be proud of as a nation,” he contended.
The Minister of Finance insisted that the country had done exceedingly well despite its limited resources. However, he acknowledged that much of the progress in health, education, transport, sanitation and water was made through heavy foreign borrowing.
“We had to borrow heavily to underwrite this massive social enterprise that we have in the country which we are so proud about, and future generations are going to have to finance and pay for that which they are benefiting [from] now and which they will benefit [from] in the future,” Sinckler stated.